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Hi there folks! I'm quite new to sailing and recently bought a 1975 ds 20, which seems like a fairly good beginner boat. I'm looking forward to taking a sailing course next spring, but in the meantime I know enough to enjoy myself in light winds(10-15km/hr). However, I'm nervous about the heeling the boat does, even in these winds, and I'm anxious about capsizing it! I'm aware that much of this is learned through experience, but does anybody else feel this way? I've also heard that my boat(keelboat, short draft) will heel until the mast touches the water and STILL right itself. Has anyone actually experienced this?
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I'm the same way you are. I know in theory that the boat is highly unlikely to capsize, and on those occasions when I just let go of the tiller, the boat rights itself every time. But that doesn't prevent me gettin' the bejeezus scared out of me when I heel at 15 degrees or more. I know, seasoned sailors are sayin'
"what a sailing wimp," but that's how I am at the moment. And no, I've never gotten my mast anywhere near touching the water.

Folks tell me it just takes time and patience to get over this. One thing people have also told me is to be sure my sails are well balanced. Something I've got to do before the fall (I guess that's now, huh?) is install my jiffy reefing system so I can modify how much of the main is up and try different combinations with the roller furling jib. Sooner or later, I hope to become comfortable enough that a little 15 degree heel is just getting started.

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Ya I hear ya! There really isn't much info out there on my boat, maybe because of it's age? I'm looking forward to pulling it out of the water and working on it. Anybody out there know much about the ds 20 and what it can do?
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Re: limits of a ds 20

I sail one and it's a very safe and stable boat. Lots of freeboard so it keeps you dry. Sorry it took so long to respond.
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Thanks thumbs! I've been using your thread concerning your boat refit since I'm doing the same myself. Our boats differ a little tho.....I think yours is a mark II, and has a retractable keel, while mine is a mark I with a shoal keel. Makes for some interesting heeling angles....good boat tho! Had it out last season, hopefully will be able to get the tail end of this one. Maybe...
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Re: limits of a ds 20

Open boats rarely fail due to flipping over ( capesize ), they fail when the cockpit fills with water and they sink.

That is why we designed the Harbor 20 daysailer to have positive floatation.

BTW - most any keelboat should have positive stability at 90 degrees of heel
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