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  1. If you ever put on one of those rubber gasket necks, you'll quickly realize that a noose is exactly how it can feel. So it's a really appropriate way to show the jacket.
  2. As you know from my book (see below) I've given a lot of thought to all aspects of singlehanded sailing and I've been especially adept at finding what can go wrong. I'm sure I'll be able to find every possible situation if you lend me a boat for the summer.
  3. Lots of nice features the make it singlehandable. But I've always said that it's not what happens when everything is good, but what happens when everything goes wrong. So what happens to the boat/skipper when one of the electric winches breaks? Or when all power is lost? Or when the halyard breaks and the whole jib ends up on the drink? I'd be very interested in these kinds of considerations. And why are there 3 cabins and 2 heads? Who's going to clean those?
  4. 20 years ago, beer can racing over the 6 month summer period with 4 race series. Just my second year sailing so I had no idea what I was doing and came in DFL or 2nd last in every race. But I showed up and sailed every damn race. At the end of the year, I didn't win a single series, in fact I came last or 2nd last in every series. But everybody else missed at least one series so in the end, I won the whole Tanzer 22 One Design trophy. I've never seen a more apt use of the phrase "showing up is half the battle."
  5. I too was looking for deals last year. They all got bought up in bundles by sailing schools, mainly at colleges. Check out https://www.cosc-usa.org/our-fleet/our-fleet/ So by the time the schools get finished, they'll all be trashed. I figure it is the best singlehanded boat ever built, so I'm rather upset with the situation.
  6. Making your own soft hanks is very easy. You can use some old line so they are free. But you do need to consider how difficult it is to get them on and off. Think about changing your sails from a #1 to a #3, in 15 knots of wind and a 3' chop. You'd have a heck of a time hanging on. This is the beauty of Wichard hanks that can be done with just one hand.
  7. i've never had any problem with catching my spinnaker with the brass Wichard hanks, and I've done thousands of launches, gybes and douses singlehanded. But the silver ones!!! Absolute crap - believe me. I'm making my sail loft change them.
  8. From what I think, the boom would be spilling lots of air out the top of the main with twist. But the spinnaker pole up would be capturing lots of air in the spinnaker, and not spilling. So the setup would be reducing weather helm, almost to the point of creating lee helm. You said that he was much faster than other boats. This would be because he has no pressure at all on the rudder, which would normally slow the boat. This might be why it works well. But, like the others here, I would sure like to understand it better. Can you ask him?
  9. I sail all winter here in Victoria and the rain and ocean can be darned cold. So I went to the local serious fisheries supply store and asked what do the offshore crab fishermen wear. The answer: thick rubber gloves that come up the arm with polypro liners. I use these all the time now and I have been absolutely happy with them. They keep me warm and dry and if they get wet, I just change the liners.
  10. I've been very happy with Binnacle. Just ordered $500 more stuff.
  11. I don't think you should dismiss Precision out of hand. I've been very happy with the design process and the quality of the build. I had a lot of say in the design and they were totally cooperative. And for the past two years my dacron main and jib have worked exactly as I desired. And their after sale service has been excellent. I've just ordered a genoa. I can't speak specifically about their spinnakers, but I've been very happy with them overall. If you are racing for the America's Cup, sure look at the top places, but for the beer can crowd, I would be very happy.
  12. Just tie it to the lifelines and leave it on the foredeck until you get back to the dock. Make sure that when you drop a sail in normal conditions, you leave it hanked to the forestay while you fold it up from the rear, then unhank it last. This will position the hanks right where you want them for the next haul up. It's not a problem if you have to go to the bow to drop your sail. It will still fall on the high side of the boat.
  13. Usually when I change from my #1 to #3, the wind is blowing above 15 and the bow of my boat is bouncing up and down in the water, so I want to spend as little time as possible on the bow. So rather than pack the sail carefully, I just start at the bow and roll the whole sail into a pack and tie it with a long sail tie, then just stuff it down the main hatch. It's not pretty, but it gets the job done.
