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post #21 of 24 Old 01-23-2009
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OK, definitive answer. I drilled a thruhole hear the waterline for a sanitary overboard fitting. The hull is as advertised. Solid fibreglass laminate, about 1". According to factory information it is laminated in one piece by means of a transverse rolling mold. She's not as fast as some boats, too heavy. However I've seen 7 knots heeled over on a downwind in southern Calif, waters. I've replaced the engine with a kubota 28 horse. At 2000rpm she cruises at 5.2 knots and at 2300rpm, 6 knots. Mine is cutter rigged, single mast and sails well to windward. She was a little too tender, ie; the boiler punch ballest. However, one day with a jack-drill I pulled a lot of that out and replaced it with lead ballest. Simple fix.
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The one thing Dreadnoughts have in common is that they are all different. Except for a couple of boats built on spec by the yard, they were custom built to the buyers' desires, and most were owner-completed to one extent or another. Some had balsa core, some not. A few were gaff-rigged. Some had the factory glass deck, some various shapes of plywood deck. Probably the most typical Dreadnought was balsa cored hull (IIRC, 1/2" of balsa with about 3/8" skins!!), glass deck (ply cored, I think), marconi cutter, punchings and resin ballast. How do I know? I was there in Carpenteria in 1974, building my own, which I still have. She's not tender, but she does hobbyhorse. The "substantially higher center of gravity" is not true, but the ballast was spread out too much fore & aft, to prevent it. Other than that, they're pretty decent sea boats.

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Re: Dreadnought 32

Hello; I am responding o inquires about a dreadnought 32. I have owned my Dreadnought for 24 years and it has been a good boat and have sailed her about 75,000 miles. Most on a 10 year circumnavigation. Boat was given an etra 500 lbs of ballast by the first owner. It took the space of the deep bilge which is a disadantage so a cycling bilge pump and separating the packing with it`s own separate chamber and pump solved that issue. Ketch rigged I found that by lightening the bow and running a 80 percent jib Moriah ran and beat to weather much better than originally. She was over pressed with a 110 percent very full cut jib. I only use it in very light air`s to 10 knotts running. In 20- 35 knotts running with a small jib and double refed main it is possible to run 135-175 miles per day. Across the Indian ocean from Cocos Keeling to Madagascar we averaged 145 per day. Small jib was the way to go. Far less motion and less work. Mizzen is great in light airs on tack to near broad reach. It is very full cut and 110 sq foot. Main is shorter than most but the lower sale plan is preferable. Storage everywhere. %-6 moths stores for 2 people plus spare parts. Use electric auto pilot. I removed the trim-tab after our first passage to the Marquesas as the was too much wetted area uon the rudder. I wore out 4 in 10 years but it was nice having the same brands for spare parts. Installed mast steps which I was happy to have in a calm or smooth seas. The spreader were a favorite perch at these times. Also to get a line that was lost and check the rigging they were indispesable. The down side was lines would get jammed once in a while. On the second engine the md 17c ram over 10,000 hours. Westerbeak does not look to be as good of engine but so far just minor issues after 3 + years.
Happy Saing Randy Short
S/V Moriah
Newport Beach, Ca
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