[Public-List] Babying our boats

Manza, John CIV OSD POLICY John.Manza at osd.mil
Wed Sep 26 14:05:06 PDT 2012

Sometimes I worry that I push the boat too hard because of the full keel -- with a fin keel she would be more easily overpowered under too much sail.  On the A30 I often just put the rail in the water and drive the boat.

----- Original Message -----
From: Jeffrey [mailto:fongemie at gmail.com]
Sent: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 04:01 PM
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Subject: [Public-List] Babying our boats

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

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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