- Sep 1, 2012I loved those videos in that they illustrated to me a more "relaxed"
form of sailing - lounging back and enjoying the moment and the dolphins
swimming along with you etc. I have been on canoe trips were some of the
group can't seem to wait to get to the destination and miss a lot
instead of just enjoying and relishing the moment. And getting impatient
with those you lag behind. So often, my wife and I preferred to go out
There is a type of tape that doesn't require sewing it down on a
polytarp sail. Wish I could find a source for it.
You can spend a fair amount of bucks on a high quality sail and rigging
it for best performance, but what to do when the wind dies? I think
Jim's philosophy is to invest some of the bucks in a small reliable
outboard instead, especially if you are a novice sailor. Even a small 2
hp OB will drive a lot of Jim's designs at hull speed against a light
head wind better than a costly sail.
But you are lucky getting a good new sail like you did. Then tweaks
sound reasonable cost-wise for sure.
--- In Michalak@yahoogroups.com, "CHARLES" <chuckpierce@...> wrote:
> Hi, Nels, that is my Mayfly in the 2011 Texas200. At that time, she
had the original setup that Jim specifies and the polytarp sail that I
built per Jim's instructions in his book, and she did well on that trip.
In Seadrift after the 200, a friend noticed that the taped (not sewn)
polytarp sail was falling apart, so he sent me a Dacron sail that he had
made for a boat that he had never built. I was inspired with the new
sail to try some of Michael Storer and Brian Pearson's recommendations
for better balanced lug performance.
> Chuck Leinweber's pump up shower made huge contributions to
performance both years. :)
> Chuck P
> --- In Michalak@yahoogroups.com, "prairiedog2332" nelsarv@ wrote:
> > I think this one is set-up pretty close to what Jim writes in his
> > book with a good view of the so-called "tack line".
> > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgPWwbATdw4&feature=relmfu
> > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yD0HVh7BEfk&feature=relmfu
> > I notice there is one of Chuck's portable showers on board as
> > Nels
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