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Hylas Discussion / Re: Service recommendations in San Diego?
« Last post by Dealatis on September 16, 2017, 06:19:49 PM »
Sail work:  Ullman sail loft located above Pacific Offshore rigging near Shelter Island.

Chandlery:  San Diego Marine Exchange

Gel Coat Repair/paint:  Fernando (619-559-0822).   Does great work and did repairs on my boat in this area. 

Call me if you like, with any questions...jack 6198043627
Hylas Discussion / Re: What is this mystery block?
« Last post by KSabatini on September 15, 2017, 10:15:26 PM »
Thank you for the catch on the brand, It rings a bell and yes, they are excellent, well made blocks.

I don't necessarily disagree re: a boom vang, not sure why one would attach it to the toe rail unless you were running and in such a case the making sure to use sufficient angle (attaching well forward of the mast) to minimize strain.

I do however strongly disagree re: the use of the toe-rail on these boats for this purpose.  We have used these blocks for many years racing our previous boat and very regularly on this boat with light and heavy air, good and bad weather.  Many many sailors I know use the toe rail exclusively for this purpose on many boats.

As always, provided proper maintenance ( of the toe rails and all other proper maintenance is performed as should be) there is more than sufficient load bearing on these toe rails for this duty.

I would however advise that absolute verticle load be avoided where possible.  Strength is maximized at angle as well as load distribution.  We always run our lines on as deep an angle as possible to lessen load on hardware, proper sail trim and minimizing strain on man and machine.   ;D

Lastly this duty is exactly what these blocks are designed for.  I certainly would not think of attaching them anywhere else for such a purpose. 

Of course this is all opinion and conjecture... with quite a lot of experience influencing my blabbering. LOL. ;)

Hylas Discussion / Re: What is this mystery block?
« Last post by Daniel on September 15, 2017, 05:14:05 PM »
Based on past experiences on my Hylas 46-11 as well as other Hylas, I would strongly recommend NOT to attached any kind a block to the aluminum toe rail that will have substantial loads, such as downwind sail sheets. I have seen the top of the toe rail bent twice, in fairly benign conditions. They are not designed for such load.

I have also seen owners/skippers attach the boom vang to the toe rail to act as preventer. Really bad idea, if you ever dip the boom into the water, one of 2 things will happen:
- the top of the toe rail will break off (most likely scenario), or
- the boom will break at the connection with the boom vang.

Either case will seriously ruin your afternoon.

Daniel Wolff
Hylas Discussion / Re: What is this mystery block?
« Last post by joel on September 15, 2017, 04:48:51 PM »
Those look like older Wilcox Crittenden snatch blocks.  Great blocks! 

Does the toe rail handle the load ok? 
Hylas Discussion / Re: What is this mystery block?
« Last post by KSabatini on September 15, 2017, 01:27:06 PM »
Hi Dave, sorry for the late reply.  I took these images but had to resize them before I could upload.

As you can these have the same jaws as those found on your spinnaker and other halyards, i.e. quick-release, which allow you to lighten the load and the block can be relocated without removing the line.. They also have a very strong spring loaded block release which opens the block itself to allow removing or inserting the line without having to remove the block itself.  This means you can keep the sail powered and move the block then re-insert the line instead of having to run the line.

They are heavy duty and fully hard rubber coated to protect that beautiful paint!   ;D

We have four which give us the entire length of the toe rail to adjust for wind angle.  We use one for the sheets or guys and one for lazy sheets if we need them.  We also use them for turn blocks if the need arises.  They are quite versatile.

We picked these up years ago  at Defender Industries I think and they ran around $125 each if memory serves.

Unfortunately I'm not sure of the brand and it's not branded on the shackles.

Hope this helps.
Hylas Discussion / Re: Service recommendations in San Diego?
« Last post by SeaGlub on September 12, 2017, 09:01:27 PM »
Yanmar work get ahold of Elias at PacWest on Shelter Island, he's thee go to guy for yanmar in San Diego. For the SSB contact Shea Weston, he's a partner and significant contributor to Sailmail

Btw you won't be the only boat looking for assistance in San Diego in October so it's going to help if you're there to practicality drag people to your boat to get things done.
Hylas Discussion / Service recommendations in San Diego?
« Last post by Dave Brennan on September 12, 2017, 08:43:24 PM »
We just completed a sail from Seattle to San Diego last week! The weather was sunny and warm with great north winds until around Mendocino, when the winds shifted to the SE thanks to a small lower pressure system. We never saw winds much above 25 knots. If you are interested, you can see our track here:

We ran into a number of issues along the way and need to track down some good marine service companies in the San Diego area, so I'm looking for recommendations for places to contact (or avoid) for the following work items:

1. Yanmar regular service. Also had issues burning oil and want to have that looked at. Still having issues no one can solve with throttle revving up after hot (and had no reverse when docking, not fun!).
2. Jib UV patch repair as fabric tore when the sail reverse-furled thanks to waves at one point.  The rest of the sail looks fine, but we still need to replace this UV patch and need a good repair loft.
3. Gelcoat repair for a few dings on the bow from anchor retrieval this summer.
4. SSB installer to review my installation and check antennas and signal strength. A test on the way down caused my PC to shut down, but I'm not sure if this was an inverter issue, RF leakage, or ground loop. I didn't try it again underway and haven't had a chance to try again.

We're back in Seattle until the end of the month, then will be back in San Diego in October getting ready for the Baja Ha-Ha.
Hylas Discussion / Re: What is this mystery block?
« Last post by Dave Brennan on September 12, 2017, 08:26:54 PM »
How do you attach the toe-rail snap-shackles? Do you have another car for the rail?  Please send a picture if possible.
Hylas Discussion / Re: H-46 Stern Rails
« Last post by KSabatini on September 11, 2017, 03:17:29 PM »
Thank you Eric,
That is as I assumed but wanted to be sure.
VA is a bit of a hike for that minor mod. and in hindsight the seat mount would interrupt the outboard hoist and dome mounts.

Good luck,
Thanks again, Ken
Hylas Discussion / Re: H-46 Stern Rails
« Last post by snailor on September 10, 2017, 10:52:48 PM »

The picture of the model is our arch and rails which are integrated. These are the basic rails that extend.forward to the third stanchion base. They have the folding seat hinge mounts and the integrated horseshoe ring racks. There is also a flag mount.

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