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Randy Jones

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  1. So tempting. Somebody please buy this boat and sail her in the 2018 race to Alaska! (just search R2AK).
  2. I have used the mizzen in the middle several times. That arrangement works fine except for the boom in the face problem and that other problem about me being lazy. Mizzen only in its regular step works fine. The naked main mast might be doing something thing but I believe the key is to retract the centerboard to balance the helm. Thrillsbe has the right idea - go play with it and see which arrangement you prefer.
  3. Much better off with your only sail in the mizzen step. I don't use the middle mast step anymore after getting hit in the eye once by the end of the boom. I prefer to sail mizzen only (when necessary) in the mizzen step and the center board slightly pulled up to balance the helm. This worked well several times for making a mostly downwind run in heavy weather back to a boat ramp. Things are completely under control with this arrangement and you can just enjoy the sleigh ride.
  4. Watch your overall length of truck and trailer. Washington State Ferries tier their prices in painful ten foot intervals "under 30 feet", "under 40 feet", and "under 50 feet". I'm able to stay under 40 feet but I had to position the mast so it hangs over the front of the CS17 and shift the trailer axle forward to achieve a manageable tongue weight. The fixed axle position on your proposed trailer might make you comprise either tongue weight or overall length.
  5. There are plenty of dark boats in the Pacific Northwest that don't seem to have heat problems, so I wouldn't worry about the heat issue especially on the exterior of a hull without a cabin. The really light colors show dirt quicker, but that's not a deal breaker either. A color that contrasts with the water is more visible. I can think of one boat that blends in so well with a chop that she is hard to see at a distance. The rest is "season to taste". Yellow sounds good to me.
  6. I don't think the extra length on the mizzen boom will be a problem but you'll need to test it to verify that the mizzen sheets still clear the rudder, transom corners, and motor if you've got one.
  7. Greendane, Kids and sailing could be a whole separate thread. Back when the wife and three kids used to pile into the CS17 I had thoughts of a larger boat. The reality is that the window of time where you can sell sailing to the whole family is all too brief, and then you 'd be stuck with a 20 foot boat that is more challenging to row. When they're little they fit into the bow compartment.
  8. Hey, that looks familiar. Are you the guy selling the CS17mk3 in Florida and moving to Port Townsend? Please crash a traditional small craft association ( messabout or Port Townsend Pocket Yachters event and introduce yourself - no boat necessary. I'm sure a boat will find you quickly in Port Townsend.
  9. Thanks, that's what I'll do. After last year's $500 carburetor rebuild on the 3.5hp 2 stroke I'm not taking chances with old fuel.
  10. Is there a general consensus on how to dispose of last season's gas/oil mix for my two stroke outboard? I don't have an ancient automobile with a carburetor. Considering dumping it into the 25 gallon gas tank of my truck for some serious dilution but not sure what it would do to a modern fuel injected engine. Curious what does everyone else does?
  11. What's the fuel mix on those things; 16:1? I get the "evil eye" for using my 2007 (26lb) 3.5hp two stroke that burns 50:1 gas/oil fuel ratio. I can only imagine the reaction the cloud of blue smoke from a Seagull would receive. Of course, the old motor looks cool and if you don't run it the mileage and emissions are pretty good.
  12. My CS17 has laced sails and two horizontal rows of reef points. You can certainly reef laced sails but the lacing makes reefing much slower. My snotter goes around the mast which means I have to redo the lacing around the snotter when reefing. I probably reefed the boat 20 times in the driveway until I felt I could manage the process in heavy weather. The whole thing is slow and fussy but it works. The only positive is that the lacing looks very traditional against a solid wooden mast. Whatever the method, the ability to reef is absolutely essential if you hope to make progress to windward in strong winds. I would want at least two rows. Also, moving a mast in any kind of heavy weather is practical only for superhuman young bucks, and even then you may need to reef that single sail. My wildest ride to date was 10 knots boat speed with one sail single reefed in perhaps 35 knots of wind. It was a foolish trip and I don't think we could have made it upwind back to the ramp without that reef. Sail track is easiest, but whatever you do give yourself a way to reef while on the water.
  13. Anyone know if they fly the staysail and spinnaker at the same time?
  14. Fats, Congratulations on a screaming deal. I had only basic sailing experience when I bought a Coresound 17 in 2008. Figuring everything out was fun but I wish I had been near enough to go out for a ride with experienced CS17 sailors. Sometimes boats that have "only been sailed a few times" don't have all the sheets, blocks, and reefing worked out and if you haven't got the plans it can be difficult to figure out.
  15. the "Small Craft Advisor" magazine has a free classified section that gets a lot of looks.