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1980 42 Post

Discussion in 'Post Yacht' started by STEVEN MILLER, Jul 26, 2021.

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  1. STEVEN MILLER

    STEVEN MILLER New Member

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    Recently purchased a 42 Post that has been redone ,painted new helm ,electronics , Detroit engines redone, interior upgraded. Went for a few rides in the great south bay Long Island was a little choppy and 20 mile winds was leaning mostly to my Starboard side. Just today I was told that that boat needs a counter balance like sand bags or lead weights has anyone heard of this? Must tell you the boat was leaning a lot was a little nervous.
  2. RER

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    What about trim tab adjustment?
  3. STEVEN MILLER

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    That was my first thought , I adjusted while underway was thinking maybe one side was not responding. I ask a friend that new the boat he suggested to find out if others have the same issue.
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    So the tabs are working or not working?

    A boat on plane can lean based on weather conditions. Trim tabs correct that. I wouldn’t take advice from whoever mentioned using sandbags.

    Inoperative tabs incorrectly positioned is what you are describing.
  5. chesapeake46

    chesapeake46 Senior Member

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    I have a very slight tilt to Port on mine at speed and it is easily adjusted w/ tabs.
    Good luck with your new boat.
    What HP Detroits ?
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    I understand the water is warmer up your way now. So jump in the water and see if the tabs are working That will help everyone help you. I've read sailing vessels used ballast until they get to carrying the real load on the return trip, but that was before trim tabs. Good luck too.
  7. OutPost

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    Is she level side to side sitting at the dock? What about running in calm water with no wind?

    Unless you are always leaning in all conditions I’m not sure why any sort of permanent ballast would be under discussion.

    As others have said make sure your tabs are working .. leaning from 20 mph winds is what they are for… and a stuck tab could definitely be causing the problem in the first place. I have run my 42 in every imaginable condition and I’ve rarely ever used tabs to correct a lean and never had a lean I considered questionable from a safety perspective. Suffice to say leaning under way is not a “known issue” or anything like that with 42 Posts.

    Congrats on the boat and nice to see another south shore LI Post!
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  8. porthole

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    We had a 1980 42.
    Always sat level but the flat bottom will cause it to roll in higher winds or beam seas. Enough wind and beam seas would have a very uncomfortable roll. Easiest remedy was to just change course for awhile. It would add time and distance but the ride was much better.
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    this. To clarify a permanent lean to one side - have not experienced that in any way I would consider severe and certainly nothing thst couldn’t be quickly corrected with tabbing.

    bobbing, rolling, etc. is another story and absolutely - a 42 can be a handful in certain sea conditions and I have also laid tracks that look more like I was I under sail than under power in order to manage.

    The great South Bay however, as poster mentioned was the test area, has none of these conditions.
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    On mine both the hot water heater and holding tank are on the starboard side. I try to keep tools and spares to port to balance her out but when the holding tank is full there is a little starboard list at the dock