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| Re: Reynolds 21 reviews needed
09/27/05 11:59 PM 09/27/05 11:59 PM
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WA, ID, MT davefarmer
Joined: Apr 2004
WA, ID, MT
I've had my Reynolds for 9 years now, and I still love it. The 1st 3 yrs I trailered it to various waters and weekended with it. With an experienced buddy we could get it in the water in 45 min (w/ a real trick gin pole). Lacing the tramp takes the bulk of the time (9 x 17'!). The boat carries all the gear, food and refreshments you could possibly want with very little performance penalty. The hulls are way to confining to sleep in, and the tramp is slippery and sloped aft, so the best night's sleep is always on shore. Easy to anchor, and back the boat to the beach with rudders and daggerboard up, just step off the sterns to the beach. A 3 hp, 2 stroke pushes it a 5.5 kts in flat water, and won't stay in the water to windward when it's blowing hard. Has lots of rocker, which makes tacking guaranteed, but hobbyhorses badly motoring into waves. Self tacking jib makes this boat a breeze to singlehand, I'll take it out solo in 15 to 20kts, though I wouldn't advise that without a bunch of experience. Never flipped it, but have come close numerous times, have contemplated what it'll take to right it, but never had the opportunity test my theories. I'm very focussed when I know it's overpowered, 'cause I know that one mistake means big consequences. It came with a masthead float and shroud extenders designed to aid righting, but I pulled the float years ago, so it'll turtle immediately now.
In the last 3 years I put a new squaretop Kevlar main and jib (Sabre), added a spin pole to mount a roller furling Hooter, and added a monster symmetrical spin off a 30' keelboat. The boat now has sufficient horsepower to do well in light as well as heavy air. Much needed, since the boat weighs nearly 1000 lbs. The cat really shines in big air because it has the momentum to punch thru 3' chop. Hull flying is measured, not twitchy. Bows are nearly 3' above waterline and very bouyant, I've never come close to stuffing it, even surfing fully powered up. Have seen a believable 19.8 kts boatspeed (GPS) bearing away in 20+ kts wind. Feels like riding a freight train!
Foils are the weak point, very heavily built (and fat), lot of drag, and my rudders will cavitate unexpectedly, throwing the the boat from weather helm to lee helm when she's crankin'. Very disconcerting. Have heard of a 21 with Supercat 20 rudders retrofitted but never spoke with the owner (would like to!).
My trailer weighs about 700 lbs, solidly built, expands on one side only. Have towed it in the mountains with my import pickup (4 cyl) and it was adequate, though the limiting factor was probably braking power. I'd like to have a double axel so that if a tire blew I have a chance.
I'm eying a custom built 24' carbon cat as it's replacement, but I hope I wont' regret letting go of this boat. I use it solo a lot, but it really shines as a social boat, easily handling 4 to 6 passengers. Very comfortable. My friends express dismay when I talk about parting with it.
Dave 509 276 6355 Spokane, WA (boat's on Flathead Lake in NW Montana, big water!)
H16, SC20, R21
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