Re: Cortez 16
Sorry I am so late in continuing this thread. If you're still monitoring it, I have maybe four cents worth to add.
I have owned my boat for three and a half years. Last year, I bought a new furling genoa (about 130%) but with the area lakes all so low I did not sail her. This year, I had knee surgery and am just now ready for the water again.
My boat is tough but tender. She likes winds in a very narrow zone of about 8-15 mph. Below and she won't really make way, above 15 and it gets very interesting in a hurry. She heels over quickly and I haven't yet found the spot where she stiffens naturally until she is being hit really hard by a side wind. She is very hard to point up toward the wind. By changing the weight distribution in the cuddy so she noses down a bit, I feel like I am able to reach better and the cockpit is also more level.
After a near disaster with a 47 mph micro-burst, I really did some re-thinking about this boat. I changed the way the boom was rigged - there was an odd little metal rail or bar at the stern that had no provision for sheeting in and holding the boom amidship. I now have two pad eyes with simple rigging that allows me to use the boom traveller cleat more effectively. I now the trimming capabilities of the furler. The new sail is waiting for some lake trials and the main has been re-sewn with a reef point added.
A few other things: The fiberglass hull is hand layed-up and it seems very substantial. Because the boat has such a tall freeboard it really needs a swim ladder for safety. The relatively heavy keel is quite reassuring. It is heavy enough that I think it would take a huge wind to knock this little boat down. While she launches rather easily, my boat is not easy to get back onto the trailer after being on the water. I have only sailed this boat on smallish lakes .
My rudder is very odd. I have to use trucker's tie downs in order to get it to pop up an down properly, but it is not very streamlined. How is your rudder assembly designed?