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    Thank you Dave! I'm glad that you liked Trondheim and the Norwegian nature. Thank you Graham! I really apriciate your advises. I allways sail with the mainsheet in my hand when it is gusty conditions or the wind is strong. The two capsizes was caused by gusts coming from slightly different directions. The first one I spilled with the main. Then when I was trying to gain speed again, another one came in more from the side of the boat. I let the mainsheet go and pushed the tiller to get up into the wind, but before the wind lost its grip of the mizzen, the water was coming over the cockpit coaming. This is the reason why I want a smaller mizzen placed further back. I tried two different reefing systems. First to roll up the main and move the mizzen to the "reefed mast hole". Then a roll reef, where I lock the masts and use the mizzen sprit for the main and a smaller sprit for the mizzen. The first one is very safe but not very effective uppvind in strong wind and heavy sea. The second one I have some trouble to trim because the snotter line is to tight on one tack and to loose on the other. They booth demand a quite heavy operation at sea. This is why I want the mast rail and the jib, to get an easy reefed rig that have good upwind ability even when reefed. That's the theory. I didn't try the mast rail and halyards. Maybee that is the best solution? If I Lead the center board, how much can I add and still be able to operate the wounderful line control system? Finally I want to tell that I used the boat a lot in different conditions without any trouble. The dificuties I had in the second capsize comes from my neglect of preparing the boat for capsize and recovery. Torleif

    Hello! I'm the owner of CS 17 nr. 72. My name is Torleif Holm and I live in Trondheim , Norway. It has been useful and inspiring to follow the activity on this forum. Now I decide that I dare to write something myself in my norwegian-english. I have had a lot of fun with my boat, and I really like its combination of simplicity and good performance. However , the Trondheim fjord can offer some really demanding conditions and I have been knocked down two times by catabatic gusts. The first time I got out on the CB quick enough to prevent the boat from turning uppside down. The second time I was abit slower... With good help from a yacht and two brave kayakers it all ended well. I already knew that my seat lockers weren't water tight, and now I learned that my deck hatches weren't either. The main- mast and sail sank. The mizzen mast slipped the mast step and cracked the thwart as I turned the boat right. The security aspects and the economical aspects of this events inspire me to make an experiment: I want to try a jib-headed ketch rig with a smaller mizzen placed close to the aft deck. I will try a jib on a balanced jib boom.(Simular to swallowboats Storm 17.) For this rig I will fit a mast rail on my remaining mast, and place it in the "reefed mast hole". The mizzen is going to bee my new main sail and the other two I cut down to their right sizes from some old sails I have at home. I hope that it will work well to sail the boat with only jib and mizzen in strong winds. Is there anybody who has ideas about how to make this rig well balanced? Finally I'm thinking of building a box on the keel plank, alongside the CB trunk, where I can add some lead ballast. Is this a good idea? If it is, what kind of problems should I bee aware of when I do this operation? Torleif