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Going slow in a 505 - What!!! 8 years 8 months ago #114

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Threads are normally about how to get the last ounce of speed out of the 505. However, I have times when I am itching to get the boat out but lack a crew or perhaps have a timid wife to take out. Ok, so long as the wind isn't too strong you can do it and dangle on the wire if your tiller extension is long enough but has anyone tried chopping down or reefing an old set of sails or even using a set from a gentler breed (say some GP14 sails) to tame the beastie in a blow when single handed?
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Re:Going slow in a 505 - What!!! 8 years 8 months ago #115

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Many years ago at the Europeans in France Marcel Buffet sailed with a cut down mainsail, can't remember the details, but this was not single-handing. I would think the jib alone would make that pretty tricky, hard enough to just get it un-cleated and back in on your own let alone steer the boat and handle the mainsail.
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Re:Going slow in a 505 - What!!! 8 years 8 months ago #116

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Thanks. Regards the jib I felt that I could fit roller reefing or if I could get a smaller jib (from another boat) then I could possibly fit a self tacker.
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Re:Going slow in a 505 - What!!! 8 years 8 months ago #118

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I actually sail my 505 solo all the time. Mind you, I can't take it out in hard winds, but luckily, I'm not in a very windy part of Ottawa, haha. I find that it IS tough to handle her single-handed, but she handle's very well. I don't use any trimmed-down rigs or anything - I just take it easy. I don't race my 505 (I don't have the money to make her competitive at all), so it's more of a leisure boat, but it keeps in interesting!

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Cam
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Re:Going slow in a 505 - What!!! 8 years 8 months ago #126

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A couple of the locals in North Qld, Australia, get rid of the jib altogether, lift the centerboard a bit and sail them like Contenders on steroids....lot of fun!!!
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