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    Help! Henderson 30 vs FT-10

    Can't comment 're Hendo as we do not have any in Australia. Have spent last 12 years racing is Tiger in a mixed PHF fleet in Sydney's Super30's. Fleet varies year to year bot normally 3 or 4 Tigers and 2or 3 F30's plus an assortment of Melges32's various outright sports boats plus various J boats who would like to be Sports yachts but can't match it down wind. Would you believe that the consistently fastest is a 20 year-old pimped Hick30 by Robert Hick from Melbourne Australia. Various boats have tried to take on this fleet over the years but came up short. A couple of Mc32's ie modern wedge shaped 3o foooters spent a couple of seasons trying to revolutionise the Super30 scene without any success. So really nothing at all has happened in the 30 foolish area for 20 years. Still seems like narrow beamed roundish hulls have got it their way in Round the cans and inner harbour passage racing. Which brings me to F30 versus FT10. If you want pretty there is nothing prettier than the F30 in full flight on Sydner Harbour. If you want comfort for overnight stays the Tiger wins hands down. If you want performance there is nothing in it. If the course favours long square runs the F30 in's with their symmetrical kites are hard to match although the tigers now carrying 125 sq metre Runners are coming back into their own. If the course favours nice angles the F30's can not match the Tiger's AP Assos. A few F30's have tried adding bow spirits and running As so kites but so far none have proved successful. I suspect their rig is to far forward to make use of the Asso. So if it comes down to a F30 or Tiger go for the tiger you will save money and have a better all round boat.As for crew size any serious Super30 will need 7 or more crew. Having said that we did have a successful short handed 2 up series kites and all in the Tiger a few years ago.
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    Flying Tiger hanging by the rudder

    I can't believe that I read to the end of this thread. Must be the isolation although sailing starting to ramp up again in Australia due to our sensible handling of the Covid19 disaster. We still have 8 FT10'S racing on Sydney Harbour. Every one of the skippers and crew loves them. 3 of these still use the original cassette and rudder. There seems to be no discernable difference in performance between the rudder systems. Much bigger difference due to rig set up and sails. Of the consistently fastest two Tigers one has carbon rudder and one original rudder setup. Tigers are now very well respected on Sydney Harbour generally and particularly within the SASC super 30 fleet. Who said you can not build a boat to be fast fun affordable and durable. Nov will be No 66's 13 th birthday. Got to love the tiger
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    Flying Tiger

    We find that if there is any water in the line normally between fan and engine box the performance drops significantly. It's difficult to stop wet sections forming given the way the line runs over bulkheads.
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    Flying Tiger

    We do not use sailtite or any other sealant in the partners. We made up some T shaped slides to take up the side to side movement, allows fore and aft movement. Made from Nylon bread board. Correct rig tension holds the rig where it should be. We put a $10 rubber plumbing seal over the tees , clamped top and bottom with Stainless banding. Works like a charm. You would have seen this set up on Balmain Tiger when you visited Sydney before purchasing your NZ Tiger. We get some lateral movement under Kite as we hear it squeak. Would rather that then have the rig bending from the partners.
  5. No further alignment aids are required. We thought they may be but having fitted it, it is perfectly self aligning. The box is so snug in the well that it actually aligns the motor for you. The only minor adjustments we need relate to the flush of the door with the hull. We used two wedges on the stern end which have pushed the leading edge down approx 5mm. Easy fix to sort this.

  6. It should work. I noticed the door flange and started to think ( often very dangerous ). The motor is loose in its mounting and can turn which could affect how clean the door closes. My immediate thought is the addition of guides with a long taper would make alignment bullet proof.