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by ken endean
Mon May 27, 2024 5:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Tiller shortening
Replies: 4
Views: 2163

Re: Tiller shortening

On London Apprentice we have the mainsheet track across the middle of the cockpit, immediately forward of the locker lids, and the tiller is aft of that, so considerably shorter than yours. It obviously gives less 'leverage' than a longer tiller but if we have excessive weather helm it is better to ...
by ken endean
Tue Jan 09, 2024 6:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Fitting keel shoes
Replies: 2
Views: 21499

Re: Fitting keel shoes

Hi John, and welcome. Sorry about this slow response but Christmas got in the way. With the Sabre's encapsulated keels you will never have keel bolt problems but you are wise to be nervous about abrasion. it's unusual to find a Sabre without keel shoes, although one did lose its shoes when they beca...
by ken endean
Sun May 21, 2023 12:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Boarding ladder options
Replies: 3
Views: 6783

Re: Boarding ladder options

Whatever type of fixing you go for, it's worth choosing a ladder that can extend so that its bottom rung is well below water level - whether you want to swim off the boat or use it in a man overboard situation.
by ken endean
Fri May 12, 2023 9:47 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Skeg (soundness of)
Replies: 4
Views: 7635

Re: Skeg (soundness of)

Paul, It sound as if that is a single-keel Sabre. On the twin-keeler the skeg is moulded with the hull and is very rigid. The hull for the single-keeler was moulded with a recess for the skeg moulding. Details may have changed over the production run but on one boat the flanges of the skeg moulding ...
by ken endean
Sat Jan 07, 2023 11:02 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Loadings - Anchor bollard and cleats
Replies: 2
Views: 8450

Re: Loadings - Anchor bollard and cleats

Prof. John Knox did a lot of research on anchor loads, including load cell tests, and came up with the formula: Force (kg) = wind speed (kn) squared x length (m) squared divided by 500. Obviously, it is an approximation but it is more logical then it looks because effective width (when the boat shee...
by ken endean
Fri Dec 02, 2022 3:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Discounts on marine electronic equipment
Replies: 2
Views: 8408

Discounts on marine electronic equipment

The S27OA has negotiated a discount agreement with a major manufacturer, under which Association members may purchase their products with discounts of up to 25%. For full details, look on the front page of our website and follow the instructions. Happy Christmas!
by ken endean
Sun Sep 25, 2022 4:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New Sail Costs
Replies: 11
Views: 23472

Re: New Sail Costs

In 2004 I commissioned a new genoa from Crusader. It has been used intensively for 3 months of every year, including 2 round-Britains, one round-Ireland and various other trips to east Coast, La Rochelle, etc. No problems although I am fairly diligent with a needle and thread, because surface stitch...
by ken endean
Wed Aug 24, 2022 2:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Original Window frames wanted
Replies: 2
Views: 8448

Re: Original Window frames wanted

If you want a decent set of window frames you may have to commission new ones, because any used frames are likely to be U/S, or may not fit your openings (there were some variations). I got mine from the firm trading as Technautic and they have been very satisfactory. The most important stage is the...
by ken endean
Sun May 08, 2022 8:31 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Mainsheet system
Replies: 3
Views: 10128

Re: Mainsheet system

A mid-cockpit mainsheet anchorage is certainly not daft. Mine is in the attached pic, and this is almost identical to the designer's original layout. The tiller needs to be slightly shorter than on a Sabre with a bridge deck track but it has ample leverage. The hatch area is much safer without the t...
by ken endean
Mon Apr 25, 2022 11:18 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Metal Window Trim
Replies: 8
Views: 15049

Re: Metal Window Trim

Another slow reply - because I had to inspect our boat's mouldings. Much of the galley area inner moulding is only bonded to the hull with resin poultice, which is essentially a filler, unlike the starboard side where longitudinal shelves are bonded with grp tape. However, some parts of the partial ...