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Helia Mainsail Headaches

Posted by on March 12, 2019 in Allen's Fo'c'sle | 4 comments

Helia Mainsail Headaches

One complaint we have with the Helia is the mainsail. It has a square top (the trailing edge of the sail doesn’t meet the top of the mast) and it has a large “roach”. The combination of the square top and the roach provide extra sail area for the same mast height but complicates the hoisting of the sail.

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Escape Hatches – Recipe for Disaster

Posted by on January 23, 2019 in Allen's Fo'c'sle | 1 comment

Escape Hatches – Recipe for Disaster

A catamaran unlike a monohull has the possibility of overturning and not coming back rightside up. Because it is possible for the boat to turn in the inverted position with people inside the hull, European boat manufacturers have required the inclusion of escape hatches which can be used to exit an upside down boat. All this is well and good until the lens detaches from the frame…

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The Trouble with Marine Plumbing…. a Shitty Problem

Posted by on January 22, 2019 in Allen's Fo'c'sle | 1 comment

The Trouble with Marine Plumbing…. a Shitty Problem

The toilet is an interesting piece of engineering. It has a macerator to grind up the TP and poop so it doesn’t clog the tank. The toilet also pumps the result to the top of the holding tank. This prevents a hose or toilet problem from dumping the entire contents of the tank inside the boat.  It generally works well unless something other than TP and poop goes in…

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Allen’s Boat Corner

Posted by on November 18, 2018 in Allen's Fo'c'sle | Comments Off on Allen’s Boat Corner

Allen’s Boat Corner

While I’ve owned a number of boats in the last 50 years, this boat has lots of new things to learn and challenges to solve. Perhaps things I’ve learned could help others, perhaps others could help me learn more.

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Meet Allen

Posted by on November 17, 2018 in Adventures, Allen's Fo'c'sle | 2 comments

Meet Allen

So Allen wants his own blog. If you’re one of our readers who wants to prevent a failing emergency hatch or curious about what a fo’c’sle is, welcome!

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