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4 Weeks Ago 09:19 AM
Re: Jeanneau Attalia

You may just need to replace the standing rigging itself. The mast itself should be ok.

For 7 knots of wind, you probably need a 155 that is made of some light cloth. IE something that will only work in winds to maybe 10 knots. Or a code 0 might be another option, as those are around 180% of your foretriangle area.

These two options would be my first ones.

Another to look at, locally 2 Arcadias have had mast dismastings, and that was due to the cabin top deck attachment point. THere is apparently wood under this part, and it rots, when it rots enough, it give way, the mast comes down. Mine is hsowing signs of this. Whether or not the Attalia has the same issue, I do not personally know. But worth looking at if you go as far as you are replacing things.

Another option frankly, if you are going to replace the rig, find a carbon setup from another boat about the same size. THen at least you lose some upper wt aloft going to a lighter stick, which should help the ballast a bit better in higher winds.

4 Weeks Ago 05:39 AM
Re: Jeanneau Attalia

Hi Waymar,

Yes, I'm thinking about replacing my mast with at fractional rig. In the east coast of Sweden the average wind speed is around 7 knots. My opinion, according to that, is that we can have more sail on our Attalia in Sweden compare to an Attalia sailing for example the coast outside La Rochelle (14 knots). I´ll meet "my" sailmaker tomorrow to discuss how much sail we can have, optimized to winds around 7 knots. We´re doing good in winds around 23 knots, without any reefs and full genua (140%). But in our normal winds we have problems to hold speed (maybe it says more about me and not the boat ).

I think (hope) the advantage is a faster boat, better opportunities to trim and better to go high in the wind. I think there will be wrapped spreaders (correct name in english?) and therefore we can probably sheet the foresail closer to the centre line.

Another reason to change the mast is that it´s 30 year and nothing has been changed before. I'm afraid that the mast one day or another will get of the boat by itself with little help from the wind. That might ok during a race, but not when we´re out on a family trip.

4 Weeks Ago 02:38 PM
Re: Jeanneau Attalia

Hi Virgo!

I have not reinforced the chainplates (yet). I'm not sure its necessary. Are you thinking of replacing your mast and putting in a fractional rig? What would be the advantage?
09-08-2014 04:32 PM
Rig and chainplate


I´m thinking about get a new pole and reinforce the chainplates.

1. Have anyone changed pole from masthead to partial(?) rig (7/8)? What´s your experience?

2. Have anyone reinforced the chainplates in your Attalia? How did you do?

05-08-2014 01:00 AM
Re: Jeanneau Attalia

Oh yeah, I know ALL ABOUT that vent for a pss shaft. I was the first one the shop did with a vent on a sail boat. Not a big deal while motoring. But first time we were sailing, my daughter went below, yells up, dad, is there supposed to be water above the floor boards?!?!?!?!

Oh sheet! so lots of bailing etc later, I figure out the vent is bringing water inside theboat. prop is I vicegrip the end of the tube, problem solved temporarily any how. Later look at directions, and figure out the vent tube is to be ABOVE the waterline in a loop per say......opening was BELOW the water line! hmmmmmm no wonder it was siphoning into the bilge! Any way, "I" redid the vent tube, no issues with this since.

Altho a year ago, came back to boat after a few days, water again above the floor boards. See water coming in from the shaft seal. Pull boat, empty before and after pulling....... The carbon shaft seal had loosened over the years. Also again based on directions, figured out the intial installer, did not tighten the shaft seal as tight as directions call for, so when it went, it went.

not sure I would go with another pss, or go back to a packing gland, both are good, both bad.

04-28-2014 05:31 PM
Backstay adjuster?


I'm about to change my backstay adjuster from a mechanical type to an arrangement with cascade and a mainsheet system. I have a masthead rig. Does anyone else have the system I've explained above? I wonder how much force will occur in the system, which leads to how strong the equipment have to be. Any experience?

04-19-2014 06:22 PM
Re: Jeanneau Attalia

Hello Waymar,

It was quite easy to change to the PSS-seal. The problem was linked to the "great" space around the shaft. I hade to make a bigger hole in the wall between the engine compartment and the space behind (where I have my batteries). I did that for hand with a small tiger saw. Before that I had released the shaft from the engine and pushed it backward, to get more working space. (Check the end of the shaft to make sure there are no sharp edges - they can destroy the new seal.) With a bigger hole it was "just" to get down to it and mount the new seal, according to the instructions. I fixed the end of the venting in the starboard locker, to make sure it's over the water surface.

Take a look at the pictures and good luck!
04-17-2014 11:42 AM
Re: Jeanneau Attalia


Have not been out for about two weeks so have not been able to investigate further.

Jonas, curious about the PSS-seal. was it complicated to install? (it looked easy in the video but that was done in a shop with new parts all round and not in the engine compartment.
04-15-2014 04:21 PM
Re: Jeanneau Attalia

I don't know if you have solved your problem, but I've had the same symptom in our Attalia. I solved it by changing the prop shaft seal to as PSS-seal. I don't know if this is the cure for your problem, but good luck.
04-03-2014 05:42 AM
Re: Jeanneau Attalia

Dear Mark
Certainly an important problem. No bright ideas. I would use the Sherlock Homes looking glass: keep the floorboards off, cover the bilge with paper towel, go sailing, se where the water first comes in.
Best luck
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