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Re: Exercising on a boat - Look what I fell in love with!

I'm a really old (77), overweight, and lazy fart that raises the main sail on his 33 Morgan Out Island without breaking into a sweat. Never really thought about it, and never need to use the winch. I pull down using my 225 pound body, and the sail goes up. Nothing to it!

Before I got an electric windless for the boat, I hauled a 42-pound anchor attached to 50-feet of chain out of the mud on a regular basis, again, no sweat.

Now, maybe it would have been easier if I were in my 50s, slim, trim and getting ogled by the ladies. Ha! That's never gonna happen again, but I sure enjoyed those days.

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Sea legs - a term which I suppose means getting accustomed to the constant motion of the boat and not getting sea sick or even slightly so. It takes some time for you body to make the adjustment but it seems to sick for quite some time. After 5 or 6 months not being on the boat it takes me about a half an hr of sailing motion.. to adjust and then I seem to be fine for the rest of the season. I don't normally get sea sick... but have been a few times is very nasty conditions. But that's not bad for over 30 years of sailing. Wifey on the other hand was very prone to sea sickness and it's taken her maybe 10 years to feel comfortable and not get sea sick. She now misses the boat in the winter!
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I'm a really old (77), overweight, and lazy fart that raises the main sail on his 33 Morgan Out Island without breaking into a sweat. Never really thought about it, and never need to use the winch. I pull down using my 225 pound body, and the sail goes up. Nothing to it!

Before I got an electric windless for the boat, I hauled a 42-pound anchor attached to 50-feet of chain out of the mud on a regular basis, again, no sweat.

Now, maybe it would have been easier if I were in my 50s, slim, trim and getting ogled by the ladies. Ha! That's never gonna happen again, but I sure enjoyed those days.

Good Luck,

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That's great. Now, to be clear, I'm not talking about some 250 sq.ft. rag that weighs 30 lbs. Those I can hoist with one hand. The mainsail has a full roach, made of some heavy multi-ply material, is ~650 sq.ft., weighs upwards of 100 lbs even without the 6 battens inserted, and resembles an X-ray blanket more than it does a typical Dacron bedsheet. It's just a different weight category than a 33-footer with a masthead rig and a small main.
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Re: Exercising on a boat - Look what I fell in love with!

I weighed my main, mainly because It felt pretty damned heavy when I was dragging it to the van a couple years ago. If I recall correctly, it tipped the scales at just over 80 pounds with the battens removed. 30 pounds would have been a dream to hoist - coulda' done it with one hand tied behind my back.

I'm fairly confident I could hoist a 100 pound plus main a few years ago, but since my back and lungs are shot to Hell, I wouldn't even attempt it. I'll stick with what I have for as long as I can still single hand the boat, and when I can't I'll sell it, or maybe give it to one of the kids if they want it.

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I'm a really old (77), overweight, and lazy fart that raises the main sail on his 33 Morgan Out Island without breaking into a sweat. Never really thought about it, and never need to use the winch. I pull down using my 225 pound body, and the sail goes up. Nothing to it!

Before I got an electric windless for the boat, I hauled a 42-pound anchor attached to 50-feet of chain out of the mud on a regular basis, again, no sweat.

Now, maybe it would have been easier if I were in my 50s, slim, trim and getting ogled by the ladies. Ha! That's never gonna happen again, but I sure enjoyed those days.

Good Luck,

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Sea legs - a term which I suppose means getting accustomed to the constant motion of the boat and not getting sea sick or even slightly so. It takes some time for you body to make the adjustment but it seems to sick for quite some time. After 5 or 6 months not being on the boat it takes me about a half an hr of sailing motion.. to adjust and then I seem to be fine for the rest of the season. I don't normally get sea sick... but have been a few times is very nasty conditions. But that's not bad for over 30 years of sailing. Wifey on the other hand was very prone to sea sickness and it's taken her maybe 10 years to feel comfortable and not get sea sick. She now misses the boat in the winter!
I always wondered if sea legs was the term for when you still feel like you are on a boat when you walk on land (the movement thingie) or if it was the term for getting used to being on the boat. Maybe I should ask this question in a forum and see what most folks say!
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That's great. Now, to be clear, I'm not talking about some 250 sq.ft. rag that weighs 30 lbs. Those I can hoist with one hand. The mainsail has a full roach, made of some heavy multi-ply material, is ~650 sq.ft., weighs upwards of 100 lbs even without the 6 battens inserted, and resembles an X-ray blanket more than it does a typical Dacron bedsheet. It's just a different weight category than a 33-footer with a masthead rig and a small main.
You have a 650 square foot main sail on a 40 ft boat and it weighs over 100 lbs?

That is quiet unusual. The specs for the Freedom 40 show a 483 square foot sail. Did you have it custom made to increase the area? How did that affect the balance?

For comparison purposes, the main on my Bristol 40 is 316 square feet and needs to be reefed pretty early. My entire sail area is 650 square feet with the genoa, less with the working jib I usually use in SF bay. I realize the displacement on the Freedom is larger, but why on earth would you need a 650 square foot main sail on a 40 foot boat?
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Re: Exercising on a boat - Look what I fell in love with!

I take it all back. I had the main reefed earlier today but the wind died down so decided to it take out and hoist the sail up the rest of the way. This is a lot harder than hoisting the sail normally because the reefing lines need to be pulled back through the blocks and that a lot of extra fiction. I did it on my full battened full roach main while my wife was down in the head.

When she came back up she said ď Damn you look all buff and hot, I want you!Ē

Ainít sailing grand?
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