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  1. This looks like an interesting project to follow: http://www.openwatersyachts.com/Design.php
  2. From Craig's website: "We commit to never speaking ill of our fellow Members to our Customers. If we have an opinion on the work of our fellow Members, we will raise it with them directly or with the Conduct and Ethics Committee of Certified Independent Sail Makers."
  3. Anybody else find it odd that it's very well priced and only one photo? Surprised it's not in Kansas with the owners moving to Edmonton!
  4. Interestingly one of my office mates is an Olympic medalist in rowing, and he said he'd far prefer pedaling for a longer race like this or the R2AK.
  5. The Cow Bay Regatta is one of the "busiest" keelboat and multihull regattas in British Columbia. The start and finish are somewhat in the middle of the course, albeit off to the side, and per the SIs both are restricted and boats may not pass through unless starting or finishing.
  6. Merits of Coppercoat aside, we do happen to have it on our main hull, and have since done a small bow repair that requires about 3 square feet of new paint. Unfortunately none of the shops in town carry it, and for the small amount we need I don't really want to order a batch online. Has anybody home rolled their own for a small repair e.g. copper filings in West System epoxy? Or does anybody on Southern Vancouver Island have any they are willing to part with?
  7. No it's not bad all year, but seems to be worst during extreme tides that also pick stuff up from the beaches, including kelp that washed up previously.
  8. Exactly - this is the keel of my last boat and kelp was rarely a problem in the PNW. The folded prop on a shaft extended almost all the way to the rudder, which along with the keel seemed to keep it pretty clear as well. On the other hand my buddy has a plumb keel with a torpedo bulb, and in some races we're literally running the kelp cutter every 5-10 minutes, so backing down to de-foul it isn't really an option if you want to win. It's also not just kelp, but smaller stuff like eel grass too, at least around Southern Vancouver Island.
  9. I did lots of monohull racing before getting an F-82R, which is very similar to the F-25C except built from glass and foam. Sail handling is very similar to any planing sport boat with a sprit (e.g. Cheetah 30, Melges) however the F-25/82 is much faster, especially as the wind builds. In terms of boat speed, we're similar to any 35-40 foot racing boat in under five knots of breeze, but once the wind builds above 10-12 knots we're significantly faster. For example, except for things like TP-52s and Maxis, most monohulls will struggle to get above 10 knots of boat speed unless th
  10. Thanks for the testimonial! I think those are pretty good numbers for a loaded boat, average sails, a conservative sailing style and a non-rotating mast (based on photos of other Mumby 48s). With some fresh laminate sails and a good crew that can push the boat you might well end up with @Sidecar's numbers.
  11. If you stow the lines against the mast and boom once the sail is folded they will fit inside a standard cover with no modifications. You only need to modify the cover if you want to leave the lazy jacks deployed with the cover on.
  12. Totally agree - I used cheap nylon single braid from the local hardware store to "prototype" my lazy jacks about 12 years ago and they are still going strong! I have cheap plastic cleats just below the gooseneck that are used to stow them 99% of the time, except when lowering and flaking the sail.
  13. My laminate sails weigh at least 30% less than the Dacron sails, which makes them much easier to handle. I think this boat would do just fine with a good Dacron main, and it will last you a very long time.
  14. I've been very happy with Mustang EP 6.5 gear for about the last year now. Material is of similar thickness to my previous Henri Lloyd Offshore gear (measured with micrometer) and build quality is at least as good if not better. Plus it's nice to support a relatively local company for those who live in the PNW.
  15. I agree that you're better off to invest in good laminate headsails first, especially if you have a masthead rig, where much of the drive is from the headsail. I won lots of races with laminate headsails and a good crosscut Dacron main on my previous masthead boat, especially when the breeze was up and I didn't want to damage my relatively light laminate main with unnecessary flogging. On the other hand my current boat has a fractional rig with a huge flat-top main, and I wouldn't even attempt to use Dacron in this case.
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