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by Michel
Fri Jun 08, 2012 10:42 am
Forum: Electrical and Electronics
Topic: Lightning Arresting
Replies: 6
Views: 4376

Re: Lightning Arresting

I have / had a lightning protection on my F44. I removed part of it because we have no severe lightning here. There was a 3' aluminum spike on top of the main mast connected via heavy gauge cable to the keel. I would never use a seacock as exit point for current; suppose it melts! I also read that t...
by Michel
Mon Jun 04, 2012 1:01 pm
Forum: Rigging and Sails
Topic: F44, raising and lowering the sails
Replies: 7
Views: 4812

Re: F44, raising and lowering the sails

The sails on my F44 go up and down smoothly, although they are quite heavy. I have Antal track and slides on the main and Tides Marine Strongtrack on the mizzen. However I have (fixed height) wishbones so there is no tension in the foot when the sails are partially down. It may be the case that your...
by Michel
Thu May 24, 2012 5:35 am
Forum: General Sailing
Topic: Anyone Experience a Knockdown?
Replies: 11
Views: 9916

Comment on Freedom ketch and schooner design

Here are some thoughts I gathered after a lot of reading on yacht design and sailing Freedom catketches since 1996. All Freedoms were designed with a freestanding rig in mind. The forces in a freestanding rig have to be taken up by the hull and deck structural box only. There is no compression load ...
by Michel
Sat Apr 21, 2012 4:14 am
Forum: Rigging and Sails
Topic: Freedom 40 Aluminum Masts
Replies: 21
Views: 10195

Re: Freedom 40 Aluminum Masts

Steve, If you have to completely re-rig I would consider all possible improvements to the original wrap around Freedom rig. Search this board, there are several discussions here about the combination of wishbones and single ply sails on (or without) tracks, which is what I feel is the optimum for bo...
by Michel
Sat Apr 07, 2012 6:59 am
Forum: Freedom Information
Topic: Freedom 40 CC rig
Replies: 13
Views: 10531

Re: Freedom 40 CC rig

Steve,

Rigging out a wraparound catketch is a bit of a job indeed, many things are different from sloops. But once set up, handling the sails is easy.
by Michel
Thu Apr 05, 2012 5:30 am
Forum: Freedom Information
Topic: Freedom 40 CC rig
Replies: 13
Views: 10531

Re: Freedom 40 CC rig

Hi Steve, Hope you don't mind I chime in. From the discussion I picked up that you have wraparound sails. I used to have an F33/35 catketch with wraparounds. My masthead had a swiveling arm bolted to the top plate, a steel rod extending aft, from which the halyard block hangs. The swivel arm ensures...
by Michel
Mon Feb 06, 2012 8:22 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Fixed Port Replacement on F36
Replies: 6
Views: 3242

Re: Fixed Port Replacement on F36

Polishing the outside with copper polish and a polishing machine may clear up your windows - although temporarily. I do my deck hatches this way every year.
by Michel
Thu Feb 02, 2012 7:31 am
Forum: Engines and Mechanical Systems
Topic: F33 cutless bearings
Replies: 15
Views: 8898

Re: F33 cutless bearings

Perhaps a bearing with a greater OD fits better into your stern tube. Or use epoxy putty to fill the void around the bearing (use release agent on the outside of the bearing!) As long as your shaft is smooth at the watertight seal on the inside end, a bit of wear wouldn't hurt, i think, although it ...
by Michel
Wed Feb 01, 2012 8:27 am
Forum: Engines and Mechanical Systems
Topic: F33 cutless bearings
Replies: 15
Views: 8898

Re: F33 cutless bearings

Roy, I used to have a UK built F33/35, so there may have been differences. I once replaced the cutlass bearing. As far as I remember, my cutlass bearing was brass on the outside, 6" long, had grub screws and lubrication holes to be lined up with the scoops on the keel sides. Some observations based ...
by Michel
Mon Jan 09, 2012 4:29 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Strength of the Pilot House on the Freedom 39PH
Replies: 5
Views: 4302

Re: Strength of the Pilot House on the Freedom 39PH

Salut Pierre-André,

There is an other Canadien on this board, Alain, who has an F39PH. He may be able to comment on your question. A link to the website of his boat: http://naiade5.cyberquebec.ca/

Best,
Michel