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Re: Questions for Jerry Montgomery

#21 Post by Jerry » Sat Apr 27, 2019 2:49 pm

Yes you can; I'd get a 6" hole saw, made for masonry or drywall, and cut a couple of holes thru the liner, down into the top of the keel. STOP instantly when you get into the ballast or you'll damage the centerboard trunk. Start chipping with a hammer and chisel, and it would help to drill a few holes first.

A question: Why would you want to?

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Re: Questions for Jerry Montgomery

#22 Post by JDS » Sat Apr 27, 2019 9:59 pm

looking for spot to put batteries. Nissan leaf 48v battery pack. 160lbs.

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#23 Post by Jerry » Mon Apr 29, 2019 8:31 pm

I'd put the batteries well forward, and not worry about the extra weight. Put the batts forward of the fwd bulkhead and you'll do fine.

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Re: Questions for Jerry Montgomery

#24 Post by kingco » Tue Apr 30, 2019 2:53 pm

Hi Jerry, sorry for the novice question but when you speak of the forward bulkhead you are referring to the one forward of the keel trunk, about half way way through the v berth, right? Am I correct that in this forward most space is where the battery weight would best be placed?

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#25 Post by Jerry » Wed May 01, 2019 11:03 am

Yes, it forms the back of the forward berth. The 17 really likes to carry weight there- NOT under the cockpit.

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Re: Questions for Jerry Montgomery

#26 Post by kingco » Thu Jul 25, 2019 12:29 pm

Hi Jerry,
I'm slowly optimizing my Sagecat for my sailing purposes. I just finished installing a basic electrical system much like the one that Dave Scobie installed on a sage 15 while he was working for them, so the battery is secured in the port side storage compartment under the v berth right next to the keel trunk. I am working on ideas for my water storage and usage. Do you recommend carrying heavy stuff like water and batteries farther forward like under the v berth on the 15 like you were suggesting for the person asking about heavy battery storage on the 17? On a side note, I have been absolutely loving my SageCat over the past several years. My wife and I just finished up our third summer of cruising in the San Juans an I'm continually learning more about making her sail as fast as possible. We had a good race up Eastsound of Orcas Island (You know, any two sailboats within sight and headed in the same general direction are racing) with a much bigger cruising boat. I can't claim that I won, but I learned a lot over those miles about coaxing upwind speed and pointing ability out of the cat rig and was proud of how well we were able to hang with the other boat over more than 7 miles of straight upwind sailing.

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Re: Questions for Jerry Montgomery

#27 Post by Jerry » Wed Aug 07, 2019 2:41 pm

Yes, I'd put water and a battery under the fwd berth. Maybe the batt on one side, and the water on the other. Keeping the weight low is important. When cruising, the only significant weight under the cockpit is the anchor and rode. I'd keep it in a box, and usually serve it right from the cockpit rather than going fwd.. Only after setting it would I go fwd and cleat it. When retrieving the anchor, I'd run over the line so I can get it from the cockpit, so I can be at the tiller when pulling it up. I'd dump the line right in the cockpit, then put the anchor itself (and chain) into the box, which is still under the cockpit locker, then the line on top.

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