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 on: March 03, 2018, 06:56:40 am 
Started by Ken H. - Last post by bmcrthr
I have worked with Randy on Sailboatdata for a number of years. Over the past several months he and I met two or three times a week so he could bring me up to speed regarding operations of the site. Even knowing the inevitable outcome of ALS, I was shocked and, frankly, devastated when I got the news.

Randy had a real vision for Sailboatdata's future which he has entrusted to a small group of close friends. While we can't replace him, his legacy is important to all of us.  Please know that we will work diligently towards realizing his vision.


 on: February 27, 2018, 02:47:55 pm 
Started by proto57 - Last post by proto57
Update: I was able to squeeze myself under the keel, and wiggle it enough to see up the aft end of the the centerboard on both sides with a flashlight.

It is really odd: Some previous owner had drilled a second hole below the proper, top, pennant/clevis hole. It is about two inches down, from what I can tell. Then they drilled the bottom hole, which I first mentioned, at the bottom of the centerboard.

The pennant is threaded through the factory clevis hole, then through the second top hole, then down to the bottom hole, where it is knotted. I am assuming an owner did this, that is, because I never heard of a pennant being rigged like this on any boat, and not on any O'Day for sure.

So I am going to drop the centerboard, and fill all extra holes with epoxy and microballoons. Then I'm going to fill the pivot hole, and re-drill it for the pivot. It is much too wiggly... so I'm sure there is a bit of wear there.

Anyway, that seems to answer the question. I'll get a pennant from D&R, and jack up the boat... probably dig a hole under the CB area, too... so I can get it out from under the boat, and do all this.

 on: February 27, 2018, 12:33:04 pm 
Started by proto57 - Last post by proto57
Last summer I sold my fixed keel O'Day 22, and got a newer (1980) keel/centerboard version. The centerboard was stuck... I was able to poke it down with a fiberglass rod through the pennant hole. It turns out it was stuck because of a giant knot someone had put in the pennant to secure it, which wedges in the slot.

Trouble is, when i lower the board a few inches (by removing the block under it, on the trailer), the KNOT AND HOLE are on the BOTTOM! From images on the web, and general, proper practice, I believe the hole and knot should be at the TOP of the centerboard, not the bottom. Sometimes they are held with a knot, sometimes a clevis (Rudy sells a pennant and clevis). But the hole is at the top.

So I'm wondering if:

1) these are supposed to be on the bottom, or
2) somebody drilled a hole down at the bottom, for some crazy reason, or
3) the centerboard is in UPSIDE DOWN

Three seems impossible, especially since the pivot would be in a funny place at the front, and I think the board would hang low under the keel.

What think you all? Thanks in advance, Rich.

 on: February 16, 2018, 07:58:02 pm 
Started by Ken H. - Last post by zoombats
Such sad news to have stumbled upon today. I have relied on SBD over the last few years that I have been exposed to it. I have always marvelled at the constant growth of SBD.  The scope of the information always boggled my mind and the idea of SBD has been an inspiration. As  sometime boat builder, renovator, restorer and full time boat design nut, I have spent countless hours cross referencing designs and builders and SBD has been my main source of research and daydreaming. I have never tired of passing on a link to my friends and the uninitiated. Thank you Randy and may your memory sail on. Mark Warburton, s/v Hoopoe III, Spindrift/Formosa 46, Sai Kung, Hong Kong.

 on: January 27, 2018, 12:37:37 pm 
Started by Ken H. - Last post by Ken H.
Stuart Randall “Randy” Browning, age 66, of Norwalk, CT, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, January 18, 2018 after a courageous struggle with ALS.

The founder and creator of SAILBOATDATA.COM, Randy was also a skilled sailmaker who worked in several top lofts including Horizon Sails and Ulmer-Kolius before opening his own Sono Sails in South Norwalk. He was a master sailor who competed nationally and was well known in the Long Island Sound sailboat racing community. Randy’s love of sailing was contagious and he welcomed those with all levels of experience to sail with him and his fellow Voidoids upon their Judel/Vrolijk designed sloop Voidoid V. As a crew mate said, he was happiest when sailing, and happiest sailing when sailing fast. Like many sailmakers, he was a tireless and exacting sail-trimmer.

Generous, kind, witty, and loved by friends and family, Randy enjoyed lively discussions that allowed him to share his deep knowledge of boating, music, history, literature and politics. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. He is survived by his dear partner Elizabeth Hiden, mother Helen Ann Browning, sister Amy Browning Emmert, brother Peter Browning, niece Hannah Browning Emmert, nephew Matthew Browning and many cousins. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Randy’s honor to: The ALS Association Connecticut Chapter at webct.alsa.org or The ALS Association Connecticut Chapter, 4 Oxford Road - Unit E4 - Milford, CT 06460 or by contributing to the Sea Scouts at http://norwalkship6.org/Ship6Support.html.

A celebration of Randy’s life will take place this summer. Please watch for the date to be posted on Sailboatdata.com and the Sailboatdata.com Facebook page.

Fair winds and following seas Randy.



 on: January 06, 2018, 04:41:49 pm 
Started by Adelie - Last post by Adelie

Notes indicate: "Rig has higher aspect ratio. (possibly for more favorable IOR rating?)"
As I understand it the rig was changed at least in part it fix a moderate weather helm problem, shorter boom and higher mast moved the center of effort forward.  Improved the PHRF rating too.

 on: December 30, 2017, 09:02:41 am 
Started by LittleWings - Last post by LittleWings
UFO 34, 33 Wauquiez Gladiateur, She-33, 33 Brolga are new
S&S 34, contessa32 still there
yes, i know it has been a while  ;) but i bought a boat.

She is an Antilla (S&S30') built in Finland  8)

We sailed her from Turku to the Netherlands.

(both pics do not work?)

She is mentioned @ S&S 6.6 with the same hull design except without the trim tab.

 on: December 25, 2017, 01:30:46 pm 
Started by Spinsheet - Last post by LittleWings

 on: December 24, 2017, 09:11:48 am 
Started by Paul Beije - Last post by LittleWings
you might try the builder?


 on: November 27, 2017, 09:31:14 am 
Started by miatapaul - Last post by miatapaul
I am wondering why there is a difference between the 1 and 2 Sail Area/Disp the second one is in the rigging section and the first one is in the first section. I tried to search but did not find anything related. On some boats there is little difference on others it is quite significant.

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