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Forum: Learning to Sail   09-02-2004
Replies: 20
Views: 9,034
Posted By Randolph Bertin
heeling, weather helm and rudder control

...forgot to include the address of the Beneteau owner''s forum:

http://www.sailboatowners.com/forums/menunew.tpl?fno=42
Forum: Learning to Sail   09-02-2004
Replies: 20
Views: 9,034
Posted By Randolph Bertin
heeling, weather helm and rudder control

To address the rudder problem, you might take a look at a couple of websites devoted to the First235 (the first of which has a link to an article discussing various rudder issues and modifications):...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   08-29-2004
Replies: 3
Views: 2,545
Posted By Randolph Bertin
Looking for daysailer input

For the past two years I have been learning/sailing on a Beneteau First235. Although it puts me at a disadvantage relative to those who learn to sail on dinghy, I am still having a good time and know...
Forum: Learning to Sail   03-30-2004
Replies: 15
Views: 6,466
Posted By Randolph Bertin
what''''s up with sail twist?

I will try to answer your last question first, specifically:
"can anyone explain this to a newbie?"

Imagine you have a tall pole with a bunch of long streamers or pieces of yarn attached at...
Forum: Learning to Sail   11-25-2003
Replies: 20
Views: 9,034
Posted By Randolph Bertin
heeling, weather helm and rudder control

For my part, I was looking for a bit of detail, and received some valuable help--I don''t know that anyone could really answer the question exactly as it is fairly complicated and may have to do with...
Forum: Learning to Sail   10-27-2003
Replies: 1
Views: 5,269
Posted By Randolph Bertin
halyard working load

When I was sailing this past weekend, the block at the base of the mast that redirects the main halyard to the cockpit broke [we were using the halyard to fully raise the main after removing a reef]....
Forum: Learning to Sail   10-04-2003
Replies: 10
Views: 9,168
Posted By Randolph Bertin
Attaching Sheet to Jib

My understanding of the bowline is that it is such an effective knot in this application (attaching sheets to clew of headsail) because it cannot be untied under a load, but is very easily untied...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   09-22-2003
Replies: 6
Views: 5,204
Posted By Randolph Bertin
Keel Lift

The original post noted:
"If I understand what I''ve read, when sailing on the wind the keel produces lift which offsets the heel of the boat caused by the leeward lift of the sails. The two...
Forum: Learning to Sail   09-22-2003
Replies: 20
Views: 9,034
Posted By Randolph Bertin
heeling, weather helm and rudder control

Yes, the rudder is transom hung. There seems to be quite a bit going on, and I am just trying to sort it out. I know that if I am heeling too much generally, I need to reduce sail area (keeping a...
Forum: Learning to Sail   09-21-2003
Replies: 20
Views: 9,034
Posted By Randolph Bertin
heeling, weather helm and rudder control

I am trying to better understand some of the mechanics of sailing and would appreciate it if someone could help enlighten me concerning a situation that is probably typical in sailing.

I know that...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   09-21-2003
Replies: 4
Views: 3,231
Posted By Randolph Bertin
tapered battens

I have an Ulman Sails main with tapered partial battens, one of which is broken. The battens are 5/8" wide. I searched through SailNet catalog but found only plain (non-tapered battens). I also...
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