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  1. Good evening, Alan mentioned this thread to me the other day and have just had a chance to take a quick look. A couple of details caught my attention. 1) Had the centerboard not slid into the well, the boat could have been righted. Alan's line attached to the board is one way to retrieve the board if it slides in. Another way to prevent this mishap is to use a preventer line to hold the board down. It is separate line that works opposite the lifting line to hold the board in position. This can be found on Lightnings and flying Scotts that have weighted centerboards. To do this would take some redesign and probably removal of the cover/ top from the centerboard well. In general my preference would be a non-weighted centerboard and a way to positively hold it in place. Having capsized lightnings, I am not a fan of weighted centerboards. In our boats the additional ballast does not add a lot of righting moment. In summary once a board has slid in, it is difficult, even if not weighted to get it out. Better to keep the board locked down. 2) I have had at least two friends capsize with inflatable vests, and they could not get back in the boat with the vest on. They are fine if you don't have to climb back in the boat. A proper life vest is better. 3) Jibing. When it is time to jibe, turn the rudder only 5 degrees. Pull sails in half way. The jibe is slow ark. When the sails get light pull them across the boat. Jibing like capsize recovery, needs practice. Sometimes they go hand in hand. Also, death rolling is the result of a vacuum forming behind the sails. You can reduce the vacuum by allowing the sails to go forward or to bring sails in some. The idea is to let air get behind the sail. Finally, our Cs17mk3 is a great boat. We are fortunate as a group to have designers who are willing to go back to the design board to be sure we can all sail better and safer. Best Regards to all.
  2. I remember Liz commenting on the Graphics, they were done by my oldest daughter. She did our first graphic when she was 8 with a grease pencil. It lasted for 10 years.
  3. Tom, The photo is very nice. Also it shows your mid-sprit sheeting for the mizzen. Thank you for the photo and the idea. We have named all our boats after birds from our first boat Free Range Chickn' to our present Dinghy BlackSkimmer, and now the Avocet. I would like to build a Marissa and name it Kingfisher with a light grey hull and black boot stripe All in good time. I need to sail more now. Kind Regards
  4. Tom, Thank you. We had a very nice sail. Were you sailing as well? I just did a quick post on an idea I borrowed from you about the mizzen sheet. It worked well. Regards
  5. Continuing development : Addition of bridle for mizzen mid-sprit sheeting: Tom Lathrop' s idea A friend pointed out that in the effort to center the mizzen, I was bending the mast and putting a lot of leach tension on the sail, which effectively de-powers the sail. That is good when it is really windy not so good in light air. I came up with some very complicated solutions, contacted Alan and he suggested this as a first step. It is simple, and works well. This photo is only part of the story. I am willing to go into further detail if anyone is curious. The result is as follows. We participated in a New Year Day Regatta, with about 30 to 40 boats all in the 30' to 40' ranges. Winds were 9 ish to maybe 12 with some 15 later in the day. So very pleasant. I had two astute sailors on board and both agreed we were able to point with the big boats. We could not drive with them, which is no surprise. Average speed for the race was 3.9 knots, with two legs upwind, so pretty good for a small boat. The improvement was probably more in feel than in real performance. The impression was that we were pointing higher and there was more drive. That is what we wanted to achieve. It cost me two blocks from B&B and I was able to move hardware on the boat to make it work. In other words marginal additional expense. It does complicate rigging a little but I think the performance is worth the extra 3 minutes fiddling with lines. Regards
  6. Alan, Good morning. Have you heard if this event will repeat in 2019? Despite conditions last year, we would like to give it a try... we think. Regards
  7. I wanted drop you quick note. I was very good to meet you again. The workmanship on your boat is excellent. Please keep us posted of future trips. Kindest Regards
  8. My apologies for the very slow response. Yes I will be there. It will be fun to get out on the water as a group. I'm hoping I can talk Michele into it sailing then camping out down toward the sound. If not I'll need crew. Regards to all
  9. In order to add some ventilation to the CS17Mk!!! I stole an idea from Alan. I put in two 6" threaded clean outs. I also made a screen to fit on the outside. It was a simple install. It adds light and it does allow air to move. I do not keep my anchor forward so it works for me. I also plan to make a small scoop to push air in. I wish I could add more photos but it seems to be limiting me. Regards
  10. Kevin, I have a line on the back of Avocet that runs from one side to the other and between the rudder and the transom, above the lower gudgen. I expect that is not very clear. I will get a photo when I get home this weekend. I used the line as a step and grabbed the front of the rear seat on the cockpit. Also not a good description. I think it worked well. It would be better If I had a grab handle or ridge on the edge of the edge of the seat. Once again, this needs photos. All in all not too bad. I tend to try cheep and easy methods first. I will follow up this weekend.
  11. Alex Good evening. All the capsizes were done with the ballast tank full. I have only sailed the boat once with the ballast tank empty which was in light air. The boat seemed too buoyant. The result being the masts were rocking the sails could not draw. Even in light air I fill the ballast tank. The boat is much more settled. That is why we did not practice capsizing with an empty ballast tank. Perhaps at the Messabout we can. I Regards pS. The motor works fine. No problems from all the dunking. Michele and I have a renewed respect for it. It is excellent for docking and short trips down a creek. It would not be good for a trip where you needed to motor for hours.
  12. Alan, Thank you for the video and for setting up the Camp. It was a tremendous amount of fun. We were both really impressed with how easy the boat is to right, and the fact that no hatches leaked and the cockpit was virtually dry. ( It was drained by the time I got in the boat) When the gold fish design goes into production please let us know. We would like to have one. In rough weather, having the luxury of getting things sorted out before righting would be helpful. I hope that Capsizing will become part of the Messabout. It is a necessary life skill. Best Regards to all. I hope everyone enjoyed a good splash. Richard and Michele
  13. Alan, Good morning. Yes I will come. I am assuming I should bring my boat. I will get there on Saturday morning. I am out of town on Friday. Regards
  14. It is an amazing boat to sail regardless of revision and or sailing conditions. Keep that in mind as you go along. It has exceeded our expectations by along way. Kind Regards
  15. Don, Afterwards I thought about a gun and dismissed the idea quickly, for the same reason. I wish there was " Snake B Gone" . Regards
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