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  1. ryley

    Modified Columbia 30 info?

    Irrational, I have been very happy with my Facnor FX2500+ furler. Not the cheapest unit, but not the worst and it has been very reliable. I got it with the ratchet but it's not needed unless you think you're going to keep the sail up for some time and want to be extra sure it won't accidentally...
  2. ryley

    Modified Columbia 30 info?

    @Jeannic2 consider upgrading those inner tracks to be adjustable. Makes a world of difference when you're trying to depower.
  3. ryley

    Modified Columbia 30 info?

    How were they reinforced?
  4. ryley

    Modified Columbia 30 info?

    I'll see if I can get you a picture, it's pretty straightforward slab reefing. I still need to mount a cheek block on the mast but I haven't done the measurements for exactly where it goes, so what I have works but isn't perfect. It takes me about 2 minutes to put the reef in and a little longer...
  5. ryley

    Modified Columbia 30 info?

    you can set up a bolt rope main with slides that will fit in the existing track. don't add track. I have a 'delivery' main with slugs on it exactly for these shorthanded trips where I won't be able to flake or roll the main by myself at the other end of the journey. In 25 knots double-handed...
  6. ryley

    Modified Columbia 30 info?

    the guy I bought mine from had his on a hydrohoist. He used a Milwaukee 24v angle drill to raise and lower the keel. Also mine was originally set up for a symmetrical chute but I didn't get the pole when I bought the boat and there was no sym chute with the inventory. I am working on the same...
  7. ryley

    Modified Columbia 30 info?

    this change is, in my opinion, essential for anyone who isn't racing largely off the wind only.
  8. ryley

    Modified Columbia 30 info?

    thanks to the geniuses at Columbia, there is the "original" Columbia 30, the extended 32, and the Carbon 32. To make it clear that it's a first-gen extended boat, some organizations refer to it as the Columbia 30-2 or Columbia 30-2 sport, to differentiate from the unextended 30s and the Carbon 32.
  9. ryley

    Modified Columbia 30 info?

    This.
  10. ryley

    Modified Columbia 30 info?

    I'm going to chime in here. We don't have a squaretop but we did on the last boat that was similar, and you need to learn to tame the main and shift down your jibs. reefing the main should be your last resort and generally not until it's 20+ steady. the main can look like crap and still do a...
  11. ryley

    Modified Columbia 30 info?

    we did this too when both of the rudders that came with the boat broke. the original wasn't a cassette but it was a crap shape. the second was a phil's and the shape was good but the construction let us down. The last was based on the phil's shape but updated with a convex shape similar to the...
  12. ryley

    Modified Columbia 30 info?

    My boat doesn't have runners. I want to see Irrational's setup before my next main is built to see if it's worth it, but the spreaders are swept enough on my rig that I don't think you even need them to come on downwind right away. I mean our backstay is usually on only enough to quiet the kite...
  13. ryley

    Modified Columbia 30 info?

    c56602, one other thing we do in lighter air is actually hold the main out to the high side as the stern goes through the wind to help the boat turn before it comes across. YMMV ;)
  14. ryley

    Modified Columbia 30 info?

    you absolutely should not be wiping out in 12 knots of breeze. We regularly jibe a 950 sf A2 with two people without wiping out.  There are two jibes to do - 1 in "heavy" air and one in lighter stuff. in heavy air (and also dependent on sea state), don't pull the main to centerline, leave it...
  15. ryley

    Modified Columbia 30 info?

    yes they are stout. I hit a rock hard enough to put a couple superficial cracks in one of the stringers, but more importantly it deformed the stainless block on the top of the keel. It will be a very interesting off season. btw, Irrational, my main trimmers are loving the new setup. I put...
  16. ryley

    Modified Columbia 30 info?

    btw, Gull, just so it's clear I only did one weekend charity race without the engine. I've done two Wednesday night races too. None of them required a functioning motor (more on that below). All were run under ORR-ez. Interestingly, I ran an ORR-ez test cert to find out how much removing a 155...
  17. ryley

    Modified Columbia 30 info?

    When I had my Elliott 770, I had a 6 hp 4 stroke for deliveries that would push the boat at around 6 or 7 knots, and then I had a torqueedo 1003 for getting to the race course and back. Worked pretty well. The torqeedo replaced a 2.5 hp 2 stroke that finally gave up the ghost when all of the...
  18. ryley

    Modified Columbia 30 info?

    So my engine is almost done, so I'm abandoning the outboard idea. One thing I found out is that the transom would have taken a spring loaded outboard mount, but it wasn't that simple. Like most, I have the factory-installed 2' extension. There is an inspection port in the middle of the extension...
  19. ryley

    Modified Columbia 30 info?

    I had to move the water tanks to get to the engine mounts, but yeah easily done. @c56602, the engine weighs 150 lbs. you won't have any issues with this.
  20. ryley

    Modified Columbia 30 info?

    in my case I had to move the water tanks to get the mounts out.

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