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by Interim
Mon Oct 19, 2020 1:35 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Bottom Paint
Replies: 5
Views: 271

Re: Bottom Paint

so about every 5 years, then. I'm at three, which is sooner than I expected. But we have rather high algae concentration in our lake, so perhaps that is a driver.

Thanks.

--john
by Interim
Fri Oct 16, 2020 8:44 am
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Foresail Sheets track position and LifeLine Interferance
Replies: 4
Views: 200

Re: Foresail Sheets track position and LifeLine Interferance

I have a 26s, so it is a bit different than your boat. I struggled with the location of my tracks for a while, and then just ended up putting them on a line from the original jib sheet fairlead back to the winch. It was a compromise from the different locations I was considering. We have a 135 genny...
by Interim
Wed Oct 14, 2020 5:43 am
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Sail Area Insanity
Replies: 9
Views: 339

Re: Sail Area Insanity

Isn't lee helm caused, in part, by the center of effort being too far forward?

This would matter more on a beam reach than broad reach or run. Perhaps flying the chute when you're on a beam is the problem. Fighting it with the rudder can be creating drag, thus reducing the gain in power.

--john
by Interim
Mon Oct 12, 2020 10:10 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Bottom Paint
Replies: 5
Views: 271

Bottom Paint

How long should bottom paint last? I took our boat out of the water last weekend, and it had more growth than I expected. I sprayed and lightly scrubbed, and much of the paint came off with it. Our boat sits in fresh water from May through (well, through last weekend this year). The lake has a signi...
by Interim
Mon Sep 21, 2020 6:54 am
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: REPAIR: 4 Pack Carb Rebuild
Replies: 8
Views: 691

Re: REPAIR: 4 Pack Carb Rebuild

Thanks. I've been using the high grade (non ethanol) fuel in my yamaha four stroke for years, but didn't realize I was reintroducing the problem with my fuel additive.

Progress.

--john
by Interim
Thu Sep 17, 2020 12:56 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Water in Bilges Still
Replies: 6
Views: 1606

Re: Water in Bilges Still

I drilled out the rivets on my chainplates, put down some 5200, and re-riveted them. Cut down my leakage considerably. but we still get water in the bilges when it rains. I haven't been able to track down the other sources.

--john
by Interim
Thu Sep 17, 2020 12:52 pm
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: REPAIR: 4 Pack Carb Rebuild
Replies: 8
Views: 691

Re: REPAIR: 4 Pack Carb Rebuild

How does Seafoam cause a problem? Does the alcohol attract dirt and grime?

--john
by Interim
Wed Sep 02, 2020 12:44 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Swing Keel 26S
Replies: 3
Views: 284

Re: Swing Keel 26S

I agree with what JimmyT said. I've found dead fish wedged in between the board and the hull.

But I'd also track the line. Make sure it is run cleanly through the sheaves, and down the tube.

--john
by Interim
Mon Aug 31, 2020 10:39 am
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Raise the Furler
Replies: 4
Views: 913

Re: Raise the Furler

Do you need to adjust the forestay to do this? My roller furler is longer than my headsail's luff, so I have adjustment room. I can shorten the halyard, which results in a higher foot.

--john
by Interim
Tue Aug 18, 2020 5:45 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Windex Sabotage
Replies: 7
Views: 467

Re: Windex Sabotage

I'm glad its not only me. The first time the index arms were bent. This time, the entire piece is gone. Are birds really this jealous of sailboats? I saw that Windex offers a 15" model with an anti-bird spike. That might be on my winter upgrades list. I'm not dropping the mast just for this, when a ...
by Interim
Mon Aug 17, 2020 8:36 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Windex Sabotage
Replies: 7
Views: 467

Windex Sabotage

Last year, the windex atop our mast was bent so that the stable markers were blocking the indicator from swiveling. I attributed this to a bizarre updraft, lacking any better explanation. Last weekend, as we set out for a beautiful 20 mile sail, I looked up and noticed that our entire windex is gone...
by Interim
Mon Aug 17, 2020 6:31 am
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Wx forecasts
Replies: 8
Views: 1023

Wx forecasts

We sail an inland lake (in the Great Plains of the U.S.). Wind forecasts are little better than a flip of the coin, I would guess because of the way systems race across the landscape. We could get a forecast of 5mph, and at the lake it is 15mph and gusts to 25. Or we could have a forecast of 10mph, ...
by Interim
Thu Aug 13, 2020 1:22 pm
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Best sailing speed
Replies: 8
Views: 762

Re: Best sailing speed

On my 26S, which was not your question, we get to 6knts fairly often and sometimes peak at 6.5. But since we are inland, our winds are variable, and those faster speeds don't last very long before we get a shift or a lull. Its frustrating. I agree on reefing. If we have white caps, the first reef wi...
by Interim
Thu Aug 06, 2020 6:28 am
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Limoneering
Replies: 10
Views: 720

Re: Limoneering

Tomfoollery-- Yes, I do actually want to know when I do something wrong. I have to learn somehow. I used to exposing my ignorance. :)

Limoneer is an antiquated term for a helmsman. Sorry; I'm reading the Master and Commander series.

Thanks all, for your notes.

--john
by Interim
Wed Aug 05, 2020 12:22 pm
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Limoneering
Replies: 10
Views: 720

Limoneering

We had a couple friends out on our 26s last weekend, and with winds 14mph and gusts to 23, we were getting pushed over frequently to 15 and 20 degrees. I wanted these first-timers to have a comfortable sail. We were reefed, and genny was rolled up to a bit less than the original jib, but still got p...