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Forum: Gear & Maintenance   08-25-2010
Replies: 12
Views: 2,380
Posted By 121Guy

Hi Student,

We have a saying...."if it's in the water, gelcoat it...if not, paint it". If you are at all familiar with gelcoat, and if the boot top is partially submerged, I'd consider gelcoat as...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-26-2009
Replies: 13
Views: 4,176
Posted By 121Guy
Cam Cleats


Check out the Harken ones on e-bay. They are always there with a significant discount. In my opinion they are the best.

Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   03-26-2009
Replies: 8
Views: 2,573
Posted By 121Guy

Hi Petar,

To answer your question about how much your boat's sailing might improve by adjusting some stuff, consider trying this out. First, go sailing on a day with 10 knots of breeze or so and...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-26-2009
Replies: 13
Views: 4,176
Posted By 121Guy
Traveller Controls

Use the cam cleats. They are the right tool for a line that is constantly a traveller. Like most boats with lines led aft, the clutches may be more valuable when used for halyards...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-16-2009
Replies: 3
Views: 483
Posted By 121Guy
Main Too Fat

Hi Denise,

Without modifying the sail some, the only thing you may consider is to put in a permanent first reef. You didn't mention it being too tall as well so this may lead to a shorter than...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-15-2009
Replies: 11
Views: 4,203
Posted By 121Guy
New Halyard Considerations

Hi Dr. B,
You have some excellent suggestions so far. It would be helpful to know what the halyard on the boat is now, and how you feel about how it performs. Does ist stretch too much, is it hard...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-13-2009
Replies: 6
Views: 1,347
Posted By 121Guy
Cost to convert to furling sail

Hi Speed Agent,

There are some variables so I'll make some assumptions to deal with them.

The sail has either hanks or the wrong luff tape now, so the luff needs to be stripped and then a new...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-09-2009
Replies: 65
Views: 9,305
Posted By 121Guy
Paint and Travelifts

Hi Jason,

What I would do is take some before lift out photos and after lift out photos and tell the yard you want it to look like the before pics. If they balk, you may want to get an estimate...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   02-08-2009
Replies: 7
Views: 4,041
Posted By 121Guy
Fair Compensation

I'd agree that $200 is quite fair. Looking at the photo, it appears tha sail ripped just under the first reef point on the leech. I'm guessing the reinforcement they did was to extend the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   01-31-2009
Replies: 2
Views: 1,548
Posted By 121Guy
Street Pilot

Thanks Lagniappe for posting this as well.

Which version of the software are you using? Does the wiring still allow the Street Pilot to be powered? I am contemplating doing the same as a back up...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-27-2009
Replies: 39
Views: 22,784
Posted By 121Guy
Real space savings?

I have had boats with inboard diesels with traditional shaft mounted props and now have a saildrive. Each have plusses and minuses. For a boat that would stay in the water cruising for a long time,...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-19-2009
Replies: 13
Views: 1,511
Posted By 121Guy
Head of Mainsail Height


Another option to consider might be, and this is only if the mainsail is short enough on the hoist, is to splice on a piece of spectra a foot or so (depending on the reach distance) to the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   01-14-2009
Replies: 20
Views: 1,807
Posted By 121Guy
Hi Jason

Saw the post this am. The quote may be fair given the won't know until you:

-read your storage contract and determine your options. Some places require you to use their...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   01-11-2009
Replies: 35
Views: 3,137
Posted By 121Guy
Floor Job

Hi Don,

You might consider a couple of things when planning the job. I did this same job in a 23 foot Kells many years ago. First is that with the size of the area as well as the desire to only...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   01-09-2009
Replies: 9
Views: 5,970
Posted By 121Guy
Hank On

Hi Blue water,

This is a fairly easy thing to do. The small piston hanks are readily available. If you pck the right sailmaker, he may have the ones he took off someone else's Sail when he did...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   01-06-2009
Replies: 14
Views: 3,977
Posted By 121Guy
Another Option

The 320 isn't overly heavy or difficult to haul. The mast isn't unmanageable either. Have you considered a trailor and the other options having one might provide? There may even be a self loader...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   01-06-2009
Replies: 79
Views: 5,418
Posted By 121Guy


Congrats on the S34! She looks like a great boat. Best of luck with her.

121 Guy
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   12-30-2008
Replies: 9
Views: 1,698
Posted By 121Guy
Sail size

I'd second or third or fifth the 125 to 135% LP size. You may consider having some "luff filler" sewed in as well as two stripes on the bottom of the sail. Rolling to the first stripe gets you to...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   12-18-2008
Replies: 82
Views: 44,203
Posted By 121Guy

Best as in best speed, best safety, best ease of operation, best construction, best comfort factor at sea, best aesthetics, best value, best (lowest) maintenance?.....

Best may not be best based...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   12-18-2008
Replies: 10
Views: 1,172
Posted By 121Guy

Hi All Thumbs,

The sail you sent photos on is a small headsail. Because it is small it can be constructed the way it is, without many panels. The strength in the sail comes from the imbedded...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   12-17-2008
Replies: 15
Views: 10,266
Posted By 121Guy
Full Batten Main

The biggest advantage are in limmiting flogging which will lead to shorter life. The full batten sail will naturally want to sit on top of the boom when lowered and is easy to use with lazy jacks.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   12-17-2008
Replies: 15
Views: 10,266
Posted By 121Guy
Cloth Weight


I'd use Premium Challenge High Modulus 6.53oz. Dacron to make either a cross cut panelled main or a tri radial panneled main for a Catalina 27 Tall Rig.

If your sailmaker doesn't use this...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   12-16-2008
Replies: 23
Views: 2,721
Posted By 121Guy
Cat 27 Main

Hi Saura..(Sp)?,

Right now there are three different models in new sail buying that I know of:

1- Big Loft....North, Quantum, Neil Pryde, Doyle, UK Halsey, Ulmann,...Big price with most high...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   12-12-2008
Replies: 14
Views: 1,652
Posted By 121Guy

Hi Clint,

Congrats on your decision to go cruising. You have been given lots of great advice so far! Pay particular attention to the differences between a great coastal cruiser and a proper...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   12-08-2008
Replies: 5
Views: 746
Posted By 121Guy
Some more stuff to consider...

Hi Dr B,

Congratulations on deciding to do some racing. Before my opinion on sun protection, I would suggest, if you haen't yet, that you look at the type of racing and fleet you will most likely...
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