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Old 28-02-2011, 09:32   #16
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Re: sailing backwards upwind? oops.

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There's only one yard in the galveston area that has such a small antique lift that you either need to back in or drop the forestay. Everyone else has larger lifts and charges accordingly
Is a 55 ton Travel Lift small in your area? That's the size lift the yard I use has that I have to back into.
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Old 28-02-2011, 10:14   #17
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Your fortunate then Bash... I've always had to reverse in when the sticks up else the forestays batters the cross member...
Must confess I'da loved to have watched the boat below get launched... special new style 'Lift'... or a beginner...

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Is a 55 ton Travel Lift small in your area? That's the size lift the yard I use has that I have to back into.
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I believe the one we need to back into is a 35ton. That said, this has a lot to do with boat size in relation to the lift.
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Re: sailing backwards upwind? oops.

"most travel lifts require entering backward if you don't want to drop your forestay."

Then if you back in, don't you have to drop your backstay?

Forestay, backstay...either way there's a wire pretty much the same size and shape coming out of the mast(s). Maybe a lower angle on the typical backstay, but there's still a stay up there.

When you are engineless and need to maneuver the boat, remember that before there was a starship using warp drives, warping the boat was the normal way to shift it around. Toss out a couple of lines, and manhandle it. No biggie.
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Re: sailing backwards upwind? oops.

The travel lifts 35 tons which I go to always have me back in. Even then I have to drop the twin backstays. When the bigger lift of 60 tons is available I still back in but don't have to release the back stays. It is relatively easy to drop the back stays. A lot easier than the forstay with the furling system on it. My boat is very manuverable so backing in is no problem. I single hand it always.
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Re: Sailing Backwards Upwind ?! Oops . . .

60 ton travel lift, no back stays to deal with, and yes have to back in if masts are up.
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