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shoestringsailor

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Just found this forum, as a new owner of a rather tired old H27, I'm quite excited by the whole thing. I'm trying to track down an original mainsail for her as the one I've inherited with the boat is wrong (too small by far). Also, the boom is wrong (too short by far). I also plan to change back to hank on headsails at some point so am keeping an eye out for some originals of these too. In all, the boat isn't at all bad (you can check her out on my site http://www.shoestringsailing.com if you like) but as with any boat of this age, she's seen some heavy use. So far I'm finding her an amazingly stable and enjoyable sail and am already racking up the sea miles despite not having got her home to begin the serious work yet. Our first trip together was around Portland Bill in early March in order to get her home to the Exe, I think we probably bonded at that point!
Will try to construct some decent stuff for the wiki when I get the chance. Please contact me if you have any old Halcyon sails kicking about in the loft. DSCN1264.JPG 

Skirmisher

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I have an old main, ex Joint Services Sailing Centre and fairly well used, but serviceable.  It too looks a bit smaller than the original, but gave good balance in use.  I also have a nearly new hank-on number 2 jib and storm jib. The attached picture shows the old main hoisted with IMG_6300.JPG  the No1 jib.  The new main was made with a luff as long as the mast would take, but the same foot length as the old one.  It too worked excellently.
shoestringsailor

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Thanks Skirmisher, this sounds like a great start. I can see your main is slightly short on the foot as you say but I assume your boom is full length unlike mine. I'm certainly interested in your jibs if you wish to part with them. Any idea what length your boom is so I can start looking around for one to take a correctly sized sail? Perhaps I might even have a sail made up to it's max luff length as you did, how come you decided to do this? Better light airs performance? I think my genoa is the only thing that sets well enough to drag me along at the moment.
Thanks, S
Skirmisher

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Mu boom is 10 feet (3.03m) long.  The only real reason I had the luff length increased on the new sail was because I could!  There was a very slight tendency to develop lee helm when heeled well over and not too well sheeted, but really it just seemed wasteful to have unused mast up there, especially in light airs, and you get more bang for your buck from increasing luff length than from doing so on the foot, and my newish boom cover wouldn't cover any more on the foot.

I will dig my jibs out (if I can find them) and see what they are like, send you some pictures and suggest a price.

Patrick
stubert67

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Hi

I want to fit a furling headsail to 'Stormer' (sister ship of 'skirmisher') Arthritis and shorthandedness means I need to make her easier to sail. maybe we could swap your furling headsale for my hank ons ???
My main is slightly short for the boom too.
shoestringsailor

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Hi stubert, thanks very much for your reply but I now have a complete set of hank on sails ready to go. If I get on well this year then I might consider selling my furling system and genoa, will let you know if I do.
stubert67

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Thanks Shoestringer, Best of luck and should you ever find yourself anywhere near tarbert, loch fyne, be sure to look up stormer for a cup of tea or something stronger. kind regards and good sailing.
colneclipper

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Dear Shoestring what a great web site you have and some fine images. Hope the refit is going as planned. when will you launch?

all the best

john
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shoestringsailor

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Thanks very much John, glad you like it. I've had to throw myself back into work temporarily in order to get a new office sorted out for a client. Hopefully though, in a week or so I can get Idris finished, put two extra legs on the road trailer to keep the guys at Retreat Boatyard happy, dig out a bit more garden hedge in order to get her out and go for it. I predict the end of May for relaunch.....hopefully.
Regards, Steve.
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