Down­wind tactics

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For down­wind sail­ing, Runn can fly a large run­ning spin­naker – it has slightly nar­rower shoul­ders than the orig­i­nal to re­duce rolling – plus an asym­met­ric in a snuffer. This is flown from a bowsprit en­gi­neered to be fit­ted through the bow roller in min­utes – perfect for short-handed sail­ing.

Runn has a small skeg-hung rud­der typ­i­cal of the era. The Swan 43 was built with a trim tab on the back of its keel. This has been glassed over on many boats, yet Charles chose to keep it on Runn. With care­ful ad­just­ment of the three wheels at the steer­ing po­si­tion, the helms­man can bal­ance a pow­er­ful sail plan both reach­ing and beat­ing.

That trim tab ex­em­pli­fies Hill’s ap­proach. He has been thor­ough and prin­ci­pled through­out, restor­ing Runn in line with her orig­i­nal ethos – to be strong, sea­wor­thy and to of­fer op­ti­mum per­for­mance. Al­though the to­tal cost has been equiv­a­lent to the pur­chase of a new pro­duc­tion boat, boats like Runn are sim­ply not avail­able on the mar­ket to­day. She is beau­ti­ful func­tion­ally and aes­thet­i­cally. Bet­ter still, she’ll be sailed and loved for many years to come. Hill’s phi­los­o­phy shines through in this foot pump, which is ac­tu­ally a plas­tic Whale Gusher foot­pump with a brass cover he en­gi­neered To al­low se­ri­ous cruis­ing, the bow has been mod­i­fied to take a cus­tom-build dou­ble an­chor roller, which dou­bles up to take a small bowsprit for the asym­met­ric spin­naker A wa­ter­tight bulk­head sep­a­rates the fore­peak from the an­chor locker Hill’s so­lu­tion to ten­der stor­age, con­structed by him­self. It can be re­moved eas­ily when in rac­ing mode The per­spex deck­lights had de­te­ri­o­rated over time. Hill man­aged to re­place them with glass and brass ver­sions from Clas­sic Marine in Suf­folk This orig­i­nal brass hal­yard winch is on trial – Hill is keen to keep this beau­ti­fully en­gi­neered fea­ture, but only if the wire hal­yard for the roller-furl­ing jib does not de­tract from Runn’s sail­ing per­for­mance The in­te­rior joiner work was en­tirely re­placed. When he couldn’t buy grabrails and lou­vred teak vents,

Hill hand-made re­place­ments in his work­shop Cus­tom-made cup and tool-hold­ers ex­em­plify how ev­ery as­pect of Runn’s in­te­rior has been en­gi­neered for ef­fi­ciency

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