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Re: tiller lenght/hinge




Jack,
    Thank you.  I haven't had enough rough seas experience to have needed the
leverage, so your observation is one I wouldn't have thought of.  Thanks.
                                                                    Dan


Jack Carr wrote:

> Hi Dan
>
> Depending on the type of weather you sail in, I suggest you "think twice"
> about reducing the lenght of the tiller and/or adding a hinge that could
> create a weak spot.
>
> I have been in very demanding seas and stong winds with my SJ23. In those
> conditions I needed all the leverage provided by the lenght of the tiller to
> help me control of the boat. After a few of these sailing conditions, I
> choose to go with safety rather than convenience.
>
> The above is my personal opinion, others may feel differently.
>
> Cheers
> jack carr
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: <dfannin@uswest.net>
> To: <sanjuan23@PEAK.ORG>
> Sent: October 13, 2000 5:00 PM
> Subject: Re: Fall sail in Kentucky
>
> > Bob,
> >     I'm glad to read your assessment of the tiller.  Maureen and I came to
> the
> > same conclusion.  We thought about hinging it, so it would fold back.
> That way
> > you would still have it if you wanted to snuggle up front.
> >     Anyone have any other thoughts on the tiller length and methods of
> > adjusting it?
> >                                                             Dan
> >
> > Bob Spencer wrote:
> >
> > > Scot and I had a delightful sail on Saturday. This is the season of
> color
> > > in Kentucky, and the lake was beautiful. There are high, vertical, bare
> > > cliff faces all along, part of the original river cut, and they are
> always
> > > most impressive in the fall when the color surrounds them. It was a day
> of
> > > dramatic light, and both water and shore were a pleasure to see.
> > >
> > > Wind was good, 6-15 knots, mostly, but shifty and variable, as usual.
> That
> > > can be a nuisance, but it will teach you to sail, if you work at it. We
> > > sailed 12 miles down the lake and had several miles of good reaching
> > > breezes, both coming and going. It is impressive how a good sailing
> breeze
> > > drops the wind chill, isn't it? Actual temperature never reached 50F,
> but
> > > it certainly seemed cooler than that.
> > >
> > > We are learning the boat, and like her more each time we sail. We spent
> > > some time wing-on-wing, and were impressed how much the forefoot is
> pressed
> > > down while doing that in a wind. Fore-and-aft trim seems very important
> to
> > > making the SJ23 perform, at least in our boat.
> > >
> > > We finally chose a name...Kestrel...and are having some letters made.
> Other
> > > work is going along slowly, because we can never resist the temptation
> to
> > > sail, rather than work, but she is almost as we want her. The jib keeps
> > > hanging up on the outer shroud while tacking, gets backwinded. We've
> > > ordered some vinyl covers for the shroud, which should solve that
> problem.
> > >
> > > We have come to understand the comments from some that the cockpit is a
> bit
> > > small. It is. We are beginning to think the tiller is a little too long,
> > > and may shorten it so that crew and helmsman can both do their thing
> more
> > > easily when tacking. Tacking in a strong wind, it can be a bit crowded.
> > >
> > > Bob
> > >
> > > Bob
> > > Sail #619
> > > http://members.aye.net/~bspen/sail.html
> > >
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