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robertsnole
Link to this postPosted: Fri May 29, 2009 2:40 pm    

I have never used an electric winch but would like to try it. On another shorthanded topic, what do you guys think about mast-reefing mains? Everyone I have talked to says the poor sail shape outweighs the ease of use issue.
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Twanger
Link to this postPosted: Fri May 29, 2009 2:48 pm    

I am fine with in-mast roller furling. I accept that these sails will not point as high as fully battened mains.

It's much easier to handle a RF when double-handing with my wife vs. hauling a big sail up and down, or trying to reef a thrashing main in a seaway by myself while standing on the cabin-top.

I'm not in a race, and if I run out of time and need to motor to make it to happy-hour then I will do so.
dine
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cvbreno
Link to this postPosted: Fri May 29, 2009 4:03 pm    

Handling most 42-45' monos in the BVI shouldn't be a problem for a couple, if both are reasonably competent and cooperative -- especially with roller furling and lazy jacks, etc. My wife and I did it on our very first charter when the other couple cancelled on us at the last minute. We were fine except for losing a boat hook on our first try at picking up a mooring (it didn't float). Embarassed

I have never tried an in-mast furler -- it sounds really cool and I agree with Twanger about the sail shape not being a major issue (although I have heard some owners complain about it). My main concern would be the potential for jamming with too much sail out during a blow. I have had roller furling jibs jam on me, but it's less of a safety hazard and fairly easy to fix.
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teammac
Link to this postPosted: Fri May 29, 2009 9:14 pm    

Twanger....Maybe Momma Twanger should hit the weight room!!!! yikes
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Twanger
Link to this postPosted: Sat May 30, 2009 9:21 pm    

teammac wrote:
Twanger....Maybe Momma Twanger should hit the weight room!!!! yikes


Yeaaaaaaah! I'll let you tell her that... rofl rofl rofl
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saildoggie
Link to this postPosted: Sun May 31, 2009 8:36 am    

Stay away from in-as furling! Not only is the sail shape terrible, they tend to fail right at a critical moment, I think they are dangerous.

We saw a captained mono come up to the dock at Sopers, he went to furl the main and it jammed, he hit 2 boats ad the then the dock very hard.

This guy had sailed in and pulled off docking without power many times before but this time it was not pretty.
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ecm56
Link to this postPosted: Sun May 31, 2009 6:24 pm    Post subject: Note In mast furling

No personal experience with in-mast furling but I recall watching boats leave Road Harbor and seeing a beautiful Hinckley (43, I think) with in-mast furling leaving the harbor, same Hinckley returned about 2 hours later with the remains of the main hanging out of the slot. Don't know what happened but it looked like an expensive mess. I vote for simplicity.

Eric
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cvbreno
Link to this postPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2009 4:11 pm    

Back to the OP's question about Pro Valor Charters -- unfortunately, we didn't get to go on our vacation last week as planned, due to a family medical emergency. We are very disappointed, and I can't report on the condition of the boat, etc., but PVC has been great to work with all along.

American Airlines can't (won't?) reschedule our mileage-award tickets for any time this summer, so I had them credit the miles back to my account (for $250!) and I will try again for next year. Cecilia at PVC was very understanding about the situation, and agreed to hold our deposit and credit it toward a charter next year. According to the contract, she could have just kept the deposit.

Very Happy
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Twanger
Link to this postPosted: Thu Jun 18, 2009 9:06 am    

Sorry to hear you missed your charter!
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MrBombastic
Link to this postPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2009 7:18 am    

cvbreno wrote:
Cecilia at PVC was very understanding about the situation, and agreed to hold our deposit and credit it toward a charter next year. According to the contract, she could have just kept the deposit.

Very Happy


Sorry to hear. But I will say this about PVC - FIRST CLASS.
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