Originally Posted by Thames 4 Blood
I also like the idea of in-boom furling! ... I dont really understand why this version is not more popular?
I am not so worried about storage for myself but my Wife is definately a hoarder.
I also have a dog but I dont think I would want to take him to sea...
Winged keel... Thats actually a big Q for me. As we plan on sailing accross the atlantic in time a shallow draft
would be a great advantage.
OK when I have an audience I ramble...
In Boom furlers are definetly a divorce saver :-) The negative side is like any sailing handling system, not many crew can walk on and use it... It takes a little time to master, but it is definety my choice.
I was teaching at a US Sailing School
in San Francisco
Bay... When I did my Cruising Instructor Certification
we were on a Jeaneau 43 with an in mast furler
... 3 student instructors on the boat and one salty instructor trainner. In less than one hour we had that main sail so jammed it would not retract or come out of the furler. We had to return to the dock
with the sail lashed to the mast. It took about an our to go up the mast and work it out.
Obivously this incident was caused from lack of experience by the crew, but what if one of your crew does the same thing 100 miles off shore. It would really suck going up the mast while bobbing i the ocean.
That is when I made my decision not have an in mast furler on my boat. At least if there is a failure on the in boom furler I can bring the sail down nd lash it to the boom, or take it off completely.
You will find storage is more than what you bring from home... Once you start provisioning
, you will quickly learn the galley
never has enough room.
On our boat most of the bildges are taken up with mechanical things, like the AC pumps... So we have to use large plastic bins to store extra provisions. Not to mention all the extra crap you bring along with you that you don't normally take on day sails
, like oil
, filters, spare parts
, etc... As an example, engine oil
was about 16 dollars a gallon, in Costa Rica
it was $40 per gallon... So when it is cheap
, we buy 8 or ten gallons.
I feel your pain about the dog.... But our sheepdog had a better retirement
than us... He hips were getting a little old for the boat, so we sent him back to my brother in law's farm in northern Italy
about one year beore we left... He spent his last year chasing cows and meeting the the town's people who had never seen a sheepdog.
As far as winged keels... I would suggest you sail one and see what you think... Talk to a marine
architect and have them explain the principal and again, ask the owners what they think... As an example, 75% of the Catalina
470's are made with wind keels and they seldom build the boat until a customer orders it, so it is the owners choosing wing over a full keel.
Like I said, the only thing you give up is pointing ability. You will soon learn that the one thing you don't do on long passages, especilly ocean passages is go close hauled for very long periods. For me and my wife it just is to uncomfortable.
Also we have found that the wing keel actually acts a little like a stabilizer or "Flopper Stopper" in anchorages
. I was buddy boating
with a sister ship and we were in the same rolly anchorage. My boat rolled less drastically and stabilzed faster than the sister ship with a full length keel.