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Roller reefing for small cats
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I thought I'd share some experience of setting up my Hitia 17 “Lilla My” with a roller reefing jib in case it is useful to others. I have certainly found it worked well for me over a summer of camp…Continue

Tags: hitia17, reefing, roller

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dan Hammond Oct 14, 2015.

Hitia 17 to visit in the UK

I'm considering building a Hitia 17 but keen to see and ideally have a sail in one before committing to the project.  Anyone out there who would you be up for showing off their boat / sharing their…Continue

Tags: 17, Hitia

Started Sep 8, 2013

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Dan Hammond replied to Ian Bamsey's discussion Jib & Spinnaker Sheeting
"I've been sailing my Hitia 17 with a 2nd hand asymmetric - not made for the boat and maybe a bit on the small side but it's fine for cruising. I have the tack on on the middle of a line run to each bow where the forestay bridle is attached…"
Nov 22, 2016
Dan Hammond replied to Big tane's discussion TIMBER MAST.
"I'd second the bird's mouth suggestion - worked nicely for me, albeit on a smaller boat. Some photos of the process around here if they are of interest. "
Nov 22, 2016
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"Yes - that's my thinking too, but haven't got around to trying it yet.  If making a new bracket, I think this could be largely solved by angling the forward face down rather than it being flat and vertical. In other respects it works…"
Jul 10, 2016
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"Very nice mount to get the leg lower. Any operational problems so far?"
Jul 9, 2016
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"Ah, I was just about to ask on another of your pics if there were wave interference with the OB mount, I see there is. :) Maybe a fairing forward would help. "
Jul 9, 2016
Dan Hammond replied to Allen Bosely's discussion Tell me about the Spirit Rig
"These were my thoughts on sprit vs gaff for the Hitia 17 on a previous discussion, in case they are of use here.... "I built my Hitia 17 last summer, initially for some cruising on the Baltic. I went for the wing (gaff) option and am very happy…"
Jun 19, 2016
Dan Hammond left a comment for Oliver Knittel
"....one more thing - you'll see from the photos I added a "backing pad" (some more ply) inside the hull here the engine bracket is bolted through to strengthen things up. There's a photo of doing this on my blog. I did it…"
Jun 19, 2016
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Jun 19, 2016
Dan Hammond left a comment for Oliver Knittel
"Hi Oli, In answer to your question on outboards on a Hitia 17, I mounted mine on a sideways facing bracket bolted on the inside face of one of the hulls, just behind the rear beam. I've seen a Hitia with the engine mounted on the rear beam, but…"
Jun 19, 2016
Oliver Knittel left a comment for Dan Hammond
"Hi Dan, I saw that you have an Outboard on your Hita 17. I plan to fix an Outboard on my Hitia 17, but still not shure where and how. Can you please sent / Post some Photos how you solved the Problem. I have a 6HP Outboarder was the same like the…"
Jun 10, 2016
Dan Hammond replied to Ian Bamsey's discussion Foresail Furler Tiki 21
"Hi Ian, I have a roller reefing system including a plastic spar up the luff of the jib from Rob Helyar of http://www.flexible-reefing-spars.co.uk/ on my Hitia 17 which works very nicely. He mainly does monohull dinghies and did a bit of…"
Jan 20, 2016
Dan Hammond added a discussion to the group Small Cats, Hitias, Maui, Melanésia etc...
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Does anyone have any experience of making or buying a boat cover for a Hitia 17? Mine is living outside fully assembled during the sailing season and could really do with something to keep the sun and rain off.Thanks,DanSee More
Oct 14, 2015
Dan Hammond replied to Dan Hammond's discussion Roller reefing for small cats
"The shape isn't perfect very heavily reefed - eventually becoming a bit loose / baggy. I tended to use it this state mostly just for slowing things down coming to shore, with the main already down, and she doesn't sail well to windward…"
Oct 14, 2015
Pius Bielowski replied to Dan Hammond's discussion Roller reefing for small cats
"Thanks for sharing your experience. I am very happy with the standard jib on our TIKI 21 in all 2-crew-situations. But a roller jib would be very nice when singlehanded. Especially since the boat is on a lake now and these damn shores come closer…"
Oct 14, 2015
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I am:
A home builder, I own a Wharram
What boat (s) are you building or do you own?
Hitia 17 "Lilla My" built 2014
Chesapeake 17LT sea kayak built 2010
Country, City, and State?
UK, Mid Wales
About me or us?
I live in Machynlleth, mid Wales, which makes the most local small boat sailing the Dyfi Estuary - beautiful landscape, big tides and lots of sandbanks and shallow water.
Looking to?
I built a Hitia 17 for some camp cruising in the Baltic summer 2014 and fun around home after.
Website:
http://lillamysailing.tumblr.com/

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At 6:59am on September 8, 2013, Andy Best-Dunkley said…

Good luck with your project! I'm based in Finland - if your Baltic cruise gets this far (highly recommended!) then welcome to visit us and Godzilla, our Pahi 42.

At 1:52am on September 9, 2013, Andy Best-Dunkley said…

If you're planning to trail-sail, Hitia 17 is probably a good bet - Tiki 21 is great, but that much bigger that you'll need a stronger tow car + it'll cost more on ferries. I do have Hitia 17 plans (I was planning to build one when I first came to Finland) and I think Hanneke said it could just about be car-topped....! I think for 2 adults it would be fine for camping.

Finnish archipeligo and Finnish lake district are both fantastic for sailing - we of course stick to the more open sea areas. But summer is very hot and almost 24 hours daylight, what more do you want?!

Good luck and hope to see you over here one day!

At 10:26am on June 10, 2016, Oliver Knittel said…

Hi Dan,

I saw that you have an Outboard on your Hita 17. I plan to fix an Outboard on my Hitia 17, but still not shure where and how. Can you please sent / Post some Photos how you solved the Problem. I have a 6HP Outboarder was the same like the 5HP.

Thanks and Greetings Oli

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