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Re: Experience with Dolphin 17 or similar?
Thanks for your reply. Never got it on the water last summer; spent my allotted sailboat time refurbushing the DaySailer I bought first, to resell and get even.
My guess is that for best speed we want this to heel a bit to stretch the waterline forward on that bow.
Got the taller mast up in my barn to measure rigging changes. It will have the backstay from the open version that is lacking on the cabin version. I like that, firms it up and I can hang the boom from the backstay for a cockpit tent/cover. Plenty of mast for even the larger of the two jibs, so I am rigging it as a fractional. The forestay will be 28" below the top of the mast and about 6" behind normal spot. That space plus homemade roller furler frees the bow plate and jib halyard for a spinnaker/snuffer I bought. I'll be more comfortable flying that kite with a backstay.
Might be interesting figuring how to run spinnaker sheets to the somewhat skinny tail.
Also will have both upper and lower shrouds on the sides from the open version. That could help if I added a trap? And of my two tillers, I am using one that has a 3 foot extension.
Currently reworking the centerboard. It used a winch in the cabin, but both holes and the clamp for ropes are in the bulkhead. I need to be able to adjust from the cockpit.
Digging around I have found no ballast. Putting in a couple of batteries that should help. And kinda weird, on port side of the hull beneath the front of the cockpit is a raised section about 2" tall and a foot fore-aft. Plywood covered by glass. But no match on starboard. Just behind is another molded beam on both sides. That is where ballast should be, and mine is a year that should have it. Maybe someone ended the day there and forgot.
Mine already has a homemade hinged steel motor mount on the rear deck, very junky, tossing most of it. But it mounts to the deck with stainless sliding plates, very light and cool, that I will rework. I have an old 3hp Johnson but might switch to electric troller since I have batteries on board.
From my searches, it seems these boats started at UPP, so you have one of the first. Then a few years as Silverline in Moorehead MN (mine is 1977) and finally a couple years as Midwest Dolphin in Independence MO 1982-83.
Here are pseudo links to info on the Silverline years. Sorry I can't post links yet. Remove the under_line_spots.
ht_tp://ww_w.silverlineboats.o_rg/sail.h_tm ... owner's manual!
ht_tp://ww_w.bosscatlegacy.c_om/acproto/indexwatersilverline02.h_tm ... 74 through 77; not much info, but interesting to note weight changes.
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