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  1. Thread: New Boat 4 Sled

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    I can split hairs for three more days, then I'm...

    I can split hairs for three more days, then I'm retired!

    NCPHRF does not limit whisker pole length. In section 10 of its Regulations (X. 3. d.) it says "Whisker pole may be of any length." So go...
  2. Thread: New Boat 4 Sled

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    P.S.: Since Ragtime!'s allowed pole length was...

    P.S.: Since Ragtime!'s allowed pole length was 18.6 feet and we could fly twin headsails, my little 30'er had a wingspan of over 37 feet! As written elsewhere, I actually tried this in 2008, taking...
  3. Thread: New Boat 4 Sled

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    Philpott is close. Here's the rule, typos...

    Philpott is close. Here's the rule, typos included:

    3.01 One or more spinnaker poles or whisker poles may be used to pole out headsails. The length of the whisker poles may not exceed the spell...
  4. Thread: New Boat 4 Sled

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    "There are a few around, about 20, that have been...

    "There are a few around, about 20, that have been “tweaked” under the waterline to enhance performance."

    Since PHRF is a performance handicapping system, have these tweaks been declared so these...
  5. Thread: What I Saw

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    This storm is delivering as forecast. Here are...

    This storm is delivering as forecast. Here are two pngs from the RYC sensors. With steady wind in the high twenties and a couple of 42 knot gusts, the anemometer blew out.

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    NWS...
  6. Thread: Vallejo 1/2 pics

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    Back atcha Todd! Osprey was hard to catch on the...

    Back atcha Todd! Osprey was hard to catch on the way to Vallejo:

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    After crossing tacks a couple of times, Surprise! finally got past her "cousin" Bella, only to have Aidan pass as we...
  7. Thread: New Boat 4 Sled

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    There's a Westsail Rendezvous at Owl Harbor this...

    There's a Westsail Rendezvous at Owl Harbor this weekend.

    Philpott says cell service is good there, so these posts have probably been seen and may be a topic for spirited discussion among the...
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    They're back, and you have options! Surprise!...

    They're back, and you have options!

    Surprise! is again signed up for Berkeley's Sunday midwinter series. I'm currently registered singlehanded but I might change to doublehanded based on the...
  9. Thread: New Boat 4 Sled

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    I'd ask Randy. He's the only Westsail 32 owner...

    I'd ask Randy. He's the only Westsail 32 owner I've met who is realistic about the boat's performance and isn't trying to defend it.
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    Welcome home Cliff! It appeared the last few...

    Welcome home Cliff! It appeared the last few days weren't fun.
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    And if it's a flood, you can be rigging your...

    And if it's a flood, you can be rigging your fenders and see the Mare Island Bridge quickly coming at you. There's a story (it wasn't me...)

    In the club's basin, the last I knew it got really...
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    Our fleet is less congested in there than YRA's...

    Our fleet is less congested in there than YRA's GVR fleet, and you'll probably be one of the earlier arrivals. Yes, get the fenders and dock lines installed while you're still out in the river,...
  13. Thread: Surprise!

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    I attached the Gyb'Easy to the boom using a heavy...

    I attached the Gyb'Easy to the boom using a heavy dyneema strop with eye splices in each end, which was just long enough to clove hitch around the boom and shackle to the brake. Wichard recommends a...
  14. Thread: New Boat 4 Sled

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    "Can I sail with you sometime?" Singlehander: ...

    "Can I sail with you sometime?"

    Singlehander: "Sorry, this pie is occupewed."

    I've never actually said it but I've thought it a few times.
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  15. Thread: Surprise!

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    The Gyb'Easy boom brake/preventer works exactly...

    The Gyb'Easy boom brake/preventer works exactly as described = great! Chris and Joanie sailed with me yesterday and Chris took the photos in the next post.

    Related to this (and another PSA of...
  16. Thread: New Boat 4 Sled

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    That looks like a Pacific Seacraft 25. A better...

    That looks like a Pacific Seacraft 25. A better boat (IMO) that is similar in appearance is the Victoria 26, which is Chuck Paine's Morris Frances with an extended cabin. We had an original...
  17. Thread: Surprise!

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    Surprise! has a velcro strap for the clew as you...

    Surprise! has a velcro strap for the clew as you describe (as did Ragtime!). This appears to be standard-issue from North Sails now.

    The Harken Loup is installed and looks good to me, so no need...
  18. Thread: Surprise!

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    It's blue? I don't know but they call it...

    It's blue?

    I don't know but they call it "GybeFlex" line and they make a pretty big deal about it in the ads. Just the line is $165 at Landfall. Defender had the whole thing including the line...
  19. Thread: New Boat 4 Sled

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    Before I saw Chuck's ad for Surprise! I thought...

    Before I saw Chuck's ad for Surprise! I thought my next boat would be a J/109. 109's have wheels and I wanted a tiller. I conjured up a tiller arrangement similar to Aero's that would avoid the...
  20. Thread: Surprise!

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    Good idea - we did the same when we replaced the...

    Good idea - we did the same when we replaced the traveler lines a while back.

    While I was testing lead angles for the boom brake, Dave Hodges walked by. Dave keeps Timber Wolf (see Skip's thread)...
  21. Thread: New Boat 4 Sled

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    The web sez that's the Aero II, designed by Dr....

    The web sez that's the Aero II, designed by Dr. Manfred Curry. The flaps are brakes, used when racing to slow or stop the boat at opportune times, such as on the starting line. They were quickly...
  22. Thread: Surprise!

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    Wichard's Gyb'Easy allows you to increase or...

    Wichard's Gyb'Easy allows you to increase or decrease the friction by passing the bight in the line through more or fewer rings - there's no need to have access to one end of the line to add wraps. ...
  23. Thread: Surprise!

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    One of the videos demonstrated a brake similar to...

    One of the videos demonstrated a brake similar to yours, with one primary loop. The brand was "Capt. Don." (Not sure if he's related to Capt. Ron.)

    The reviews said it didn't add enough friction...
  24. Thread: Surprise!

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    Agreed, that would be best. I had strops around...

    Agreed, that would be best. I had strops around the boom on Ragtime! On this boat the sheeting angle is such that the mainsheet needs to attach at the very end of the boom where a strop would...
  25. Thread: Surprise!

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    Regarding that soft attachment (above), I'm not...

    Regarding that soft attachment (above), I'm not sure what to do here. I've used Harken "Loups" for a long time and I've never come close to breaking one - but Surprise! is a bigger boat.

    For the...
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