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  1. Great advice in this thread. Someone mentioned taking measurements - wholeheartedly agree - and also take a ton of pictures. You will thank yourself when putting it back together. On the subject of balance: arguable, and my preference is to be a little bit bottom-heavy for the following reason: the mast will be very stable and controllable when in the vertical position. Whether moving it to shore or lowering onto the deck as you are doing, the best time to take a deep breath and make sure everything looks OK is with the mast vertical and the butt guy being assisted by gravity to ho
  2. Yes. Old Ericsons are good boats. Be realistic about the time it will take to put things together. My estimate for the ratio between re-assembly and taking things apart is 8:1 (this is why so many boats end up taken apart and not put back together). A cleat that took fifteen minutes to remove will take two hours to properly get the holes over-drilled, filled with epoxy, re-drilled, set in place with 4200, cleaned up, etc. When we re-did a Cal 25 it was around 500 hours of labor between the professional help, me, and some very appreciated friends with the disassembly being around 60 of t
  3. ASA or any other school is just a beginning. I have come to accept that the "5 year stick with it rate" for adults who take a sailing class of some sort, or otherwise enter the sport, is around 10%. Arguable number, but it certainly isn't 50% and it is more than zero. Looking back over decades my ability to predict who will stick with the sport and become notably competent, and who will not, is horribly inaccurate. Part of my Zen path to acceptance is to expect nothing more from new or newly-graduated sailors other than the fact that they have exhibited enough interest in the sport to at
  4. We had our 36.7 for five years on the Great Lakes. Decided to buy another Beneteau after having lustful thoughts toward other brands based on the following: We owned our 2005 36.7 from 2015 through 2020. In that time we logged over 10,000 miles, including 9 Mackinac races, many windward-leeward events, and great cruising. Never trucked, always delivered on her own bottom. And in that entire five years, never once did that boat fail to make a start line, finish line, or planned cruise. We sailed her hard, and with great appreciation got more than our share of podium finishes. Yeah, I
  5. The interpersonal dynamics between you and your friend make it very unlikely she will substantially un-panic by gaining her sailing experience only with you. That's OK...the conversation should be, "I really want to sail together with you, and to do that we need for you to become more comfortable with sailing. I believe the best way for that to happen is for you to sail with Bob and Sally for a few sessions, and I have taken the liberty of arranging that along with the wine and snacks for the first outing with them. Have fun!"
  6. Burden here is really on the cockpit. The kite should be kept flying and full through the jibe, meaning that both sheets are drawing. Really good to have one person with a sheet in each hand, focusing on nothing except keeping the kite full and properly rotating around the forestay while someone else takes care of the guys. This keeps boat speed up, which reduces apparent wind (assuming the driver is nicely keeping downwind through the process), and also makes it very natural that the pole and new guy lift up to the newly lazy sheet. On a 40-foot boat, I figure on free-flying the kite off
  7. Does fresh water help? Had a similar set of materials on a steering mechanism, albeit at much lower loads, and a cup of water tossed on it would stop the squeaks for a couple of hours. Cheap and harmless to try....
  8. You are on-target with all of your ideas. We have a thriving club and struggle with the same issues. A "safe risk-discussion environment" is essential....it is important that things are discussed openly. What may help is a culture where the adrenaline rush is saved up for the sailing stuff. Best to successfully manage risks toward getting the kids out sailing more aggressively and in extreme conditions. An Opti-kid surfing in a 20+ knot breeze is worth some risk to help happen (extra safety boats standing by, double-check of equipment beforehand, etc.). High-speed turns on a po
  9. Therapist hat on now;) He thinks he wants an outboard and minimal systems. What he really wants - based on my grey-haired credentials - is a happy wife, kids, and guests so he can go sailing a huge amount of time. There is a significant difference between, "Dear, please hold the tiller and I'm sorry you're wet in all these waves and yes that's the outboard propeller screaming as it comes out of the water and maybe if the kids sit in the back the propeller will stay in the water in these big waves and yes I am sorry you are wet I already apologized but if you had let me leave a sail up
  10. Catalina 30. We had one for 18 years with kids from infants through teenagers. Wife and kids will love it. Systems are easy and with tons of them around getting technical support is easy. Giant cockpit and you can bring along another family while keeping everybody dry and feeling safe. Took literally hundreds of guests sailing over the years. Smaller choice is Catalina 27 (we had one of those for 3 years). Same comments as the 30, but with wife and kids and added guests the 30 is a lot roomier. Plenty of Catalina 30's available in the low teens.... https://longisland.craigslist.org/bo
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