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Over my head..

So, i am new to sailing and new to this area " Houston". I bought a 29' cal and have been working on her for a bit.. She is an Ike survivor and got some damage in the storm. A few cleats were pulled and the pro furl was damaged.
When i bought the boat " which i thought looked huge" i am a bit nervous about her, just her sheer size.
Anyway there were sail bags in the V berth and i pulled them all out a while back and moved them to my house till i was ready for them. Not knowing what was in them i wanted to use my yard to spread them out. Good god one of those sails is bigger than any boat i have ever run and just looking at its sheer size a chill ran up my spine.
"""How the hell am i going to manage that thing when its bigger than any boat i have ever sailed??? """
I stood there for a bit with my jaw hanging down... Now, i know what a spinnaker looks like and i have one.. Its a huge multi colored light weight " parachute that i pulled out next. Also huge but this is a jib sail and a huge one at that!
I later found the bag with the std size jib and it seems to be new. So, the question is what the hell is this monster? some cross between a spinnaker and a jib? It has the rung to slide up the "pro furl" track?


While i have no doubt i can rebuild this boat but sailing her is starting to spook me.. Maybe i need to go back to the minor league for a bit..

Thanks for any input in this matter " even if it is to call me a dumb a--"
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might be a blooper. bigger than a genny smaller than a spin. kinda light weight
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Hey Diesel, don't worry about learning how to sail that thing. There are lots of sailors in your area (Austin and Houston) who will be happy to get you moving in the right direction. Might be someone offering sailing lesson on their boats or yours, too. It'll come together, and before long your 29 footer won't look so huge. Good luck. Cal made some great boats.

BTW, if you can post some pics, someone might be able to tell you if the big, lightweight sail is an asymmetrical spinnaker, a blooper, a drifter or what.
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After 3 yrs my "OMG it's big" feeling my Oday 30 is feeling pretty small now. I'm getting 5ft itist LOL You can handle it Diesel!
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Hey diesel,
You'll find that big boats sail a lot like small boats, only things happen slower. If you've sailed on daysailers you kow that everything happens in split seconds. You want to come about, you move the tiller and it happens. Coming about on a bigger boat is a much slower process. Same thing with most other maneuvers. Suggestion that you get some sailors who know the area to ride along with you until you get comfortable is a great idea. I've done it myself when I go to a new area because no matter how experienced you may be, nothing beats local knowledge.
As for your monster sail, it could be a blooper or reacher (different names for same thing) which is a very lighweight fully-cut 180 pct genoa. The ones I had in a previous boat reached amost back to the middle of the cockpit. Very good for light air sailing. That 'rung' you mention is sort of curious. I assume you mean some sort of hoop-like thing that will allow the sail to slide up the forestay while the jib is furled. But if that's the case, you'd have to make sure the jib sheets did not get in the way. It can be done but it would be sort of awkward.
Makes me wonder if what you have is some sort of asymetrical spinnaker or gennaker and the 'rung' is the remains of a dowsing mechanism like the old spinnaker sally. Have to see it to be sure
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I shot pics yesterday but the light was not the best and i will post them later today and let all take a look..
I want to thank you all for your words of encouragement i feel a lot better today...
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You picked a good ol' production boat. With big sails and a big blow, that thing can get smacked around, but trimming and furling for conditions, it'll push 7 kts and handle a pretty good sea. I've raced those things and with a spinnaker it can get very hairy. With the small jib in light air, it'll barely move. As I say, choose wisely and watch the weather, you won't want a different boat for a long time.
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Diesel,

I too recently bought an Ike survivor. It is a Hunter 36, and my previous sailing had been on a Laguna 22.

Sailing the larger boat is no different. Docking is a challenge, just getting used to the length and weight.

Will you be sailing on one of the lakes, or Galveston Bay? The Bay is a blast, with nice steady wind and lots of room. Go for it, you can do it! Good luck with the repairs...

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You picked a good ol' production boat. With big sails and a big blow, that thing can get smacked around, but trimming and furling for conditions, it'll push 7 kts and handle a pretty good sea. I've raced those things and with a spinnaker it can get very hairy. With the small jib in light air, it'll barely move. As I say, choose wisely and watch the weather, you won't want a different boat for a long time.

Wow , i had just the main up and was trimming it and it was moving much faster than i was ready for. Yeah we will be sticking with the little sails for a while.. lol
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Diesel,

I too recently bought an Ike survivor. It is a Hunter 36, and my previous sailing had been on a Laguna 22.

Sailing the larger boat is no different. Docking is a challenge, just getting used to the length and weight.

Will you be sailing on one of the lakes, or Galveston Bay? The Bay is a blast, with nice steady wind and lots of room. Go for it, you can do it! Good luck with the repairs...

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In the Bay so there is lots of room for me to go get in to trouble..
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