[Public-List] Babying our boats

George Dinwiddie gdinwiddie at alberg30.org
Wed Sep 26 14:23:10 PDT 2012


On 9/26/12 4:01 PM, Jeffrey wrote:
> 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?

If you think twice when the wind picks up, I think it's an indicator 
that you've neglected some maintenance. These boats are tough and, if 
kept in good shape, can take more than the skipper.

  - George

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