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08-12-2013 09:18 AM
blutoyz
Re: Questions and Advice for that first BIG sail in a new(OLD) boat

She sure is pretty...enjoy
08-12-2013 08:58 AM
capecodda
Re: Questions and Advice for that first BIG sail in a new(OLD) boat

Engine-less...Good for you!

OK, here's my check list of in order of priority before I'll take a boat anywhere:

1. Watertight - make sure it ain't gonna sink. Thru hulls, etc...
2. Rudder - make sure I can steer it, including quadrant, cables, rudder gland, tiller and the rudder ain't gonna break off.
3. Sail - make sure I can sail it. The rig ain't gonna fall on my head, and sails and running rigging work.
4. Stop - make sure I've got a good anchoring system.

5. Power - you're choosing to skip this one, so it gets replaced with a perfect weather window and tow services.

Everything else is a luxury.

Good luck and sail on
08-11-2013 08:19 PM
paul323
Re: Questions and Advice for that first BIG sail in a new(OLD) boat

Don't ignore kerosene/paraffin/oil lamps - they may seem old fashioned, but put out a lot of warm, cosy light. Especially if you are short of power; an oil anchor light can be bought fairly cheaply, hoisted up on a halyard, and will last all night...many boats already have an oil lamp down below. With care (and battery operated GPS and flashlights for backup) you'll be surprised at how little electricity you'll need.

As others have said, your other priority should be safety equipment (*VHF*, flares, fire extinguishers, etc). Documentation. Check you have good ground tackle, so you can stop and enjoy life on the way! And a tender with a small motor can do wonders in terms of getting supplies, even slow towing/nudging the big boat!

Sounds like a fun experience. Close to land, an experienced boat in convey - yeah, sounds wonderful! I'm jealous!

(Forgot to say, congrats on the new boat, it looks awesome :-))
08-11-2013 08:06 PM
PsychedChicken
Re: Questions and Advice for that first BIG sail in a new(OLD) boat

Geeze Zee, you talk in fortune cookies.
08-11-2013 08:01 PM
zeehag
Re: Questions and Advice for that first BIG sail in a new(OLD) boat

you will be fine and all will work out--just bite off tiny bits at one sitting...
08-11-2013 07:52 PM
PsychedChicken
Re: Questions and Advice for that first BIG sail in a new(OLD) boat

Thanks Zee! Im so excited to get her home!!
08-11-2013 05:38 PM
zeehag
Re: Questions and Advice for that first BIG sail in a new(OLD) boat

psyched---take a manual bilge pump--the bilges are shallow--make sure it has a looong hose for water to exit boat....
food and drink for 2 days even if it is only 40 miles. cant go wrong with that --have enough for just in case---sleeping bag or blanket and spare clothing. the rest you can do when you get to where you are going.

btw--might wanna put a shaft brake so prop doesnt spin--could be a source of potential incoming water--and the packing gland is so far aft and in a convoluted place to find when in a pinch..better to not have it spin for the duration until engine works.

oh yes--and SAIL that thing-is easy and FAST!!!!


failures happen--just keep em small ones..
08-11-2013 05:21 PM
PsychedChicken
Re: Questions and Advice for that first BIG sail in a new(OLD) boat

Had our rigging inspecting, all is well to make the trip home!! SOO excited. Heres to hoping that there are no catastrophic failures.
Also, here is a picture of her:
https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.n...03307834_o.jpg
08-01-2013 08:34 PM
OldColumbia
Re: Questions and Advice for that first BIG sail in a new(OLD) boat

It may sound obvious, but your existing running rigging is a good general template for replacements. When I replaced mine, I used masking tape to attach a 100' spooled measuring tape to the halyards just above the sail fitting and ran it up the mast, noting the length and used the measuring tape to retrieve it. Measure the run from the mast to any clutches and winches and add what you think will be a comfortable tail.
The existing main sheet and tackle can be removed from the traveler (usually with a cotter pin on the bail or the block) and measured on the dock.
The Genoa sheets will depend on the layout of your turning blocks, cars and winches, but the old ones should give you a good idea of the length. More is generally better than less and the type and "hand" of sheets can be important if you have to move a lot quickly. Likewise the spinnaker sheets will depend on the foot of the spinnaker and the "J" measurement ( distance from mast to Genoa tack at the base of the forestay) of the boat. I ran mine to turning blocks aft of the winches which increases the length required.
In all not an inexpensive undertaking.
08-01-2013 04:33 PM
Tim R.
Re: Questions and Advice for that first BIG sail in a new(OLD) boat

The manual is in the downloads section of ericsonyachts.org. I know the running rigging sizes are listed in the 35-3 manual so hopefully you can find them in the MKII manual.
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