Re: [BaylinerBuccaneerGroup] Re: sailtrack size on buck 24?
- When i got my Bucc 240 someone had put nylon plastic cleats and I am replacing them with cast aluminum ones. they also bent and the ears broke off on more than one plastic cleat.Andrew
From: PhilC <PandD_Collins@...>
Sent: Saturday, July 7, 2012 12:17 PM
Subject: [BaylinerBuccaneerGroup] Re: sailtrack size on buck 24?
--- In BaylinerBuccaneerGroup@yahoogroups.com, "jon" <jons190@...> wrote:
>> It does have it's quirks. So far, I am less then impressed with the stock cleats. They seem "flexy" and I was worried during the last storm with 25+ knot winds, that they may pull out (the dock cleat did)
Every one I've seen had cast aluminum cleats, very large & sturdy for a boat that size. Larger backing plates might be worth adding though.
> > It also seems to be hard to tack in light winds and anything under 1.2knts boat speed and I just can't get her around.
Sounds normal. Very few boats tack well at such low speeds in such light winds. The keel shape of the 240 doesn't help either. You have to learn to coax it with finesse. Practice makes perfect.
>>Then at decent speeds, 3+ knots, she seems to over swing through the tack and then needs over corrected on the tiller to come back to line.
Also normal. Again, practice. The boat doesn't over rotate itself, the persons sheeting the sails and holding the tiller does...
Over-rotating a bit on the tack, coming out of the tack at a lower and faster angle, then building speed as you sheet back in and come up to course/pointing angle on the new tack is the proper way to do it anyway.
>>I'm not sure if this is the famous "weather hem" I've heard about on the bucs… but has been slightly unsettling at times. I'm not sure I have my mast rig tuned right and I suspect this may be the cause of the problem????
No, you aren't describing weather helm.
Weather helm is normal and proper for a keelboat. How much weather helm is something that sail trim and mast rake can effect.
In light-to-medium breeze (say 9 to 12) if you're sailing upwind at close to your max pointing angle, with decent sails trimmed well, you should have about 3 degrees of tiller pulled to windward to keep the boat tracking straight. No more than 5 degrees. At higher wind speeds, the *effort* required to pull the tiller to windward would be higher, but you still should be pulling the tiller no more than about 5 degrees above centerline.
Raking the mast forward will reduce this, aft will increase it.
> > Anyway, my main question is: Except for the main halyard, she is set up to single hand. I need some sail slides to make it easy to raise and dump the main, as my main sail (not original I think) has a rope feed on it that requires someone to hand feed into the mast sailtrack slowly while someone else raises it.
On a boat that size, just the opposite is usually true. The bolt rope should feed up the track without requiring help. (tip: lube the track and the boltrope with dry silicone spray.) Adding a mainsail feeder can make it super nice and easy.
Slugs on the other hand, must be hand fed one at a time by someone, so 2 people are required. But then, if you add a gate to keep the slides in the mast, then subsequent raisings are easy. Not too common on a boat this small, but you can do it.
>>Does anyone know the size of the mast mainsail run?
Measure your bolt rope diameter?
Try a couple of different size dowels etc to see which fits best?