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post #11 of 14 Old 10-14-2003
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I agree with WHOOSH, but to put it more simply,the most important part of cruising is the "nut" that holds the wheel.
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I totally agree with Jack on Whoosh.
We get hung up on the "perfect" boat for "offshore cruising" with the perfect set of "numbers"--displacement and ratios, etc.--and sometimes to the exclusion of common sense. The subjective element and crew knowledge, makeup and attitude make a big difference. There are a lot of very successful boats cruising that may not fit the numbers perfectly. And good offshore boats that are disasters in the hands of careless or ignorant sailors.
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I have a 37'' Irwin. Two items. In under 10 knots everyone (34'' or less)can keep up with me. Above 20 I go about 7 to 7.5 knots. Between 10 and 20, it depends on which way we sail. Everyone says to get a bigger jib. I have a cutter, which has a shorter mast, so the main is smaller as is the staysail. However, no matter how many times I tell the others...I cannot go faster than hull why get a larger sail? As for slogging, its all relative. I have rarely reefed up to 30 knots and she plows nicely through anything. Hairy perhaps because I found others like to heal at 15 with a max at 20 degrees. I go over 30+ which means water coming in through the sinks, unless I close them. I should reef to save wear on the sails as well as having a somewhat safer ride. But its fun to walk on the walls. Lastly, whever I get somewhere, I have a condo, and I love it. Yeah the expenses are more, but not that much, and I can singlehandle her even with the old style winches.
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Speedy, sorry to come right under you without an answer to part of your question. Here''s my friend''s homebuilt 24'' that did a circumnavigation during the mid 80''s to early/mid 90''s from what I remember him telling me. Has practically every mod-con incl a diesel ferryman engine. Was able to utilize space by good (and self) design. Thought I''d throw it in as an inspiration to the people with small size s/v''s to go out and get cruising. He put alot of emphasis into the keel to make her seaworthy.
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