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Old 07-01-2012
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Re: Just for kicks and grins...

Originally Posted by hellosailor View Post
Light air prep:
Dump fuel
Dump water
Dump batteries (except one small one)
Dump spares
Dump any padlocks
Have crew empty out their pockets before leaving dock, trim fingernails, take laxatives.

THEN we really start paring dead weight. :-)
I hear you man. For the local races:

I usually race with only 1/4 tank of fuel.
I only keep about 3 gallons in the potable water tank.
I only care the sail of the day, plus spinnaker.
I only keep an impeller, distributor cap and a little oil onboard for the engine.

Stuff I could legally do:
Remove one battery.
Offload some of my tool kit.
Offload any non-original cushions.
Offload the cruising kit of plates, bowls, cups, flatware.
Carry a smaller anchor and rode for local racing.
Not carry as much beer, rum and soda (Pfft, yeah right!)
High tech sails.
Lighter running rigging.

To comply with local PHRF rules, I cannot:
Remove factory installed furniture.
Remove factory cushions.
Remove factory equipment (stove top, toilet, etc)
Cannot (and would not) race without an anchor.

To make matters worse, I have installed a shore power system, so that's a little extra weight. (Blue Sea Systems AC panel, outlets, battery charger)

I cruise too, and shuffling the gear on and off the boat for racing is a lot of work, but I don't mind.
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