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by Castaway
Fri Feb 03, 2023 12:33 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: F33 CB attachment point faioure
Replies: 2
Views: 368

Re: F33 CB attachment point faioure

I've been frightened of this happening for the past twenty years! We have a 'safety line' attached to the stainless loop, supposedly for if the lifting pennant breaks, but it wouldn't have saved you. I attach a picture of the same fitting on Castaway, when I raised the CB into the saloon to replace ...
by Castaway
Mon Dec 26, 2022 12:42 pm
Forum: General Sailing
Topic: Dangers of offset companionways??
Replies: 5
Views: 712

Re: Dangers of offset companionways??

The PO of Castaway suffered a knockdown in the Atlantic, in very poor weather. Although some water got in, it was nowhere near enough to threaten the boat's safety. More of a problem was that, having lost the spray hood in that incident, water from rain and spray continued to get below until he reac...
by Castaway
Mon Dec 26, 2022 12:30 pm
Forum: General Sailing
Topic: Mizzen staysail on a cat ketch?
Replies: 7
Views: 1452

Re: Mizzen staysail on a cat ketch?

Just seen the later posts; I've been away in Spain, hence this late reply. The one time I did get a line around the prop on Castaway, we were in Ystaad harbour and I sat in the dinghy and untangled it with a boathook; in calm water, the prop is easy to see and reach. Fortunately I had noticed that w...
by Castaway
Mon Dec 26, 2022 8:09 am
Forum: Rigging and Sails
Topic: To paint or not to paint
Replies: 11
Views: 675

Re: To paint or not to paint

My F21, Skeba, has had very little use in the 17 years I have owned it. We took it to Spain, by road, but found berthing too expensive for the limited cruising we were able to do there. Quite frankly, sailing in the Mediterranean is vastly over-rated in our experience, and we have done half the coas...
by Castaway
Fri Dec 23, 2022 9:33 am
Forum: Rigging and Sails
Topic: To paint or not to paint
Replies: 11
Views: 675

Re: To paint or not to paint

The Tillotson Pearson mast on my F35 is still smooth, white and shiny after about 30 years use, but the black mast on my F21 looks terrible, with circumferential cracks from deck level up, and now matt finish throughout. It's had a lot of time in the sun, but not a lot of hard sailing. There's been ...
by Castaway
Mon Oct 17, 2022 7:24 pm
Forum: General Sailing
Topic: Mizzen staysail on a cat ketch?
Replies: 7
Views: 1452

Re: Mizzen staysail on a cat ketch?

921068_10151430638963806_1441139782_o.jpg We set a mizzen stays'l as Mike describes in light airs. It's quite effective, but you can't gybe the main without dropping it. If the airs are very light, you might even try without the running backstay, but there is some risk. The P.O. of Castaway describ...
by Castaway
Sat Sep 17, 2022 12:42 pm
Forum: Rigging and Sails
Topic: Dismantling aluminum mast.
Replies: 3
Views: 553

Re: Dismantling aluminum mast.

Hello, Haddock, I have a Freedom 35 as well, though it has only one aluminium mast, the forward one being carbon fibre. The system for removing is the same as Mike has described, though there might be some different packing around the base of the masts than the resin he mentions. I would add a few p...
by Castaway
Sun Jun 05, 2022 7:03 pm
Forum: Photographs and Drawings
Topic: Freedom 40 with innovative sails
Replies: 1
Views: 736

Freedom 40 with innovative sails

This rather nice centre-cockpit F40 was in Lerwick on Friday, en route from France to Norway. The permanent 'bimini' and spray screen will certainly improve cold, wet weather sailing, though we have had a run of sunshine this week. The owner pointed out the single ply sails set with parrel beads; no...
by Castaway
Sun May 29, 2022 6:10 pm
Forum: Rigging and Sails
Topic: Stepped My Mast Today
Replies: 5
Views: 766

Re: Stepped My Mast Today

RadioZeohyr wrote:- "It is, for some reason, the state flag of Hawaii."

Aah, the Sandwich Isles!

Thanks for the reply; never seen that flag before.
by Castaway
Sun May 29, 2022 6:05 pm
Forum: Plumbing
Topic: F30 Holding Tank Set Up Question
Replies: 11
Views: 1518

Re: F30 Holding Tank Set Up Question

Current European regulations for new boats require all output from the heads to go directly into a holding tank, and there's now precious few places in Scandinavia where it can legally be emptied overboard, no matter the age of the boat. When I installed one ten years ago, I put it above the waterli...