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23:53 15 October 2023

Desk Organisers and Clutch Mounting 4 Replies

gregcope at 18/12/2010 17:37:10
Hi All,

How do people mount “Deck Organisers” and Clutches to the coachroof, to run lines to the cockpit Coachroof winches?
Mount on wooden blocks?Mount direct to coachroof?How to tidy Saloon ceiling bolts?
Any pictures would be fab!

Thanks

Greg

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23:53 15 October 2023

Harken Mk IV, Unit 0 or Unit 1? 3 Replies

Simon Begley at 08/11/2010 21:29:24
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23:53 15 October 2023

single line reefing 5 Replies

Jon at 31/10/2010 21:30:09
Hi,
I’m seriously thinking of installing single line reefing system this winter.
Any help/ thoughts most appreciated – espec. wrt. whether of not I need a new boom, best place for clutches, etc.
Many thanks
Jon

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23:52 15 October 2023

Roller furlers and anchors 6 Replies

Richard Ritchie at 02/10/2010 10:11:04
Any advice on how to set up adequate clearance below the furler drum to clear the anchor?
We are about to fit a Harken Mk 4. They offer a cunning extension piece to raise the drum, but is this necessary? With the old furler we have just used a couple of extra links to get 25 cm clearance. Any experience welcomed.
I’d also be interested to know which riggers you would recommend in the Hamble area who has fitted the Harken on a Contessa. I am going to do the standing rigging at the same ime. Referring to an earlier post: the only time I used a rigger some years ago they tightened the shrouds so much the boat bent: we have slackened it back!

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23:51 15 October 2023

recommended rigging tension 3 Replies

yachtblueheron at 26/09/2010 23:20:52
After a cold winter ashore (slow DIY engine overhaul) we find the rigging tensions are not what they were last year. On a reach some of the lee side stays are so slack you can see them flapping from the cockpit. Without sail some of the aft lower stays can move up to four inches when pushed 1/3 of the length. I also notice a load creaking in the cabin in strong winds, and some stress cracks have appeared on the deck below 2 of the U bolts (fore and aft lower shroud).

Tomorrow we are going to redo the tensions as recommeded on seldon, however I saw a few posts elsewhere saying the CO32 “bends like a banana” using those tensions of 15% of breaking (20 on backstay).

Can anyone recommend the best tension to put on which stays? We have a furling genoa.

Hi from Trebeurden, heading South!

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23:51 15 October 2023

Roller Furling Genoa 7 Replies

JPS Donnelly at 05/09/2010 09:21:29
Being a bit of a traditionalist my CO 32 has a nice suit of 4 genoas, as opposed to a single furling headsail; as I have always felt that a ‘roller furler’ which has been reefed by being ‘rolled up’ does not set like an individual genoa.

I grant that the convenience of a ‘roller furler’ when sailing short handed, using the spinnaker, dispensing with the need to fold and stow, and the increased space in the forepeak is appealing. As my #2 and #3 are now 9 years old and in need of replacing the economics of a furling headsail are attractive.

So, help please, from those who have made the transition. Do you notice a difference in up-wind performance i.e. tacking angle and is there an increase in heel (owing to centre of effort being higher)?

John Donnelly

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23:50 15 October 2023

Canadian Mast 3 Replies

bobmax at 23/06/2010 23:26:14

I understand the Canadian CO has a longer mast the UK one does anyone know the difference or could someone let me know the length of the UK CO mast
Thanks
Bob

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22:35 15 October 2023

Spinnaker lines 3 Replies

Nordlys at 20/05/2010 21:23:06
Does any one know the best/rough length for spinnaker lines and the best type of line? Thankyou very much for any help.

PS Roger and Josie Phillips have just set off on their round the uk challenge on our CO32 Nordlys see their GPS progress here..

http://www.contessa32.co.uk/locations.php

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22:34 15 October 2023

jockey pole 4 Replies

christophe at 16/05/2010 15:35:57
How do you fit the jockeypole to the mast? Do you need a downhaul for the jockeypole as well?

Would be nice to see some pictures from the jockeypole fittings on the mast.

Thx,

Christophe,
christophe@elementsbvba.be

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22:34 15 October 2023

Cruising Chute 6 Replies

Lauriehorton at 25/04/2010 17:10:18
I inherited a cruising chute with Altivo. I have quarter blocks for the spinnaker which i can utilise for the cruising chute but does anyone have any experience of where to run the tack line at the stemhead?

