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  1. Thanks for the suggestions. I ended up drilling out the small fitting with the two holes. Of course several hours after I did this Spinlock finally replied to my email. They had had a problem finding out how the vang worked too but eventually found and forwarded to me the old manuals on the vang. Turns out the fitting that I drilled out is a short pin that sits in one of the holes in the inner black aluminum extrusion. There is a spring on the inside bottom of the stop that keeps the pin engaged. To move the stop it’s only necessary to rotate the stop slightly when the weight is off it., this
  2. Can anyone explain to me how to adjust the ‘stop’ on an old Spinlock rigid vang. Seems simple enough, just moving the retaining pin to a different hole but the pin is in two parts with the inner part having 2 tiny holes which I guess are for turning the Center but all I can figure out to fit in these tiny holes are circlip pliers and they aren’t nearly strong enough. “maybe I’m doin’ it wrong”
  3. Thanks Glass, good information. I wonder if it could be converted ( since I already own it) into a top down furler which is what I originally wanted.
  4. Your thinking seems like my own which suggests there is really no major advantage to installing it on my boat. Could well work for someone with no furler at all who wants a furler and would save them removing hanks from their current sails sails. So unless someone else pipes up with an idea we haven’t considered I guess I will put it on Craigslist.
  5. What I call my normal furler is just a furl-ex? With the normal foil with 2 #6 grooves. I’m just wondering if sail changes are quicker with the facnor or what exactly it’s for.
  6. I sail a Figaro One almost always single handed PHRF. Low key beer can racing. I’ve recently come into possession of a new facnor wire furler but for the life of me I can’t see much advantage over my current normal furler. I understand that with the wire furler you can furl a sail that has hanks but so what? Can anyone tell me about the gear and wh6 I should or shouldn’t use it? Thanks.
  7. You're correct, apologies. Jackolatern is apparently the moron
  8. Still waiting to hear about the state I let Scaramouche get into Jack_Sparrow
  9. I would be fascinated to hear what I let happen to her. Do you mean the re-plating I had done? The re-rigging? Or perhaps you mean bringing her up to Class 1 ocean racing for the Pacific Cup? Or maybe it was the two single handed transpacs that I did in her? Really, I would love to hear.
  10. I'm not so interested in the boats going for line honours as they are totally out of my experience but I am interested in Hiro Maru. I can imagine the state of mind on board as they did 110 miles in the last 24 hours. I owned the boat for about 10 years and put a few miles on her (she was formerly called Scaramouche and the owner previous to me won her class in the Transpac as well as being the first boat to win with a female skipper). Hiro, the current owner has put a lot of effort into making her faster and I'm sure floating around at 4 knots must be a heart breaker.
  11. Sorry that should have read Aurora in the above post. She recently completed a circumnavigation including a Horn rounding and several months in Antartica. This should put to rest any question about the early IOR boats making suitable cruising boats in their old age. With a length of 50' and a beam of 12' they are very moderate designs and their fame for being squirrelly down wind has as much to do with their tiny rudders (copied from 12 meters of the time ) as it does from their narrow sterns .
  12. I think YMT already cleared this up, but the Scaramouche which did Tranpac was not the S&S boat, it was a 40 something designed by none other than YMT. Completely different boats with the same name. I do not think the aluminum boat ever raced on the west coast-and certainly not during the time she was on top of her game (the 70's) Well I'm sorry but you're wrong. The aluminum Sacaramouche (which I currently own) was raced for many years on the west coast, owned by the Alexander family of Seattle, won the '77 Transpac (first winner ever with a woman skipper, Kate Alexander, I believ
  13. For anyone that is keeping track, Scaramouche, built in 1971 an aluminum S&S design out of Palmer Johnson is still happily cruising around the Pacific northwest. Doesn't have the viagra like shape of later IOR boats. Reasonably docile downwind under a cruising rig especially since I had Bob Perry alter the rudder design. Quite a successful boat back in the day (winner Class B '77 Transpac) and many other local races. She is a tremendously strong vessel "built to break ice" and the gear is impressive. Unfortunately I'm too old and too poor to really give her hell in local races but we do s
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