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Unknown lines & sail questions
Brief background of myself: sailed Sunfish & Sailfish boats, n'er anything bigger. Been on a 21' as a child (and I've grown up?) but don't remember anything about it.
Background for this thread: My brother bought a '78 Bayfield 25 and I'm pitching in where I can to help out on the boat ('cuz I love to sail!). We recently (yesterday - no wind so we had to motor the entire trip) sailed it from Ragged Point over to Breezy Point Marina off the Chesapeake Bay. The whole process involved a great deal of learning by my brother, and a good bit by myself as well.
Ok, now, on to the questions. Forgive the fact I'm not well-versed in nautical terms and I'll use what I know.
1. We have two lines that hang down from either side of the upper third of the mast and end in pulleys that have leather bags covering the part where the pulley attaches to the line. The wheel of the pulley is partially exposed. The line extends to about 7.5' above deck. They easily get tangled in everything and are a huge P.I.A. We don't know what they're for and we are stongly considering removing them permanently. Anybody else out there know?
2. The, what we assume to be anyway, original jib was not adapted for the roller furler that is installed on the boat. The other jib is, but, it is huge (it isn't a spinnaker) - a genoa (we suspect, I'm not sure). However, the sail comes about halfway down the boom of the mainsail (in other words, the clew ends up somewhere around half of the main boom)! This creates a sheet problem (the sheets end up wrapping around the stays & across the mast) and don't feed well into the winches (too steep an angle), etc. I personally didn't care for the flow of the sail around the stays & masts when it was fully unfurled. Partially furled the bottom of the sail is still rather long and the head doesn't extend high enough (due to sail shape) so I believe sail area (compared the original jib) is lost. At any rate, is this sail indeed too big for this boat as rigged? Should we install additional winches/cleats at the rear to accomodate the longer sail? What's the best way to handle keeping the sheets from rubbing on the stays? Any other useful opinions?
3. Does anyone know of a boat soap that can be used while moored (that is, it is non-toxic, bio-degradable, etc.)?
4. Does anyone have any recommendations for a varnish/poly that can be applied to slightly weathered/worn wood (to at least keep it from getting any worse if nothing else)?
I've attached a shot of my brother at the helm as we were coming into the marina - you can see the wooden grab-handles and get a feel for the state they're in, the rest of the wood on the boat varies from good to needs replacing.
Any other thoughts, relative to sailing, etc., are welcomed!
/s/ Jon C. Munson II