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Re: Tiller Length




John,
    You aren't the only one to remind us we'll sooner or later need the
leverage.  Thank you.
                                                            Dan

John Lane wrote:

> 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
> TNYC
> Holyrood, NF
>
>         -----Original Message-----
>         From:   Bob Schimmel [SMTP:bschimme@telusplanet.net]
>         Sent:   Saturday, October 14, 2000 6:39 PM
>         To:     sanjuan23@PEAK.ORG
>         Subject:        Re: Fall sail in Kentucky
>
>         dfannin@uswest.net 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
> 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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>         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.
>
>         --
>         Regards
>
>         Bob Schimmel
>         Spruce Grove, Alberta
>         Canada
>
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