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My V17

Finally got her home and ready to dig in!
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Hi all, just signed up here at sailnet. Been reading this thread since I bought my Venture 17 a month ago. Will get pics up soon but just started the restoration. I am doing exactly what Joe did. The top is now off and I am getting ready to flip it and paint the hull. So far so good!
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Welcome! I did my first overnight last month. Sailed out of Annapolis. Love my little boat. Got a new (used) engine. 2 HP Honda does a nice job.

Keep the expenses low and the good times high.

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hey mac i'm also in ri what part in ri are you located?

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hey mac i'm also in ri what part in ri are you located?
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Im in Cranston
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Hey all, here is a link to the restoration if you are bored.

In deep on my V17 - SailboatOwners.com
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Glad to see this thread is still active! Does anyone else have a problem when putting the boat back on the trailer where the bow ring is below the V-block and winch on the trailer? I don't know if it's a shallow ramp issue or what. Trailer appears to be unmodified.

I should clarify this occurs during retrieval. When sitting properly on the trailer the bow eye is even with the winch and the boat is level. Depending on the ramp I have to do one of those get-it-rolling-and-slam-on-the-brakes maneuvers to get the boat the last few inches.

I'd lower the hitch but as it is now the back barely floats free. I'd love a setup like the power boaters have -- a bunch of rollers and a really healthy winch. I'd just back the trailer wheels up to the water's edge and cut the winch loose!

I do have a new tow vehicle that sits a little higher. I had been using a GMC Sonoma 4x4 but as far as 4x4s go, it sat pretty low. On these shallow ramps around here I'd often have to back in until the FRONT wheels were wet. The rear axle was under water! I'd put the tailgate down and stand on it while operating the winch. (sometimes it would be just underwater as well)

These things do sit high on the trailer. Looks like I could drop it maybe an inch (adjust the bunks?) but any more than that I'd be hitting the trailer fenders and the keel V-block.

I'm a little apprehensive about dunking the back of my brand new truck! The salt water venues I frequent have steeper ramps, at least.

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I have only launched our boat once and that was on the rebuilt non stock trailer. Mine now sits even higher (15" above main rails on trailer).
Maybe a lowering hitch bar would help? You could have a welding shop add a section of steel beam to the front of the trailer. That would get the boat deeper without the truck going in. I remember the shallow launch issue! That sucks.
Hey I have a question for you. On your boat, do you run the jib sheets to the gunnels by the seat backs or do you lead them to the top of the cabin? I am trying to plan my deck layout. Do you ever adjust the block that is mounted to the forward jib track? Not sure if those tracks should go back on or not?
Also, do you have access to your boat now? I am trying to figure out the original placement of the mast. I think the previous owner may have moved it back on my boat. The companionway hatch was actually restricted by the mast mounting plate. Does yours hit too?
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will give you a full reply this afternoon -- heading to church now.

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For the launching issue, it may be possible with a smaller boat (we do it with fishing boats) if you disconnect the trailer from the tow vehicle. It's a 2 - 3 man operation, but you tie the winch post to the hitch with a stout piece of rope, and while maintaining tension with the vehicle you slowly push the trailer down the ramp. When it floats free just tie it up and use the vehicle to haul the trailer back out and reconnect. Reverse the procedure for retrieval. You will need a skid of some sort on the under side of the trailer tongue to keep the coupling from dragging and filling with mud because most trailer jacks won't like being (ab)used in this manner.
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