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  1. I suppose it was inevitable in a place called sailinganarchy. Maybe we need a new, kinder, gentler forum - I see sailingcuddles is already taken, but sailinggrouphugs is still available!
  2. I've used a Munter Hitch for lots of towing, rappelling, and belaying applications. It's self-reversing so can work in both directions without having to re-tie. You can also use a stainless carabiner to mitigate the corrosion issues with aluminum.
  3. It’s all about out-doing your friends with the Hanstaiger!
  4. Some say Vietnam is locked down due to COVID and lots of things under construction there have halted.
  5. Here we are "cruising" double-handed with the A2 squared back, roll-up dinghy on the deck under the main sail. And when it got a bit breezier we'd square the A3 back instead, also double-handed, A2 on the deck under the main. This is the A3 off the bow (full racing crew), 25 knots true, AWA 90', heading into a narrow channel between two islands so there is no option to head down to depower (photographer on land). Would you fly a sym kite on a heavy displacement boat in these conditions?
  6. Yes we used the same J-length pole for all kites. We raced under PHRF-Northwest and their rules don't distinguish between syms and asyms, but take the girth of the largest spinnaker to be 1.80(JC) which was equal to J in our case. There was no difference in rating as long as we were using the same J-length pole. Both the S2 and A2 were designed and built by UK Sailmakers Northwest to maximize sail area for the boat under the PHRF-NW measurement rule for a "Standard Class Boat" code 5 sail. So on paper they had the exact same sail area, but I'm not sure anybody ever compared the actu
  7. Yes, but if your asymmetric kite is cut for running with big shoulders (e.g. A2) it will also be very efficient at this, with the added benefit that it doesn't death roll like a symmetric kite at very deep angles. In this photo we didn't have the pole attached yet and the luff could have been eased because it was breaking high. As somebody who had 3 symmetric (S1.5, S2, S4) and 2 asymmetric (A2, A3) kites on a heavy displacement boat, the A2 was our go-to kite 90% of the time. It had a 0.9oz luff and 0.75oz fabric for the rest of the kite. We won a dozen major eve
  8. The scanning apps in BC and Quebec are not connected to any central database, basically just read the data from the QR code, verify its authenticity, and display the status.
  9. Corsair 880 “cruising” well-documented by YouTube vloggers on “Tula’s Endless Summer”. The spent a good month on board doing the Florida Loop.
  10. Corsair 880 apparently has a B rating: https://itboat.com/en/models/10553-880-sport
  11. Our screacher is relatively flat, so we use blocks attached to the aft beam with soft shackles, situated about 10 degrees off the boat centerline, which works out to being closer to the main hull than the float, just inboard of the upper folding strut on the F-82R. From there we tweak the clew laterally inboard to point in light air, or outboard to reach in heavy air.
  12. The 10” and single sheave is certainly a constraint in your case. On days when we’ve needed to reef but hadn’t rigged the appropriate reef lines we just used a big soft shackle through the clew reefing cringle and around the boom. We also use soft shackles to rig the screecher and spinnaker blocks to the aft beam. They are super easy to make from scraps of Dyneema so we keep lots of spares of varying lengths on the boat.
  13. We have a homemade boom for our F-82R made from a standard 2" x 3" x 0.120" extrusion. We use a reef hook on the outhaul and I quite like the setup because I can use the same outhaul with full main or reefs. There is a 2:1 reduction inside the boom, plus another 2:1 reduction outside the boom, where the line from the boom end sheave goes through the hook and back to the boom end. Vertical clew loads with full main are taken by a soft shackle that goes through the clew, around the boom, and connects to the main sheet block. Vertical clew loads for reefs are taken by stand
  14. Unfortunately I don’t have any good pics of his setup, but the basic idea is to make a gin pole where the base straddles the mast and attaches to the deck at the pivot point independent of the mast. Then when you’ve lowered the mast, you simply fold the gin pole against the deck of the boat so it’s ready to go for the next raising. Each of these little refinements might save just 5 minutes, but it all ads up!
  15. IHMO there’s lots that you can do to make the F242 very quick and easy to trailer. I think @Airwick pretty much has the process nailed, and can launch and rig his F242 singlehanded just as fast a fully crewed boat sailing from a slip. Some things I’ve seen him do: Keep the boat as fully rigged as possible (e.g. sheets in place) and cover with a tarp on the trailer Custom mast raising gear stays in place on the trailer, folds down and ready to use next time Stern roller integrated into stern pushpit, ready to use at all times Structural furler on jib with i
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