Hi, Well the big day finally arrived, Sula 11 went to sea on Saturday for the first time since her renovation. We didn't shrink pushing her as I wanted to test everything ans see what would hold and what wouldn't. We pulled a small mooring cleat from the aft beam (Too small to hold the Main sail horse) Replacement on its way. We also had difficulty getting a really tight jib luff (braided rope halliard) and this must be addressed immediatly as it effects the ability to point quite considerably. THe main did not fly as intended and had flutter in the top third of the leech. This we could not correct. Has anyone converted to wire halliards ?? and if so, can you supply details ?? I don't want to give the impression I'm looking for a racing machine but proper seamanship demands theses details are correct and able to perform when the conditions demand it. So how was it ?? The boat sailed exceptionally well (except for the above) We had a force 4, 4.5 breeze for five hours and a 1 to 2 ft short swell . The GPS registered 10.6 Knts at one point, but there may have been a knot of tide in that. She averaged around 7 to 8 Knts most on the day. The jib sheets have a tendency to wrap around each other, but we can sort that out easily. She is very stable in the water at speed and gave no indication of windward hull lift even steering from the leeward hull. She is slow to come about in waves but the oppsite lock on the rudders will push her through when she picks up in reverse. She has a big turning circle, I scared the pants off a river mark at one stage and gave myself quite a fright. We had a 28ft Telstar (TRIMARAN) for company most of the time and he was taking very little out of us on the runs (Maybe a half knot) So with everything shipshape i reckon we should hold our own. These boats will throw water at you in any short of chop and even in flat water at speed, so its as well to wear waterproofs if the weather is cool , or very little if it's nice and warm. If, as Rory said, you are looking for the best of comfort, then a Tiki 21 is probably not the boat for you but having said that, it's probably the boat for me, Best Regards,, JACKIE.
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