Have been sailing eight years, studied Basic Keelboat at J World, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and Basic Cruising a J World, Annapolis, Md.
Now own an Irwin 10/4 which is safely on the hard in my back yard, safely tarped and lightly covered with snow. This summer was pretty well spent on engine overhaul, larger fuel tank, wireing, paint and getting ready for 2011. May have to escape Iowa for Mexico this winter, but hope to spend next winter in my boat on the Gulf coast.
Sailed from Chestertown ,Md to Montrose, Ia via Chesapeake Bay, C&D Canal to Delaware Bay, to Cape May, NJ to New York Harbor' Hudson River to Erie Canal to Buffalo,NY, Lake Erie to Detroit River, to Lake St Clair, St Clair River to Lake Huron, to Lake Michigan, to Calumet Harbor , Illinois River to Grafton, Il, Missippi River to Montrose, Iowa.
Complete the loop down river to Florida Keys and then back to starting point at Worton Creek in Md. , 2011/12.
"Thanks for all your comments my friends at Seaknots.
The halyard has been rerun without passing through the small stainless steel eye, as seen easily in the pic provided by Chris on 17th August.
All furling now takes place without any undue effort,…"
"Well at least you’ve narrowed it down to the Genoa. I doubt here’s any issue with the hull or running gear. Nor do I think the slight list you have will have an impact either as many boats have the same based on how full the water and or…"
"In the meanwhile, I performed some sailing tests trying to be as impartial as possible.
I was sailing close hauled on the starboard and port side. I used the autopilot steering the boat at 37 degrees to the apparent wind. Apparent wind was 12 to 19…"
"Sounds like your rigging may be in need of tuning?????
(Owned B43#19 for 10 years), Sailed from Mass to Tampa to Bahamas with it, great boat, no major issues at all. Boat has flat bottom basically so no need to put rails in water. I found it a very…"
"I’d also do a test using only the main. The more testing you do the more likely you’ll find the problem. I’d also check to see how much the leeward shrouds sag during all the tests. Let us know what you find. Good luck