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Old 23-05-2016, 09:45   #16
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We had a nice windy day today with the boat doing better than 10 knots regularly. But there was that one really windy section. We were above 15 knots for a good while. It was a new record for me on this boat! And she's for sale.
Big deal, I did 20 knots today. They were in my main sheet , it took me 1/2 hour to untie them.
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Big deal, I did 20 knots today. They were in my main sheet , it took me 1/2 hour to untie them.
I had to read that twice.
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Old 23-05-2016, 10:19   #18
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Amazing and exhilarating... I've "surfed" quite a bit with my boat, and when the stern lowers in the water, the helm feels like it's in the groove, and she starts what feels like planing, yea-hooo! Of course about that time, the Admiral reminds me we have far too much sail up and we need to act our age.
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Old 23-05-2016, 12:42   #19
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The day I sold my Stiletto 27 we were reaching at consistent 14-16 for long periods. I had cleaned out all the old junk, painted the bottom, and tweaked anything that could be... and I didn't want to sell her!

But mostly I'm happy with my new slower ride. In fact, she's not that much slower to windward in breeze, as she points a little better and doesn't reef as soon. The daily distance is similar, since I don't get tired; that 9 knots to windward on the Stiletto required vigilance on the tiller and main sheet, where as now she's on autopilot and I'm reading, looking up now and then.
I recall sailing a friends Stilletto 27 and seeing 19-20 quite often. It was like Mach 2 with your hair on fire. The call was "rail meat!" Just skipping that windward sponson was the trick. "Cat-allacing" we called it. Great boat but short con creature comforts.
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Things get a bit squirrely over 15 knots. Everything needs to be sorted just right, and frankly I was not comfortable in my 28 foot rig at 18.5knots:

I hope to have it configured better by the end of this year....
Bit of a pucker factor involved on a Catalac 900 as well.. but a buzz all the same
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Old 23-05-2016, 14:04   #21
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We had a nice windy day today with the boat doing better than 10 knots regularly. But there was that one really windy section. We were above 15 knots for a good while. It was a new record for me on this boat! And she's for sale.
I don't think some of the responses realize you are speaking a tri? 15 on flat water with the right wind. Surfing doesn't count as sailing. It should be reefing.
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Old 23-05-2016, 14:28   #22
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I don't think some of the responses realize you are speaking a tri? 15 on flat water with the right wind. Surfing doesn't count as sailing. It should be reefing.
I should have said it was my Crowther tri. These boats are known to be fast ones. It was pretty cool, at somewhere above 12 knots it got that hum and then you know you are in the groove. We were flat water sailing btw. And the ama was way up there.
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Crowther Tri, huh?

It feels nice to go that fast. I cannot remember our last time ;-(

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how does current affect boat speed through the water???
It doesn't but if your GPS tells you that you are doing 10 knots when you have a 4 knot current in your favour, then ....
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Old 24-05-2016, 12:01   #25
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Stiletto 23: 24.6 kts in 28 kts of wind. The ride of a lifetime! Reminded me of my iceboating days....
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Our record was 25.6kts back when we had a Jeanneau sun Legende 41. It was with only half the genoa unrolled and no mainsail, wind around 30kts on a broad reach as we turned iinto the approach channel for poole harbour in the UK, the tide was flowing out fast against the wind and had kicked up a big sea on the Bar. Our paddlewheel Boatspeed device was calibrated and set to display average speed over 3 minutes and this was purewater speed not GPS speed over the ground. The bow wave was right back to the cockpit and we eventually stopped the sleigh ride when the bow buried in the back of the next wave in front of us and the one we were riding on filled our cockpit (fortunately we had large drains a high bridge deck and just got wet feet, no water went below)


WE had friends that raced a Melges (25?) back then whose crew all wore tee shirts saying 21.4 kts across the front, we were pleased to be able to boast better when we reached our regular berth opposite them in the YC marina, but I never did have tee shirts printed up.
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Our record was 25.6kts back when we had a Jeanneau sun Legende 41. It was with only half the genoa unrolled and no mainsail, wind around 30kts on a broad reach as we turned iinto the approach channel for poole harbour in the UK, the tide was flowing out fast against the wind and had kicked up a big sea on the Bar. Our paddlewheel Boatspeed device was calibrated and set to display average speed over 3 minutes and this was purewater speed not GPS speed over the ground. The bow wave was right back to the cockpit and we eventually stopped the sleigh ride when the bow buried in the back of the next wave in front of us and the one we were riding on filled our cockpit (fortunately we had large drains a high bridge deck and just got wet feet, no water went below)


WE had friends that raced a Melges (25?) back then whose crew all wore tee shirts saying 21.4 kts across the front, we were pleased to be able to boast better when we reached our regular berth opposite them in the YC marina, but I never did have tee shirts printed up.
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Re: Did 15.5 Knots Today!

The coolest thing is that boatspeed = windspeed on so many of these multis.

Yesterday we had 7 to 10 knots and we were moving 7 to 10 knots. 15 knots in 15 knots of wind is a pedestrian, low stress affair. There is a point of diminishing returns of course, but what a blast!
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Crab is enjoying his Buc 33, and so am I.
I have only been sailing mine for a couple of months, but I have also seen over 15 kts twice, once with two on board with a single reefed main and a small jib, and once with six on board and a mid sized jib- and three GPS's. Really fun, but not scary at all, my 33 handles it just fine. I sail on a lake with fairly small waves and no current, so it is "real" speed.
Old tris are fun!
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Don't want sound one up boys , but I've had my Crowther 150 design up to 25 knots on the log , I think the log is a couple of knots fast ,but my son and I have sailed all day .from 12 to 16 and up to 20, across the sea of Cortez .
The cats weight 7 ton 48 ft long 24 ft wide This was with a following sea and wind . Don't always push things like that , most of the time I don't bother with the main and only have the Genoa up , 15-20 knots ,gives me 6 to 10 knots
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