Originally Posted by clayjay
Well what can I say?
I have been blown away by the response. And to think I expected to wake up to zero replies!
A big thank you to everyone for their advice
, itís much appreciated.
More than a few of you advised against using reverse (unless absolutely necessary) it left me wondering how on earth people in the med moor up stern in as one has to over there?? I would imagine a couple of Valium and comprehensive insurance
would be the order of battle......or a bow thruster of course.
I'm going to open a new thread for info on Formosa
41's sailing speed as a few of you mentioned they are pretty dire in light winds. I'd like some feedback on just what sort of speeds one can expect for a given wind
Please feel free to chip in if you can help I'd really appreciate it.
formosa 41 are not the pig folks consider them to being. you would be surprised what a human being can do to make boat
do what you wish it to do. bow thruster not necessary unless you cannot figure out how to move a boat
as for light airs, when sailing and drifting to zihuatenejo from barra de navidad, a downhill run, winds, which on pacific ocean
can be light puffs of air, didnot always kick in at 20 kts, so we sailed and drifted downhill and motored uphill. the lightest air was under 5 kts, so we drifted on current
off west coast
is 1-4 kts southerly drift.
there fore we made 1-4 kts accordingly.
donot try drifting against current as that does not work
. that is engine
designed to sail trade
winds, not dinghy
sailing air. i go out when winds are to be over 10 kts. with 10 kts breeze i make 3 kts
with 20-30 kts i make 4-6 kts and in 60+ kt chubascos we made 8.4 kts.
, your decision. each of these is made individually, there is nothing production about them and no two are identical. however they all do sail similarly.
if you want a boat to sail tradewinds it is going to be a lil slow in light air. if you want a boat fro light air, you go into port when winds get to be fun. choice is yours to make. the stability and heaviness are what decided me to use formosa over ericson
35mII for cruising. i can manage my formosa sola from cockpit
n jigger heavy air with fun and stability. can cook underway in weather
. comfortable interior
and classy teak
. split rig for ease of handling in weather
and if you choose the right one you may have many good luck dragons decorating your life and helping guide your way thru seas. what is not to love.