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06-16-2014 10:52 AM
Re: Nonsuch 33 (I don't get it)

Originally Posted by IStream View Post
Sorry, didn't think the mods would delete it.
Don't apologize...I think that your post said it all about the one that revived the thread
06-16-2014 09:41 AM
Re: Nonsuch 33 (I don't get it)

Originally Posted by blutoyz View Post
I wish that you quoted it...I would have like to see this one
Sorry, didn't think the mods would delete it.
06-16-2014 08:59 AM
Re: Nonsuch 33 (I don't get it)

I wish that you quoted it...I would have like to see this one
06-12-2014 02:02 PM
Re: Nonsuch 33 (I don't get it)

Wow, bumping a three year old thread just to insult the OP in your very first post. I can't imagine why you spent so much time alone on your expertly-handled craft.
09-11-2011 09:09 PM
davidpm I'm reasonably sure that my problem was that on most boats if you are head to wind under power you just sheet tight and power along for a few minutes and hope the wind shifts.

On this Nonsuch however it appears as if the boom has to be over the quarter and never centered. That means you have to drop the sail if powering head to wind as the rig will bounce too much if the boom is over the quarter and the boom will get dangerously close to the head if sheeted in and the mast is bending in the chop.
At least that is what I believe I learned on that boat.
Otherwise the main was cut wrong.
09-11-2011 07:16 PM
I think that perhaps a smaller storm sail would be good to have, but I can't find information about one ever being built
How would one attempt a sail change on a Nonsuch?

Aside from that, I believe you are correct in your assessment with regard to the OP. I have owned/sailed my Nonsuch for many years and never ran into any of these problems nor have I ever felt my safety or that of my crew was in jeopardy.


09-03-2011 08:46 PM
Nonsuch sailing

Responding to a very old post...

To the gentleman who had trouble with the trim of his Nonsuch

1. If the sail is cut correctly, and the sail is hoisted fully, it should be impossible for the boom to bash you in the head. I am 6' 2" and have no trouble.

2. The leech of the sail will always flap if the topping lift has tension on it, and it needs to be completely off of tension to allow the sail to get the correct shape when the full sail is out.

3. The choker, which this man called the flattener, is critical to the operation of the sail, and when used right will give the sail a beautiful and aerodynamically efficient shape.

4. Yes, the boom is vulnerable in a run, in in light breeze and heavy swells can be a handful. A preventer is not a bad idea in this situation.

5. Look at the photo of the Nonsuch below. It is a great picture, but look how the sail is resting on the boom. It should touch the boom only about one third to one half of the width of the sail, otherwise your sail is not under enough tension and will not achieve the correct aerodynamic shape.

6. Sailing a Nonsuch is just different than sloop rig, and needs a different sequence of actions than the sloop. I still haven't figured out (yet) how to sail to weather efficiently in heavy breeze....I recently couldn't get a nice shape with my sail reefed in 25-30 knot gusty breeze when I had to tack directly to weather. I think that perhaps a smaller storm sail would be good to have, but I can't find information about one ever being built.

I have a Nonsuch 33
08-30-2010 01:36 PM
BearAway With enough decades . . . hand eye coordination tends not to get easier.
08-30-2010 11:26 AM
5hortBu5 Right after I posted, I thought to myself "I should probably look that boat up and see if there's something wacky about it that I'm not thinking of."

If only my brain could keep up with my fingers
08-30-2010 11:24 AM
sailingdog I'd point out that there is no forestay on the Nonesuch. It uses a free-standing mast and is basically a large cat rig boat with a wishbone boom.

Originally Posted by 5hortBu5 View Post
I'm a straight-up noob when it comes to sailing, but on the mention of the possibility of mast flex, I find myself wondering about the condition of the boat's forestay.

Shouldn't the forestay prevent that kind of extreme mast flexing/bouncing? Have you given it a once over?
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