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Re: Questions and Advice for that first BIG sail in a new(OLD) boat

Hey psychedchicked (great name) I had the same rope/halyard problem on an old SS34 - I wandered around the marina until I found something that looked very close, befriended the skipper and first mate then just copied the length of everything using their set-up as the template + 10%. You could double check with jimgo's excellent advice. Worked at treat!
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Yeah, and on the sheets and halyards, err on the long side when in doubt--least of all because it's so much easier to fix than the opposite....
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Re: Questions and Advice for that first BIG sail in a new(OLD) boat

I actually was given a .pdf copy of the owners manual for my boat on the Ericson Forum. SOOOO glad.
I appreciate all the adivce and am going to have my husband read through it too. Luckily were not far from land the entire trip (just cruising up the gulf coast) and have buddy with a sea worthy boat sailing along with us in his boat.

Hes already strapped on the dive gear and worked on the bottom of it a bit, it was in surprisingly good shape though!
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The manual is in the downloads section of ericsonyachts.org. I know the running rigging sizes are listed in the 35-3 manual so hopefully you can find them in the MKII manual.

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Re: Questions and Advice for that first BIG sail in a new(OLD) boat

It may sound obvious, but your existing running rigging is a good general template for replacements. When I replaced mine, I used masking tape to attach a 100' spooled measuring tape to the halyards just above the sail fitting and ran it up the mast, noting the length and used the measuring tape to retrieve it. Measure the run from the mast to any clutches and winches and add what you think will be a comfortable tail.
The existing main sheet and tackle can be removed from the traveler (usually with a cotter pin on the bail or the block) and measured on the dock.
The Genoa sheets will depend on the layout of your turning blocks, cars and winches, but the old ones should give you a good idea of the length. More is generally better than less and the type and "hand" of sheets can be important if you have to move a lot quickly. Likewise the spinnaker sheets will depend on the foot of the spinnaker and the "J" measurement ( distance from mast to Genoa tack at the base of the forestay) of the boat. I ran mine to turning blocks aft of the winches which increases the length required.
In all not an inexpensive undertaking.
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Re: Questions and Advice for that first BIG sail in a new(OLD) boat

Had our rigging inspecting, all is well to make the trip home!! SOO excited. Heres to hoping that there are no catastrophic failures.
Also, here is a picture of her:
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Re: Questions and Advice for that first BIG sail in a new(OLD) boat

psyched---take a manual bilge pump--the bilges are shallow--make sure it has a looong hose for water to exit boat....
food and drink for 2 days even if it is only 40 miles. cant go wrong with that --have enough for just in case---sleeping bag or blanket and spare clothing. the rest you can do when you get to where you are going.

btw--might wanna put a shaft brake so prop doesnt spin--could be a source of potential incoming water--and the packing gland is so far aft and in a convoluted place to find when in a pinch..better to not have it spin for the duration until engine works.

oh yes--and SAIL that thing-is easy and FAST!!!!


failures happen--just keep em small ones..


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Thanks Zee! Im so excited to get her home!!
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you will be fine and all will work out--just bite off tiny bits at one sitting...


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Geeze Zee, you talk in fortune cookies.
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