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  1. If we can’t get a good nights sleep, the layout is impractical for a couple for cruising and vacationing. We won’t be buying one.
  2. I emailed Corsair with a question about the berth dimensions. The aft cabin is only 38” wide. That’s a wide single berth, but not a double. And the vberth is too narrow for two sets of feet. I don’t see how you could sleep 5 adults on the 880 or where a couple could share a berth comfortably as its currently configured.
  3. The red lines on the polar diagram represent the output from the designer’s VPP for the 880 Sport. The black lines are for the non sport version. The Sport 880 (red lines) has a taller mast and larger mainsail and Genoa, a screecher and asymm as standard. It’s faster. The Cruise 880 (black lines) are for the cruising version shorter mast, smaller mainsail and smaller self-tacking jib, and without the optional sprit, screecher and asymm.
  4. I think Kestrahl is correct about the cruising version of Norlam way back when. It had row skins of warp oriented Dacron on the outside, with one layer of mylar film in the center. The racing version of Nordic was a Dacron cloth core in the center, with mylar on the outside. This is From the 2004 archive of North’s website: Polyester laminates are the next step up in performance from woven polyesters. They combine Mylar™ film with polyester cloth in two or more plies. The much looser construction allows for flat, straight yarns, especially as compared
  5. Norlam used to be what North called its cruising laminate for tri radial, paneled sails. It was a polyester scrim sandwiched between Mylar film, with light weight polyester taffeta son both sides. I don’t know if they are still selling it or not. It’s pretty comparable to contender’s CDX and dimension polyant’s DCX. There are incremental improvements in all three company’s products every few years.
  6. What was the mode of failure? What model and size of sailboat? What size mainsail?
  7. I’ve got the Tides track system with a Carbon mainsail with 7 full battens. Works beautifully. The sail drops by gravity In less than two seconds on my boat, even in 25+ knots of wind. It’s super easy to hoist and to reef. The sail slides attach the same way as any other system, using webbing loops. The track needs to be replaced about every 10-12 years in high UV climates. It’s super easy to DIY. The whole system is a fraction of the cost of an aluminum track systems, so it’s still less expensive than a Harken or Antal etc system. Full MSRP on the track is $13-14 per foot.
  8. I’ve been sewing for over 50 years, and at the moment own two industrial machines, one all metal singer from the 1950s, and a 100-stitch $300 plastic home machine. The singer 301 has been in my family for 65 years, in perfect working condition. It’s a slant needle like the 401a, with similar construction, power and drop feed.. it is a straight stitch, no zigzag. I made a Sunbrella dinghy boat cover with the Singer 20 years ago. It got the job done but..l. I broke a lot of needles because things slip when feeding the material heavy, bulky material through through. The motor str
  9. Having fun with my new-to-me F-24-mk1 tri.

  10. Working on getting goodies for my new J70

  11. It's too cold for me! 30 degrees F

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