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 Post subject: Help with USA214
PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2011 12:17 am 
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Hello,

I'm a Thistle/Laser sailor who decided to try canoe sailing. I purchased, in Vancouver Canada, what I believe is USA 214. But I have a couple questions about the mast/sail and was hoping to talk to the original owner.

I was told the boat was built in the late nineties. I've included a few images of the canoe on my personal site: http://www.sailnut.com/international-10-meter-canoe. I can be contacted at dwaine at harbornet dot com.

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 Post subject: Re: Help with USA214
PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2011 5:01 pm 
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Welcome Dwaine!

I believe that was Johan Backsin's boat. I could be wrong though. I'll ask Del to chime in, I'll bet he knows. If it's the boat I'm thinking of it has a very powerful main whose battens are a bear to tack in light air.

Where will you be sailing?


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 Post subject: Re: Help with USA214
PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2011 9:46 pm 
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Hi Chris,

It sounds like you know the boat. You are spot on about the shape of the main and it's reluctance to tack.

And I bet you can answer a couple related quesions as I'm a full batton main newbie.
1. Would less stiff battons make the main easier to tack?
2. How would less stiff battons affect the shape? Would the sail become even fuller with less stiff battons?
3. How does batten pretension affect sail shape?

My goal for purchasing was a 'Fast is Fun' sailboat. There are no IC fleets racing in my region (Puget Sound, WA) so I don't think I'll race it.

Thanks for your information so far...

Dwaine


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 Post subject: Re: Help with USA214
PostPosted: Thu Feb 10, 2011 12:23 am 
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Yes stiffer battens will be harder to tack and make the sail flatter. Less batten tension will make the sail flatter as well.

I think you may want to use a lot of cunningham with that sail. Maybe rake the spreaders back if you can to help induce mast bend.

It looks like there are three of us in the Puget Sound region. You, Eric in Port Townsend and me in the San Juans. Nearly a fleet.

I'll be at the NOOD regatta in Seattle, May 21-22. Swing by if you can.


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 Post subject: Re: Help with USA214
PostPosted: Sat Feb 12, 2011 3:28 am 
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Thanks for your help, Chris. I've contacted Del via this site.

And thanks for the invite to Noods. I'll probably be there but much more likely to be driving my Laser or Thistle and not the canoe. But I'll look for you and introduce myself nonetheless.

Thanks
Dwaine


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