[Public-List] Babying our boats

Meinhold, Michael J. MICHAEL.J.MEINHOLD at saic.com
Wed Sep 26 13:20:58 PDT 2012

In my opinion as long as you know what to look for, and you look often ,
and you fix it right, you are safer in these boats than on any new
production boat.

Rinn Duin #272

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I just came back from spending a few days on my boat and pushed
Seagrass pretty hard yesterday.   Wind was consistently in the mid
20's with gusts over 30.  We started the day sailing down a river with
current opposing the wind generated waves and it made for some nasty
chop.  The boat handled itself well though. We had a double reefed main,
with a standard working jib and were able to make progress beating into
the wind, even against a couple of knots current.  It was a heck of a
sail. Rails awash, water running into the cockpit..we were soaked.

It did occur to me, that might I give this poor old girl a break?
She's from 1965 and pushing 50! I figured that the hull is strong, all
my bulkheads are solid, chain-plates and bolts replaced.  Standing
rigging good. Cast aluminum mast-head..unknown. Mast beam is original,
but holding on..

Anyone else think twice when the wind picks up?

Jeff Fongemie
#116 Seagrass

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