  14. Absolutely, Wichard hanks are much faster than piston hanks. Also Wichard hanks only require one hand to hank on or off. Piston hanks require two hands, so you can't hang on to your bouncing boat. BUT!!! DO NOT BUY THE SILVER WICHARD HANKS. THEY WILL RIP YOUR SPINNAKERS AND THE CLIP POPS OUT OF THE HANK. Only buy the brass Wichard Hanks. they are much better. I am fighting my sailmaker over this right now.
  15. Gee, someone should write a book on this. Since this is the shorthanded forum, I assume you are single or double handed. The key is to reduce the amount of time in which you are not sailing with a headsail up and drawing.. I've got it down to 48 seconds, and that's singlehanded. I assume you are beating upwind. 1. Tack. 2. Hank on the new sail on the windward side of the boat, below the lowest hank of the old sail. Don't worry if you can't get the tack on. 3. Shift the unused sheet to the new sail. Don't sheet in on it. 4. Tack back into your desired directio
  16. I was director of marketing at my previous yacht club. I did a count of child members (who took the various sailing courses) from 20 and 30 years previously. I found that less than 1% were still members of the club. It made a big change to our marketing focus, towards 35-55 year olds. It sure would be great if we could attract back those kids, now that they have the money to buy a boat and pay for beer.
  17. After several injuries and one death, Peleton is offering a full refund on its treadmills. This is a fantastic opportunity for the 125,000 customers who bought a $4,295 treadmill with the best of intentions, only to have it sit idle after the first week. You can buy a lot of chips and beer with $4,295.
  18. If the tide is right, you could just cut the lines and watch it drift into Canada. Actually this is not a bad idea. Make sure you follow all the rules for importing a product to Canada. As long as no person crosses the border, you should be ok.
  19. I've tried all kinds of ways to keep the dyneema lines tight, but to no success. The line itself is just to slippy. Do you have a photo of how you've done it. Yes, I'm talking about the difficulty of pulling yourself over/through the lifelines. But the problem is real with or without a pfd. this is a key reason why I like dyneema lifelines, because you can easily cut them to climb back on board, and then just retie them again.
  20. When my mast came down, the SAR folks quickly cut my lifelines on the starboard side, and they also cut my tangled halyards and rod rigging. In all three cases they could have been saved with a little untangling. But I wasn't about to question them after just towing me in. So, I did the sensible thing and stripped the outer layer from my halyard and made lifelines for the starboard side. Good point is that if I fall overboard with my tether, I can cut the lifelines to crawl back on board. (If you read the adventure of falling overboard on a Mini you'll understand the need for this.)
  21. Thirty years ago I read John Hughes' book "The Sailing Spirit" and I said "I want to do that" Then 18 years ago I said to my wife, "you know, if I'm going to sail around the world, I'd better get a boat". I still haven't sailed around the world, but a guy can dream, can't he!
  22. Thanks for the nice comments. If you've read the study on SHTP racers in my singlehanded book you realize just how much of a role that lethargy plays. I faced this myself and realized that we need to do something about it. If proper meal planning can reduce lethargy but even just 5%, the overall results would be dramatic.
  23. After getting banged in the eye when gybing a spinnaker pole, I now only use safety glasses sun glasses, available at your favourite hardware store for under $20. And at that price I don't have to fret them falling overboard.
  24. This is an easy fix. Just cut off the bad patch, fold up the foot two times, and sew it closed. Then put in new clew and tack rings a little higher up than the existing ones, but still within the reinforced corners of the jib. These will need to be sewn in by hand with a heavy thread. Invest in an awl for the best performance. Sure it will shorten your sail by a few inches but won't make any difference to your sailing and you'll be good to go for another year or two. For the luff, just find a piece of sail cloth from another old sail and sew it over top. In reading SA over many year
  25. One of the things I realized is that nutrition and meal planning is a huge part of athletic performance that was not being covered for long distance sailors. Although there was some literature for ultramarathon runners, their major challenge is simply in-taking enough calories. But for singlehanded sailors it is more fatigue management. It has been said that the skipper who sleeps best, wins. This is why a few years ago I did a lot of research and wrote a complete paper on Meal Planning for Improved Performance in Long Distance Singlehanded Voyages. I actually consider this one of my
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