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Monthly Archives: February 2016

Dialing in a Halman 20 in San Carlos

I had the vast pleasure of sailing a Halman 20 the other day here in San Carlos. The boat came with a house purchase and I helped the new owner get the boat a bit sorted out. Halman Manufacturing Company built boats from 1978 to 1997 based out of Ontario Canada. The boats are serious little affairs and it would seem to me built to take the punishment that the great lakes can dish out to any would be sailor. Halman built 7 different models according to Sailboat Data. The boat I sailed here in San Carlos seemed as sold as a rock and had very decent performance for something so small. Even though the boat was only 20 feet long it has a slightly bigger feel to it. There was an enormous amount of space on the foredeck and it was remarkably easy to walk up there on such a small vessel. The interior was spacious and decent head room considering the size of the boat. Here is another interesting site on Halman 20’s. Apparently there are virtually no owners manuals for these boats but if you go to this link you might be able find one. This previous link has some great stories on Halman boats with one even ending up in Australia!

The following is cut and pasted from the link above:

Halman 20 Owners – Check this out!!!!  Seems that “Mr. Halmans” factory built a lot of 20 ft. boats, but didn’t build too many manuals – and probably because people were so eager to go sailing, they weren’t going to take the time to do any serious writing or reading. If he was wrong, and you really do like to read and learn something new…. then here’s something make your day! Mr. Colin Starratt has compiled a manual of notes from being a Halman owner and has graciously offered to share that with us. If you’d like a copy, send me an e-mail at [Lmay@nordicaboats.com] and I’ll forward it to you. He’s done a great job in combining photos, sketches and real “meat and potatoes” perspectives from an owners viewpoint. The price to you for his work is simple, you have to send him a note of thanks and appreciation for his efforts. Absolutely the best deal you’ve run across for a long time I’d bet. The file is a “PDF” document and is about 40+ pages long.

Thanks Colin for all of your work. Your efforts will be appreciated many times over by all of the existing and new Halman owners who read and learn from your work. As an update to this “better than free” offer, there have been a lot of requests for his manual and I hope Colin is getting his e-mail box stuffed with your notes of appreciation.


Bob and Flo from the plains of Calgary did 7 windy days in a row

Bob and Florence had incredible weather for their 7 day sailing course. February tends to be the windiest and coldest month of the year here in San Carlos but this year was a bit different. Due to the monster el nino we are having this year the water temperature is still hovering around around 70 degrees in shore and the air temperature was in the 70’s and sometimes 80’s. As you will notice from the pictures we almost never had a jacket on during the whole 7 day course since the wind was not a cold bitter northwesterly like we usually have. Instead we had a very nice warm north and north westerly wind for almost all the days except for the final day which turned out to be the least windy of them all yet we still sailed most of it.

This February we also had far more boats sailing in the bay than we normally have so it was great practice to figure out who was on what tack and thus who had the right away. Bob is looking to purchase a boat down here and we are actively consulting for him to help him find the right boat for him.

I also ran into Bonnie and John at the Marina San Carlos fuel dock , who are also from Canada by the way!! Vive Canada!! Bonnie and John took a three day course with us a few months back and now have gone on to purchase a a boat of their own, Ingenium, which is pictured below. I got a great shot of the calico kitty they have on board!