Recent content by Bill19233

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    South Coast 22

    Added stripes before I switched to a new Hunter 26.5 in 1987.
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    South Coast 22

    Southcoast 22 was my first boat. Bought a hurricane wreck and tried to repair and restore it. Learned a lot, especially how not to do things.
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    Texas January Racing

    Last video link in this thread. Already put up the links for the five GBCA Icicle Races. Those races were on Saturday, every Sunday in January there was a WYC Peanut Regatta. We started and sailed in four, but only finished two and did lousy in those, so only one video for four races. Last race...
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    Texas January Racing

    The guy in the brown gopher suit was on the Hunter 40 that did race. I have seriously considered adding runners for support downwind and to tighten the forestay upwind, the sag is scary sometimes. Riggers have raised the issue of the B&R not designed for runners, the extra compression from a...
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    Possible new 26.5 owner

    This is mine, 25 years ago. Here's a couple with just the end of the boom raised.
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    Texas January Racing

    My Hunter 340 went back to the dock in the forecasted 35 knot gusts in the last Icicle Race in January. But, the Hunter 40 stayed out and raced with about 30 other boats.
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    Texas January Racing

    7 foot is usually not a problem, only when the north wind has blown some water out of the bays and its low tide. Typical Gulf Coast. Lots of deep draft boats sail here, they just get stuck sometimes, like this J a couple weeks ago in the channel by the Boardwalk.
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    Texas January Racing

    Galveston and Trinity Bays are mostly less than ten feet deep, even shallower at oyster reefs and spoil dumps. And lots of underwater obstructions. When a north wind blows for several days, it can get 2 or 3 feet shallower at low tide, even more when a big norther comes through in the winter. I...
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    Possible new 26.5 owner

    It's been 25 years, but we had a bimini with lots of headroom and still sailed with it up. I drilled out the goosemeck rivets on the mast and tapped the holes and added more holes in the mast about 16" up. I had another reef added to the mainsail at 16". When the bimini was up, the boom was...
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    Texas January Racing

    Thanks Paul. I think it was closer than 6 feet, wide angle camera lens distorts it. It was inches from the stern camera on the strut. That J/105 is on my dock. An 80 year old J/105 skipper/owner came out and helmed my boat for the race Saturday. He says he really likes the way my Hunter handles...
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    Texas January Racing

    Latest January race video. About 40 boats racing and a few dolphins in the Bay.
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    Emergency Tools

    This unlit, abandoned platform is also used as a mark in about 95% of the club races on the Bay.
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    Emergency Tools

    My Hunter 340 is 4’6”, usually not a problem. Bigger J/boats get stuck all the time at low tide in north winds.
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    Emergency Tools

    Yes, forgot to mention the handheld VHF’s, I keep two charging at the nav station. If I kept one in the emergency kit, it would be dead when I needed it most. The dismasted boat was in contact with us and other boats with his handheld. Whether it was 24” bolt cutters or cable cutters he had, he...