Re: Mast Rake and Mast Bend - Part 1 (WAS potter 19 backstay)

Ted Duke (
Wed, 10 Feb 1999 21:42:32 -0500

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Okay, so you won't come east and work on my boat! Will you post some pictures and
details of your line organization? That is definitely in my plans. No fooling!
Saturday after some "can't wait" barn repairs and an "emergency cattle roundup "
my son is going to help me begin the Pottering. CDI furler conversion, battery
to the center forward under v-berth location, and make the cupboard doors "much
bigger" so you can stow somethng in them project. Wiring and resealing anything
that might leak (and backup) plates comes later and many other projects.

The mast is about "that tall" and the boom hangs over the transom. I'll measure
them Saturday and post it. I have NO idea how she points compared to anything as
I am a true novice. Probably know just enough to be dangerous, except I'm chicken
and I never go fast enough to hurt anything I hit. The only time I REALLY went
fast I scared me before the two young ladies with me knew they should be scared.

OBTW, Kama Sutra wouldn't help, I'm too old to bend that much!

Have to figure out how to provide that glass of wine. Guess I could ship a bottle
of California wine back west, or maybe Helen and I will make another trip to
Fairfield, California to see our daughter who got lost and ended up in a different
Fairfield 3000+ miles west of Fairfield, Virginia. We came last January, but with
Mission visiting, wine tasting, SF, Sacramento and Lake Tahoe sightseeing and
daughter and nephew and niece visiting I never even tried to sail on SF bay. I
definitely will if I make the trip again. Might have to try July instead of
January. How's the sailing then?

My goal is not a yacht, but I do want to be able to dump her in the water, sail
her, anchor her and retrailer her without help and have a more organized cabin. I
have decided the battery in the only decent cabinet is Poor Planning, and it's
going forward. The cabinet doors are too small and they are going to grow. The
hole behind the keel crank is going to get a somewhat waterproof cover like I
think it was Paul Allikas did. Someday I'm going to look into a method to raise
the anchor from the cockpit w/o spending a fortune and having a big generator to
power it. Handwinch? Oh well, that's next year.

Seriously would love to see the organization. Might steal your ideas.

Ted Duke
WWPs19 #626
Fairfield, Mountains of Virginia wrote:

> In a message dated 2/10/99 6:07:22 AM Pacific Standard Time,
> writes:
> > Now if I were sailing in SF Bay I'd probably rig running backstays (or maybe
> > I could talk Judy into doing it for me <BG>).
> Sorry Ted, JB's Boatyard is booked solid for the next six months. She's got a
> major rigging project in progress running all lines aft with deck organizers
> and clutches on the P19, then a rebuilt of the JB yacht storage yard to
> accomodate the other clients that she's been neglecting (the two present
> racing dinghies and a new-used spare hull arriving later this month) , then a
> wiring job, then a bilge redesign to correct a weird original design that
> can't be emptied, then an interior remodel and refurbish project, and then
> finally a strip and refinish bottom job in addition to a few small repair and
> replace type quickie jobs.
> She is, however, available for consultation for the exorbitant fee of a good
> glass of wine, with the caveat that you don't blame her when you go way over
> budget or when other people poke fun at you for trying to turn a Potter into a
> hig fallutin' damned yacht!
> >
> > Now if anyone can figure a really good way to eliminate the compression
> post
> > count me in on that retrofit. Judy?
> Sorry to say, I don't think you want to go there Ted. That is one of the
> basic structural underpinnings of the whole integral system. You can come up
> with some cockamamie bracing system, but you'd better be prepared to chase and
> repair stress cracks everywhere on the deck and hull for the remainder of the
> short and tragic life of your boat. I recommend you invest in a good book on
> the Kama Sutra instead.... <grin>
> >
> > Gang, this was an attempt at humor in case it wasn't obvious! I am not
> > knocking anyone's ideas. I say "whatever floats your boat, so to speak".
> >
> >
> > Ted Duke
> > WWPs-19
> > Mountains of Virginia
> >
> BTW Ted, I've never seen a short rig in the flesh, so to speak. Exactly how
> tall is the mast and how long is the boom? I would guess that she can't point
> as high as a standard rig, a little slower on upwind and reaching legs, but
> that she's faster downwind than the standard, tall (high aspect) skinny
> fractional rig.
> Am I close?
> Regards,
> Judy B