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  1. General Discussion (sailing related)
    I am in the process of speccing a new mainsail for a 35 foot masthead sloop (Ericson 35)... which is definitely a learning experience. My question is what depth the reefs should be? To keep the question/thread focused, there will be 3 reefs (i.e., this is not a "2 or 3 reef" discussion), and...
  2. Gear & Maintenance
    I recently bought a cs22 to use as a daysailer primarily on lake Muskoka and in the great lakes occasionally. I am thinking of getting a new main from one of the online sailmakers (precision sails), and I can get a radial for not much more than a crosscut. Is it worth it? The boat came with two...
  3. General Discussion (sailing related)
    1. I have a loose footed mainsail on my 28' sailboat. Foot is 9' 6". I've added a track, car and suitable rigging to the boom to allow 16" of outhaul adjustment. What I am not sure of is whether I've added enough adjustment, way too much or just the right amount. The 16" figure SEEMED about...
  4. C30
    My wife does not have much upper body strength, but she would still like to be able to raise the mainsail on our Catalina 30 Tall Rig on her own. The obvious solution is to use the starboard jib winch. The trouble is that the fairlead and cleat for the main halyard are on top of the cabin...
  5. General Discussion (sailing related)
    Yesterday, I went out the boat (on the hard) for an hour or so to do a few minor pre-commissioning tasks. I was about to leave when I decided to unzip my stackpack and make sure there weren't any bird or wasp nests in there. I unzipped and gave it a few whacks. Two adult squirrels ran out and...
  6. General Discussion (sailing related)
    Precision 300 Series Designer Dacron Sail Price: $925.06 Description: Best for keeled boats looking for a quality designed sail but on a budget. 1. Challenge Sail Cloth High Modulus Dacron 2. Bainbridge International Ocean Series Dacron Precision 400 Series Advanced Dacron Sail Price...
  7. Gear & Maintenance
    For those of us who live life afloat, finding good gear at the right price is a top priority. That's why we shout to all about the good stuff, and thankfully less often, warn of being taken. Here are the facts - you judge. Jack and Jude have sailed nearly 150,000 NM since 1973, many of those...
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