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Re: AD-14

Post by terrulian » Tue Nov 06, 2018 11:14 am

I'm a bit envious of your being able to rig the boat that quickly. I think it takes us at least a couple of hours to get in the water in the Catalina 22, including tuning the rig. :?


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Re: AD-14

Post by bondo » Tue Nov 06, 2018 5:42 pm

Karl the round fenders are tied at the hand-holds. When you see them tucked into the "wings" they are tied to length and ready.
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Re: AD-14

Post by bondo » Tue Nov 06, 2018 6:24 pm

Terrulian, I believe it may have been you who advised me to: "think about rigging quickly when thinking about how to rig"

I was surprised that the aluminum rig, including the stays takes as much time to rig as the freestanding setup did (no need to feed the guides onto the track)

I made synthetic stays.
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Re: AD-14

Post by bondo » Tue Nov 06, 2018 6:40 pm

I have quick release for the mainsheet/boom and vang.

I dont use a topping lift
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Re: AD-14

Post by terrulian » Tue Nov 06, 2018 7:09 pm

The Catalina is still a small boat, but a lot bigger than the AD14. I haven't weighed the mast but perhaps 100 lbs. It can be just lifted up on the tabernacle by one person but this is dodgy and a gust of wind could cause you to lose it, tearing the tabernacle out of the cabin. So we have to set up the rig created by the previous owner, a pipe with stays to serve as a crane. I know shortcuts to tuning the rig but somehow I feel better if I do it from scratch every time. It takes awhile.
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Re: AD-14

Post by bondo » Tue Nov 06, 2018 7:16 pm

My traveler is 2 to 1 ratio.
Mainsheet is 3 to 1.
Vang is 4 to 1.
Fixed gooseneck
No winches.
I think the outhaul is 4 to 1
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Re: AD-14

Post by bondo » Tue Nov 06, 2018 9:25 pm

I wanted a freestanding rig.
My mast worked well...to a degree.

It was good in light wind.
It was good downwind.
BUT, the fatal flaw was...I couldnt de-power the rig.
Above 15-20 kts of wind I would flatten with outhaul and vang. Still, I had a bit of "claw sail" happening.

Here is a video going downwind without stays (so you can have the sail all the way out) sailing one of the early polytarp sails:
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Re: AD-14

Post by bondo » Wed Nov 07, 2018 1:37 am

The boat is very dry to sail.
I have not had any splash from the cb trunk.

The boat s a little awkward around the dock. (Specifically, landing)

The boat feels stable...on the stiff side.

The boat feels "big"

The boat is built very strong.

The cockpit seats are comfortable.

The cabin is comfortable, I use it every time.

The drain holes in the transom should be wider to accept your foot, doubling as a boarding step.
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Re: AD-14

Post by bondo » Wed Nov 07, 2018 9:42 am

The mainsail, available from Bateau ("Super-sailmakers") is a really good sail.

I've ordered an assymetrical spinnaker for the AD-14.
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Re: AD-14

Post by bondo » Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:35 pm

The boat is easy to sail. You won't be close hauled. The boat does not point high
I went the first year before I finally got a scare.
At about 20 knots of wind you are going to wish you had locked the centerboard in place.
My boom is 2" round aluminum @ .063.
The most wind I've sailed the AD in was 25kts...I broke the gooseneck going downwind. The boat will not plane. (Not yet) Jibing is easy (flip the sail by clutching all of the sheets as one. you can cushion the jibe the same way.
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