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Old 04-10-2013, 22:48   #16
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Re: Havsfidra Modifications and the Benefits of Small Boats

I got a short sail on one in San Francisco bay back in the 70s. If I had to cross oceans in an under 20 foot boat, it would be a Havsfidra. I went big time and did it in a 26 footer. In the Contessa 26 I sacrificed the stb part of the Vberth and put a wet locker just forward of the regular hanging locker, and moved the head from the center to the stb side forward of the new wet locker. Worked out just fine. I could never understand how anyone would need 4 berths on a small boat anyway. With 4 reefs in the main, you will probably never need your trysail, but they do make a wonderful roll stopper. At anchor or running under head sails, hoist the trysail as high as you can and sheet it as far aft as you can, and keep it fairly flat. It will take all of the snap out of rolling. Also, you might want to google Quartermaster Windvane. They are designed for transom hung rudders and are simple to make for a small boat. Mine worked great. When people tell you that you cant cruise in a small boat, just ask them for their address and send them a postcard of the places they wish they were, but havent finished paying for their boat yet. Best of Luck to You. _____Grant.
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Old 04-10-2013, 23:16   #17
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Re: Havsfidra Modifications and the Benefits of Small Boats

Gracie, rereading you post, I must give another bit of advice (opinion) about the bucket and chuck it crowd. In my opinion, it is far more dangerous to try to move a bucket load of crap from the cabin floor to over the side, than the small danger of 2 thru hulls for a marine head. Trust me in that you will be very careful about moving that bucket around, and that will distract you from the basic safety of one hand for the ship and one hand for yourself. Even though many sailors do it, peeing over the side is playing with suicide. There are almost as many opinions on this as there are members of this forum, but why set your self up for risk. I always opened the seacock for use and closed the head seacock when not in use. It only took a second. Just another opinion. _____Grant.
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