Tuesday, January 18, 2011

New Owner Hull #3

Dear All,

My name is Richard Sharpe and my wife and I have just purchased #3 and shlepped her down to Southern California. We have started the process of changing out the old aluminum spreaders, because they are deformed and listening to the horror stories from owners, we decided to get the fix from Forte Carbon as a first priority. I have two questions (only two I hear you say) 1. Has anybody ever put the mast up on the hard with the keel in the up position? If so how the heck did you do that? and 2. What methods of locking down the keel have you used? This one is not locked down.

I see this boat as a big challenge to us, but hope that it will give us lots of fun. We were a kick ass team in an Olson 30, 3rd in the recent Nationals and killer on the coast, but the handicap here is going to kill us. 102 W/L, 75 RLC, 65 OWC. Any help you can give in weight saving, running rigging and sail setting will be welcome. I will now go home and read the blog from the beginning.


barnone said...

Hey, welcome.

Putting the mast up. You need a big ladder aft of transom to rest the mast on and two people. I wish the aft mast bracket that fits in the outboard bracket was adjustable to be longer, cause that would be ideal but it is not currently long enough to hold the mast high enough when stepping.

As far as keel. Mine has two metal tangs either side of keel box with a hole for a 1/2 bolt to slide through. This locks the keel down quite well.

barnone said...

Btw, would love to see more traffic here but alas, no one seems to check this blog.

Francois Sylvestre said...

Hi All,

My partner and I bought Richard's boat this spring. This is really a great boat. The set up is perfect. Everything is a the right place but so far it has been an humbling experience to try to sail it to its PHRF numbers. We just can't seem to keep the boat going at its potential. Sometimes it wickedly fast and other times we can't keep up with Laser 28 (very popular on our lake).

Barnone are you still using the rig numbers you posted a few months ago? Until now, its seems that there has to be a LOT of twist in the jib to get the boat going. Are we on the wrong track?

We just bought a new Doyle jib and will add a new square top Doyle main next summer.

Thanks for any coimments or suggestion.


barnone said...

Hi Francois,

Stick with it, takes a bit to find the speed groove. It is definitely there.

My rig numbers are not a great guide since it's a very heavy air tune.

What you want to do is to bend the caps first, then restrict with intermediates to get enough shape in the main.

You can loosen intermediates and push more bend in to mast to flatten as needed.

Lastly, lowers are set to stop bend and pumping in lower half.

If you sail in light air, you want less bend in mast and more shape at max.

If heavy air, you want more bend and flatter rig.

Twisting the jib is very important especially with a large main and you want more twist the more breeze. If you are backwinding the main, try more twist to let it breath. In light air, less twist, more shape and power in main and jin, more traveller up, close the main leech more.

Francois Sylvestre said...

Thanks Barnone,

We played a lot with the rig this weekend I think we are getting there.

I will let you know how it turns out next weekend!

Thanks for your help!


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