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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

The Sliver hull is way sweet. Please post pics of finished boat fully rigged.
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You be sure I will when we get her done. I'll post more pics when the paint job is complete. There is an entire thread on CA devoted to the build with many photos of various stages of the build. It is very well documented.
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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

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Thank goodness they have those awkwardly tall lifelines to keep them on the stranded boat.

Oh, and Brent doesn't pay his spokespeople. He salvages them.
Note the apparently fresh bottom paint.

"I meant to do that".
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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

I am sure that Oregonian does not need me speaking for him, but in other threads, if I remember correctly I believe he had explained that he has raced his Westsail 32 in a number of Pacific Distance races and had not only won on corrected time, but won boat for boat against some pretty potent competition. If he is whom I am thinking of, at some point, I was directed to an interview article about one of those races in which he describes sail changes and tactics which suggest that his boat is optimized for racing in terms of sail inventory and so on, and he understands how to make her sail to and above her rating.

FWIW; While there is much that I may quibble with him about in my prior discussions with him, I would suggest from prior exchanges, that I have no doubts in his sailing ability and veracity.

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I have sailed past all the other boats mentioned - and I know the math.
I guess this is the problem with the statement. If Ore's sailing past the other boats mentioned in a race-configured Westsail 32 - that's understandable, but that's not sailing past them in a BS 31.
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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

I know it's hard to fathom but often times the boat you are passing is not aware that they are in a race or even want to be in a race. I'm always racing but that's the way some of us sail. Not everyone.
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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

This past year as been a huge learning curve for me. Find often need to depower the boat to keep the comfort level for my Admiral. We plan to be live aboards and cruise extensively so can't lose her. Thank you we're coming along nicely. Also commonly will experiment with trim just to learn what it does to vmg, comfort.leeway etc. Suspect when you pass boats you shouldn't often they are doing the same or just kicking back when the tunes have them distracted.. However, when myself or with experienced crew there is nothing as satisfying as sailing your boat well even if there is no other boat on the horizon. Think in life you compete with yourself not others.
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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

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a race-configured Westsail 32.
There must be a term for a statement like that. Oxymoron? It definitely falls into the same general category as "Military Intelligence" and other such contradictions.

What exactly would constitute a "race configured" Westie? Carbon sails on a bendy rig? Removing the doors, drawers & cushions?
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You can start with a state of the art sail plan for one thing. The boat I am thinking of has a very well thought out rig and sail plan. You might think of it as a "turbo Westsail".
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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

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There must be a term for a statement like that. Oxymoron? It definitely falls into the same general category as "Military Intelligence" and other such contradictions.

What exactly would constitute a "race configured" Westie? Carbon sails on a bendy rig? Removing the doors, drawers & cushions?
See the full keel thread for what a race configured Westsail 32 is.
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