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Topic Review (Newest First)
09-02-2009 01:41 AM
Bene505 BEAUTIFUL boat! Thanks for posting the pictures and congratulations on the solo. (I think I remember seeing you boat on here a year ago.)

Regards
09-01-2009 11:06 PM
CapnRon47
Proud owner

Again, thanks all. And also for the compliments on our boat. For those who have not seen my posts from over a year ago when we purchased her, 'Heron' is a 1990 model name 'Clearwater,' designed by Craig Walters (when he worked in Clearwater, FL). It was built by Holby Marine of Bristol, RI. They only made 7 of this model. We have hull #5. One of the 7 has circumnavigated. They also built a 47' version, I believe.

I searched for about 2 years for a boat that would accommodate the shallow (4') creeks we have in and around our house in NC. The Keel swings up as does the rudder for a very shallow 1' 10" draft. Nominally 6' with the keel down. And there is the rub, the keel is 4,000 lbs of lead and it is currently raised by a manual winch. Raising the keel to return to the dock is physically the hardest part of the trip, believe me.

She basically had one previous owner, from CT, (he commissioned her) and he maintained her very well.

Here are a few more pictures, just because I like looking at her also.

Port Side View



The Cockpit



The galley looking aft, on the left is the pocket that the keel swings up into, so the salon is divided. The dinning table halves are on slides along either side of the pocket wall, so it slides out and rotates up with the 2 halves making a full table.



We sailed her from CT to NC last fall after spending the summer in the Sassafras river. This is from off the Jersey shore.

09-01-2009 10:43 PM
mccary Nice job, as others said, your first solo excursion is one for the memory books. I am a photographer, but you won't need a camera to remind you of what that trip was like! I am sure it will be the first of many more to come.
09-01-2009 09:49 PM
lapworth Great job. I hope One day I will solo something that size and I am in my mid 30's.
09-01-2009 09:11 PM
tnc110 capron

what boat is that? Looks great and congrats!
09-01-2009 08:44 PM
CapnRon47
First Solo Sail

All,
Thanks all for your congratulations, suggestions and comments. I did enjoy it and am looking forward to doing it more.

cheers
09-01-2009 04:03 PM
Wiley1 Yes, indeed congratulations on the solo sail! That feeling of independence is quite a rush! Brings back memories of my first serious single handed sail. At its successful conclusion I felt nineteen feet tall, I didn't care if it meant anything to anyone else, it meant something to me. As I'm sure yours does to you.

A couple thoughts:

Although everyone does it different, for me instead of the pdf I learned to be "at home" in my harness. When alone, under sail or power, at sea or local sailing I have my harness on. And if I'm beyond the companionway I'm tethered to a wire that runs the full length of the cockpit forward to the mast where it splits to two wires, one each side of the dinghy. I don't need the PDF if I don't part company with the boat. Fine or foul weather the harness is on and I'm tethered if I'm beyond the companionway. Only once did I forget/neglect to hookup and that once almost cost me my life. A self steering boat doesn't really care if one is aboard or not.

Although the harness does make for funny tan lines.

Congrats again,
Wiley
09-01-2009 03:40 PM
imagine2frolic The first time is quite a memory. I wondering how close to the wind you were when you tacked. Close enough that 90* was enough?.......i2f
09-01-2009 03:20 PM
SailKing1 What a great experience that first solo is. The fear and adrenalin creates a great feeling especially when it turns out positive as yours was.

Even though the first is the best, the pants will still get a little bunched up before you go out by yourself for sometime.

I went through the same problem with having to make some modifications as my boat was not set up for single handed sailing either. It took me about a year to decide on and make them, but what a difference it made.

Good luck in your adventures.
09-01-2009 03:14 PM
SecondWindNC Beautiful boat, and congrats on the solo sail!
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