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Old 28-07-2010, 09:29   #16
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We have a IOR-era boat which my wife and I love and which we find very stable and comfortable.
But as has been pointed out, these boats were designed to sail at a 20-25 degree angle of heel for optimum performance. If you're not used to it it can seem like the boat is sailing on its side. If that bothers you than you should look at a different type of boat.
If it doesn't, Tartans of that era were very well-made boats and the S&S design IMHO is make for a very good looking vessel.
BTW if you get an IOR-design boat, make sure your lockers have good strong latches and every thing gets properly stowed otherwise you'll be cleaning messes forever
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Old 28-07-2010, 11:37   #17
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Good discussion on the IOR boats and their cruise-worthiness. In that context what would you guys think about a 198x Oyster 43 IOR hull when it comes to cruising. I have heard a bit about the difficulty with the runners of the frac rig. However would love to hear from you all (especially delmarrey and u4ea32).
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Old 28-07-2010, 23:42   #18
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Good discussion on the IOR boats and their cruise-worthiness. In that context what would you guys think about a 198x Oyster 43 IOR hull when it comes to cruising. I have heard a bit about the difficulty with the runners of the frac rig. However would love to hear from you all (especially delmarrey and u4ea32).
My IOR 1-tonner (40') has the dreaded runners and checkstays. And, as you correctly surmise, it does make short-handed cruising more difficult.

At this stage we have to "make do", which usually means tacking rather than jibing, when 2-up (helmsman steers boat through the tack, releases the windward jib sheet, and starts too pull in the new jib sheet, crew pulls main sheet to centre main, pulls new runner on, tacks main, releases old runner).

Our plan is to (a) shorten the boom by about 4 inchest, (b) get a mainsail cut so that at full hoist it goes to just below the hounds (where the runners attach to the mast), (c) make the checkstays detachable, so that we can remove the checkstays except when needed (i.e. not a lot, when cruising), which will allow us to tack and jibe this crusing mainsail inside the runners, with both runners cranked on all the time. This will mean that we dont need to touch the runners, so helmsman can tack or jibe the main and crew can tack the headsail.
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There is a ery active roup of tartan owners on Yahoo. Search tartan sailing in yahoo groups.
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