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BarryL 08-05-2012 08:18 PM

I'm in love
 
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Hey,

So ever since I bought my boat (in 2006) I have not very happy with the sailing performance. I have been working to make it better and I'm almost there.

This weekend I sailed from my home port, Mt. Sinai NY, to Northport, about 22nm away. The weather forecast was very favorable, south winds, 10-15 kts on Saturday and stronger on Sunday. Since the trip is mostly east / west, a south wind is perfect because there is no room for waves to develop.

The trip there was great. I fought a foul current on the way there so the speed over ground wasn't great but the speed through water was. More importantly, the boat sailed great. I was even able to tack upwind into Huntington Harbor and make good time doing it. In 8-12 kts wind I was able to tack within 90 degrees and have good speed too. I outpointed a Cal 33, and sailed faster than a Pearson 30.

The trip home was really great. The engine was on for about 5 minutes when I left the harbor and didn't go on again until I dropped my sails back home. In the meantime I sailed past a C&C (30-35, couldn't tell) and I sailed up to and then past a newish Hunter 38. In fairness I have no idea of those other boats were trying or not.

Anyway, once out in the sound the wind started as 12-15 due south (putting it right on my beam) and then increased. When it was steady at 17 I put a reef in the main. The boat sailed flatter, had less weather helm, and didn't go any slower either. At slack water I was hitting 7.5 kts steady and cracked 8 a number of times. The highest speed I saw was 8.8, but this was later, with a fair current. Those speeds were from my GPS. The knotmeter must need to be calibrated because it was over 7 all day and over 8 often (and my hull speed is around 7.5). Once past Port Jefferson I expected the wind to decrease because of some high bluffs. Instead the wind got shifty and gusty. I got hit with a few 22-23 kt blasts. My autopilot (a real old Autohelm 3000) didn't like that but worked fine. I heeled over 25 degrees but popped back up when the gust ended.

Of course, with the weather conditions I had ANY boat would have sailed well. I mean beam winds at 15 kts is just about perfect.

I'm home now and back in love with my boat. I'm showing her the love too, with a new mainsail on order.

Barry

smackdaddy 08-05-2012 08:26 PM

Re: I'm in love
 
7.5! Very nice barry!!

tdw 08-05-2012 09:32 PM

Re: I'm in love
 
Reefing the main early is something we all need to learn to do. So often we keep the damn thing full, I think maybe cos we feel its a bit soppy to reef. Reality is though and BFS notwithstanding, she'll sail flatter, faster and with less weather helm.

CalebD 08-05-2012 09:49 PM

Re: I'm in love
 
Nice report Barry.
The new main sail will make your sweet heart sail even faster!

oysterman23 08-05-2012 09:57 PM

Hey Barry happy to hear of the good sail. I had a beauty
Sat on the south shore . Set sail from bergen point about 1:30 headineast. And was surprised to find myself making kismet and home by 6:30. The "new" boat was so solid and responsive....nice when it all comes together isn't......today I got blown all over while trying to free a jamned halyard on the winch ya just never know!
ChrisCod

blt2ski 08-05-2012 09:59 PM

Re: I'm in love
 
Depending upon the main chosen etc, you may not have to reef for another couple of knots depending upon how big the jib/genoa is. Temps also contribute to how soon you need to reef/reduce sail too. I have found in 80F temps, I can go higher in winds before reducing vs say a 35-40F temp. as the air molecules are closer together in colder temps than higher. Not that we notice it as much as humans, but our sail cloth seems to.

Sounds like a fun sail.

marty

eherlihy 08-05-2012 10:05 PM

Re: I'm in love
 
Barry,

You're not going to believe this, but at about 14:30 on July 4th The Admiral and I were transiting from Vinyard Sound, to Buzzards Bay through Quicks Hole. According to the tide charts we were either at slack, or had a little current against us. The wind was coming out of the SW, and we were on a beam reach. Seas were virtually flat through the hole, as we were protected by Cuttyhunk and Naushon Islands. We were cooking!

Here is the log from my chartplotter;

..... Time | Elevation | LegLength | Leg Time | SOG | Course | Position
490 7/4/2012 2:32:35 PM 15 ft 324 ft 0:00:30 6 kt 306 true N41 26.128 W70 50.323
491 7/4/2012 2:33:05 PM 13 ft 373 ft 0:00:30 7 kt 318 true N41 26.159 W70 50.381
492 7/4/2012 2:33:35 PM 10 ft 427 ft 0:00:30 8 kt 320 true N41 26.204 W70 50.436
493 7/4/2012 2:34:05 PM 11 ft 425 ft 0:00:30 8 kt 329 true N41 26.258 W70 50.496
494 7/4/2012 2:34:35 PM 19 ft 458 ft 0:00:30 9 kt 330 true N41 26.318 W70 50.544
495 7/4/2012 2:35:05 PM 21 ft 467 ft 0:00:30 9 kt 332 true N41 26.383 W70 50.594
496 7/4/2012 2:35:35 PM 15 ft 454 ft 0:00:30 9 kt 340 true N41 26.451 W70 50.642
497 7/4/2012 2:36:05 PM 15 ft 465 ft 0:00:30 9 kt 345 true N41 26.521 W70 50.677
498 7/4/2012 2:36:35 PM 11 ft 440 ft 0:00:30 9 kt 347 true N41 26.595 W70 50.703
499 7/4/2012 2:37:05 PM 8 ft 479 ft 0:00:30 9 kt 344 true N41 26.665 W70 50.725
500 7/4/2012 2:37:35 PM 5 ft 450 ft 0:00:30 9 kt 351 true N41 26.741 W70 50.753
501 7/4/2012 2:38:05 PM 7 ft 459 ft 0:00:30 9 kt 340 true N41 26.814 W70 50.768
502 7/4/2012 2:38:35 PM 8 ft 481 ft 0:00:30 9 kt 333 true N41 26.885 W70 50.802
503 7/4/2012 2:39:05 PM 7 ft 464 ft 0:00:30 9 kt 339 true N41 26.955 W70 50.850
504 7/4/2012 2:39:35 PM 7 ft 420 ft 0:00:30 8 kt 341 true N41 27.026 W70 50.887
505 7/4/2012 2:40:05 PM 8 ft 452 ft 0:00:30 9 kt 346 true N41 27.091 W70 50.918
506 7/4/2012 2:40:35 PM 2 ft 393 ft 0:00:30 8 kt 336 true N41 27.163 W70 50.941
507 7/4/2012 2:41:05 PM 4 ft 362 ft 0:00:30 7 kt 326 true N41 27.223 W70 50.976
508 7/4/2012 2:41:35 PM 5 ft 331 ft 0:00:30 7 kt 320 true N41 27.272 W70 51.021

