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Old 26-12-2010, 13:13   #136
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Congratulatons ! ! !
I can only hope for such a voyage some day !
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Old 26-12-2010, 13:23   #137
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Yes, according to Laura’s blog map, 17 days Cape Verde Isls to Sint Maarten

LAURA & GUPPY: 45N73W
Laura & Guppy anchored in Sal, Cape Verde
November 16, 2010

Laura & Guppy sailing to Sao Nicolau
November 17, 2010

Laura & Guppy at anchor in Sao Nicolau
November 19, 2010 to November 30, 2010

Laura & Guppy have set sail across the Atlantic today. Direction Sint Marteen - December 2

Laura & Guppy in Sint Maarten!
December 18-19, 2010 [ depending on where you are :-) ]
Laura & Guppy sailed into the Simpson Bay Lagoon at 5:40 pm this Sunday (Dec. 19).
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Old 26-12-2010, 13:33   #138
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Hey Mark, have you tallied up the miles for this trip? Not that it matters, just curious.
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Dunno, Ralph.

I don't have a log as the speed transducer is somenhwere in a deep ocean trench

I think the Atlantic was 3,600 instead of the 2,800 I was expecting.
RTW was about 30,000 miles.
I certainly don't keep close records like some people do.

The passage with the most miles was Galapagos - Marquesas at 3,200 miles in 20 days.
The longest was the Atlantic 2,800 miles in 30 days

Most satisfying: That would have been the Atlantic even though it was so long, because it was single handing. Its a great feeling to be able to do it 'all by my self' ... but the broken forestay really wrecked that whole shebang

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Old 26-12-2010, 13:37   #139
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Yes, according to Laura’s blog map, 17 days Cape Verde Isls to Sint Maarten
She did very well. I was at sea then so she, indeed, overtook me.


Bitch.

In a bloody Jeneau!!!


I'm hurt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Old 26-12-2010, 13:43   #140
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Good stuff, Mark. Now that you've proven the Beneteau's, maybe someone would be kind enough to gift Mark a Hunter for the next time around.....

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Old 26-12-2010, 15:09   #142
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Mark J you are the man. Congrats!
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Old 26-12-2010, 15:47   #143
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well done mark at least you have achieved something more than those useless aussie cricketers have ever done
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Old 26-12-2010, 17:05   #144
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But I think I have now learned to be far less competitive, far less challenging to the boat, far more resourceful in more things about boat ownership and cruising. But thats different to being able to raise and drop a spinnaker exactly at the right moment 6 times in a 2 hour race. But, boy I can unblock a stuffed crapper!!!!!!!!!!!!
Unblocking the crapper is a skill the value of which can't be overstated!
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Old 26-12-2010, 20:21   #145
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Congrats!!! A job well done, indeed!!!

Mark,
Please let me add my belated Congratulations.....
I job VERY well done indeed!!!


As for extra halyards and inner forestay....
It appears that you do already have an inner forestay, and that's a nice thing to have.....as you well know...
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Yes, I'll put in the extra halyards as I need to replace all the running rigging over the next year.

I am still at the riggers dock till monday as when they were tuning the rig late today they found the inner forestay frozen. So I am doing the penetrating oil till monday when they will rip it out and lathe it off..
As for estra halyards, forward, I have two genoa halyards and a spinnaker halyard, and another pole topping/light duty halyard......and a main halyard and spare main halyard/topping lift, aft....

Should you desire to rig a spinnaker halyard, make sure your masthead has enough room, or perhaps add an extension (as I did, using 316 SS), to allow the spinnaler halyard to be run fair and clear of the genoa and its furler...mounting the spin halyard forward of the forestay / genoa furler, has many advantages, including allowing an asym spin to be set and trimmed over a wider range of wind directions, eliminating any chafe / inteference between the spin and genoa/furler/forestay, allowing normal tacking of genoa since the spin halyard is forward of the genoa, easy gybing of the asym, etc....

Here's some photos of what I did a few years back....
Masthead Rigging

It's NOT an expensive option, and most riggers that are also sailors will understand the advantages....
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But I think I have now learned to be far less competitive, far less challenging to the boat, far more resourceful in more things about boat ownership and cruising. But thats different to being able to raise and drop a spinnaker exactly at the right moment 6 times in a 2 hour race. But, boy I can unblock a stuffed crapper!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is "seamanship"....also known as, the wisdom of a true mariner...



Congrats again, and Fair winds...

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Old 26-12-2010, 21:25   #146
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Congratulations, as to broken forestay have a look at what NZ Reefrite do
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The Forestay
Over the years, yachts-men have told about forestays breaking within a short time of having furling gear fitted. Our analysis on this is that there is so much combined weight in the forestay, sail and spar that, when sailing, it creates a big bending moment where the forestay wire exits at the top of the furling spar. As a result of the continuous bending, the forestay wire finally breaks at that pointTo overcome this problem we supply, with Reef-Rite, a forestay swage for the top approximately 3 times longer than a normal swage. this brings the actual start of the forestay wire well down into the spar. The bending moment now occurs on the swage, which is much stronger and capable of withstanding the bend. We believe this may extend forestay life by as much as threefold under roller furling conditions.
Secondly because the furling gear is often fitted on older boats, the age and condition of the rigging is unknown. When the Reef-Rite furling system is installed, then headstay is always replaced with a new one as part of the base price"
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Congratulations, as to broken forestay have a look at what NZ Reefrite do
"The Forestay
Over the years, yachts-men have told about forestays breaking within a short time of having furling gear fitted. Our analysis on this is that there is so much combined weight in the forestay, sail and spar that, when sailing, it creates a big bending moment where the forestay wire exits at the top of the furling spar. As a result of the continuous bending, the forestay wire finally breaks at that point To overcome this problem we supply, with Reef-Rite, a forestay swage for the top approximately 3 times longer than a normal swage. this brings the actual start of the forestay wire well down into the spar. The bending moment now occurs on the swage, which is much stronger and capable of withstanding the bend. We believe this may extend forestay life by as much as threefold under roller furling conditions.
Secondly because the furling gear is often fitted on older boats, the age and condition of the rigging is unknown. When the Reef-Rite furling system is installed, then headstay is always replaced with a new one as part of the base price"
Good post good info. any photos?
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...if you did all this work yourself what would the materials cost? $400...
Yeah - and it might take a couple of weeks to get all the right stuff, make sure that it all fits together, read up on what you need to do, do it and then check it.

Or you pay someone who has all the stuff to hand and the skills to do it in one day.

I wish people would remember that not only are you paying for materials, but also for the time and effort that someone has invested in learning their trade. You are hiring their skill as well....
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I had a mast break at deck level by a hurricane in Simpson Bay Lagoon SXM and had to use the riggers to put in a sleeve to fix. Had to take off behind mast roller furler in process. When fixed all put back on but s/s spacer between genoa roller furler and deck discarded as there was now slackn in tensioning (quickest way to fix tension). When I objected I was dismissed and sworn at. They maintained there was no such spacer .My furler drum was now about 6 inches off the deck! Then we by chance had some photos developed and lo and behold there was a "rigger" taking off the rigging and there was the spacer.Then I could not raise the mainsail inside the behind mast furler they had re-attached. They did come to look to see why I was so stupid and realised THEY had put its inners together upside down. They had to take the mast down again,take off the behind mast furler casings and re do the whole job.The sleeve to fix the mast was ok. Then on re-rigging they "produced"a new s/s spacer for genoa furler and spent more time tensioning and job was now done properly. No apologies for any of the slack work. Riggers were yachties employed by rigger firm. Paying for expertize? Definitely not in this case.
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