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Looks like you got a lot of camber, even with the full battens. How easily does it raise and lower? Is there only one slug between battens? How neatly does it fall when you drop it? I'd be interested in hearing how it handles when you get a brisk breeze. Thanks; and ENJOY!
I think the appearance of the camber is a little misleading. I was on a broad reach, and the wife was leaned way back under the rail to get as much sail in the photo as possible. Upwind it was a thing of beauty. Raising and lowering was no problem, although it was very tight going over the mast gates. I figure that will "wear in" over time. I'm now seriously considering lazy jacks to help when I'm dropping the sail. I'll have to check and see on how many slugs are on it.
OK so the Admiral finally got tired of the push-pit upright digging into her back when she would lean back. She tried cushions but was afraid of loosing one overboard so yesterday as you can see by the water conditions we were on a break so she goes into the cabin and comes out with one of the over sized noodles and a steak knife. Proceeds to cut it to length then cut it from top to bottom and popped it on to the upright. She made one for the other side to. Took her all of five minutes and I will admit they are comfy to lean on and at the end of the day just peel them off and toss them into the cabin for the next time. Now if she can come up with an idea for the top corner of the coaming....
That's a great idea. Sailed a total of 24 nautical miles this weekend and the whole time I was trying to think of ideas to make that corner more comfortable. That noodle should work great there but like you said, its the corner rail that gets me. When the boat is in a good groove I like to sit back on starboard bench with my feet up, the tiller extension in one hand and something to sip in the other. Definitely gonna work on something like a pad for the back that is removable for access to the motor when needed.
But yea cruised for the weekend and camped out on David (Camp David?). Brilliant weather on a brilliant boat! Tried out the Navionics chart app yesterday which was amazing. 9kt s/se wind. 13.4NM in 4HRs(forgot to stop the track when we got into port and buttoned the boat up, hence the 4h20m time). So about a 3.4kt average with a 5kt top speed. Not sure if the app can account for tides or if that speed is over ground, because we were fighting the current the whole time.
I pressure washed my boat this weekend and replaced the boom vang line. The old line was just tied to the block, so I spliced the replacement. I think it looks better, although I should have gone with the white twine.
I ordered enough line replace all my running rigging so as soon as my new sail arrives I'll start in on the rest of the work.
Finally got the assym out of the bag a figured out all of the rigging associated as well as the dousing sock. The air is dead tonight, probably the calm before Arthur so it was the perfect time to get it rigged. The Spin and sock are literally never used (one of many amazing inclusions that came with the purchase of this fine vessel). Looking forward to using it and finding out the angles it works well at.
Did final rigging prep along with some testing/jibeing with my setup in anticipation tomorrow. Everything worked great except the sock kind of just stayed on the side it was hoisted. When I would jibe it around the forestay the sock would stay and the top portion of the spin would stay twisted up there. I'm thinking it was because I was just doing it in the slip, basically with the wind close hauled and I would just walk the sail around the front. Any similar experiences? Or should a good reach solve that problem?
Also, this sail is quite a strange shape. Any one have an idea of what this guy is called?made by US Sails.Prolly an old design. Came with the boat and it seems like it was never used. I almost would say its a Sym but the tack has a bronze piston hank just above it to attach to the forestay.
I never liked the sewn on slugs. With the SS shackles you can change a broken slug in 2 min on the fly and all of them easily when they get worn and don't slide as well anymore. I think you will like them better. If I ever order a new mainsail, SS shackles will be on the must have list.
As much as I love my 25 it was time to move up as we have really gotten into Cruising. The 25 is great for a weekend but anything longer, the Admiral starts complaining. "I need a shower" is the #1 complaint.
After breaking my leg in April I finally hoisted my new main yesterday. My wind gauge showed 15mph, after this photo I hauled the clew out a bit. FWIW I think it is fun that a sailmaker will put whatever you want on a sail so I have my club Ninnescah Yacht Club as a name and the year I joined as the sail number. I do not know why the album added the white space on both sides.
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