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Messages - Bob K

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Main Message Board / Re: New Mainsail
« on: March 06, 2006, 07:00:24 PM »
Thanks for the comments all.   I took the sail to a loft, and they immediately saw that the luff rope was shrunk by about a foot, and this prevented the sail from raising fully.  That was why the sail could not be flattened properly. Also explains the sagging boom!   So they will repair the sail, and I'll try it for another season.  If anybody is searching for why their boom sags, check this out. 

Main Message Board / Re: Port Side Lean
« on: February 24, 2006, 09:28:06 AM »
Echoing the others, children are no reason to sell!  In fact, it was our reason to buy!  We bought our first boat, a C27, when our 1st child was 6 months old.  He is now 9, and loves sailing - he just signed up for his 3rd year of summer lessons at the local sailing center.  Even if he and his sister lose interest when they are teenagers, they will have had great experience and memories from their yournger years.  Yes, babies are challenging on boats, but can certainly be managed.  We used to strap the carseat to the settee while sailing.   A portable VCR/TV kept them happy when not napping.   Safety netting on the lifelines is a must.  We also used a child harness with the lifejacket while on deck. 

As for the port lean, I'm not sure much can be done about it.   I keep the starboard water tank full, and use the aft tank first.  That seems to help a bit.


Main Message Board / New Mainsail
« on: February 23, 2006, 10:00:29 AM »
Hello to all – I am new to this group.  We purchased a 1992 C34 last year (Tall rig / Wing keel), and are proceeding down our “to do” list for the boat.  We are considering a new mainsail, as the old one (original, full batten) doesn’t have much shape left to it.  I have gotten quotes back from a number of sailmakers, and the prices vary widely.  Granted, the options differ among them, but the price variation seems a bit much.  To those out there who have replaced their mainsails in the last year or two, could you please tell me who made your sail, and if you are happy with the construction, performance, and service of the loft?   Was the price right?  We sail the Chesapeake Bay, and we are only an hour from Annapolis, where most of the major sailmakers have lofts, so I will likely visit a few prior to purchase to see examples of their work.  We do not race, but we certainly don’t like to go slow! Comments on loose footed mains are solicited also.   

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