Originally Posted by onestepcsy37
Thanks for the memory jog. I was writing during a break in my absolutely crazy day, gotta pay for all the rework my current
When I got that boat it had all the original blueprints with it, I was able to make templates from those and totally fair the keel
, made for one of the most balanced boats I've had the chance to sail ( no pun).
I loved that boat and learned much about sail trim with it, I sucked as a racing captain
(not willing to smash a perfectly good boat for a 50 cent trophy) but had some minor victories with it and had a hell of a
lot of fun. That boat also lured quite a few people into sailing, it had such a fine tactile feedback' it just had that right feel. You know, when you hit a puff and it accelerates, you feel the power of the sail plan and the boat just gracefully takes off, and for that moment it just feels awesome. Just about every one who "got it" would break out in a big **** eating grin when they were behind the wheel
feeling that rush, I usually would be trimming when putting newbies behind the wheel
, it really got the point accross.
For my wife and I it was the perfect cruising boat, we could race
it from time to time and cruise
it at will. Only when the two boys came along and our cruising horizons expanded did we decide to move to a bigger, heavier cruising boat.
For a cruising couple they can make great cruising boats, with some mods the creature comfort factor can be upped. Most are luxurious and sea kindly compared to their modern cousins.
I totally agree with TX Marine
, sail plan options can make a huge difference, I was lucky and had quite a sail inventory for that boat. 150, laminate 155, heavy 100, light 100, storm jib
on an inner forestay, symetrical spinaker, racing
main, cruising main with three reef points, etc, etc. It allowed a wide range of setups.
Moving to a smaller headsail makes for much easier handling and covers 90% of your needs unless your sailing in a light wind area where the 150 ends up as a fallback. I would suggest an asymetrical spinaker for cruising since it's easier to handle short handed.
Sail options are far cheaper and safer. Good call TX.
All in all, old IOR boats of sane design can make fast, solid, sure cruisers as long as you understand the strong and weak points of the design.