Sunspot Baby. From my experienced 'goosey brother. I've been listening to him go on about Prout's for years and eventually decided on retiring onto a Prout. We discussed all the ways his old goose could have been tuned.
He always reckoned performance was limited by forestay tension. His genoa
would draw to about fifty degrees for good speed.
His solution -
Add a 'goal post' frame across the back of the hulls. Put the boom stuff up there and clear the cockpit
. You've got a mounting for instruments, dinghy
, wind gen etc etc.
But - add a rear stay from each corner of the hulls, over the extreme ends of the frame and you have it. A tensioned forestay with room for a fully battened main with a full roach.
He reckons the goose would take a three foot extension at the foot of the mast and the new plastic rigging
should replace the stainless at re-fit time.
Voila - GT Goose.
Now you've actually got one. Does any of this make sense? My choice is the Event 34, limited by price
and wife, but all the above apply apart from the potential performance.
His 'goose was the first multi in the Mauritius-Durban in the 70's 80's and came, I'm told, second on handicap.
Hope you still love yours, he eventually lost
his in the divorce courts. She went off on a bigger (and slower) cat. Wonderful boats, the Prouts. I'm sure you are embarrassing many a keen sailor with your speed and comfort.
For those in Durban in those days Tony Walden, he married Sue (UK Pat) and retired ashore. He died suddenly just before Xmas.
He fondly told how he was given free membership
of the Durban Yacht club for wearing his Eynsham Life Boat shirt as he stepped ashore for his first beer
. Eynsham is a little village near Oxford, UK and about as far as you can get from the sea. But then things were different back then. Warm winds, Trev