Portfolio 2014

Photos from users for the year 2014

sorenlau
Stiletto 27

Kodachrome Skies

A sublime end to yet another glorious sailing day.

Kodachrome Skies
sorenlau
Stiletto 27

It's Time

Time to move back to the cockpit!

It\'s Time
sorenlau
Stiletto 27

Big Air

Late September on Lake Diefenbaker Saskatchewan with our Stiletto 30,no problem.

Big Air
davey
Stiletto 27 standard

fun in the sun

My son and a friend on Lake Erie

fun in the sun
guymon
Stiletto 27 standard

No Wake Zone

Our lake is under a No Wake as the lake levels are at a historic high. This makes for nice smooth low wind sailing as there is no motor boat chop. I wonder if I'll get in trouble when the wind picks up?

No Wake Zone
wolfish
stilleto 27

The Middle Grounds

Headed west on the Sacramento River with Port Chicago behind us. This shows your typical Stiletto enthusiast counting the channel markers as they go by on PAPER CHARTS: a novel, archaic, and sure fire method of navigation. Ideal for old boats like the Stiletto. No batteries needed. Won't chip, rust or leak AND they float.

The Middle Grounds
wolfish
stilleto 27

Coming back from the California Delta

65 mi. mostly motor sailing. It is fun to cut the engine and short tack, but you run aground a lot. The idea is to get as far west as you can before the afternoon winds fill in. Then decide to go for it, or find a marina.

Coming back from the California  Delta
wolfish
stilleto 27

S. F. Bay Fog

Tacking toward the Marin shore and the sun.

S. F. Bay Fog
wolfish
stilleto 27

San Francisco Bay

Finally a beam reach home to the City.

San Francisco Bay
wolfish
stilleto 27

semi-balanced rudder

This shows the rudder blade down in its new position. The leading edge is parallel to the pintle's axis and 1 inch ahead. The new and old blade pivot bolt positions are visible on the cheek plate. The amount of balance(about 6.8 % of total surface area)is minimal. However, the change of position is considerable from original. These Stiletto rudders were changed after extensive modifications to the boat resulted in unacceptable weather helm conditions during high wind close reaching. Now I steer the boat with one hand again even in high winds. I do not recommend this exact rudder change for stock boats. Knowing what I do now though, I would consider a fractional, or incremental rudder mod in this direction for a stock Stiletto with hard weather helm on which easier steering was desired. You can always go back to the old holes to reverse the change. The tips of my rudder blades are now about 6" forward of their original position.

semi-balanced rudder