SO, I had my first sail on saturday, not friday like I originally thought and it was an adventure! The weatherman said it was going to be a nice day with 30% chance of rain...he lied! We did the quater trick and it sure enough worked great, set the boat up and took off for a sail over to Big Sandy Bay on Wolfe island for our maiden voyage (so we could pull her up on the beach
) We discovered early on that the cables on the bow that go from the bottom of the forestay to the hulls were imporperly replaced by the PO and our mast rake was essentially zero, so the mast was staight up, and we noticed that our jib fairlead situation is not optimal, so we have some things to work on. Heading out to the bay was slow going because this boat points horrendously. I mentioned our jib failead situation was off, so I was block to block the whole time, and we had to pinch the whole way just to keep reasonable upwind course. Would the mast not being raked enough have something to do with the poor pointing? Or is this just the nature of the beast? Anyways, it was fairly uneventful getting there, but then the wind decided to die completely and mother nature got mad at us! After an hour of flopping sails and frustration the wind spun around 180* and started howling...thunder and lightning everywhere and a torrential downpour. The sky had that ominous blue/black/grey hurricane look...it was kind of scary out there. The wind was maybe 30 knots and as shifty as my ex, and oh yeah we had to beat all the way back again
All I can say is that we are glad we had wetsuits on and that we are used to good strong wind, the trap got a good workout and we saw what the boat could do upwind...sortof. 3/4 of the way through or marathon 9 hours of sailing, the last few of which were under storm conditions we noticed that the port hull was getting lower and lower in the water...we decided to pull into Portsmouth Olympic Harbour about 3 miles short of where we set sail from because by that time it was almost completely dark and both hulls were sinking, the port one was actually completely submerged save the tip of the bow...we nearly pitchpoled 5 or 6 times while close hauled...it was a hairy ride! We ended pulling her up at the gas dock next to a bunch of 49ers and their respective (pompous) owners who didn't offer to help us out. Both hulls were full of water, but we were safe and sound. I have to say the boat is super stable, lots of fun, and fast...but I thought she would be faster....BUT I say that assuming she will go much faster when the leeward hull is not constantly underwater...
Questions? Will adjusting the rake help pointing? Do you guys have boom vangs? we have the tang on the boom for one, but there isn't a vang tang on the mast...we used the traveller to de-power during the storm and it worked ok, but a vang might be useful for racing. while beating or reaching and you have all your weight aft, how much of the leeward hull should be underwater? Should the gunnels be getting wet, or is that just a sign of a heavy wet boat?
THe final word:
I like this boat a lot, so does my skip, but this was a shakedown run and we now have some more work to do before she is right where we want her to be.