Subject:Re: Problem with my Wayfarer

From:"Richard C. Harrington" <>

Date:Tue, 31 Jul 2001 12:55:24 -0400


Dear Dick,


Margie and I are busy trying to get outta here for Ireland in two days,

but I've got to take time to try answering some of your questions.  Yes,

I think you could really get a discussion going here too.


1)  I currently have an Abbott mast which is different than the Proctor.

Before that I had a Proctor which I broke in a capsize in the Chesapeake.

 The Proctor had a tight grove and was sometimes a problem.  I think the

grove problem originated from a capsized sometime before when I really

struck the mast hard into the mud.  There wasn't any visual bend in the

mast but it appeared that a 'kink' had made the mast grove tighter.

Also, for a while there was residual mud down in the grove and my sail,

having a large patch at head which made the cloth thicker at the bolt

rope, didn't help either.  When I eased the grove (be very careful or

you'll make things worse) the problem went away.  Try making up a

thickness gage and pass it all the way through the grove to see if there

is a tight area.  (Sometimes, a rope to wire halyard that runs inside the

mast is free to hang up upon the mast pivot pin.  This is a problem I

have with the Abbott mast, however, it isn't difficult to jerk it free.

There could be some other kind of internal protrusion, such as screw,

causing a hang up.)  Also, I think Uncle Al (whom I've 'cc-ed') may be

able to throw more light upon this subject.


2)  Boom roll reefing.  I use jiffy slab reefing, however, since I did a

brief write up about boom roll reefing (for exactly the reasons you

mentioned) I'm concerned that you had a problem.  Prior to finalizing my

write up gave roll reefing a try, so as to not make a complete idiot out

of myself.  Though I much prefer slab reefing, I felt that the boom roll

reefing was workable system, but Ken Jensen is the main source of

experience in this regard.  (Ken is on 'cc'.)


If you had the foot of the sail reasonably tight and the boom sheeted in

you should have been able to make some windward progress.  But it's not

going to be great and some experimentation with the CB position may be in

order.  Please do me a favor and on a not so windy day try the roll

reefing again, where you've got room to maneuver, and let me know what

happens.  (I'm assuming you were using my roll reefing write up as a

guide--if not let me know and I'll mail it to you.)


3)  It had to the weeds.


4)  Uncle Al says the boom should be approximately parallel to the water.

 It sounds as if you may have too much mast rake.


I'm sure you're going to have more to digest than just this.  Your in for

some help now.  Glad you don't mind asking.


Regards----DICK, W887, Blue Mist



On Mon, 30 Jul 2001 22:44:47 -0400 Dick Bulova <> writes:


> to:  Bob Frick & Dick Harrington


> Hi!


> Wonder if either of you could figure out a few mystery problems with my

> Wayfarer #2550.  I will admit that I'm still considered a beginner.

> Although I've owned the boat for maybe eight years,  just don't get it

> out nearly as often as I'd like.  I'm doing something wrong here, but

> just can't quite see it.  Have taken the Coast Guard Auxilary sailing

> course, read several books, and except for experience, think I

> understand the fundamentals OK.


> 1.  The mainsail (mast is a gold Proctor) often can't be fully raised.

> It seems to jam a foot or two from the top.  If I pull it down and try

> again, sometimes it'll go all the way up after several tries.  Sometimes

> it just doesn't.  Then I'm stuck, drop the sail, and fire up the

> outboard.  I've lowered the mast to horizontal and pulled the halyard

> both directions without finding anything that snags.  The halyard both

> alone and pulling the sail goes up OK.  Admittedly, it doesn't go up

> like it's been greased, but the pulleys seem to be clear.  But when I

> raise the mast, the problem returns.  Your thoughts would be really

> appreciated.


> 2.  A few weeks ago, I had it out and the wind was just a bit stronger

> than what I felt comfortable with.  So I tried (for the first time) to

> reduce the mainsail by rolling three feet or so of it around the boom,

> after redirecting the mainsail sheet from the middle pulley to just the

> rear.  The jib was down.   What happened is that I discovered I couldn't

> sail at all; the wind just pushed it into the shore rip-rap.  The wind

> finally died down a bit, I let out the entire sail, and was able to get

> off without difficulty and return to the marina without further

> problems, except for a few hull scrapes.  Why didn't this work?


> 3.  And this past weekend, I very embarassingly got stuck tight in a

> floating bed of seaweed.  Fortunately, after watching me struggle

> unsucessfully to clear the boat (once again I was blown into the shore),

> a passerby phoned the harbor patrol, who came by, threw me a line, and

> towed me out into the clear.   For some strange reason, I had found

> myself unable to tack out of that particular area, and jibing only

> brought me closer into trouble.  I did the usual tack moves, picking up

> a bit of speed first (an amount which previously has always been

> sufficient), but the boat stalled every time trying to go thru the wind,

> and returned to it former position, where it was blown sideways again

> towards the seaweed (hydrilla).  Once I'd been towed clear, I again was

> unable to fully raise the mainsail, so tediously pulled the seaweed off

> the outboard's propellor and motored back across the river to the

> marina.    A thought:  Could the inability to tack have been caused by

> already dragging a load of seaweed under the hull?


> 4.  Was wondering too how high off the stern the sail should hold the

> boom.  I only get about a foot, which means I really have to duck low.


> Might i suggest a Question and Answer column in The Skimmer?


> And while I know this'll be sure to give you some chuckles, hope you'll

> still be able to help me.  Thanks!


> Dick Bulova

> Falls Church, VA