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    Posted: 22 Feb 19 at 12:07pm
Apologies if this is the wrong section.

I have a Europe dinghy, which in my older years I am having trouble getting under the boom. I was looking to buy a solo instead (see my other thread on car topping).

However, another thought. How easy would it be to either reduce the length of the leach on my existing sail, or raise the boom and fit another sail. How much would drilling new holes higher up weaken the mast?

What sail would likely fit if I were to raise the boom, by say 6-8 inches?

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It should be fairly straight forward for a sailmaker to take 6 inches or so off the leech to raise the boom up a bit but I'd suggest leaving the gooseneck and sail track opening where they are.
Before you jump to the Solo remember that unlike the Europe or OK where the cockpit is completely clear behind the traveller, the Solo has a long and wide centreboard capping and you end up having your upper body being squeezed between it and the boom unless you really move right aft. Try one first as always is the advice
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Rusty69 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Feb 19 at 12:35pm
Originally posted by KazRob

It should be fairly straight forward for a sailmaker to take 6 inches or so off the leech to raise the boom up a bit but I'd suggest leaving the gooseneck and sail track opening where they are.
Before you jump to the Solo remember that unlike the Europe or OK where the cockpit is completely clear behind the traveller, the Solo has a long and wide centreboard capping and you end up having your upper body being squeezed between it and the boom unless you really move right aft. Try one first as always is the advice

Thanks .I hadn't thought of that.
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Some classes I've sailed used to have a leech flattener, which is sort of like a cunningham for the leech. When its fully on it does lift the end of the boom, pics on this on a Lark from the HD sails website http://www.hdsails.com/home/new-lark-additions/
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Your problem is very similar to quite a few members at my club and probably repeated nationwide.
Most of members at my club with similar issues have opted for 2 handers.
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Originally posted by Late starter

Some classes I've sailed used to have a leech flattener, which is sort of like a cunningham for the leech. When its fully on it does lift the end of the boom, pics on this on a Lark from the HD sails website http://www.hdsails.com/home/new-lark-additions/


That looks good. Maybe i could fit a topping lift
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Originally posted by 423zero

Your problem is very similar to quite a few members at my club and probably repeated nationwide.
Most of members at my club with similar issues have opted for 2 handers.


Alas,, it is just me.
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Rusty69,
They sail solo, most of the older members don't go out in strong winds anyway, so sailing a 2 hander not an issue.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Rusty69 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Feb 19 at 2:15pm
Originally posted by 423zero

Rusty69,
They sail solo, most of the older members don't go out in strong winds anyway, so sailing a 2 hander not an issue.


Ah, ok.
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Ref. the Solo ... there are two common rake settings, based upon the mast foot position.  The aft, more upright position (3055mm) leaves a lot more room under the boom, and should work fine for most people.  The more raked position (3070mm) is more relevant for open water F4+.  The current trend is to sail more on the mainsheet and traveller, rather than the kicker, which also makes tacking easier.  In the Solo you are allowed a shorter leech, though I am not sure anyone does it.

There was a proposal to restyle the aft end of the centreboard case a few years ago, which was rejected by the class;  some like the handles to assist recovery after a capsize, it is also a handy foot rest when hiking for long periods of time!
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