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 Post subject: New Getaway
PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2007 7:56 am 
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I am purchasing a new Getaway. Although I have sailed for a few years (mostly monohulls: 470's and Ensign) this will be my first boat.

Any advice on the first sail? Also, in addition to the wings and trapeze, is there anything else I should be considering? I am going to be trailering for the most part.

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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2007 9:38 am 
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I recommend you get an Arriba "Hot Stick" to use in lieu of the standard fixed length fibergalss extension. You'll find you have much better control, and are much more comfortable on extended sails with the Hot Stick. I use the FX6 model. It's on page 23 of this year's catalogue.

I also recommend that you keep a spare pair of rudder tendons (Part # 37561011) and a small Phillips screwdriver on board while on the water. I've had a tendon fail while underway, and it was a real pain. The parts are less than $10.00, and the ability to fix it on the spot is well worth it.

When hoisting the main, be sure to keep an eye on it as you pass from the metal portion of the mast to the composite end. Use a generous dose of dry sail lube, and make sure the head of the sail doesn't get hung up on the edge of the plastic runner attached to the comp portion of the mast. If it does, simply back off the halyard and raise it again. Last year mine got caught up there and I wound up splitting the plastic runner. Not a good day. The boat was out of action for two weeks.

You'll probably find you don't use the trap much with the wing seats. That's OK....the trap adds cool points.

Happy sailing and enjoy your new Getaway. It's a great family boat.


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Read the main sheet jam cleat post. Practice the snap technique (soak the main sheet the water weight will help). Adjust the jaws to the extreme up position. Make sure you understand back winding the jib to tack (read old postings on list about tacking, read any standard catamaran text, ask your dealer). Put wind indicators (suggest yarn or cassette tape) on the bridle not the shrouds. Practice putting the rudders up and down at the dock or near the beach with someone holding the boat in place. If you are in danger of turning over (better than 15 mph) have 300 lbs + of total crew weight for righting.

Get a hot stick tiller extension and Harken blocks for the main sheeet as soon as you can.

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