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Helming on the way out of Two Harbors, with a 4', 10 second period swell out of the SSW.

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Comment by paul anderson on June 10, 2012 at 1:30am

Hello sailor...

Comment by kim whitmyre on June 10, 2012 at 11:32am

Even though we had no wind to speak of, the larger swells did provide Vaea with a little surfing speed. :-)

Comment by Arthur Little on June 10, 2012 at 11:58am

That looks like the way to do it! Lekker rustig as we'd say in Afrikaans meaning "nice and relaxed".


Comment by Scott Williams on June 10, 2012 at 7:46pm

Glad you had a great trip!  Looks beautiful out there.

Comment by Scott Williams on June 11, 2012 at 11:06am

By the way, are you still liking the Anderson ST12 winches?  

Comment by kim whitmyre on June 11, 2012 at 12:41pm

Yes; some would say overkill for a tiki 26, but with my old system of turning blocks/spinlock cleats, I had to put my feet up against the beam and haul for all I was worth to trim a jib full of breeze. Past method was to head up to unload the sheet. With the winches it is simply easier: when you tack and haul in the new working sheet, the ease of "cleating" by using the self-tailing feature, and using the winch handle to bring the sheet in a bit to tune the trim is really nice.

As you may remember, I lucked out and found them on sale at Defender's for $150 off their full cost! I picked up two maintenance kits to have on hand when the need arises. Keeping them covered when not sailing evidently really helps to prolong the maintenance intervals: keeps the grit out of the gears and pawls.

Comment by Scott Williams on June 11, 2012 at 2:56pm

Yeah, you got lucky on the Defender deal.  They are more now, but I can get a bit of a break from Port Supply. I'm trying to decide between these and the Lewmar Ocean Series 16s, which can be had as a pair for less than the Andersons at Jamestown Distributors right now.  I mainly want self-tailing winches to clear up the cockpit some and eliminate the 2:1 purchase on the jib sheets, thereby shortening the amount of line to deal with on each tack. 


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