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  1. Why did the chicken cross the road? ...to prove to the possum it could be done.
  2. Chick, did you forget the centerboard trunk??? On my CS17 I'm sure it went back as far as the mizzen. If I remember correctly, it was right in the middle of that big empty place you have forward of the mizzen. I kinda like the empty space, but.....
  3. Don, you and I may be the only ones left who prefer luff sleeves. First and foremost, the sleeve luff is a far far superior airfoil. This is most important going to windward. Being able to drop your sails when pulled up to a beach is no easier than neatly wrapping the sails around the mast. If you have telescopic sprits they can be stowed and your boat is ready for fishing, swimming, lounging etc. Rigging is quicker and easier. Reefing is more complicated. Who reefs?
  4. My vote is for the Belhaven. I've sailed many miles in a CS17 and loved it. I've spent half a dozen or so nights aboard and it was wonderful. However. the CS 17 is a large dingy and has great performance but nowhere near the creature comforts of the Belhaven. When I'm offshore and the only boat around 4 knots feels about the same as 3.7 knots. If I'm not in a race it doesn't matter. When I'm at anchor, besides a comfortable bed, I want a comfortable place to sit. I want to be able to have a nice meal, enjoy the sunset, a wee dram of scotch, and be able to move around a bit.
  5. I used pop-up cleats on my CS17 and loved them! ‚Äč
  6. Hal, I had sleeve luffs on my CS17. I had a 1 inch hole drilled through the mast and a section of heavy-walled tube welded to give me a horizontal hole near the base of the mast. I would insert my 'mast wrench' (Graham called a mast spanner.) and it wound up the sail very neatly. I did have to go forward, but my foredeck was very short and I was still IN the boat. Once forward I could loosen the snotter and unhook it from the D-ring on the mast, wind in a reef and re-attach the snotter. Tricky part was where to attach the snotter. I had a strap with a D-ring sewn on to the sail. It worked, but could have been better. That was in 1997. I have a few other things I'd like to try.
  7. I just got a JUMPBOX V8 PRO600. It's a Lithium-ion battery system, 1.1 pounds! I've thrown out two of those 12 volt lead-acid things when they couldn't hold a charge. This thing will fit in a glove box! (Now where do I put the Owner's Manual?) It claims over 20 engine starts on a single charge. Two USB ports for charging laptop or phone. Expected 8-10 year battery life. I paid about $150 but I think there are better deals. I wonder how long it would run a trolling motor....... STARKPOWER.COM V8 PRO 600
  8. I'd like to echo Terry. If you haven't tried sailing with just the main in the center step, you should give it some thought. I was surprised at how well my CS17 sailed on one sail. I had sleeve luffs and just wrapped the sail around the mast. It was very quick to set or store. Also, stepping the mast in the middle of the boat was much easier than in the bow. If none of this works for you, sell the boat to me. I'm 71 years old.
  9. When I built Sawdust (1997) I sailed her before I got around to the combing. The first sail with coamings introduced the problem we're talking about. I planed down the aft portion of the combing to about an inch. I had some 3/4 inch teak and made "steps" so people wouldn't step on my bright decks. The Steps just happened to sit just about where I did. I left about 3/4 of an inch between the coaming and step. This let water flow and wasn't at all noticeable when sitting there. I also had water on the top of the leeward seat whenever there was any spray. It sloshed around on the outward edge of the seat. I drilled a 1/2 inch hole in the side of the boat right where it seemed to be the deepest . I sanded it smooth and painted the inside of the holes with epoxy with a cotton swab. Then I mounted a small stainless "shell " fitting so no water could ever come IN the drain holes. As it was there was about zero likelihood with the holes at the level of the seat tops. I turned the fittings with the open part faced aft, giving one a subliminal impression that this was an exceptionally fast boat. Although I was ready for answers, they never came. Absolutely no one ever noticed them unless I pointed them out. .............and, they kept the water off the leeward seats.
  10. Much better Russell Thanks!
  11. Hey Russell, try turning your camera upside down. I love the lines of that boat!
  12. Hi Dale, Did I miss your full performance report with graphs, pictures, video, and bikinis?? Gordy
  13. On my last visit to the VA clinic, the nice lady who takes my blood, on an all-to-regular basis, was wearing a disposable lab coat, as was nearly everyone else in the department. I mentioned one would be handy in my garage. (Old British cars that don't leak oil are empty.) She gave me one. It is a "spun poly" kinda stuff that feels a bit like paper, but more flexible and softer. It has knit cuffs and plastic snaps down the front. It's really really handy any time I approach the car. It's surprisingly durable, but can get warm. If you can find one that is breathable it would be great. Unless, of course, you're dealing with ebola. A quick check online shows prices at just over a dollar apiece on up if one buys 30 or so. If I were building a boat now I would buy one at a time until I found one I really like and then get a boxfull, which should last lifetime.
  14. Notice some of the cabin roofs tilt from the front and some are hinged on the side. I guess I'm not the first to notice the advantage of more headroom at anchor. Also note the counter-balanced tabernacle mast.
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