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    Looking for Simba

    In 1979 my good friend John Holt Willey began an apprenticeship at the Paul Luke boatyard on Linekin Bay, Maine. In 2016 John published A Winter Apprentice, A Winter Apprentice: Willey, John Holt: 9781882190454: Amazon.com: Books. Told from the point of view of a fine woodworker/Zen...
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    Tailpipe under water?

    Yeah, I want this to work right the first time! I'm visualizing a pair of tag wheels to sit under the trailer hitch, eliminating any deflection of the extension tongue A pair of 10" wheels from Harbor Freight, a welded steel frame thru-bolted to the 3x3:
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    Tailpipe under water?

    It dawned on me there is already a 'tag' wheel on my trailer--the swivel jack. Seems to me if I lower it just enough it will prevent any significant deflection of my 7' extension tongue,.The only issue may be that the small wheel may hang up in the corrugations of the concrete ramp. If so, I can...
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    Tailpipe under water?

    Intresting, do you have a pic or drawing?
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    Tailpipe under water?

    Thanks to everyone for the good information and suggestions! First, about that triple-axle trailer. The man I'm buying the C26 from acquired that trailer with a big old Chris Craft cabin cruiser on it. The boat was beyond redemption. He sold the two Gray marine engines out of the boat and kept...
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    Tailpipe under water?

    I just bought a Chrysler 26 Swing Keel on a trailer from a Chris Craft cabin cruiser. I suspect the boat is sitting higher than if on a purpose-built trailer. I'm concerned that when I back down the ramp, I'll need to have the truck's tailpipe underwater quite a bit. (I'd love to be wrong about...
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    Traveler theory

    Since my boat lacks a traveler, I have no experience using one. I also have a lot to learn about sail shape. So if the (straight) traveler is eased, and not the mainsheet, and leach tension is thus increased. what effect does that have on sail shape and performance?
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    Traveler theory

    Thanks all, esp.Scott T-Bird. Now I see how the stock traveler on the Cat25 is very limited in what it can do, esp. compared to a coach-roof location. I have sailed aboard a South Coast 22 with a traveler added spanning the cockpit seats, about 16" aft of the companionway. It makes it very...
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    Traveler theory

    I am now, thanks!
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    Traveler theory

    Hunter216: Thanks so much for the link to the manual. I hope to buy a Cat25 soon, and it may well not have occurred to me to get my hands on the manual. Without it, I'd have tried stepping the mast with all shrouds attached, as works with my Cal21. The manual says the two forward lower shrouds...
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    Traveler theory

    Thank you, Don. It appears there is considerable misinformation out there about this as well as other aspects of sail trim. I find your clarity refreshing. Guess I'd better buy your book! It dawned on me that just because when I bought that Townie there were no controls rigged for the traveler...
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    Traveler theory

    Having looked at more photos of the Cat25 traveler, I see control lines enabling it to be adjusted. Still I wonder about the non-adjustable one on my old Town Class.
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    Traveler theory

    My current understanding of traveler use is you can use it to ease the mainsail to leeward to reduce heeling without inducing twist. Or you can move the traveler to windward to point higher, with a possible decrease in speed. My question has to do with travelers that are not controllable. Years...
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    Looking for what new (used) boat to buy

    rg: am very much enjoying your stories! You've reinforced my decision to cruise the Maine coast this summer. I'm thinking I can have the best of both worlds: keep my Cal21 for sailing on the lake, and buy a Cat25 for summer cruising!
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    Looking for what new (used) boat to buy

    The mystery boat is a Seafarer 22. Surprising headroom--the sole boards had been removed, giving about 5'-10". I didn't care for the cabin layout, and overall didn't care for the boat and her shortcomings (no sails, wood restoration needed, fixed keel). I'll keep looking. I've been thinking...