Backstay adjuster for P-30 for racing; C''''mon Jeff
O.K. I''ve got a line on a P-30 that I can get for next to nothing. I''ve surveyed it - newer standing rigging that''s never seen a sail, likely rudder bushing replacement, frozen Westerbeast, nastified belowdecks from liveaboard. I know all the potential problems. I plan to buy the boat, dust it off, and race it in the CORT series and all the other little races here in the Carib. It actually looks like a pretty tough boat. I''ll just say I can prep it for racing for under $7K, including sails. I''ve raced on several boats down here, mostly driving and mainsheet and making sure nobody got hurt. Mr. Shaw says add a backstay adjuster - anyone done it? Also, see www.caribbean-racing.com. That''s the rating system for everything from Key West race week south. There are two P-30''s listed under the rated boats. I have not investigated rating systems in any depth as yet - no expertise. The plan is to rig this boat out, try to set up at least 4 permanent crew between the cockpit and foredeck, and campaign in earnest. The only reasons are I need a hobby besides partying in the Caribbean, working too much and the cost is minimal (in comparison to the cruising boat I just completely refitted and painted). The other side of it is that the overall investment wouldn''t kill me if the boat got toasted in a hurricane. I''m already worried about what to do with the cruising boat next Septober. I''ve got friends racing in New England and checked with them. Apparently, the old P-30''s can be raced effectively with the right sails for the locale. However, the question is how do these boats compare under the CSA rating system as opposed to PHRF? Can anyone look at the CSA website, knowing boat-for-boat and make a few comparisons? I''m just curious before I lay out - hah, thought I was going to tell you how much, didn''t you? Thanks for any help.