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Hi All, I recently found an 1973 Etchells 46 in a barn near London, Ontario, Canada. Please see the attached pictures taken just after the boat was pulled from the barn. Yes, the deep fin lead keel is not on the boat. The boat is sitting on it's F/G hull keel stub on the trailer to reduce the over the highway load height. Note that the bottom tip of the skeg hung rudder is touching the grass in the pasture. The Etchells 46 was designed by Skip Etchells and built by Tillotson-Pearson Inc. It appears that only two Etchells 46's were ever built. The first one was built for Everett Pearson about 1971 for use as his personal boat. Everett Pearson named his boat FANTASIA. Everett Pearson probably sailed his boat called FANTASIA in races around Boston and possibly on Newport to Bermuda races and the SORC. The second Etchells 46 built is the one that I found in the barn. Tillotson-Pearson Inc. might have also called the Etchells 46, a Fantasia 46 or a Tillotson-Pearson 46. The Etchells 46 that I found, was stored in the barn for approximately 30 years. It is complete with all of the spars and rigging. The history of the boat is unknown. I have hauled it to Bayfield, Ontario on Lake Huron. I am planning on refitting the boat and sailing it on the Great Lakes. Although the boat's hull appears to be black in the pictures, it is actually a very dark blue. This second Etchells 46 is the same as the first boat built, Everett Pearson's FANTASIA, with the following factory modifications, an IOR type bustle was incorporated at the rudder post and there is no companionway in the cockpit. In addition, entry to the boat is though a midships sliding hatch down a ladder over the midships engine box. A full suite of Barient 20, 26, 32 and 35 winches are on deck, similar to boats of the early 1970's. I am calling the boat that I found in the barn "MYSTERY" because I do not know any of her history. To the best of my knowledge, and research at this time, Skip Etchells only designed the two 46's and Tillotson-Pearson only built the two of them in the early 1970's. FANTASIA was built first and then "MYSTERY" was built. The boat that I have appears to be a factory built/modified version of the first built Etchells 46. There may have been additional Etchells 46's built that I am not aware of at this time. I would be interested in learning about the history of both of these two boats. If you sailed on, docked beside or have any knowledge of Everett Pearson's Etchells 46 named FANTASIA, please post it on the board for all to see. In addition, If you sailed on, docked beside or have any knowledge of the dark blue, modified Etchells 46 that I call "MYSTERY", please post it as well on the board for all to see. Thank you! Ric
While we're doing these IOR reminiscences, who remembers the tack gybe set? 45 to 65-footer, starboard rounding, typical in the Solent, with the next leg DDW. Also at times on twelves. Approach the mark near or on the starboard tack layline, giving you lots of rights. Put the kite bag on the foredeck, well forward. Pole goes up on starboard side, both ends, and just before you get to the mark pull the kite tack back into the pole end, and a bit more, like 6 feet off the headstay. Make sure you've really banded the tack or it's a nightmare. The foreguy is just two turns on the winch, with someone smart on it. This looks all wrong. We haven't tacked yet. Just before the mark the kite is hoisted behind the jib, and then the helmsman tacks the boat round the mark, and bears away big time. The main must go out all the way to help. The jib tailer eases the jib just 5 or 6 feet during the tack till it's well backed and helps to push the bow down, then cleats it and grabs the kite sheet. The aftguy comes all the way back. The kite is now hoisted on the windward side of the jib, but the pole is well back (perhaps underwater) so this is no problem. The main crashes over as the boat spins, and we've gybed. The jib flops back and can come down at your leisure. And we're going downwind with a perfectly set kite on starboard before the stern clears the mark, shouting all the rights again. Port roundings are so boring.
So next week my college team and I are going off to Chicago to race T10's against other Midwestern colleges. I've thumbed through the North, Doyle Boston and Sobstad tuning guides and they seem to point in similar directions as far as rig setup and trim goes, and a lot of the advice is pretty intuitive. We were assigned an LS-10, which is the newer boat with the coachroof and some layout changes on deck and inside. 1. Are there any special tuning considerations for the LS-10 that wouldn't be true for the T-10? 2. Any preseason prep (Fairing, Longboarding, Sanding/Antifoul, New Sails) would have to already have been done by the owner, is there anything we can do to increase performance before leaving the dock? 3. For the main trimmer, how much of the trim is done with the traveler versus the sheet? The guides talk about keeping the aft third of the top batten parallel to the boom and the telltale stalling about 50% of the time, and that it's more crucial to induce twist coming out of tacks to promote flow adhesion on the keel-obviously keeping a dialogue with the driver, is that just slowly pulling the car to windward as the boat flattens out or is there some sheet play? Downwind, is it just playing out mainsheet until the sail hits the spreaders or is there more finesse? 4. Weight placement downwind-I assume that the goal is to keep weight out of the cockpit unless it's nuking, does the T-10 do better with a little windward or a little leeward heel? Better to soak or to try and keep boatspeed up? It's a pretty tiny kite... 5. Any tips to get a crew that has never sailed big boats together before; and most of whom have only sailed Opti/420/Laser/FJ or some very "Cruisy" PHRF boats up to speed quickly?