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  1. I cruised with a high cut 135 soft luff cruising genoa. Tacking was no issue, the sheets would slide over the bottom of the dinghy, nothing to get caught on. I would tow it unless I was over night sailing in open water. My wife did't approve of over night sailing, so it became moot. I like knowing I could stow it on deck. I also liked that I didn't have to.
  2. Ooooh, airplane rides. Dang, I live in Florida, prolly too far away. Under the boom sounds like trouble on a small boat. I had a Pearson Renegade, 27' and my 9N fit well on the fore deck and not at all under the boom. Though I usually towed it. As to your other parameters, which were quite like mine, a Spindrift 9N is a superb choice. I have rowed with 4 medium adults, though in a good chop I would not have ventured to. I sailed with 2 often, mostly in harbors with a cocktail and viewing the other boats. I now use mine for mostly rowing. I row 1nm per day, 4 days a week for fun
  3. A long time ago some magizine did a study on bottom paint and application. They found that the displacement boats that used just a roller, dimples and all had faster boats than those who wet sanded and burnished their bottom paint.
  4. LOL, it is never just the anything. Keep working!
  5. The only down side I can see to your system is that you can't use the center seat without the side seats. Though in reality I don't know that it is much of an issue. I use my Spindrift for rowing mostly now, just an occasional sail and don't use my side seats except for sailing. I really like the simplicity of locking it all in place you have developed.
  6. Like he said, it is an overhead. Ceiling covers the inside of the hull up to the first deck. 😉
  7. Pete, how about a line that goes from an eye on the mast below the boom, to another eye at/on the partner. You tie the mast to the boat. If you forget to untie it, you can't remove the mast until you do is the worst that can happen. I did this with my mizzen on my Lapwing. The main has 3 lines coming to the deck that hold it in should I go over.
  8. I try very hard to make the exterior of my boat and some interior details near perfect. Good enough is my standard for the inside of the hull. There is a limit to how much sanding and refilling I will do inside corners, concave surfaces and other such places.
  9. And to think the rest of us struggled to flip our boats over.
  10. The trim line should be set for the boat at rest. The fact that it changes when under way never bothers me as it will almost always be wrong no matter where you put it.
  11. I really like the forward compartments. I am anxious to see/hear about how it works out for self rescue. Nothing done on a nesting version will match the original, but better might be enough to self rescue, and that would be a great upgrade.
  12. I used flat battens covered in wax paper wedged in as you describe, to put a sharper corner back on after taping. The batten worked like one side of a mold to keep the goo out of the slot. It ended up giving that side of the fill a finish that only needed sanding. And then dull the sharp corner with a small radius by sanding.
  13. Probably, but if the paper is getting clogged/gummed up, then no 😉
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