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21SE ..smaller rig for  Bottom

  • Hello All,

    I'd like some advice on the best option for putting a smaller mast/sail on a 21SE. Where I live it is windy more than its not windy and my preference is to be able to handle 20-30 when it pops up..and be somewhat family friendly. Racing and maximum performance is not a goal. Having fun when its blowing is.

    Also I'd prefer to have a bit less bulk to deal with, esp in terms of mast stepping.

    In my area there are some 18 masts available and a mast from a Miracle 20.

    The Miracle 20 mast is 31' long, I think, so maybe still a bit on the big side? The 21SE mast is 33', so that's just a 2' reduction.

    I'm leaning toward an 18 mast which at 28' seems like the right step down. I'd then get a nice set of modern sails for it. But before I pull any triggers I'd like to get some knowledgable input.

    Also, I have to think that a Getaway rig would be going too far down the scale?

    Thank You,
    Robert Netsch
    Nags Head, NC

    ps - this also means that I'll have a 21SE mast/boom/sail that is no longer needed

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    Robert Netsch
    Nags Head, NC
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  • Bill404 might help alleviate you of the mast, sail, etc. They are indeed rare.

    Someone's done a 18' mast conversion and I think it worked OK. Of course shrouds are all custom, etc. but that shouldn't be a problem. Same dolphin striker ball, so that's good. Search either here or on the Hobie forums under the 21SC/SE subforums. Thinking about it, it may have been a 21SC conversion to an 18 mast - same difference, though. I get you on the mast thing - I've been going through hoops to set up my trailer to make it easy/safely raisable by one person. If you keep the larger mast, then what I'm doing may be of interest, then you could find a way to reef the sail. My main has reef points in it, but I can't imagine doing so, nor could I imagine the sail not popping out of the track if I did.

    Good luck, and keep us informed on your progress.

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    Chuck C.
    H21SE 408
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  • Back in the later 90's, my kids were young. I did not want to discourage them from sailing on high wind days. So I had Randy Smyth design me a "storm" jig that we used a few times. Maybe 20 times total. Even the fabric was heavier. That sail has been part of my inventory since. It has not been used in 20 years but care for as it is stored in my rack of extra sails suspend from my garage ceiling inside of spiral pipe. What can I say but as a sheet metal worker that was one of my specialty.

    If anyone is looking for a smaller jib sail....I would probably make it available to them. icon_wink

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    Bill 404 21SE
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