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  1. J

    Modified Columbia 30 info?

    Main projects for next season: Upgrade the reefing system (anyone has pictures of their mainsail luff hooking? Do you use reefing hooks at the goose neck?) Upgrade for adjustable jib traveler cars (is 3:1 enough?) Install jib in-haulers (I14, I will use the pics you already joined to this...
  2. J

    Modified Columbia 30 info?

    Interesting. So I'm wondering, if our numbers are the same or close, how come my mast has so much pre-bend?
  3. J

    Modified Columbia 30 info?

    Thanks to All for the comments. It help me understanding the shrouds interaction. I14, yes, I rigged the shrouds tension with a Loos PT-2 Gauge and, as far as I remember, I carefully verified the wire size before. The numbers were: Uppers: 21, Lowers: 20 and Intermediates 27. I used the numbers...
  4. J

    Modified Columbia 30 info?

    Ouaip, I will release some tension on the headstay, this should reduce the prebend. As I have a furler on the headstay, I can't measure the tension but I will adjust following the 2.5'' to 3'' prebend. I see on your picture the bungie retainers for the runners. This was on my project list for...
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    Modified Columbia 30 info?

    It looks that my mast has a lot of pre-bend compare to the other boats. The runner are loose and there is still a prononced bend. How much pre-bend do you have in your mast? Should I release some tension on the rig for the winter storage period? Maybe the headstay is too tight?
  6. J

    Modified Columbia 30 info?

    Congratulation I14, great performance! I did my first friendly race 3 weeks ago. Absolutely no wind this day, which is unusual for the Saguenay River. As the fleet in my place is mostly cruising boats, I could at least conclude that my Col 30 is very fast in the light air compare to those big...
  7. J

    Modified Columbia 30 info?

    There is a track and a traveler already installed for a smaller jib. I'll go with a crosscut or tri-radial Dacron sail that will be made during the coming winter. The season is already close the the end over here.
  8. J

    Modified Columbia 30 info?

    I asked many quotes and received different suggestions and prices. I think a basic Dacron Cross-cut sail would be fine for this purpose. What do you have Irrational? North Sails are expensive. Higher quality of course but does it worth the price difference?
  9. J

    Modified Columbia 30 info?

    Raven was carried on the road and the mast was down. I tuned the rig as mentioned in the owner manual. that was the only information I had at that time for the rig tension. Uppers 21, Lowers 20 and intermediate 27. Should I increase the rig tension? I know that your chainplates were reinforced...
  10. J

    Modified Columbia 30 info?

    As we often have 25-30 kts winds on the Saguenay River, should I go for a storm jib, as previously mentioned by Irrational 14 in similar conditions?
  11. J

    Modified Columbia 30 info?

    Well noted. I will have the main modified during the next winter and ask quotations for a smaller jib. If we go ahead with more serious racing, I could have a new main with bolt rope fabricated and kept for regattas. Ryley, post some pics of your reefing arrangements if you can. I will need to...
  12. J

    Modified Columbia 30 info?

    Thanks for the advises. Yesterday, me and my wife on the boat, wind 25-28 kts and sailing upwind, it was sporty. Two reefs in the mainsail and the gib reduced to minimum. We were easily left behind by a J-Boat 36-38 feet. I have the original square top Dacron mainsail which is still in good...
  13. J

    Modified Columbia 30 info?

    I never had a boat so light! It jumps ahead at the slightest breeze. Very satisfying. We will give some headhache to the local fleet in the coming race. Because of the pandemia, last year, I could not cross the boarder to get the boat myself. It was delivered to me at the Canadian boarder. I...
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    Modified Columbia 30 info?

    Thanks Irrational 14! Interesting pictures. I only have the fine tune on my Col30. Enough for now. Maybe I could upgrade when I get better. We will be often sailing with kids on light breeze. In these condition, do you also use the runners? Can I remove it to keep things simple while training...
  15. J

    Modified Columbia 30 info?

    How do you use the runners? upwind only in strong breeze and downwind with spinnaker. Or at all time whatever the wind speed and direction? do you completely remove the runners in some particular situation? I'm discovering the boat and never used runners before. Thanks.
  16. J

    Modified Columbia 30 info?

    Rodger. Well noted.
  17. J

    Modified Columbia 30 info?

    There is another traveler on track just forward the chainplates on my Col 30. Would this be for a inhauler for the spinnaker?   
  18. J

    Modified Columbia 30 info?

    The keel is repaired and like new.
  19. J

    Modified Columbia 30 info?

    Thanks for the comments and pics. Infortunately, I think the Origo 1500 is discontinued. I'll try to find a used one. I think this one would be the best for cooking more than freeze-dried food sachets. 
  20. J

    Modified Columbia 30 info?

    Is anybody has his Columbia 30 fitted with a sink and a stove? Mine has nothing in the port and starboard pods. Between the weekend races, the plan is to sail overnight with family for 2 or 3 days. I will install some minimum amenities. Any suggestions or pictures of your installations? Also...




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