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  1. Will O'Haver

    Chicago Mac 2022

    Windy appears to be drunk, or high on something. But looks too windy at the start, and not windy enough at the finish. What’s changed!
  2. Will O'Haver

    Racer Cruisers for Tall People

    You just perfectly described a Beneteau First 36.7! I’ve owned one for 10 years and have zero complaints. Cruised extensively with a family of 5, raced extensively in a competitive One Design circuit.
  3. Will O'Haver

    Mainsail furling, why it's so problematic compared to headsail furling, can it be improved?

    Your mainsail needs to have more of a "foil" shape than your genoa on most boats. You really need those horizontal battens, and a main with some roach to it. The equipment for in -  mast furling is often pretty hidden away, and the reason you hear of it failing so often is because many people...
  4. Will O'Haver

    Spinnaker Peel Advice

    Gonna go out and practice some kite peels on our Bene 36.7, but I'm not totally sure where to start. From my understanding, you bring the pole forward and down, hook the clew of the new sail onto the guy using one of those "handcuff" shackles. (no, not the pink fluffy ones.) Hoist the new sail...
  5. Will O'Haver

    Sad Man Sold His Olson 25 — Pls Help Me Find Another Sled

    Beneteau First 25 would be ideal if you can find one! 
  6. Will O'Haver

    Spinnaker Pole Location

    I've started racing my Beneteau First 36.7 , and It's been fun. We're in a huge OD fleet, but we're still sailing with a pretty green crew, and a very green crew to the boat. A few of the boats have switched to putting the spin pole (13 ft - carbon fiber) into a sock on the boom for the upwind...
  7. Will O'Haver

    Broken shit on a Melges 24

    Interesting. It sounds like a more common failure then I realized. Thank you for the information! 
  8. Will O'Haver

    Broken shit on a Melges 24

    So I broke down last year and bought a Melges 24. It was the cheapest one on the market, Hull #22. Built in 1993. Aside from being in rough shape cosmetically, the pervious owner assured me it was a solid boat. Over the winter I had it inspected by a surveyor and no surprise they found some...
  9. Will O'Haver

    36.7 or 109?

    I think the head is very comparable to boats of a similar size. Plus you get three cabins out of the deal! As for the downwind sailing, in standard setup it does struggle in light downwind. But we sail ours with a fractional A-sym flown off the bow roller and it does very well. Even in a light...
  10. Will O'Haver

    Somewhat fast boats with standing headroom

    We've owned a Beneteau First 36.7 for about 10 years and absolutely love it. The cabin is very nice, comparable to any boat in its size range. They make smaller versions such as the 31.7, 33.7 they are all very similar to the 36.7 It's an easy boat to sail, single handed or short handed. But it...
  11. Will O'Haver

    36.7 or 109?

    They're similar boats for sure. The 36.7 is definitely a more versatile boat though. It has a great cabin, yes the cockpit is small but it's a dream to single hand. Mainsheet, traveler, jib sheets, everything is right in reach. The 36.7 goes well upwind, likely outrunning the J. The boat is not...