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Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-08-2015
Replies: 8
Views: 449
Posted By alanrothenbush
Loose footed mains .. how much tack travel?

I am about to buy a new mainsail (actually, a kit from Sailrite).

I'm planning on going loose footed for a number of reasons, most boiling down to sailors I trust tell me to, AND it's one more...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-17-2014
Replies: 21
Views: 1,393
Posted By alanrothenbush
Re: New storm jib rigging

I will certainly give that a look, as I have to go SLOW. With one hand hauling on the halyard and the other hand guiding the luff into the slot, it's HARD getting a sail up, even at the dock in my...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-16-2014
Replies: 21
Views: 1,393
Posted By alanrothenbush
Re: New storm jib rigging

Hmm, for me, as an inveterate tinkerer, such a requirement is a GOOD thing! <g>

And as First Edition is quite stout in that area, the task is easier than on many other boats.

But I understand...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-15-2014
Replies: 21
Views: 1,393
Posted By alanrothenbush
Re: New storm jib rigging

It's a Windward 28, which is close to a 30 in terms of beam, weight and waterline length.

I'm pretty sure I can come up with a suitable mount on the deck (and if I'm not convinced I can, I won't...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-15-2014
Replies: 21
Views: 1,393
Posted By alanrothenbush
Re: New storm jib rigging

I wish .. it's not cutter rigged, but having sailed a cutter, I sure am a fan of that extra capability. So I'm looking to add an inner sail of some sort, either on a stay or integral halyard/stay.
...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-15-2014
Replies: 21
Views: 1,393
Posted By alanrothenbush
Re: New storm jib rigging

I could have .. limping home early just was just my own little punishment to myself for being unprepared.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-15-2014
Replies: 21
Views: 1,393
Posted By alanrothenbush
Re: New storm jib rigging

Yes, damaging the headsail under such conditions is one of the reasons I'm thinking about this. It's actually cheap insurance.



I have one, but the winds in my area are usually so light that...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-15-2014
Replies: 21
Views: 1,393
Posted By alanrothenbush
Re: New storm jib rigging

I accept your chastisement, but in my own defense, the number of times the forecast for "strong winds" is just plain wrong is in the 90% range, at least in this little micro climate area.

So I...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-14-2014
Replies: 21
Views: 1,393
Posted By alanrothenbush
New storm jib rigging

I've been thinking about adding a storm jib to the arsenal, and last Saturday convinced me. While there was a strong wind warning for the area, I left the 150% genoa up because "strong wind" usually...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   08-01-2013
Replies: 2
Views: 338
Posted By alanrothenbush
Strong Hatch required

I have one lazarette in my cockpit on the starboard side and a great empty space on the port.

That large space is BARELY accessible from the cabin, so barely that I have in fact sealed it off with...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   07-22-2013
Replies: 7
Views: 789
Posted By alanrothenbush
Re: Prop walk in FORWARD?

Thanks to all who replied! I'll answer in one message here to save bandwidth.

1. Not an offset prop, completely conventional right down the middle prop shaft.

2. Not a folding prop, but a...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   07-21-2013
Replies: 7
Views: 789
Posted By alanrothenbush
Prop walk in FORWARD?

Short story:

I have a LOT of "prop walk" or "weather helm" in forward and darn near none in reverse.

Is this normal?

Long version:

In the four years that I've had my 28' fin keel sailboat...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   03-04-2013
Replies: 6
Views: 517
Posted By alanrothenbush
Re: Personal strobes - new or old?

Thanks to all for the thoughts online and off!

After stewing for a bit, taking out the trusty voltmeter, staring HARD at the ACR battery and thinking about what COULD be inside, I decided to just...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   02-20-2013
Replies: 6
Views: 517
Posted By alanrothenbush
Personal strobes - new or old?

When I purchased my boat a couple of years ago, I found a pair of safety harnesses with strobes attached, specifically, ACR "Fireflys".

To my delight, they worked fine.

Upon examining the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-04-2012
Replies: 11
Views: 1,094
Posted By alanrothenbush
Re: Traveller: stopper knot or bowline or clamp or ...

Thanks to all!

I have an idea for a big stopper knot that I can bury inside the pulley block (to keep everything tidy) that's also clamped on the free end so it can't worry itself loose.

I may...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-02-2012
Replies: 11
Views: 1,094
Posted By alanrothenbush
Traveller: stopper knot or bowline or clamp or ...

I am rebuilding the traveller system on my older Windward 28.

The original owner started with a good track and a good cart but then used pulleys too small and mounted them at dumb angles that...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-25-2012
Replies: 16
Views: 2,950
Posted By alanrothenbush
Re: Backstay tensioner - just a fancy turnbuckle?

Thanks for the info about the turnbuckles. I knew it was some "yellow metal", just not sure which.

We bought First Edition two years ago, a return to sailing after more than 30 years away, and...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-24-2012
Replies: 16
Views: 2,950
Posted By alanrothenbush
Re: Backstay tensioner - just a fancy turnbuckle?

I know, that's what I'm saying .. even HEMP kept masts upright for a long long time, so I really shouldn't be afraid of modern technology.

And I wouldn't be surprised if my _next_ boat used...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-24-2012
Replies: 16
Views: 2,950
Posted By alanrothenbush
Re: Backstay tensioner - just a fancy turnbuckle?

Thanks for the replies!

I considered the block and tackle, but did a bit of "back of the napkin" math and didn't like the answer.

My backstay is tensioned to about 1500 pounds. 6:1 tackle =...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-24-2012
Replies: 16
Views: 2,950
Posted By alanrothenbush
Backstay tensioner - just a fancy turnbuckle?

I've got to believe that my old 28' sailboat once came with a backstay adjuster. I say that because between the backstay and the chain plate is about 30 inches of CHAIN .. ugly old galvanized chain....
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-15-2011
Replies: 2
Views: 2,371
Posted By alanrothenbush
Thanks for the reply! You're correct, the...

Thanks for the reply!

You're correct, the pump outlet is a 1" line.

I've heard everywhere that waste sitting in the hoses is (eventually) a major source of odor and so I'm trying to do...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-15-2011
Replies: 2
Views: 2,371
Posted By alanrothenbush
Macerator or diaphram pump to empty holding tank?

I'm in the middle of adding a holding tank to my Windward 850 and now have a decision to make; what kind of pump to use.

I was planning on a macerator pump; no real chance of clogging, the output...
Forum: Diesel   08-03-2010
Replies: 3
Views: 4,594
Posted By alanrothenbush
Yanmar 2QM15 - how long will they live?

I'm buying my first sailboat, and it has a 30 year old Yanmar 2QM15 RWC diesel.

The boat looks pretty clean and pretty well maintained. It's hard to say for sure, but I get a good feel about the...
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