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Entry to cabin-RL28
Hi Rob, I have done a deal with the "28" in Hervey bay, on looking at other "28"s I notice that the enterance way has a larger opening in the cabin roof to allow easier access and the traveller is futher F'ward. Is this afeature on later model boats? is it a modification by owners? is the modification approved by 'RL' is possible to modiy to accomadate eassier access???
Really looking forward to getting her on the water after some painting chores completed
Regards Martyn
martyn 15-Jan-2013    Edit    Delete 
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"Ranui" looks to be a well kept boat. Congratulations!
There were some modifications made to the cabin entrance by owners, but the standard factory finished boat had no cut out in the cabin roof because I did not see the need for a larger entrance at that time.(was a lot younger and fitter then) but it does make sense now, just make sure that the cabin top is not weakened by the cutout if you decide to modify it.
Rob Legg 15-Jan-2013    Edit    Delete 
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While a larger companion way would make it a bit easier to get in and out, the location of the traveller and mainsheet is perfect and relocating these would spoil the boat. Having owned an RL24 before my 28, I really disliked the traveller across the cockpit - great for racing but a pain, literally (in the shins), when out for a family sail. Alternatively moving the traveller forward of a sliding hatch would put tremendous force on the boom when pulling the mainsheet tight.

After a while getting in and out is really very easy and you will soon develop the "RL Leap" to nimbly slide in and out. My suggestion is to try the standard companion way for a while and enjoy its benefits.
Keith Merkley 16-Jan-2013    Edit    Delete 
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Thanks Rob and Keith, Rob I am 61 and a bit so am not as sprightly as I would wish, thank you soooo much for taking the time to keep us all informed. Can you envisage a way I could open the companion way a bit?, or should I just take stoutness exercises like Pooh Bear?
Mate its really good to have you to refer too! this has got to about 10 beers I owe you now
Martyn 16-Jan-2013    Edit    Delete 
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Keith! if memory serves, ( Ive already given my age!!), you are no longer an RLian if my memory is correct then thank yooouuu exteremly lots & lots for maintaining this site. Of course if I have it wro, wro incorect please pass on my thoughts to that person.
Martyn :)
Martyn 16-Jan-2013    Edit    Delete 
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I found that entry was a bit difficult & eventually made a modification that involved moving the foot of the doors rearward, removing some of the top step. This gave a lot more room in the galley area also. Seems to have made entry/Exit a lot easier.
Will send notes plans, photos if you want , also to Rob.
Ewen 16-Jan-2013    Edit    Delete 
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This sounds like a worthwhile item for the tips & modifications section. Can you send me some pictures and notes?
Keith Merkley 16-Jan-2013    Edit    Delete 
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Martyn. Keiths advice makes sense and should not be taken lightly, he had 25 years experience in sailing a 28 and is 6ft plus, just a pity he cannot demonstrate his "RL leap". Re the mainsheet: There is a satisfactory alternative mainsheet set up without putting more strain on the boom if you do find it necessary to open up the entrance and move the track forward, however, the construction of a sliding hatch is rather time consuming and should not be considered unless found necessary, it also has the disadvantage of making it more difficult to raise and lower the mast because you have less cabin roof to work from and more to trip over.

Ewen. Am looking forward to seeing your solution, I just cannot visulise yet how it does help.
Rob Legg 16-Jan-2013    Edit    Delete 
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Once again everyone has come through famously, yes Ewen if you have time I would like to see your idea! I really dont want to move the traveller or muck around with the original design, ( I dont have the wall space!!)Maybe I could invite Keith to demonstrate 'the leap' and we could put on 'you tube'
Thanks heeaappss
Martyn 17-Jan-2013    Edit    Delete 

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