Note that these are averages recorded over 30 Second intervals. At the time, I believe that I saw 9.3 on the screen...

But then again, we were sailing downhill :)

I LOVE my boat! - same make and model as yours :)

upei1 08-05-2012 10:17 PM

Re: I'm in love
 
Nice Work!

BarryL 08-06-2012 08:03 PM

Fast Speeds
 
Hi Eherlihy,

Wow, that is some fast sailing!

My boat has the shoal draft keel and I feel that really hurts my pointing ability. By being careful about tuning the rig (I have a little more work to do) and being careful about headsail car placement I have gotten satisfactory performance. I can tack to around 90 degrees and still have decent boat speed. I can live with that.

Barry


Quote:

Originally Posted by eherlihy (Post 905878)
Barry,

You're not going to believe this, but at about 14:30 on July 4th The Admiral and I were transiting from Vinyard Sound, to Buzzards Bay through Quicks Hole. According to the tide charts we were either at slack, or had a little current against us. The wind was coming out of the SW, and we were on a beam reach. Seas were virtually flat through the hole, as we were protected by Cuttyhunk and Naushon Islands. We were cooking!

Here is the log from my chartplotter;

..... Time | Elevation | LegLength | Leg Time | SOG | Course | Position
490 7/4/2012 2:32:35 PM 15 ft 324 ft 0:00:30 6 kt 306 true N41 26.128 W70 50.323
491 7/4/2012 2:33:05 PM 13 ft 373 ft 0:00:30 7 kt 318 true N41 26.159 W70 50.381
492 7/4/2012 2:33:35 PM 10 ft 427 ft 0:00:30 8 kt 320 true N41 26.204 W70 50.436
493 7/4/2012 2:34:05 PM 11 ft 425 ft 0:00:30 8 kt 329 true N41 26.258 W70 50.496
494 7/4/2012 2:34:35 PM 19 ft 458 ft 0:00:30 9 kt 330 true N41 26.318 W70 50.544
495 7/4/2012 2:35:05 PM 21 ft 467 ft 0:00:30 9 kt 332 true N41 26.383 W70 50.594
496 7/4/2012 2:35:35 PM 15 ft 454 ft 0:00:30 9 kt 340 true N41 26.451 W70 50.642
497 7/4/2012 2:36:05 PM 15 ft 465 ft 0:00:30 9 kt 345 true N41 26.521 W70 50.677
498 7/4/2012 2:36:35 PM 11 ft 440 ft 0:00:30 9 kt 347 true N41 26.595 W70 50.703
499 7/4/2012 2:37:05 PM 8 ft 479 ft 0:00:30 9 kt 344 true N41 26.665 W70 50.725
500 7/4/2012 2:37:35 PM 5 ft 450 ft 0:00:30 9 kt 351 true N41 26.741 W70 50.753
501 7/4/2012 2:38:05 PM 7 ft 459 ft 0:00:30 9 kt 340 true N41 26.814 W70 50.768
502 7/4/2012 2:38:35 PM 8 ft 481 ft 0:00:30 9 kt 333 true N41 26.885 W70 50.802
503 7/4/2012 2:39:05 PM 7 ft 464 ft 0:00:30 9 kt 339 true N41 26.955 W70 50.850
504 7/4/2012 2:39:35 PM 7 ft 420 ft 0:00:30 8 kt 341 true N41 27.026 W70 50.887
505 7/4/2012 2:40:05 PM 8 ft 452 ft 0:00:30 9 kt 346 true N41 27.091 W70 50.918
506 7/4/2012 2:40:35 PM 2 ft 393 ft 0:00:30 8 kt 336 true N41 27.163 W70 50.941
507 7/4/2012 2:41:05 PM 4 ft 362 ft 0:00:30 7 kt 326 true N41 27.223 W70 50.976
508 7/4/2012 2:41:35 PM 5 ft 331 ft 0:00:30 7 kt 320 true N41 27.272 W70 51.021

Note that these are averages recorded over 30 Second intervals. At the time, I believe that I saw 9.3 on the screen...

But then again, we were sailing downhill :)

I LOVE my boat! - same make and model as yours :)


Chadfunk48 08-07-2012 09:09 AM

Re: I'm in love
 
Good to hear Barry, It is nice when it all comes together. Makes it worth it for the times when it all falls apart!


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