Friday 17 July 2015

Sunshine break in Hout Bay's winter

Today we have rain, lots of it and up to 50mm predicted?

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The yacht is a Dix 43 in a wood/epoxy build, some upgrades were done to the primary winches in the cockpit, the mainsail cover also.

The helmsman with suitable experience can sail this yacht by himself (or her) ,  the mainsail will need a man forward to reef it but with that done, the yacht has all the sail controls in the spacious cockpit.

The as new Lewmar sheet winches are sized 58:1  and 44:1 ratio, giving  an easy job when handling the headsails. They are both alloy and self tailing, the forward winch controls either the Staysail or the Harken series three head sail furler, a jamber backs up the black Sampson braid control line when the Staysail is in use.

The rig is a Cutter but the inner forestay can be unhooked and lashed down to one side, meaning that even in lighter airs the Genoa will tack easily.

The break in the winter rains allowed a little sun tanning but not today as its pouring with rain!


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