> Looks like a great project, and the kind of sailing the Neptune is for
> is very appealing.
> I jumped on a friend's boat last night. My current transport is an
> O'Day Daysailer 2, at about 17' and 500 lbs. Dick's is an (early)
> O'Day Mariner, about 19' and 1500 lbs. Similar construction, except
> for his steel centerboard and lead pigs down around the trunk.
> What a stunningly different sailing experience! I'm still getting used
> to the Daysailer's tendency to stop on a dime when the sails aren't
> pulling, at 1500 lbs. the Mariner carries a lot more way when it's
> coasting through irons, or to the dock.
> The Daysailer, clearly a dinghy, keeps you moving, a lot, when tacking
> in stiff breezes. Easy to ship a few gallons of blue water over the
> side if one is inattentive to a backed jib or whatever when the weight
> is on the now-leeward side of the boat. The DS2 has a self-bailing
> cockpit, I've had to use that feature!
> Dick bought the Mariner for single-handing, and I can absolutely see
> the point of all that weight. It's a luxurious ride, by comparison.
> Late in the evening the wind was dropping to maybe 4mph, the lasers
> that were out to play did fine with that, but the Mariner wasn't as
> suited to it. Just a working jib last night, it probably would have
> done better with its gennie.
> On the other hand, he doesn't do a lot of trailering. Were it me, I
> think I'd suffer through dealing with the additional weight on and off
> the trailer.
> For what it's worth. I liked his Mariner 19 a lot!
> The other one, in Portland
> On Friday, October 23, 2015 11:27 AM, "Andrew Linn
> Not much info, but it's getting started.