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The Sailboat Cruiser ~ Issue #52
September 17, 2019
The Sailboat Cruiser
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Newsletter #52 - September 2019
What's in This Issue:
Following a recent excuse rejection I was browsing through the sailing magazines in Sainsbury's when I came across an article entitled 'How much anchor chain?'...
It quickly became apparent that this wasn't the usual depth/scope related approach, but an entirely different 'Rule of Thumb' based on wind strength.
In today's crowded anchorages, we often need to deploy the minimum length of anchor rode that will keep our boat secured, rather than the luxury of a whole load more for peace of mind. So I read on...
Here's the gist of what the author, Katy Stickland, had to say:
Rule of Thumb #1:
Chain to be deployed = 16m (wind strength in knots ) + 10m (boat length) = 26m.
Rule of Thumb #2:
Chain to be deployed = 33m + 10m = 43m.
For deeper anchorages up to around 15m, multiply the wind speed by 1.5 which would mean that for the Force 7 wind in a depth of 12m:
Chain to be deployed = (33m x 1.5) + 10m = 60m.
This of course doesn't allow for any current that may be flowing through the anchorage, but Katy discusses this in the Yachting Monthly source article.
This is a great deal for sellers, but what about potential buyers? Several have asked:
"Are there any risks in buying a used boat direct from the owner rather than through a professional yacht broker, and if so what are they?"
Clearly, I couldn't leave this question unanswered.
First impressions? It's impressive!
It's going to be popular with both mega-yacht captains and the smaller cruising yachts. The marina can currently accommodate 120 40 foot cruisers, and the hardstanding is vast.
With a 150 ton, 32 foot beam travel lift it's going to be a popular yard with multihull skippers too.
Looking at their rates and prices for long-term hurricane storage ashore, they may well be providing a summer home for 'Alacazam' at the end of next season.
Try saying "Of course, a catamaran makes a lot more sense than a monohull for cruising."
That should do it.
At that point I would normally wander off to seek less combative conversation elsewhere, but this time I've thrown my hat into the ring too. I may regret it...
We're all aware that it's the UV (Ultra-Violet) component of light that does the damage, but not all of us take the care that the skipper of the elegant flush-decked cutter below has done to protect his sails when they're not powering his boat.
Not so the skipper of the boat below...
For some reason the headsail has not been completely furled, leaving the clew exposed to the sun. It may be that he has run out of furling line, which can be easily resolved by putting a few more turns around the drum.
When completely furled the sacrificial strip will protect the headsail - provided it's on the right side of the sail of course.
You'll see most inmast furling mainsails left like this. Presumably there's too much thickness at the clew to get it completely furled inside the mast. It's important that this corner of the sail is protected by a sacrificial layer of sailcloth on both sides of the sail.
I took this pic of 'Seawings', a handsome canoe-sterned cutter, in Bequia's Admiralty Bay in March 2019.
Any ideas anyone?
If so, please let me know by clicking here...
'Elsa Jane', an Irwin 43;
'Shadowmere', a Hallberg Rassy 41;
‘Jerrican’, a Dix 43;
'Our Lady', an Allied Seawind;
'Firefly', a CSY 44;
'Baremka', a 1974 Dufour 34;
'Aleria', a Bowman 57 Staysail Ketch;
'Coconut', a Contest 41S;
'Crush-n-Brew', a Hunter 31;
'Tetamanu', a Jeanneau Sun Odyssey DS 43;
'Random', a Ranger 33;
'Dos Libras', a Catalina Morgan 45CC;
A Pacific Seacraft Flicka 20;
A Formosa 51;
'Merrimist', an Ericson 38;
Want to check out a whole load more?
Don't forget...If you're thinking of looking at a secondhand sailboat, or just want to be aware of what to look for - and when to walk away no matter what - then you really ought to take a look at my eBook 'How to Avoid Buying the Wrong Sailboat'
Among other items this month, we have:
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