Hi. Just joined the site and noticed that you are also the (I hope) proud owner of a Solaris Sunstream 40. We bought ours a year ago and it has been on the hard
since, undergoing mods/upgrades/repairs in preparation for a trip from the Great Lakes
to the Southern Caribbean
I would be interested in sharing some experiences/opinions with you concerning the boat. In that regard, you wouldn't happen to have the factory rig/sail dimensions, would you? I am about to order a new offhore main and genoa
and, while specific measurements will ultimately be required, the factory dimensions would be incredibly helpful in getting quotes.
In addition, do you have a spinnaker
and, if so, how do you have it rigged? I have a symmetrical from my previous boat that I would like to try out and have been contemplating using blocks on each bow for the spinnaker
guys - use the windward one for the clew and leave the leeward one loose in preparation for jibes.
And how have you found her for tacking? Any suggestions, or is the seemingly usual drill for cats sufficient: maintain boat speed (even bearing off, if necessary, prior to tacking), sheet the main in taut, and make a firm but smooth turn through the wind
(backwinding the jib
Finally (for now), how about bridge deck
slap? The forward clearance appears adequate (and the shape is a nice elipse), but the clearance aft is certainly on the low side!
Personally, I love the Lloyds Offshore
construction, even if it adds hugely to her displacement
. There is a PDQ
36 on the hard
beside our Sunstream and she had to have 6 jackstands placed under the bridgedeck; without them there is so much flex that the interior
doors jamb! The Solaris, on the other hand, is simply resting on 2x6's beneath the keels.
I can also attest to the superior job that was done in tabbing the bulkheads. We have removed all the overhead vinyl and bulkhead carpeting and most of the 3/4" bulkheads are, if not completely encapsulated in glass cloth and resin, tabbed with mulitple layers to at least 10". Right now we are installing frp overhead and ceiling panels
throughout the boat, removable where necessary in order to access the deck hardware
. A huge job but it absolutely transforms the interior! In fact, we are so pleased with the look we are also using the same material on all bulkheads that were originally carpeted.
Anyway, would love to hear back from you. As you have no doubt discovered, these are pretty rare animals
in North America and there is a dearth of material on them.
Brad & Jane
Solaris Sunstream 40 'Estrella del Sur'.