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 Post subject: Maiden Voyage
PostPosted: Sun Sep 15, 2013 5:31 am 
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Thanks partly due to the advice and opinions on this forum, I decided to purchase a new Getaway a few weeks ago. I found a "leftover" new 2012 boat at Clews and Strawbridge in PA, and they ordered a few parts/accessories to customize it just the way I wanted. I settled on wing seats, a trapeze, double rollers for their local galvanized trailer and the mast stepper III. I picked it up on Thursday, and all was ready to go, neatly packed for the two hour drive home. I did read about the Bob, er bobbing, and as I saw it bouncing some on the top of the mast, I pulled over a mile in and removed it. The rest of the trip was uneventful. Wow, is this boat easy to tow. I am used to heavier boats I suppose.

Yesterday, we took her out for the first time. I had watched the rigging videos online, so I had some idea what to expect. I also brought the Getaway manual, but I found the small black and white photos less helpful. While I did purchase the mast stepper iii system, I didn't feel comfortable using it yet as the rigging seemed pretty involved. I do hope to try it soon, so I have the option of rigging and sailing solo. Somehow, with my wife's help we managed to raise the mast without much trouble. It was certainly easier than on my last sailboat, a Precision 21 keelboat. We messed around a little too much with rig tension I think. At first it was too loose. Then I think we added too must mast rake, so we loosened things up a little. It was my first time using a roller furler, so I fiddled with spinning it in and out a few times. Seemed a little backwards in the end, but all seemed to work ok in the end. Launching off the trailer was a breeze. My wife and kids got on, and we were off. There was a short row to get away from the launch ramp, which is nestled in an area with a few boat slips and a fishing dock. Once, we got turned around, it was smooth rowing out directly into the Tred Avon. I had picked up some cheap oars from Walmart in the morning. They are a bit short, but they worked well enough. Since it was a fairly calm, but shifty day it took a little time to turn into the wind. There were a few moments when I thought we would need to turn around and come in, when I couldn't loosen the shackle to attach the halyard to the mainsail. It was seized up pretty tight, and I had no tools with me. Lesson learned. After a few moments of searching, I realized that the plastic bracket for the trapeze would do the trick for leverage, and the shackle opened right up. We did have a little trouble feeding the mainsail into the tracks and raising it. Eventually, we got things figured out and started sailing along.

There was just enough wind to cruise along lazily. There was a race finishing in Oxford yesterday, so we got to check out some pretty boats, including a few Farrier trimarans. Every once in a while, we would catch a puff and take off for a few minutes. The kids took turns skippering, and we basically puttered around for a couple hours. The air was cool, but the water was warm. We should have brought suits and towels! Oh well, next time. The kids enjoyed hanging out on the wings and the trampolines, and my wife enjoyed sitting in the same spot on one hull much of trip, resting up against the wing as a backrest. She never liked heeling on our mono haul, and the stability of the Getaway, complete with wings really suits her. After a couple of hours, the wind had died down to just about nothing, so we headed back to the ramp. We did have a few moments of frustration trying to lower the mainsail. After eventually breaking out my phone and googling the problem, we had it down without further fuss. What on earth did we do before the internet? Anyway, thanks again to this forum for helping us out.

Hauling out was pretty painless, but I am sure it took us three times longer than it should have. Getting the boat up on the trailer was easy. I haven't had a trailer with rollers before, and they sure make it easy, especially since the boat is so light. Lowering the mast was the most stressful part, but I just need to get used to where I need to stand on the trampoline to best support the mast as it comes down. My wife was very patient and helpful with this part. I also need to figure out a quick, safe solution for attaching everything before trailering (the shrouds, jib, trapeze wires, etc.). Is it best to tie everything up to the mast or coil the wires all together? I feel like there must be a better quick way. Do I leave the jib attached in the snorkel to the mast or remove it? Those sorts of questions are a work in progress. Since the trailering distance was short, I left the Bob attached and just moved the whole rig more forward so there was less mast overhang off the stern. There seemed to be minimal bouncing this way.

Thanks for reading, and I hope my experience is in some way helpful to others. I would give the boat a solid A for a first outing. It was fun even in light winds, but gave a hint of more thrills to come when we caught a puff or two. There is an awful lot of space for stretching out for such a small boat. The systems seem well thought out, and it most everything seems as simple yet functional as possible. As to my performance, I'd give myself a C minus. Just barely passing :wink: With practice, I am sure I can improve, and it sure was a lot of fun on a day when I wasn't even sure there was enough wind to go out.


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 Post subject: Re: Maiden Voyage
PostPosted: Sun Sep 15, 2013 5:35 pm 
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I purchased my Getaway from Clews and Strawbridge about six years ago, I thought they were an excellent dealer. Where are you sailing at? I'm sailing on the Elk River.


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 Post subject: Re: Maiden Voyage
PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2013 5:23 am 
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TPresail wrote:
I purchased my Getaway from Clews and Strawbridge about six years ago, I thought they were an excellent dealer. Where are you sailing at? I'm sailing on the Elk River.


