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opinions on several '70s Great Lakes sailboats, and muzzle loading
ballistic charts .
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One of my favorite sailboats. I've owned a Cal 2-27 for over 20
years. I've owned larger, newer boats but the cal 27 remains my
favorite sailboats for the Great Lakes especially Lake Erie.
My humble opinion on several older sailboats that were popular on the
Great Lakes during the '70s
Interesting information on burning firewood as a home heating aid.
We've backed up our home's heating furnace with a firewood woodstove for
over 40 years.
Our ancestors used many different items to cure their ills. Hundreds of
these items, or herbs, as people called them were developed into the
medicines that we use today. Note: For information only. We do not sell or promote herbs here.
Muzzle loading ballistic tables from my son and my experiences with Ohio
muzzle loading deer hunting.
This web page contains a complete Dalrymple family line from Andrew
Dalrymple, born in Scotland about 1682, all the way down to my grandson,
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This chart compares the 1974 Cal 2-27 with the 1974 and 1996 Catalina
27s. Catalina Yachts introduced their 27 in 1971 but completely re-designed
it in 1992. Notice how the new Catalina leaned toward the old Cal 2-27
in their re-design.
NOTE 1: One field that went backward was the DISPLACEMENT.
The new Catalina was lightened considerably by reducing hull weight and
reducing ballast. Myself, I don't consider this a desirable feature. I'll
take the older thick hulls any day. Reducing displacement makes an easier
driven (faster) boat but gives a harsher or less-friendly ride. Reducing
hull/ballast weight also makes a boat cheaper to build. When ballast is
reduced, sail area, mast height and aspect ratio must also be reduced.
The old style Catalina has sailed around the world but I consider the new
style a beefed-up daysailer due to this hull/ballast weight reduction.
NOTE 2: The waterline length was increased dramatically on
the new model Catalina thus giving it a faster hull speed. Waterline length
does not help hull speed in light air. This brings to my mind a ride on
a Catalina 36 last summer. We entered a half mile channel, going wing and
wing downwind, with a Catalina 27. We were both flying a main and a 155
jenny. We were both making about 3 knots and the 27 slowly walked away
from us. Our captain remarked "he shouldn't be able to do that, we
have a longer waterline length!". Actually, the LWL meant nothing
at 3 knots. As soon as we made the turn in the channel, came up to a nice
broad reach and reached our hull speed, we dusted the 27...
|DISP (FIN KEEL)
|TYPE HULL **
|HULL SPD **
** Explanation of catagories . . . LOA: Length Over All:
Total length of the yacht, including bowsprit if the yacht has one . .
. LWL: Length at Water Line: Hull length at the waterline, the longer,
the better. . .TYPE HULL: Sailing Category: The four categories
are racer, racer/cruiser, cruiser/racer, and cruiser in order of descending
performance . . . CAP/RATIO: Capsize Ratio: A value less than 2
is considered to be relatively good; the boat should be relatively safe
in bad conditions. The higher the number above 2 the more vulnerable the
boat. This is just a rough figure of merit and controversial as to its
use. . . HULL SPD: Hull Speed: This is the maximum speed of a displacement
hull. Some racers and lighter boats are able to achieve greater speed by
lifting over the bow wave and riding on top of the water,that is, planing.
. . SA/DISP: Sail Area To Displacement: The sail area is the total
of the main sail and the area of the front triangle. I cannot be sure that
this datum was entered correctly for each listed boat. A racing boat typically
has large sail area and low displacement. A number less than 13 probably
indicates that the boat is a motorsailer. High performance boats would
be around 18 or higher. . . DISP/LWL: Displacement To LWL: A medium
value would be 200. 300 would be high (Heavy Cruising Boat) and 100 would
be low (Ultra Light Displacement-ULDB). Boats with low numbers are probably
uncomfortable and difficult to sail. . . LWL/BEAM: LengthWaterLineToBeam:
A medium value would be 2.7. 3.0 would be high and 2.3 would be low. A
higher number is better (long and skinny is better). . . COMFORT:
MotionComfort: Range will be from 5 to 60+ with a Whitby 42 at the mid
30's. The higher the number the more comfort in a sea. This figure of merit
was developed by the Yacht designer Ted Brewer. This text covers most of
the above catagories, the ones not covered are self explanatory.
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