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Postby Guest » Mon Mar 19, 2001 8:04 pm

Thanks for all the great insights you've all provided to my other, sometimes stupid, questions.

This is the first boat that I've owned with no conventional cleats for docklines. I assume that you all use the bow chocks and tie bowlines or a hitch to the large "eye" on the foredeck, to the a-sail padeyes aft and probably spring to winches. Easy enough, but I know my "first mate" is going to consider that a pain in the &#%@ compared to throwing a prespliced loop over a horn cleat when we come in every time as she's used to. Short of adding cleats (I'd rather not), I wondered if any of you had come up with some clever way to tie up that would be more "first mate" friendly? All I have come up with so far is some sort of stout plastic shackle (to avoid scratching gelcoat) on each dockline, but I've never seen one I'd trust to hold my boat.

FWIW, #340 will be named WAHOO...

Postby Guest » Mon Mar 19, 2001 8:32 pm

I use a 3/8 nylon dockline with a caribiner clip attached to the dockline with a bowline knot. Four quick clips and I am secure......greatest thing since apple pie!

Postby Guest » Tue Apr 24, 2001 6:18 am

I like the idea of caribiner clips. I using the which for springer lines and a horn cleat at the bow. (Regulations by Club on min size lines 3/4 inch)
I noted you commend regarding the first mate. At a wild guess this is propably you partner, I think if you can get such a fun racer and you partner is still sailing with you a few prespliced lines and some soild looking but very light way cleat is a small price to pay to keep everybody happy. If that's the only concession you have to do, you get of lightly....
Big horn cleats and strong bowlines, makes it look like a soild big boat you can trust....
you know what I mean.
I have to install a cappucino machine to keep my wife happy. Not a problem, everthing else is out of the boat... just bare
A cappucino machine low will be ok.

Tell me when you will launch Wahoo


Bob von Felten
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Postby Guest » Wed Apr 25, 2001 1:23 pm


Looking forward to fresh cappucino at the worlds. I'll bring the bagles.

Postby Guest » Thu Apr 26, 2001 7:13 pm

My first mate (aka, the warden) is indeed my wife. And yes I am pleased that she likes to sail/race as much as I do. She did foredeck on my last boat, won't have to on the J/80. And the boat name is "Sweetie", another concession to my first mate. We launch in mid-May, can't wait for shakedown and our first keel hummmmmmmmm...

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