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05-27-2011 10:04 PM
smallboatlover thats what i thought about the aft compartments the look like they were put there after the boat was made. so i won't capsize the boat untill i get a water proof seal on the forward cubby and the spinnaker hole idk was to do about that.
05-27-2011 05:17 PM
Originally Posted by CapnBilll View Post
Westmarine sells a storage locker with a hinged door, has an O-ring seal and watertight latch.

+1 these are pretty sweet!
05-27-2011 05:09 PM
Originally Posted by Boasun View Post
Stay close to shore on a hot day and deliberately plunk the boat over and right it. Just be sure that there is more water under the boat than the mast is long. Rotate all of your family through this drill as the person in charge.
This way you will see what comes loose and starts to float far far away from you.

Take a look at these pics. Mistral 16 sailboat for sale You can see that the boat has a cover over the aft compartment that is missing from this boat. Now I've not had Mistral a but I am familiar with the boat it's cloned from, the Wayfarer. The Wayfarer's aft compartment is crucial for buoyancy. In fact they won't let you race unless you have had a leak test done on the aft compartment.

I also believe that the forward compartment should have covers on the inspection holes and shouldn't have a hole drilled in it for a spinnaker pole unless it's a sealed tube! Again the forward compartment is partly for buoyancy. My Wayfarer had a couple of inflated beach balls in the forward compartment as a cheap buoyancy measure.

On later Mk II Wayfarers they added some foam between the floor and the hull giving them some intrinsic bouyancy but a notorious tendency to turtle. This Mistral looks like a Mk II clone. Most Mk IIs have added sailtop bouyancy, a small inflatable bladder in the top of the sail or similar. I added this to my Mk I.

So before deliberately capsizing it I would :

Investigate the designed buoyancy measures on your boat and restore compartment covers if they are indeed necessary.
Get sailtop floatation.

Even then I would do it first in a lake with a second boat standing by to assist.
05-27-2011 02:40 PM
EJO smallboatlover get some PVC (sewer) pipe at the Do-It-Yourself store, cut it to the length you can fit all you stuff in , glue-cap one end and use a "clean-out" type screw end on the other side. You can do this with 2" to 6" diameter pipe. Much cheaper solution than "dry bags" (with the exception of garbage bags) and you can then bungy/store it in one of the forward holes or latch it to the mast. After you do that you can enjoy the sailing as it should be done in a boat like yours. Like Don1500 said you have to find the edge which is so much fun in a smaller boat/sailing dinghy.
Go out have fun stop worrying.
05-27-2011 01:11 PM
Don1500 Used to sail a Hobie cat quite a bit. If we didn't capsize or pitch poll at least twice a day we weren't going fast enough. Untill you go over it you don't know where the edge is.
05-27-2011 11:31 AM
Boasun Stay close to shore on a hot day and deliberately plunk the boat over and right it. Just be sure that there is more water under the boat than the mast is long. Rotate all of your family through this drill as the person in charge.
This way you will see what comes loose and starts to float far far away from you.
05-27-2011 11:23 AM
smallboatlover in rhode island in the skakkonet river
05-27-2011 11:14 AM
Minnewaska Where are you going to sail her? We are going to have light winds on Sat, start blowing on Sunday and starting off well then dying down on Mon. It looks like it will be a good one here.
05-27-2011 10:20 AM
smallboatlover well i want to go out this weekend there isn't any other weekend i can take it out soon so i rather get it done this weekend. i want to sail it i might be sailing it Saturday if i get every thing done to the boat that i need to.
05-27-2011 09:05 AM
LauderBoy From several years of kayaking:

Phone, keys, wallet each go into zip lock bags that then go into a good dry bag. Spare clothing, towel, etc are fine in water resistant stuff sacks. That said the clothes I bring along are synthetics that still insulate when wet.

But then again I can be a day or so from where I started so it's not like I can just quickly go home if my clothes get wet and I start to get cold, so I have to use good synthetics Spare clothes in a nylon stuff sack does pretty well staying dry. Just keep the less important/more water resistant stuff near the opening.

Zip locking the phone in a dry bag though. Dry bags fail.

Btw, when I'm talking about "dry bags" this is what I'm talking about: Advanced Elements 15 Liter Rolltop Dry Bag -

If you spend any time at all around water they're a great investment.
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