[bolger] Re: Chebacco News #29
- Primarily to Jamie:
The shrunken rope is nylon. It shouldn't have shrunk, if anything it
should have stretched. The sailmaker does not know why this happened.
The sail is four years old. and I use a sailcover. To avoid this, use
three-strand dacron. It's more expensive though.
As for the suitability of a chebacco as a dailsailer on the West coast.
I agree that the prevailing summer conditions on the East Coast are
steadier, and more predictable than out there, and except for Fundy,
currents are less. But aside from the wind there is lots of "thin" water
here than there, which really favours a centerboard configuration. There
are many many places that the fixed keels don't or can't go (including a
trailer). My typical weekend excursions almost always involve
overnighting of an uninhabited Island. There are dozens of suitables
within 40 miles of Halifax. I pick a protected slope and run aground to
camp and pillage.
Chebacco is a stable, light, trailerable daysailer, with all the
limitations of a light boat. A day of sailing in 3 to 5 ft waves is
tough on the crew This is a typical sea state after a couple of days of
10-15 kt breezes. Last summer I did some cruising with and in an Abbott
22 (about 3000 lb). Chebacco was much more tiring over the course of a