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73156RE: [beachcats] Bimare F-18HT Reefing

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  • David
    Apr 23, 2014
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      I would advise against reefing the HT mainsail. I would be concerned about the head of the main pulling out of the luff groove when sheeting hard.  That groove is a weak point for that carbon mast, when the sail is at full hoist, the hlyd holds the head in, not so when the head is substantiall below the top of the mast.  I'd look for a used A cat mainsail to use in high wind, but you might need a stouter boom because of the load the shorter foot would put on it.  Another alternative would be to have a full hoist pin head shorter foot mainsail built for your boat.

      I think it'd be worth any of these efforts, it's a great machine!

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      From: jameslooby@...
      To: beachcats@yahoogroups.com
      Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:33:25 -0700
      Subject: [beachcats] Bimare F-18HT Reefing

      Hi all,

      1st post here.  I am a solo F25C sailor (previous F-24 Mk1, Hobie 18 SX, Hobie 18, Hobie 16).  I am looking at Bimare F-18HT and the question is can you reef the F18HT as for the life of me I cannot get detailed closeup images of the mast or F18HT manual to assess for myself.  

      Please don't flame me as I know the F16 may seem to be better suited but Lake George is extremely light air and I also plan to add a cheata motor bracket and 1.2 HP motor and the 18 will accommodate this better.  Again, this latter aspect is completely unacceptable for purists but I'm in my 50s, just having fun and I have heard old people get a pass - :)

      Thanks in advance for any advice,

      James F25C Lily James

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