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    Default Sail season begins... Got photos to share?

    Yesterday...


    ...and sailed her home.


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    Default Re: Sail season begins... Got photos to share?

    Nice!

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    Default Re: Sail season begins... Got photos to share?

    I agree... but I'm a little surprised there are no other photos being shared. There must be a lot of boats in the northern hemisphere on the water by now.

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    My boat normally lives on a trailer but I put her into a slip for a week of daily sails on the south end of San Francisco Bay. This first photo show her in the oversized slip I was assigned. Fortunately, the marina only charges by the foot.

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    A long-time resident of the marina keeps a Beetle Cat in a nearby slip with his larger sailboat. He recently had recanvased the deck and replaced the oak quarter-round at the base of the coaming.

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    We sailed together on several days which provided an opportunity for some nice photos.

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    Unfortunately, I had not yet stowed my fenders when he took this one.

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    My next sail will be in mid-June on the Delta with the TSCA.

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    I wanted a catboat long ago. Never got the chance. That looks like a nice one.
    How does it sail? Pretty much the opposite sailplan to mine in every way.

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    Catboats are wonderful. My main reason for building a catboat was economics. I needed a boat that could live on a trailer. Catboats derive their stability from beam rather than ballast, which means a light, shallow hull that goes onto a trailer easily. The obvious disadvantage of a catboat is its two very stable orientations. However, my sailing is all done in protected coastal waters so that disadvantage is not important to me. My other reason for building a catboat is that the hull proportions made optimal use of my small shop space.

    My catboat is surprisingly fast. The gaff means that I give up a point or two when beating upwind. Off the wind I reach hull speed quickly. I often sail with my brother who has a Bullseye. His boat is 16' compared to my catboat's 14'. The Bullseye also is Marconi rigged and has the same hull as the elegant Herreshoff 12 1/2. Not surprisingly, my brother, sailing his Bullseye, usually beats me, in my catboat, to the upwind mark. I more than match his speed off the wind.

    In short, like any design that has endured, the traditional catboat is a good solution to a specific problem.

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    What is that beautiful hull you are sailing?

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    My boat is an old 22 Square Meter Nordic, a skjærgårdskrysser. Tall, high aspect rig. Narrow, deep hull. Long overhangs to increase waterline when heeling. Designed and built by Johan Anker.
    Pretty much the polar opposite of a catboat in every way.

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    What a beautiful hull, but it would never have fit in my shop.

    My brother made two videos of our two boats sailing together. The first video (Sailing in Monterey Bay - YouTube) was filmed with a camera suspended from kite. We are sailing on Monterey Bay in light winds. It shows how much higher his Bullseye would point. The second video (Wild 'n Wet South Bay Day - YouTube) was filmed with hand held cameras on San Francisco Bay, in much stronger winds. In this second video we are sailing off the wind, which provides a good comparison of how the two boats handled this point of sail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lagspiller View Post
    I agree... but I'm a little surprised there are no other photos being shared. There must be a lot of boats in the northern hemisphere on the water by now.
    I love a boat with long overhangs, they look Beautiful. But we are taxed on Block square meterage on the water and of course moorings are by the 1/2 metre length.. Also the class I'll be racing in has a maximum length so I had to go for a long waterline length..

    We've only been allowed some sailing on the Norfolk Broads since the End of March Very limited under a lot of restrictions due to Covid.. Some more restrictions get dropped Next Monday 17th May , so from 22nd we'll be able to have near normal racing and use of the club facilities.
    So our Big Race on 5th -6th Jun, of 100+ boats racing 50 miles including going under 3 bridges and back is able to go ahead.. I hope to get some picture of that as I'm on duty ...
    The last of the Covid restrictions aren't due to go until 21st Jun..

    I've not been to the club since last October, but I get my second jab on Thursday..

    As for my sailing boat I'm hoping to launch before Regatta week the 1st of August.. but the keel isn't bolted on ... yet..
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    Just an amateur bodging away..

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    Default Re: Sail season begins... Got photos to share?

    Quote Originally Posted by lagspiller View Post
    I agree... but I'm a little surprised there are no other photos being shared. There must be a lot of boats in the northern hemisphere on the water by now.
    On the water, yes. But I haven't hoisted a sail yet--maybe today!

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    And:

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    Got our for the first sail of the season in Madison, WI a couple weeks ago. The day started with dead calm, so I rowed onto the lake for a mile or so, then it rained. Then a gentle breeze picked up and carried me over the the university. I cruised through the empty mooring field, past the raucous backyards of the frat row then steered for home. In the final two miles the wind picked up and the lake was all whitecaps, with the wind blowing right onto the ramp at the dock. Made landing and hauling out interesting.

    This was also the first (waterborne) cruise for the new tow vehicle, after the 20 year old Ranger more or less had its fuel system fall out (or nearly). So far, so good.

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    Hey Mike. I throughly enjoyed seeing the videos of Lia and Jean Alden. Your brother may clip you on the windward legs but your boat takes style points every day. A couple of questions.... Your mainsail is not at all close hauled in that light wind whereas Lia's main is. Is this a fundamental difference between a cat and sloop? And, it appears that the club on Lia is curved and it's tack is a foot or so above the deck. If this is so, and not a distortion of the camera, what is this? I can't recall seeing such a thing.

    Jeff

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    Default Re: Sail season begins... Got photos to share?

    Thanks all for posting those! My sailing will be confined to my snot boat this year due to a remodel project so I have to vicariously enjoy other folks' adventures. If I'm really lucky I might be able to get the Mirror out, but...

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    Now we are getting somewhere.
    Nice films, especially the second.
    Good luck to the guy with the IKEA flat pack boat.
    The 'whitehall' looks great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lagspiller View Post
    Now we are getting somewhere.
    Nice films, especially the second.
    Good luck to the guy with the IKEA flat pack boat.
    The 'whitehall' looks great.

    Cheers! Self designed and hand cut proa kit.

    Of course, I’m hopeful we can even get on the lake this year. Last year was fire and pandemic...

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    Why aren't you in the shop?
    (Just joking)

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpatrick View Post
    Hey Mike. I throughly enjoyed seeing the videos of Lia and Jean Alden. Your brother may clip you on the windward legs but your boat takes style points every day. A couple of questions.... Your mainsail is not at all close hauled in that light wind whereas Lia's main is. Is this a fundamental difference between a cat and sloop? And, it appears that the club on Lia is curved and it's tack is a foot or so above the deck. If this is so, and not a distortion of the camera, what is this? I can't recall seeing such a thing.

    Jeff
    This photo shows the curved club on Lia's jib. My brother also has a larger jib that is set without the club.

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    As far as sheeting my boat is concerned, I follow the traditional practice with catboats of not over sheeting. Jean Alden seems to point highest when the boom is directly over the leeward corner of the transom. Most years I spend a weekend racing with similar sized boats on Monterey Bay. The other boats are all Marconi rigged sloops. However, I can more than hold my own on the windward leg with this practice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WI-Tom View Post
    What a lovely hull.

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