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    Quote Originally Posted by BobJ View Post
    Are we having fun yet?
    I'm guessing, unless you were running a fractional spinny, the check-stays are doing zero, and the mast-head spinny is being countered by the permanent backstay. Possibly a good idea not to use the checkstays when running. But of course I wasn't there, hihi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sleddog View Post
    Possibly a good idea not to use the checkstays when running.
    Bingo. The way they're set up you have to unreave them (no quick release). Do-able but harder after things got sporty, so we left them.

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    The only problem I see in this video is running hard with a reefed main on your J-125 will be, by the end of the ride, the spinnaker sheet having chafed a nice hole in your expensive mainsail. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6kNSQz3l7k
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    By design? Look who is sponsoring the video

    CTT has a big Kevlar patch under the boom for the sheet to chafe against. Good idea though to not let the folds of the main sit between the two!

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    I saw Mayan beating back to Santa Cruz as I left Half Moon Bay around noon. Beautiful sight. Glad she survived unscathed.

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    A long, strange, and satisfying trip it's been since Sept., 2010, at Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival. It was there I first contemplated a small catamaran for nearshore cruising when visiting aboard the 16 foot "Eco-Cat," towable behind compact car.

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    At the time, little did I realize that local Santa Cruz boatbuilder Howard Spruit, having become allergic to fiberglass, had built himself a small plywood catamaran, the 20 foot MOKUALANI, over a three year period.

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    Howard had the skills, the energy, and patience to adopt "MOKU"'s design and build techniques to a new WILDFLOWER, and over 18 months, 2010-2012, we built a new plywood cat, 22 feet LOA, here in the Capitola driveway.

    After three summers with the new WILDFLOWER cat cruising British Columbia waters, Howard and I continue to make improvements. The new kick-up rudder Howard has just completed is a beauty: lighter, stronger, more hydrodynamic, and sensual than the old polyethelene one. Thanks, Howard!

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    WILDFLOWER and FELIX make an interesting contrast. FELIX, 24 feet LOA, and built by the guys at Turn Point Design in Port Townsend, is directly aimed at winning the 2016 Race2Alaska.

    FELIX is all carbon fiber, no wood, and with state-of-the-art improvements of pedal power for light winds, hydrofoils on the daggers and rudders, water ballast, hiking racks, canting mast, and other ingenious thinking. Does FELIX have a bunk? Nope, the three man crew will be "camping out" in the small cuddy for the R2AK.

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    Different strokes for different folks.
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    [QUOTE=sleddog;14706]
    At the time, little did I realize that local Santa Cruz boatbuilder Howard Spruit, having become allergic to fiberglass, had built himself a small plywood catamaran, the 20 foot MOKUALANI, over a three year period.

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    Howard had the skills, the energy, and patience to adopt "MOKU"'s design and build techniques to a new WILDFLOWER, and over 18 months, 2010-2012, we built a new plywood cat, 22 feet LOA, here in the Capitola driveway.

    After three summers with the new WILDFLOWER cat cruising British Columbia waters, Howard and I continue to make improvements. The new kick-up rudder Howard has just completed is a beauty: lighter, stronger, more hydrodynamic, and sensual than the old polyethelene one. Thanks, Howard!

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    A "sensual" rudder. Now that's a description! I've seen Howard's boat in the yard, but it looks much more sensual on the water. I invited him down to Monterey to take me sailing but he declined. I tried to bribe him with solid redwood, which he also declined. Sigh. Guess I'll have to take Dura Mater down, with her ordinary rudder.

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    Howard's little blue electric car goes 25 mph max. for a distance the length of an extension cord and plug. Howard prefers staying "local," and sailing once a week out of Santa Cruz Harbor.

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    directly aimed at winning the 2016 Race2Alaska.
    Only if many other break. There are many faster multihulls entered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by solosailor View Post
    Only if many other break. There are many faster multihulls entered.
    Yes, but do they have sensual rudders??!!

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