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Hoyt Cat ketch F28/30

Started by Tore Gislen. Last reply by Arthur E Lusignan Dec 21, 2011. 2 Replies

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Comment by LOLA on December 16, 2009 at 9:31am
Comment by Scott Forgey on November 25, 2009 at 12:08pm
My main goes up pretty easy on the F-32. Avoid the lazy jacks and up it goes until the last foot! In addition to lubricating the tracks once a year, I clean them using the halyard and a little cleaner I got from West marine. It slides up the groove with cleaner on it.
Very effective.

I will put a downhaul on the jib as it doesnt fall on it's own that well. Other than that, it is the easiest boat to sail ever!

We put up the spinnaker often, and once we balanced the rig it is easy to do from the cockpit.
Comment by LOLA on November 24, 2009 at 12:20pm
Great advice
Comment by Bob Weeks on November 24, 2009 at 12:00pm
Also if you are uncomfortable about being on the deck since you sail in the ocean then use jack lines, harness, and always clip onto it when on the deck.
Comment by Bob Weeks on November 24, 2009 at 11:58am
Yes if your reefing lines are not pulled all the way out so there is no restriction in raising the main, the main should go up pretty easy except the last 12" or so as Doug stated.
Comment by Douglas Domurat on November 23, 2009 at 10:51pm
Hi,

I spray my slides once in awhile with some form of lubricant. It might be that some of the reef lines are getting snagged or the vang is too tight or the first few battens get caught on the lazy jacks, or the outhaul is too tight etc??? Does it only get difficult near the top or all the way up? I raise the main without the winch until about half way up and then I cry uncle and put a few wraps around the winch and crank her up. By the way I negelected to mention the traveler trim. I normally leave it set centered unless the wind really blows and then I ease it to leward a bit. So....Lola is it just raising the main that is causing you difficulty? You're rigth when going forward on deck there is precious little to hold onto. its a good idea to stay low and always hold either the lifelines or teak coach top grab rails. But I never yearn for stays to hold onto! :-)

Cheers,

Doug
Comment by Bob Weeks on November 23, 2009 at 9:09pm
Maybe its time to change the sail lugs on the main. There various cars that take the place of the plastic lugs. Harken is a maker of design and most good hardware vendors have their own. I also have a Milwaukee drill with a winch drill bit and I have no trouble at old+ getting the main up. You should look into it.

Bob
Comment by LOLA on November 23, 2009 at 5:00pm
Thanks Bob...No one so far has demonstrated it...all have trouble. My Main is very hard to get up

Sure wish I had a Freedom owner down here

The reason i bought a Freedom....was to sail from cockpit.

There is nothing to hold onto on the deck.
Comment by Bob Weeks on November 23, 2009 at 4:45pm
I agree with Doug with the exception that I if the weather permits I am always on the deck. I also single hand sail. My crew "Auto" keeps the boat heading into the wind or in whatever direction I set and I usually sit on the cabin watching others, or read or at times fish. The jib is the only thing that should force you on deck but as Doug state a jib downhaul will eliminate that chore.

When heading in I prepare the boat for docking which includes tying up all the sails its cooler on the water for these chores. Other then that you could stay below in the cabin if all is set right and no else is around!

Bob
Comment by LOLA on November 23, 2009 at 8:24am
Thanks Doug, that never happens...wish it did
 

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