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by T Peterson
September 10th, 2019, 3:33 pm
Forum: Technical Forum
Topic: Roller furling jib line tie off where??
Replies: 11
Views: 171

Re: Roller furling jib line tie off where??

My cleat is on the tramp track on the starboard side. It's a jam cleat. The first one was worn so I replaced it to get a better grip on the line. One piece of advice, from experience: Never rely on this cleat except for brief periods when you are near the boat. Use the cleat, but then tie off the ex...
by T Peterson
July 27th, 2019, 5:32 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Nice day out on the lake
Replies: 0
Views: 136

Nice day out on the lake

IMG_6690.PNG Nice day on Lake Blanche in Minnesota. My crew was a first time trapezer who came down when she saw it was windy and we had a blast. We double trapezed for a bit but I felt a little on the edge so we stopped, rolled up the jib, and she single trapezed for the rest of the time we were o...
by T Peterson
July 27th, 2019, 5:26 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Possible new SuperCat owner
Replies: 2
Views: 193

Re: Possible new SuperCat owner

My original Supercat had reef points in the sail - I seem to recall I ordered it that way. The logo on the sail looks original. Let us know if you buy it! And then take a week and read everything on this forum...
by T Peterson
May 8th, 2019, 6:05 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Supercat 17 Purchase Advice Needed
Replies: 10
Views: 3292

Re: Supercat 17 Purchase Advice Needed

Looks nice from here but the photos don't tell enough. Sail could be old and bagged out but can't tell. Not sure why someone would put portholes way back on the hulls - someone else will probably comment on that. Replace the rudder bolts immediately with delrin or plastic pins with cotter keys on bo...
by T Peterson
February 23rd, 2019, 12:33 pm
Forum: Technical Forum
Topic: Wings for Early Supercat Catamarans
Replies: 2
Views: 472

Re: Wings for Early Supercat Catamarans

That is an impressive design. I could even understand most of the patent! If the sail provided more forward thrust during tacking, it would seem to me that it would also point higher. You didn’t mention that so I’m also assuming that even if it did point higher, the loss in speed more than offset th...
by T Peterson
January 28th, 2019, 7:24 am
Forum: Technical Forum
Topic: Strange Things Can Happen When Racing
Replies: 7
Views: 838

Re: Strange Things Can Happen When Racing

Except for crossing the Atlantic twice (on a monohull) I am a lake sailor and have no experience sailing in rivers or currents. I’ll bow out.
by T Peterson
January 24th, 2019, 4:35 am
Forum: Technical Forum
Topic: Strange Things Can Happen When Racing
Replies: 7
Views: 838

Re: Strange Things Can Happen When Racing

Hello from Cuba - bored at the moment so thought I’d take a look here - I have only seen Hobie Cats here so far. As for the photo I think I see boards up, one or both rudders up, weight forward, and sails trimmed in. I’ll even hazard a guess that the jib looks over-trimmed but it’s hard to tell. If ...
by T Peterson
December 18th, 2018, 6:49 am
Forum: Technical Forum
Topic: Raising the mast
Replies: 6
Views: 1250

Re: Raising the mast

I realize this is an older post - but what the heck... The gin pole is the best way and will help as you get older and weaker. But, if you don't want to spend any money, here is how I raise my 17 mast - alone. ( I have used the gin pole, but sometimes I get impatient and just do it the fast, but har...
by T Peterson
November 18th, 2018, 9:31 am
Forum: Technical Forum
Topic: Solo righting a SC 17
Replies: 5
Views: 1173

Re: Solo righting a SC 17

Hi Bill Thanks for your response and suggestions. I did release the Hayfield lever and then did pull the shroud extender pin. The upper hull then came over center as it is supposed to. I just could not get the mast to come up. The mast is water tight. As to the length of the shroud extender - now we...
by T Peterson
November 5th, 2018, 7:54 am
Forum: Technical Forum
Topic: New Question, What foredeck shape makes the least drag?
Replies: 5
Views: 868

Re: New Question, What foredeck shape makes the least drag?

Yup. I tell people that the Hobie 14/16 designed bows have two problems - One problem is that the pointed banana-shaped bows put the least amount of buoyancy where you need it the most going downwind - up front. The second is that if you do dip the bow in the water, the flat-topped deck (widened by ...
by T Peterson
October 31st, 2018, 6:54 am
Forum: Technical Forum
Topic: New Question, What foredeck shape makes the least drag?
Replies: 5
Views: 868

Re: New Question, What foredeck shape makes the least drag?

Howdy

I am unclear which part of the bow you are referring to as underwater - the bottom, the waterline, or the top (foredeck)?

I'll also say that if I was on a fast broad reach, and the top of my SC 17 bow was 2 feet underwater, I would be screaming like a girl and maybe airborne.
by T Peterson
October 30th, 2018, 7:34 am
Forum: Technical Forum
Topic: Strong Bows VS Weak Bows
Replies: 2
Views: 610

Re: Strong Bows VS Weak Bows

Ahhh, those were the days... I started on a Hobie 14 in 1978 and moved up to a Hobie 16, which I sailed the heck out of. After it sent my crew to the emergency room with cracked ribs things were a little less fun. Then here in Minnesota, a bunch of folks started buying these "Supercats" from Tom Hab...
by T Peterson
August 23rd, 2018, 7:36 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Newbies trapezing
Replies: 1
Views: 941

Newbies trapezing

We had some visiting relatives and a mother / daughter duo had never even been on a sailboat - of any kind. Here they are and I'm pretty sure their next trip on another sailboat will be a let-down!
by T Peterson
August 1st, 2018, 7:17 am
Forum: Technical Forum
Topic: Weather / Lee Helm SC 17 - Help needed
Replies: 7
Views: 1693

Re: Weather / Lee Helm SC 17 - Help needed

Hi folks - here is an update on my rudders. I made a shim out of plastic and gorilla tape and after taping it to one side of one rudder I went sailing. No difference. Then I came back in, dried off the rudders and put it on the other side and my lee helm went from lee to neutral. Bingo. And thanks, ...
by T Peterson
July 16th, 2018, 5:55 am
Forum: Technical Forum
Topic: Weather / Lee Helm SC 17 - Help needed
Replies: 7
Views: 1693

Re: Weather / Lee Helm SC 17 - Help needed

Hi Matt and thanks for the information. Should I be able to see any asymmetry? I have looked at both rudders very carefully several times and they really do seem perfect... If I get a good day for experimenting I will try to make a temporary patch and move it around and see if I notice anything. It ...