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Topic Review (Newest First)
04-18-2013 04:14 AM
JohnnyChristo
First time with Kate

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11-29-2010 02:29 PM
RumPirate

Will try and get some better pics and some of Kate under sail.
11-29-2010 02:23 PM
RumPirate

11-29-2010 02:22 PM
RumPirate


11-29-2010 02:12 PM
RumPirate KATE – The transformation November 2010

Kate has now completed her metamorphosis and emerged as a beautiful yawl.
Gone is her bright ‘Fighting Lady’ yellow paint.
Kate now sports a dark blue hull, masts and booms and gaffs.
Yes, Kate now has two gaffs. One on the main and one on the mizzen.
Kate now lies at a massive mooring in Whitehouse bay St.Kitts.

The 46’0” boom has been shortened, cut back and reconfigured/planed with lots of weight removed.
A mizzen mast was fabricated and along with a 14’0” gaff and a boom, were installed in the location of the former lazarette.
The massive ‘barn door’ mainsail was re-cut and a new mizzen sail commissioned.

It was a concern that Kate might lose some of her good looks, but these have been completely unfounded, as once again, Philip Walwyn, Kate’s captain, owner and builder, has excelled in the design and workmanship on Kate’s transformation.

The next question is does she sail worse, the same or better than before?

First, with the reduced size of the boom (now booms) and gaff (now gaffs) the Olympic super heavyweight lifting strength required in hauling up of the sails is now a pleasant activity. Although there is still a bit of grunt required. Take this from one who knows both, before and after the transformation.

Second, with the additional sail, the mizzen, there are a few more lines to tend, halyards, sheets and topping lifts. The mizzen is self-tacking, so only minor trim is required there.

Third, the reduced size of the mainsail and the addition of the mizzen allows easier handling, and Kate is quite a bit easier to gybe and tack. With the original ‘barn door’ mainsail on the 46’0” boom, gybing tended to be avoided where possible. Gybing required tremendous teamwork. Split second timing, especially in higher winds, was required in releasing the back stay, letting the boom swing across, then pulling in and winching up the other backstay. Gybing is now a delight and less stressful. Winching is now a pleasant and relatively easy task.

As to performance, I have only sailed on Kate once since her transformation. That was yesterday, Sunday the 28th November 2010, her first outing. Kate cut a dashing figure through the water, as usual, in 19 knots of wind. That was with one reef in the mainsail and one reef in the mizzen. Only once or twice did we put the leeward rail underwater. For the most part Kate forged along perfectly with the rail a little above water. For sailing under full sail, Kate will probably ideally be best in 10 to 15 knots of wind. Kate also sails well and responsively under jib and mizzen. I think she is much faster.

Kate is still responsive as she always has been to her tiller. Plus, Kate does seem to be quite a bit more maneuverable.

Yesterday, Kate took part in a local regatta with some ‘modern’ yachts. Kate took line honours in her new outfit of sails.

From what I have experienced, Kate certainly enjoys her newfound wings and so does her captain and crew.

Kate has dispelled all fears and continues to be sheer delight to sail. However, I do miss the ‘Fighting Lady’ yellow.
11-26-2010 10:15 AM
zeehag oh, good.. my heart can stillbeat at the sight--is good-- she is a very lovely elegant lady... am looking forward to seeing her new look!!!!!!
long booms can be a major earth shaker..can knock you right off the boat..i got hit in head at age 7 by the boom on my uncles gaff rigged 36 footer--and went back for more-- man, that boom was a pain!!!! but the feel and motion of the gaff rigged boats is so much different-- smoother --than the motion and action of today's sleek marconi rigged plastic babies....
11-26-2010 10:10 AM
RumPirate KATE is still gaff rigged, on Main mast and mizzen mast.
The 46 foot long boom will be no more. That is a relief.
The smaller mainsail and new mizzen will permit much easier handling and offshore sailing.
Overall we expect the boat to be faster with the new rig.
We now need to get experience sailing her with the new rig.
11-26-2010 09:46 AM
zeehag so she was changed to marconi rig?? yipes. wouldnt a yawl stick interfere with the main with the gaff rig--boom is an overhanging boom---.. so she would have had to have been converted to marconi for that--dang-- she was sooo gorgeous with her original rig. more valuable as an historic treasure also, not?
i really enjoy the look and feel of the gaff riggers as they sail...elegant. marconi changes looks and feel of the sailing. am looking forward to seeing how she was done-- she is a beautiful boat no matter what her rig....lines are sweeeeeet...
11-26-2010 04:36 AM
RumPirate KATE has now been converted to a yawl.

KATE now has a blue hull.

Will take some pics and post them here.
11-25-2010 03:57 PM
zeehag she is sweet....
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