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#19338 - 10/02/17 03:53 AM Re: Winter Projects [Re: kenn]
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If you are considering some winter projects, you may want to check out this video of a Mini 650.

It's full of ideas:
  • Painted tiller,
  • Life ring on pushpit,
  • Velcro straps for coiled halyards,
  • Drink holders.


Did you see anything else of particular interest? There is no shame in borrowing ideas from the pros.
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#19339 - 10/04/17 04:46 AM Re: Winter Projects [Re: Sandpaper]
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Mini650 by Sandpaper, on Flickr


The Mini Transat Race is on. Check it out. Small boats on big water. It's inspirational.
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#19341 - 10/06/17 06:24 AM Re: Winter Projects [Re: Sandpaper]
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Full Moon Sailing

The moon was full and the sky was mostly clear. There was the faintest hint of a draft on the lake. So, I rigged and pushed off from the dock.

Sapphire was the only boat on the water. It was just me and the full moon and the sparkling water. I saw no shooting stars, no satellites, no Northern Lights, just a few jetliners blinking their way from one distant city to another.

It was so peaceful and serene. I wonder if the TransAt racers get to experience this?
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#19344 - 10/07/17 07:15 AM Re: Winter Projects [Re: Sandpaper]
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Beautifully described.
Reminds me of a late September sail from Tobermory to Owen Sound sailing directly into the harvest moon moonbeam.
I missed the opportunity last night, Drats. Good on you for doing it.

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#19352 - 10/17/17 11:33 PM Re: Winter Projects [Re: Windy Island]
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Offshore sailors get spectacular night sails because it's totally dark sky. Add to that the bioluminescent plankton that flashes when disturbed by your wake; magical.
However, sailing up Lake Rosseau on a hot summer's night is also pretty fine. It's so peaceful and quiet. Just keep the bow heading towards the Rosseau lighthouse, 10kms away.

D'Arcy, Shortwave

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#19464 - 01/21/18 07:40 AM Re: Winter Projects [Re: Shortwave]
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Can I consider a visit to the Toronot boat show a winter project? Possibly not, but it could definitely inspire some winter projects.

Has anyone else been to an off-season boat show? What did you see? What was exciting for you?

I picked up some free sailboat porn. Check this out:



Sailboat Porn by Sandpaper, on Flickr
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#19465 - 01/21/18 11:35 AM Re: Winter Projects [Re: Sandpaper]
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Check out the single line reefing system in the Harken catalogue Dennis. We changed our original double line system to a single. Works well on a small boat with the only slight disadvantage is you have one very long line in the cockpit after you've reefed, instead of two slightly shorter ones.

D'Arcy, Shortwave

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#19466 - 01/22/18 05:55 AM Re: Winter Projects [Re: Shortwave]
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Sort of like this Pinterest image?





Sweet. Now that is elegant. How has it worked for you, D'Arcy?

The original CL set-up was to roller reef the mainsail around the boom. Has anyone tried it? And how did that work?
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#19467 - 01/22/18 05:48 PM Re: Winter Projects [Re: Sandpaper]
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That's it Dennis. It's much faster to reef now because you don't have to work two separate lines. Our original controls led to the base of the mast whereas the single line now goes back to the cockpit.
Because it's easier we tend to reef earlier knowing that if the wind lightens we can quickly un-reef to keep the boat at its' best setup for the weather.

D'Arcy, Shortwave

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#19468 - 01/27/18 08:23 AM Re: Winter Projects [Re: Shortwave]
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Windy Island sent me the link to this old thread about jiffy reefing. Check it out!





This modified single-line reefing system hauls the clew down first, and then the tack. The advantage, is that the clew is usually the harder corner to pull down with the traditional single-line system.

Windy Island's technique is rather clever, I think.
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