As everyone can see from my number of posts, I’m new around here, so I’ll give a bit of background by way of introduction before I go with questions.
Last year, I finished a fairly long restoration of an H28. It’s an early one, built in 1947 on the East coast of the UK for an American then brought into British ownership in 1961.
Purchased 1997, craned in next to my house, built a big shed around her, then spent ten very “interesting” years working on her. Some previous owner had fitted an enormous ugly cabin that just had to be rebuilt, most frames needed repair plus over 140 feet of planking were renewed, then new cockpit, all internals, engine, masts, rigging, sails etc etc etc.
I know now, that this story is quite normal, an intended quick fix turning into a long money pit.
But I enjoyed every minute of it and now I have a lovely boat set up for coastal cruising.
No apologies for the spray-hood, very necessary in our cold rainy climate, though I do need to take more pictures with tidy ropes and fenders put away….
Here in the UK, the weather has been very difficult, 2008 was either too much or too little wind, so I’m still learning how she handles.
I have two queries, shroud tension, am I right in not having much tension on the main lower shrouds as any tension pulls the mast back at the spreaders and induces more fullness in the main.
Then off wind there is a lot of twist in the main, I am tempted to try a kicker or vang to reduce the twist, but is this a dangerous option considering the long thin dimensions of the boom?
In the event of better weather, I will try to get more pictures.
Thanks – Richard