Coronado 23 MK2
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Clinton WA
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New Sailer with a pile of questions
First off, thanks for the great site, it really does look like there's a lot of good information here to be learned! I've always been around power boats, but I finally took the plunge and got a sailboat.
I did a bunch of looking, dock wondering and researching before I finally decided on the boat that I bought. However, after I bought it I learned something very interesting! The boat is a 1974 Coronado 23 MK2. My budget was $1000.00 and I did need something with a relible motor as well. The first boat that caught my eye was a older 1969? Columbia 22, which seemed to be a good boat. When I learned that most Coronado's were basicly identical to columbia's I was happy with my find. It turns out that the Coronado Mk2 is the same as the Columbia 23T which the infamous Bayliners were based. As I climbed aboard for the first time, it did dawn on me that depite the fact that the boat was sitting in shallow water, the fin wasn't hitting. Granted, the Coronado 23 doesn't have the high freeboard and even bigger cabin that the Buc's have, hopefully the QC is a little better.
I do have some questions about the rigging. Right now, it looks to have the orginal mainsheet rigging, which is mid boom sheeting with no boom vang. I'm going to get some photos this weekend of the rigging. I do plan on getting (or making) a vang, the one I had in mind was West marine's small boomvang, I was thinking about moving the mid boom sheeting out to the end so the line doesn't run against the side of the cabin as the boom is being let out. Is there any kind of problem with moving it that I should be aware of? Are there any how to's on making a simple boom vang? My sail also has a Cunningham Criggle and one row of reefing points but it doesn't look like there's anything on the mast or boom where I would secure the rigging for them, I've looked for photo's and searched the forums but didn't see any basic setups that I could adapt.
Moving forward, I only have one eye on the deck to run the jib sheets through before the winch and cleat. Looking through my books, it looks like I need some kind of fore / aft adjustment to get the proper sailshape for the jib. I've looked at adding some track, but I have no idea what kind of lengh would I need and where would I mount it? Any help would be great!!