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Topic Review (Newest First)
02-22-2010 07:53 PM
bljones Removable davits. An answer to a question nobody asked. They rattle and squeak and flop when installed and where do you put them when you remove them?
02-22-2010 07:20 PM
blackjenner
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Originally Posted by RainDog View Post
How does this sound for a stupid design idea: Take a heavy piece of metal that moves at a high speed. Put it right at head level, right over the one place in the boat people stand.

Granted we almost all accept it, but it is really kind of a remarkably dumb idea. I wonder how many people have been killed by the boom over the years.
So my wife is learning more about sailing.

I asked her one day if she knew why is called a boom.

"Why is it?" she asked.

"Because that is the sound it makes when it hits your head," I replied.

She called me a "butt" (short for butthead).

Having raced and sailed small boats and seen a "boom" or two in my time, it does make me appreciate the Hunter boom setup a little.
12-30-2009 12:04 AM
souljour2000 I get the complaint about vhf/nav/depthsound electronics in the nav station instead of the cockpit but on a smaller or in my case 20-foot boat with fairly small cockpit...I plan on keeping them down below and out of the way.
Weak and leak-prone stanchions are annoying I suppose...but they have kept me out of the water a few times for sure and my skinny and admittedly a bit poorly mounted ones have held me each time and I'm 230 lbs or so.
As for booms...boomless sailing is something I'm looking forward to experimenting with a bit when I get back in the water here in a few months...
Raked or angled forward rear cabin walls/bulkhead are stylish but make mounting hardware inside the cabin on this wall difficult and awkward.

Jib tracks mounted right down the middle of catwalks instead of on the upper side of the cabin above the windows or on the coachroof rims where they might be more out of the way and allow "closer close-hauling".Unfortunately the jib track bolts on many grp's also were holding the liner and shell seam together.
12-20-2009 12:39 PM
danielgoldberg
Yanmar Engine Feature

Yanmars are great engines, but many of them have a ridiculous design feature. In order to access the raw water impeller, you need to remove a motor mount. Is that the most ridiculous thing you've ever heard? Simply forget about trying that in an emergency while at sea, but even if you're changing the impeller at the dock as part of routine maintenance, it is such a PITA, and it's so unnecessary.

By the way, on the hull/deck liner point that Cam and SD mentioned, I agree it's got some negative attributes, particularly those that line the entire boat, which is becoming much less common as a grid is becoming more of the standard, but I wouldn't call liners/grids a "worst" feature. It has some positives to go along with the negatives, which to me means it's not a "worst" feature, it's just a compromise that has pros and cons. FWIW.
12-16-2009 09:16 AM
Boasun A lack of hand holds in some production boats and those weakass stanchions.
Especially in the interior cabins that are wide and no place to hang on as the boat heels and pitches.
12-16-2009 06:06 AM
BluegrassLass 1) Stanchions!

They will not support any weight without working loose at the bottom and causing a leak. A constant headache, which is why I switched to an aluminum boat that has holding slots welded to the deck.
09-17-2009 10:26 AM
painkiller For non-bluewater boats, how about VHF and nav instruments mounted down in the cabin where the helmsman can't use them? I bet most people use the nav station mostly for storage.
09-17-2009 10:10 AM
sahara [QUOTE=224;510227][QUOTE=OsmundL;486425]
5. Tank water taste and odour which render it almost unusable despite numerous washouts and commercial tank purifiers.
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Seagull IV water filter system. You'll never complain about tank taste again.
09-17-2009 09:58 AM
PalmettoSailor I think the worst design feature of my Catalina 36 is the huge companionway opening. Its V shaped design makes the washboards easier to become dislodged and its way wider than it needs to be. I'm not really sure why it was made so big. I know the boat is not a bluewater design, but it is capable of coastal crusing and you could get a knock down if caught in a severe thunderstorms even if it was short duration and didn't create a sea state that would endanger the boat.
09-16-2009 09:06 PM
killarney_sailor
Boom is needed in most conditions

Quote:
Originally Posted by therapy23 View Post
I have often wondered this too.

And there are those that have checked speed with both sails up and then doused the main to find that there is little speed lost. Dumb design. There are several other sail/rig designs that are safer, less costly and easier to handle.

Why are sailors so slow to change?
The mainsail needs support when off the wind (even a bit). I could imagine going to weather without a boom but running or even beam reaching would not work well.

One of the nice things about owning a Nonsuch was that you did not have to worry about a boom hitting you and wishbone also meant you did not have to worry about a vang either. I don't know if anyone has put a wishbone boom on a conventional sloop. I think it should work although tacking might be a problem - I imagine the front of the wishbone could be shaped to make it work better.
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