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Re: Trying another tack... Looking for the right boat near Vancouver, BC.

My concern is that if I re-arc the beam, that middle of the M will get pushed up. If it is solid, then the mass goes somewhere. Also how to re-arc it or rebuild the beam without taking the mast off, and without getting myself a keel-stepped mast in the process.
Also, how to replace the posts etc, and take care of any other issues may have caused it/resulted from it.
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Re: Trying another tack... Looking for the right boat near Vancouver, BC.

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If the deck has the proper camber and isn't pushed down it is good as is. I would make a new stronger beam that fits the existing strange curve below to eliminate any future deck compression.

If you paint the new beam to match the overhead the flat will be less visible.

You don't want a keel stepped mast - that would require way too many changes.

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Brian: I meant keel stepped as in Wylie Coyote style, where I'm happily cutting away underneath and suddenly my mast get's 7' shorter on deck, and I get a keel stepped mast whether I like it or not, or a hole in the bottom. The problem with new beam only is it doesn't fix the distortion elsewhere, where things settled like you can see from the V-berth. I need to find someone here as skilled as you are with electrical but in the fiberglass and rigging department.

I'll happily pay them to help, I just don't want to approach this one alone with my experience level. Tabbing etc I'll try alone later after learning. Unless you feel like another trip to Vancouver?

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If the deck outside is the correct shape I don't think you can do much below except allow for the strange shape that is there - except for removing the beam and the bottom layer of the deck under the mast and re-glassing it in the proper curve before replacing the beam.

I could come over in a few weeks if you want. There are a few electrical things to finish and once you attach the battery box the wiring can be improved in that area. I'm busy for a while with several boats - one pretty extensive.

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Re: Trying another tack... Looking for the right boat near Vancouver, BC.

Regarding the Swift 33 in Yachtworld: My husband and I have sailed a Swift for the past 6 years in Puget Sound, San Juan/Gulf Islands and Straits of Georgia. Wonderful downwind boat and very stable. Comfortable in rough seas that we get in this area. Not so good upwind/does not point high. It is very comfortable for two people who want an occational close friend or family member on board overnight. I love the boat, but if you need/want to sail upwind fast, not so good.
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