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Old 08-12-2014, 07:08   #1
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Easterly 36 sailing characteristics

First I know there are a few other posts asking for info on Easterly sailboats, of which not a lot seems to be available. I know the construction of these seems to be pretty decent, but how do they sail? I've found a PHRF of 153 for them, but does anyone have any first or second hand experience sailing on one of these? They have a odd hull shape with a hard chine along the mid sections of the hull.

I'm considering this as a potential purchase along with a few other models. It needs some work ie blister job on the bottom, quite a few small blisters.

Thanks for any thoughts or experiences you have to share.
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Re: Easterly 36 sailing characteristics

... Kinda what I figured being such an oddball/ low numbers manufacturer...
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Re: Easterly 36 sailing characteristics

For the benefit of anyone looking at buying one of these boats I will post this here. Well I can say after a season of ownership and sailing I can say that I'm very pleased with the sailing characteristics of this boat. With the hard chines in the mid section of the hull they have a lot of reserve buoyancy. This translates into sailing on a more even keel than normal. The more it heels the more buoyancy it has the stiffer it becomes. I've sailed in a variety of conditions from light air where it ghosts along quite nicely.

I've also "raced" it in 25-30knts with the full main and genoa out on a broad reach in 6-8ft waves while crossing Lake Michigan. We were making average speeds of 8.5knts and with a heeling angle of under 20 degrees. It turned out to be a fairly comfortable ride. The motion when it was taking the waves on the beam was that it would roll some but then tend to correct itself quickly.

I found that beating into weather the boat did not pound into the waves like I was thinking it might. It has enough of a rounded front section to keep that from happening. I found with my old worn out sails I could make about 42 degrees into the apparent wind which was better than I was used to sailing older designs.

The steering is very well balanced by the partial skeg rudder. During the aforementioned race in the 25-30knts I was steering with two fingers on the wheel. It has a very light and responsive helm.

Again if you're looking at one of the few of these boats to buy rest assured in their more than capable sailing qualities.
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