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seabird192 says:

Not sure if I am posting where I should as I am a little moist behind the ears here, so apologies if not..
I have today purchased (after several years of slobbering over pictures of various vessels) my first sailboat - an achilles 24. She is no.192 and a triple keel. I have uploaded a few pics that I recieved from the seller.
say thank you to the creators and keepers of this group, the achilles website and all on the sites who have helped me with alluring pictures of their fine vessels. You have cost me a lot of money today, but tonight I sleep with a grin.
Next is to ask more of you in the way of a couple of questions...

1. Looking at tiller pilots, can I get away with the likes of a ST1000 or should I be looking towards the 2000?

2.As you might see, there has been some adjustment in the way of a self tacking jib, which should be easier for the single hander, but I have concerns as to the shape of the sail. Anyone with any experience of this?

I intend on sailing her from Salcombe to Falmouth (berth in Port Navas, Helford River) in the two weeks following the 13th of April, I imagine with a couple of stops. I will try and get some footage of the journey to post.
Thanks again all.
C
5:10PM, 22 March 2012 PDT (permalink)

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blueachilles says:

Hi, and welcome!

it would be a good idea to put your pics onto the Achilles group.

We have a mooring at Loe Beach at the top of Carrick Roads. Helford is a favourite destination so we'll no doubt see you - we can hardly miss you with that colour!

We will be sailing the weekend of 13th April, so will look out for you.

Rod & Di

"Blue", sail no 169
89 months ago (permalink)

busy home [deleted] says:

Welcome,,, st 1000 or the smaller older one are fine.
Will see you this year , Im in Carrie Anne .. Loe beach...
Sling the self tacker .you need a big gennyy.
I have some S.H sails,
89 months ago (permalink)

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Little_Plum says:

Hi and welcome.

I am with Chille on the question of the self tacking jib. I still use a deck scraping genoa. Little Plum seems to go along best with lots of drive from the genny and using the main for balance,.

I don't know about other A24s

Cheers

Gee
89 months ago (permalink)

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seabird192 says:

Thanks all, you are so very welcoming.
I look forward to seeing some of you on the water, I have been drooling over your photos so much, you are all like celbrities to me now.
Rekon I will try the self tacker on the way from plymouth, but I am sure it wont be long before I take Chilli up on the offer of those sails.
Thank you again for your input.
C
89 months ago (permalink)

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rothwell_neil says:

PBO did a review of tiller pilots and rated the TP10 as slightly better than the ST1000, partly as it is cheaper. I have both TP10 and ST1000 plus a TP1800 (long story, just say I collect them) In normal operation the TP10 and ST1000 perform admirably. Just every so often on motor the ST1000 seems to forget where it is. The PBO report says that the flux gate is at the pushrod end for the ST1000 and this would put it over the engine and maybe the running engine affects it?
89 months ago (permalink)

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NormanKlipspringer is a group administrator NormanKlipspringer says:

Seabird 192. Welome to the group. How about using your profile to tell us something about you and your boat - a name would help - feel silly calling you Seabird192. I can then update the A24 sail numbers. I have experience of using an ST1000 and an St2000+. The 1000 is adequate but the 2000 gives a slightly quicker response. If buying second hand make sure you get the latest - the 2000+. I have mine connected to my Chartplotter so I can set up a goto waypoint or navigate a route and the tiller pilot follows.
Genoa looks jsut like a normal furling genoa which is a great boon for single handed sailing.
Norman
89 months ago (permalink)

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Red Marlin says:

Welcome. I have used the ST2000 on my 9 metre and it is fine so should be OK for your 24. This Christmas my son and his wife bought me a new one and went for the ST2000. Have not tried it yet but be interesting to compare. Good advice given about the sails and the performance of the genoa. But I think you are right to leave it for the time being and try it out. If you do single handing it mat suit you.
89 months ago (permalink)

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Red Marlin says:

correction shoul have said ST1000 for past use
89 months ago (permalink)

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Skykomish E29 says:

Seabird, don't be in too much awe we are just normal guys who have gained our knowledge from each other on here most of us, there are exceptions, knew nothing about the Achillies before coming on this site and over the past 5 years the knowledge base has naturally grown so feel free to ask questions, post loads of pictures of work done on your boat and before you know it you will find that you are like the rest of us....
I used the ST1000 on my A24 and was fine.
A test conducted in one of the magazines a few years back suggested that the Raymarine tiller pilot used less power than Simrad but am sure that it really is insignificant on short hops.
We have the ST2000 on our present boat but she is a LOT heavier and 5 ft longer than the Achilles. Having a long keel though she does tend to go like an arrow in a straight line so really only need the tiller pilot to alter course
If you get to meet up with Ron (Chillie) you will learn a lot about what can be done with an Achilles as he is a bit of a veteren
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busy home [deleted] says:

Who are you calling old.?
89 months ago (permalink)

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blueachilles says:

Who are you calling normal?
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Red Marlin says:

Cant be me
89 months ago (permalink)

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Skykomish E29 says:

Who said Old??? I said veteran lol
Blue I did say there were exceptions...
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seabird192 says:

All right, everyone stop shaking your walking sticks and zimmer frames at each other and take yer meds ! ;) I did not begin this discussion with the intention of starting a fight, but seen as I am only 31, I reckon I could be in with a chance of being the last one standing...
However when it comes down to doing some decent sailing and having the knowledge to fix everything when it goes wrong, I know you are all going to beat me on that front. It seems age and experience are not always a bad thing to have a lot of. Thanks for all the kind words and advice. I am sure I will need more and probably a bigger jib and a new jib car.

Which gets me to thinking - if replacing one jib car, should I replace them both to avoid any imbalance, or leave the deck fixings alone as much as possible?

Norman, my name is Calum, I work within the lifeguard division of the RNLI. I and I have been sailing since I was twelve, when I managed to persuade my maths teacher to to take me out on her wayfarer in Plymouth Sound in February. Been very keen on it since (sailing, not the teacher)
Most of my experience has been of dinghies, though I have sailied a few bigger boats.
This is my first ownership of a sailboat that has a 'berth'. Unlike my bank, I am very excited about the prospect of ownership and I am sure some of you (unlike my girlfriend) will understand when I say I keep myself awake at night with thoughts of coastal exploration and sail configurations.
PS - Norman, thanks for the site.
89 months ago (permalink)

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Skykomish E29 says:

Yes replace both cars as a pair that way you will find setting up will be easier I would imagine that Bartons would be a good place to start
Take a look at some of the photos on the earlier pages of the site for ideas many have been posted showing deck gear and sails.
We had hanked on sails on our Achilles and used a lovely one most of the time produced by Crusader which though was small gave good performance.
89 months ago (permalink)

busy home [deleted] says:

Chille has a matched tri radial jib and fully battened main from Cruisaider,,, Goskar a new roller genny, from cruisader.
Exc
elent sails and very good customer relations, (paul I seem to remember .the boss) Dont bother to email he dosent check! just ring and say you have an Achilles he likes them..I have a few sails but they are a bit tired
.When ive got time i will sort them , unless you are desperate .
Best to email me. Flickr rules . greyhoundturning@yahoo.com
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rothwell_neil says:

I got new main and biradial jenny with foam luff on Emily, lovely sails, excellent customer service and loved the set.
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