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Topic Review (Newest First)
03-01-2012 10:12 AM
FishSticks Had a boss once who was known to burst into a meeting when things were not going well and command "Everybody do something... even if it's wrong!"
02-29-2012 08:46 PM
paulk Len, in emergenices you have to specify which crew member you want to do this, or you could lose the rig. "Let fly the snotter, Gunter!" would probably work best.
02-29-2012 05:46 AM
downeast450 Aye! Mizzen or main?

DFown
02-24-2012 02:29 PM
Capt Len Command 'Let fly the snotter' Blank stare.
02-24-2012 02:26 PM
Capt Len You are associating gaffs with rum and ginger ale with dilution of purity , right? Scandalous to think otherwise but tide lifts all vessels: even if Marconi rigged.
02-24-2012 01:33 PM
FishSticks Marconi vs gaff rig on a catboat?

Would you add ginger ale to fine rum?
02-24-2012 12:25 PM
downeast450 It is one of my favorite commands! Ha! Provided that someone near the cleat knows what it means. It is very effective and sometimes necessary with such a big sail. We got overtaken by a squall line that was rolling down Somes Sound. Whew! The IODs were making a buoy turn in practice for the Worlds starting the next day. We were out there watching and all of us had an exciting time. The cat boat with a scandalized gaff may as well have been flying a spinnaker! With the board nearly up it flew away from the others. It was not particularly relaxing for a few minutes but the boat took it in stride.

Avast!

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02-24-2012 11:10 AM
WanderingStar To scandalize a gaff sail you slack the peak halyard, (gaffs have two halyards) lowering the end of the gaff. This allows the upper aft portion of the sail to spill wind, effecting an emergency reef. I've done this in a squall, it's beautiful.
02-24-2012 09:11 AM
-OvO- "scandalize" ? this is an unfamiliar term.
02-24-2012 08:37 AM
downeast450 We enjoy a Marshal Cat Boat, the Sandpiper. I like the gaff rig on this little boat. One sail to reef and it is huge! Down wind with the board up it flies. Scandalizing the gaff de-powers it quickly. It can't get much closer than 45degrees but so what. It is fun and we just plan around our up wind performance. I like the way it looks,too. Handling the spars is easy because they are relatively short. This is our (trailer sailor) and having a mast that isn't much longer than the boat is very convenient. I can still lift the mast into the step by myself. I wouldn't be able to do it alone for a larger boat but it would be simpler than a 25 foot stick.

Marshall builds a nice boat. It is very capable and probably the "largest" small boat available. Six adults can sit in the cockpit of our 15' boat!

We have an Islander-28, too. Both rigs are worthy.

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