I agree with your thoughts on Clews and Strawbridge. I have had a very straightforward and positive experience with them so far. I am sailing a bit south of you, and plan to spend most of my time on the Miles and the Choptank Rivers.


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 Post subject: Re: Maiden Voyage
PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2013 12:08 pm 
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Is it best to tie everything up to the mast or coil the wires all together? I feel like there must be a better quick way. Do I leave the jib attached in the snorkel to the mast or remove it?


I pack as much in my sail box as I can. I remove the jib and stow it in the sail box. I coil the stays and bungee them to the tramp under the foot loops. I also keep a leatherman multi-tool and a few spare parts in peanut butter jar in the cooler for loosing shackles and misc tweaks to the boat.

I also remove the rudders for trailing. It takes me about 15 min to set up and take down now that I have a system and my boys are well rigging the boat.


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 Post subject: Re: Maiden Voyage
PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2013 2:01 pm 
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kevinbatchelor wrote:
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Is it best to tie everything up to the mast or coil the wires all together? I feel like there must be a better quick way. Do I leave the jib attached in the snorkel to the mast or remove it?


I pack as much in my sail box as I can. I remove the jib and stow it in the sail box. I coil the stays and bungee them to the tramp under the foot loops. I also keep a leatherman multi-tool and a few spare parts in peanut butter jar in the cooler for loosing shackles and misc tweaks to the boat.

I also remove the rudders for trailing. It takes me about 15 min to set up and take down now that I have a system and my boys are well rigging the boat.


Thanks for the tips. I definitely need to keep a few spare bits and a multi-tool aboard.

Do you keep the stays attached to the mast or remove them completely before coiling them?


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 Post subject: Re: Maiden Voyage
PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2013 4:18 pm 
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Ahoy,

I purchased my Getaway in 2003 from Backyard Boats, Woodbridge Va., and have made many add-ons & mods. Take a look at my photos at: http://www5.snapfish.com/snapfish/thumb ... =snapfish/

Look at each picture closely, there is an add-on or mod in each photo (some photos are repeats).

What you won't see is me raising the mast single handedly. It can be done without a mast stepper. Although, I do not have the float bob on the top of the mast.

Last year I purchased double rollers for the trailer and it made a big difference. I can now launch and retrieve the boats without using the winch.

Let me know if you have questions.


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 Post subject: Re: Maiden Voyage
PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2013 4:19 pm 
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Ahoy,

I purchased my Getaway in 2003 from Backyard Boats, Woodbridge Va., and have made many add-ons & mods. Take a look at my photos at: http://www5.snapfish.com/snapfish/thumb ... =snapfish/

Look at each picture closely, there is an add-on or mod in each photo (some photos are repeats).

What you won't see is me raising the mast single handedly. It can be done without a mast stepper. Although, I do not have the float bob on the top of the mast.

Last year I purchased double rollers for the trailer and it made a big difference. I can now launch and retrieve the boats without using the winch.

Let me know if you have questions.


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 Post subject: Re: Maiden Voyage
PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2013 7:29 pm 
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Do you keep the stays attached to the mast or remove them completely before coiling them?


I leave the stays off of the mast when trailing remove and stow the jib too. They coil nice and flat that way, one end of the stay remains attached to the boat, the other is bungeed to the foot loops. I've seen folks leave the jib and stays on the mast for trailing, but like you I bought my boat basically new, therefor I take as much care as possible to keep it in good repair.

I still not happy with the tarp options for my boat. I'm going to have a custom canvas tarp made for winter. If I had the space I would store it indoors.


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 Post subject: Re: Maiden Voyage
PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 5:08 am 
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kevinbatchelor wrote:
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Do you keep the stays attached to the mast or remove them completely before coiling them?


I leave the stays off of the mast when trailing remove and stow the jib too. They coil nice and flat that way, one end of the stay remains attached to the boat, the other is bungeed to the foot loops. I've seen folks leave the jib and stays on the mast for trailing, but like you I bought my boat basically new, therefor I take as much care as possible to keep it in good repair.

I still not happy with the tarp options for my boat. I'm going to have a custom canvas tarp made for winter. If I had the space I would store it indoors.


Thanks for the tips. I will try this on my boat too.

I am also thinking about a cover. I'm not really sure what options are out there.


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 Post subject: Re: Maiden Voyage
PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 5:09 am 
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Neilo wrote:
Ahoy,

I purchased my Getaway in 2003 from Backyard Boats, Woodbridge Va., and have made many add-ons & mods. Take a look at my photos at: http://www5.snapfish.com/snapfish/thumb ... =snapfish/

Look at each picture closely, there is an add-on or mod in each photo (some photos are repeats).

What you won't see is me raising the mast single handedly. It can be done without a mast stepper. Although, I do not have the float bob on the top of the mast.

Last year I purchased double rollers for the trailer and it made a big difference. I can now launch and retrieve the boats without using the winch.

Let me know if you have questions.


Thanks for the link, but I can't seem to access your photos.


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 Post subject: Re: Maiden Voyage
PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 5:03 pm 
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Ahoy,

Please try this URL.

http://www5.snapfish.com/snapfish/thumb ... =snapfish/

Enjoy


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