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  1. tfrei

    upwind sailing

    Hi, I've been racing lately on my midwestern lake in minnesota with my CS 17. I've been getting beat badly. I really fall behind during the first leg to windward. I make plenty of mistakes, but I also don't know for sure how far to "sheet in". I found this picture of a CS 17 going windward. I haven't come anywhere close to sheeting in this tight. Is this how the boat should look going windward?
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    Racing advice in light air

    Thank you everybody for your advice. I'll try to put some of it into practice this weekend.
  3. I see some CS 17's have installed topping lifts to hold up the aft end of each sprit. I assume this is mostly for getting the sprits off the bottom of the boat during storage? Are there any sailing benefits of the topping lift?
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    Racing advice in light air

    Thanks for this advice. I will probably have more questions down the road.
  5. Any racing advice for someone who’s about to start a race in light air with My core Sound 17? I’m in the second day of racing. Had some trouble yesterday getting stuck when tacking. Wondering whether my weight should be forward since I’m going solo? I’m welcome to any other Css 17 sailing tips.
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    water in CS17 mast

    Anyway, that's what I did. Just drilled a whole into the bottom plug and all the water drained out. I'm not sure why I thought that was so complicated.
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    water in CS17 mast

    Hi. I just took my CS17 out of the water up here in Minnesota. I noticed that the mizzen mast had a fair amount of water in it. What do you think is the best way to get all the water out? My first thought was to just drill a 1/4 inch hole in the bottom wooden plug, drain out the water, and then plug it back up with something. What do you think?
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    sail trim

    Also, if I can add to this question, the baggy appearance near the clew looks ugly to me. Should I be doing something to make this "look better"?
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    sail trim

    The picture below is from a newly re-rigged c17 that I converted from a sock-style sail plan to a sail track plan. I'm very pleased with the way it sails so far. I don't have a lot of experience with sailing a cat ketch like this with the sprit sail design. My question is this. Does this look right for the main sail. It has one reef set in and there appears a prominent vertical crease in the middle of the sail. I tried to increase the snotter tension, but it seemed fairly tight as is. Maybe this is normal for such a rig when the sprit is on the lee side of the sail? The breeze was maybe just above a gentle breeze. What do you think? -Tom
  10. Thrillsbe, yes, I just ordered a couple more of the soft shackles. I'm using one already and I really appreciate its weight and flexibility. Thank you. -Tom
  11. Yeah, that cheek block is on backwards. I think it is an easy fix. Thanks!
  12. Thanks for the heads up about the cheek block. It very well could be on backwards since I didn't know there was a backwards or forwards to the cheek block to begin with. I will check it out. Thanks!
  13. I've just (finally) finished re-rigging an older CS 17 (#218) from a sock-style sail to the new new sail track. I have new sails and am very happy with the performance of the boat thus far. Thanks to everybody who gave advice along the way. I have a more basic sail question that I need help with. In the picture below, you will see two grommets on either side of the clew where I have affixed a snap hook. What is the purpose of those grommets?
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    reefing with new sailplan on CS 17

    Thank you all for your help. I was away from this forum for awhile and am just now getting to your answers. Before seeing all your helpful suggestions, I had already installed the ring setup as shown above. I expect, however, that friction might be a problem, so I will look for something that might employ a check block. Thanks again for your help. -Tom
  15. What do you guys think about this approach to reefing hardware? The plan calls for the use of cheek blocks, but the particular sprit I am using is very rounded and the check block might rock sideways after it is installed. This simple use of eye bolt and ring seems like it would get the job done and the eye bolt would more easily be installed on the round end of my sprit. What do you think? Thanks.
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