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Finally sailed the 192 for the first time today...
Initial impression during the 20 minutes the wind was above 5kts was very good for the sailing qualities, very bad for the location and function of all the deck hardware. The boat is much stiffer, more comfortable, and tracks so much better than the Siren, all of this was expected of course since it's a much heavier boat with an actual keel, I could actually let go of the tiller in this boat. The 130% genoa really pulls well, but the main is a little baggy, it's actually in worse shape than the 13 year older sail I had on the Siren so that needs to be relaced, and I need to change the location of the cleats for the halyards (Alex already told me where to put those, just haven't gotten around to it yet), and get a real furler, the luff wire furler is totally useless (even more than the one on my Siren was). Also I think I need a different prop for the outboard, it idles at 5mph! full throttle gets 7 or as fast as possible really. I would rather idle at like 2.
So all good when you take into account all the bad can easily be fixed, tomorrow promised much better wind, and my wife gave me a birthday present early! It's a hand held wind gauge. (Kestrel 1000). Sorry about the lack of pics, but her camera is 12 feet under our slip and I have yet to replace my wonderful Canon A95 I destroyed taking pictures of the storm we had this winter. That camera took over 4000 pictures, I'm replacing it with an S5 as soon as the budget allows...And I get my wife a new one, maybe an SD1100.
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Technician, RCR Yachts Buffalo.