rattle 'n hum wrote:
Jim: 1) You have the older (est?) crossbar end caps that aren't adjustable. Adjustable end caps are available, but will take some effort to install. You might look on eBay or somewhere for a crossbar that already has them.
Okay, I'll search for that. I saw in the Hobie catalog that a new adjustable crossbar was like, $105 or something and I'm not keen to spend that much money. 8/
To measure, first lock the rudders down then check distance between leading and trailing edges at the widest fore/aft part of the rudder. There's a pretty good article here: http://www.catsail.com/archives/v3-i2/feature3.htm
Edit: Measured at the widest point on the rudder:
Leading edge to leading edge: 83 1/16"
Trailing edge to trailing edge: 86 1/8".
So my previous assertion that I think the centerbar needs to be about 3" longer was fairly accurate, I guess? I don't get how my dad sailed this boat for years and never noticed. ???
2) Don't worry about how the rudders look when they're up...they all look funny! Also, even if your rudder alignment is set perfectly, the flow around the rudder isn't perfectly smooth. Unless the alignment is way off, you may not notice much difference.
I hear ya, but you'll just have to trust me when I say it really looked like it was diverting water the wrong way around. Definately was adding more drag than necessary.
3) Where do you live/sail? I'm in Clinton and our club is on Ross Barnett Rez.
I live on Columbus AFB so I've mainly been on Columbus lake, which sucks. Unless you're where the river used to go, it's really shallow and there are random trees & stuff. I went over to Grenada a few weeks ago when the wind was forecast to be 10-15kts and it was absolutely still. Beautiful skiing weather, but I don't have a ski boat so I was out of luck. lol
I've thought about going to Ross Barnett a few times. I'm moving to TX at the end of July, so maybe we should meet up prior to then!