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Old 16-09-2015, 03:57   #16
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Re: Introducing the St. Francis 50 mk II: Wayfinder

Congratulations Hugh, are you definitely making Annapolis? I've talked the Admiral into making it over if you do.


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Old 18-09-2015, 11:32   #17
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Here's the first tour of the boat, just days before we leave for the boat show.

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Old 18-09-2015, 12:17   #18
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Looks fantastic. All the extras you incorporated worked beautifully! You should be very proud. Tell Duncan to get footage and photos up on his website asap.
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Old 18-09-2015, 12:53   #19
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Hugh,

I have a curious question for you.

What kind of incentives does the builder offer you to take your boat to the show? Or do they stipulate a contractual agreements forcing you to take your boat to the show.

I can readily tell you have an enormous pride in the custom build of your boat.

But it would scare me to death, and I would cringe to have 10,000 lookers come pound through my new boat!

I've been on plenty of new boats at shows, and have seen some terrible things.
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Thanks for the vid Hugh. Looking perfect!
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Old 18-09-2015, 15:27   #21
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Stunning Hugh, see you and Duncan in CT on the 9th Oct. Really looking forward to getting onboard.

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The boat looks better than I could have imagined!

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Wow! So very nice Hugh. Thanks for sharing the whole experience with us, it has been very interesting. I look forward to seeing her sail!
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About time for an update with pics and some sailing video! Hint Hint..............................
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I think they may be in the middle of the Atlantic. Isn't the boat supposed to be in CT on Oct 9th?
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Congrats, Hugh, on the launch of your beautiful home.

A couple questions from your tour video:

What is a "reversible" Harken winch? Inasmuch as my Harkens are 14 years old, perhaps there is something new I'm not aware of.

You didn't mention it in the video, but it looks like you have an electric genoa furler, am I right? If not, can you furl on either tack with the winches seen? i.e., on a boat this size it's not reasonable to furl a genoa without a winch. How do you handle the sheet and furling line on the same side?

I applaud you for not falling for the "all lines lead to the helm for easy single handing" ploy. It's entirely reasonable to have to walk to the other side to accomplish some tasks, thereby not forcing a tortuous path for all the lines.

You have stand up blocks on each bow for handling a sym spinnaker. Which winch(s) would handle the guys and sheets? Can you handle 2 guys and 2 sheets simultaneously? I assume the two outboard winches are for an extra headsail, i.e., spinnaker or reacher, but you'd need to use this one winch on either side for both guy and sheet if using a sym spi. It's rare you need to handle both sheet and guy on the same side, but it does happen and a rope clutch or cleat - or another winch - would be necessary on those occasions.

How many headsail/spi halyards do you have? What is the short sprit used for? Are any headsail halyards rigged for 2:1 halyards?

Finally, what is the mechanism for the steering? Hydraulic, push/pull cables/rack & pinion/other?

Congrats again and fair winds!

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Congrats, Hugh, on the launch of your beautiful home.

A couple questions from your tour video:

What is a "reversible" Harken winch? Inasmuch as my Harkens are 14 years old, perhaps there is something new I'm not aware of.

You didn't mention it in the video, but it looks like you have an electric genoa furler, am I right? If not, can you furl on either tack with the winches seen? i.e., on a boat this size it's not reasonable to furl a genoa without a winch. How do you handle the sheet and furling line on the same side?

I applaud you for not falling for the "all lines lead to the helm for easy single handing" ploy. It's entirely reasonable to have to walk to the other side to accomplish some tasks, thereby not forcing a tortuous path for all the lines.

You have stand up blocks on each bow for handling a sym spinnaker. Which winch(s) would handle the guys and sheets? Can you handle 2 guys and 2 sheets simultaneously? I assume the two outboard winches are for an extra headsail, i.e., spinnaker or reacher, but you'd need to use this one winch on either side for both guy and sheet if using a sym spi. It's rare you need to handle both sheet and guy on the same side, but it does happen and a rope clutch or cleat - or another winch - would be necessary on those occasions.

How many headsail/spi halyards do you have? What is the short sprit used for? Are any headsail halyards rigged for 2:1 halyards?

Finally, what is the mechanism for the steering? Hydraulic, push/pull cables/rack & pinion/other?

Congrats again and fair winds!

Dave
Asking these specific questions gives me the impression that you consider to order one as well ?

Do you ?

Cheers Rob
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Asking these specific questions gives me the impression that you consider to order one as well ?

Do you ?

Cheers Rob
No.

I'm just interested in the sailing aspects of any new boat and I like to keep current with new boats. Any improvements can usually be backfit to older boats. I hope to learn something to apply on my boat. Doesn't everyone do the same?

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I think he mentioned in one of the posts, or videos that the boat was going to be in a show in South Africa, and then it would be in the Miami Boat show. I don't think it will be in Annapolis.

I can't wait to hear how it sails and how well the lift for the rib works.
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Hugh has been in New York since Tuesday, not sure where the boat is but it can't be on this side already..

He IS a writer arfterall, he's left us with a cliff hanger :-)





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