Originally Posted by Minnewaska
Tweegs, I don't know you or your boat, but offer this only as gross observation. I've seen many casual race boats with their owners obsessing over the hull, all the while the sheets and sails are nearly blown out, improper for conditions, or misfit. I would want it free of growth, but getting every last bump out is the last thing I would worry about to be sure I was going as fast a I could. Maybe all else is squared away on your vessel.
We had the sails cleaned last winter and the sail maker (Doyle) rated the main as in poor condition and the head sail (155 genny) in fair condition.
A 40 knot gust blew out the main for us early in the year and we replaced it with a Pentax sail (Mylar/Kevlar) with the S load tapes custom cut for the boat.
We ran the old genny all year knowing it wasn’t helping us much, but I just put a deposit on a new 135, again custom cut for the boat and of the same material used in the main.
For both sails the sail maker was out to the boat taking measurements, plugging those numbers into the computer, and using a sail makers sage and savvy to come up with a size and cut well suited to the boat. In our case the new head sail will be a #2, with a #2 weight and a #1 cut. We’ll use the old 155 in really light air.
We’ll have good sails for next year, but another problem to be addressed is that 16” fixed 3 blade prop. A 2 blade folding prop will replace it over the winter, a rigid vang is also on tap.
We put on a new traveler and added Genoa lead tracks over the summer, so at this point all of the big performance robbers have been or will be addressed. That leaves the bottom.
The bottom needs work if only from a general maintenance perspective. I figure that as long as we’re doing the work anyway, we may as well slick her up for the race season.
My thinking is that if the boat can
sail to its potential, then it is all about the crew sailing it to its potential, and we know we have a lot of work to do there.
I'll snap a few pics at haul out to give a flavor of what I'm up against, though I don't think I'm in as bad a shape as SHNOOL.