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22:34 15 October 2023

Outhaul Purchase 5 Replies

davidmacdonald at 15/04/2010 21:50:00
I’m in the process of refurbishing/re-rigging the outhaul on Afrita. The original Sparlight in-boom outhaul system has a 3:1 purchase, but this had previously been modified with an additional 3:1 system externally to give 9:1. That means an awful lot of rope to be tidied at the outboard end of the boom, and seems more than is probably required.

Our new main is loose footed, whereas the previous mains (at least the two we inherited with the boat) were not.

Any thoughts as to whether 3:1 should be enough now that the blocks are all running smoothly and the old wire replaced with more flexible Dyneema? What purchase do others have?

Thanks in anticipation,

David

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22:33 15 October 2023

sails 8 Replies

christophe at 16/03/2010 16:42:45
Is there a specific reason that almost all racers in the UK use Quantum sails or Sanders Sails. I’m going to order a new mainsail and going to order a main from North Sails(because I know them well and have good sails). I suppose they have the knowledge to built a good main for our CO 32? Is North sails not well representated in the Solent area?

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22:33 15 October 2023

Renewing standing rigging - any tips 10 Replies

ISIS at 01/02/2010 22:31:15
I will be renewing the standing rigging this spring – having recently aquired a CO32

Any tips on things to check on CO32s / ask to be renewed – eg I hear U bolts need checking ?

Thoughts much appreciated

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21:35 15 October 2023

MAST POSITION 4 Replies

Geoff G at 03/01/2010 20:05:57
I have an original mast which has been lifted out for this winter. For the past year it has been stepped so that the for’d side of the mast is about level with the for’d end of the step which seems to give the mast too much of a rake. Any views on where the foot of the mast should be positioned??Confused

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21:35 15 October 2023

Easymatic main sheet system 4 Replies

rogerfg7 at 17/12/2009 10:12:13
Anyone know a source of the Easymatic mainsheet system in the UK. It’s a double line reefing system, which I find much easier to use than a single line system. Mine has broken and I am trying to replace it. I have found a stockist in Germany.

http://www.svb.de/index.php?sid=x&shp=1&cl=details&cnid=11411&anid=1644&changelang=1 <http://www.svb.de/index.php?sid=x&shp=1&cl=details&cnid=11411&anid=1644&changelang=1>

Many thanks

Roger Graham

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21:35 15 October 2023

Inner forestay 4 Replies

Janet at 21/09/2009 21:58:00
Has anyone any advice about fitting a “detachable” inner forestay please, for a storm jib/number 4?
We have a roller furler.
Fittings at top and bottom, ways of tensioning the stay?
We are looking for something that is easily detached/attached to be set up only when to be used.
If taken back to the mast, will it chafe on spreaders?
Thanks, Janet (Jaywalker)

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21:34 15 October 2023

Cruising Genoa 1 Reply

doug at 29/09/2009 13:05:18

I was gawping at the genoa the other day, doing nothing in particular, when it struck me that cutting the clew about a foot, or so, higher would be a great aid to forward vision when singlehanded. In confined waters I often sail with a couple of rolls in, just so I miss nothing. The lost area would be just shy of losing the bottom panel in my Kemp sail, and might represent maybe 10/15 sq ft of lost area. I think there is scope to put a few more inches into the leach to compensate a little.
Has anyone used a foresail with a high cut to aid tacking and avoid having to “skirt” the foot of the sail over the stanchions? Any views on the matter?
I will let this lie a little, and then put it to Kemp to see what their view is….

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21:34 15 October 2023

Mast wedges 4 Replies

chasmccusker at 02/09/2009 12:18:43
was talking the other day to a former contessa owner and he said he used to use wooden wedges where the mast comes thro’ the deck i have a rubber bush which is a semi tight fit and =never gave this a thought if possible i would like an opinion on this from some of our members thanks chas mccusker (sheigra)

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21:34 15 October 2023

Mast Problems 2 Replies

christophe at 30/09/2009 12:15:02
Having some problems with my Kemp mast from 1973, lots of corrossion and the block for the genoa halyard was ripped out last weekendConfusedalso lots of cracks round inox platesConfused. So I’m thinking about a new mast, my sailmaker works with Sparcraft and he needs the technical specs about the mast ( according classrules). Can anyone provide those specs to me?
Many thanks,

christophe,
Lecas CO 191
Belgium

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