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RE: Tiller Length

I appreciated the extra leverage this summer when I did a 15 hour sail in
high winds and on a beam reach.  The weather helm was so strong I cracked
the tiller.; I got home by using duct tape and a wooden spoon splint!  I
read last night "it is amazing what duct tape and flowers will fix"!

Four Sisters was lifted out today - "the dark night of the soul"

John W. Lane
Four Sisters
Holyrood, NF

	-----Original Message-----
	From:	Bob Schimmel []
	Sent:	Saturday, October 14, 2000 6:39 PM
	To:	sanjuan23@PEAK.ORG
	Subject:	Re: Fall sail in Kentucky wrote:

	> 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
	> > 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.
	> > 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
	> >
	> > Bob
	> >
	> > Bob
	> > Sail #619
	> >
	> >
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	As far as I can tell, the tiller on all SJ23s tilt up around the
hinge bolt in the
	rudder head.  With this hinge it is possible to lift the tiller
during a tack or
	tie it to the back stay for a cockpit party.  Remember, the SJ23 is
very sensitive
	to fore aft trim, so you should sit as far forward as possible.  Far
enough that
	the bottom turn of the transom just kisses the surface, not deeper.
With the bow
	"dug in" you will find that she can point slightly higher as well.
There, I've
	given away probably the best sailing tip for a SJ23.


	Bob Schimmel
	Spruce Grove, Alberta

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