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About Dart96

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    The River Dart, UK
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    Long thin Sailboards

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  1. Dart96

    Prop guards on junior sailing chase boats

    On the river Dart, UK we have big open water swims, hundreds of swimmers, there are jetskis as support/rescue. No problems. "I’ve ridden a jet ski as a safety vehicle for The Big Float and the World Record Human Innertube Chain (>700). A good tool, but only for expert level" (Dumas) Why do you have to be an expert to drive one safely? What's the problem? We have a small club on flat salt water and getting Safety boat crews is difficult, we can't get trained crews other than PB2. I can borrow a jetski and use it for club events, what's the problem envisaged?
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    Prop guards on junior sailing chase boats

    Overal which is likely to be safer for people in the water, a tiller steered outboat boat or a wheel steered center console one?
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    Prop guards on junior sailing chase boats

    5hp and a Whitehall is exactly what we use.
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    Dinghy Hand Launching Cart

    We built a trailer tonge dolly for club heavy weight dinghies; worked well. Allows two people to pull easily and there is often a member of the public to help push.
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    Playing with my 49er - what to do

    Get a mast float, last time I had to be rescued was wind and tide together, capsized a Laser, it turttled, wind and tide drove the mast into the mud. No way I'd be able to get it off. Was gong to swim home but nice person in a power boat pulled it out.
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    Less strenuous back/hiking dinghy classes

    Looks like you don't want to spend much Dinghies need stability to work so if you can't do hanging over the side and you don't want some sort of multi/dinghy then that only leaves moving your weight out without hiking. This means, seats, wings all of which get complicated and expensive. So my suggestion is to stick with your cheap Laser and add some short stubby wings so your bum is the same distance out from the centre as you would be if you were able to hike hard and then stick with the same central toe strap If it was me I'd use some of the 3/4" ply I've got from my latest house buiding job, some ex 2x2" from the kitchen cabinet job, some best PVa to stick it all together and some lashings runing through holes drilled in the Laser's gunwale. I'm looking at about 4hrs work and some camping mat glued down over the whole thing and then rounding off all the edges. You would keep the same boat so not much more expense and also be able to sail with other lasers so get the social experience and maybe have a personal handicap? However you would be carrying extra weight so may not be that much faster, just have less pain and more fun. Also you would not overload the mast step.
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    Motors on Sailing Dinghies: discuss

    Here on the Dart I have often seen Wayfarers with small outboards. One of the problems with OBs on dinghies is that they are heavy and if you go to the stern to start/stop/ lift/refuel and so on, the stern sinks and they get all wobbly. Wayfarers are ok because they weigh a ton and have a great big fat backside. I occasionally use a Dreascombe lugger, it's really not a dinghy in any meaningful way. Looks great, sails like a brick, worst steering system known to mankind and the outboard is behind the nastiest rudder I have ever had the misfortune to drop on my toe. However for 5 years I sailed a borrowed Hawk 20. This is like a Wayfarer that been pumped up on steroids and has an outboard well forward of the transom mounted (very large) rudder. This works really well. So if I were to fit an auxilliary power unit to a dinghy I'd do it like the Hawk, deffo' electric. It would not need a big well. The Hawk has moulded GRP blocks you put in place to block the well when you lift the motor.
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    Fulcrum Speedworks Rocket

    Dex on Dec 22nd noted the Logo. I've just realised what it is. Really neat, lovely bit of graphic design
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    Sarasota Youth Accident

    Dead man's handle?
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    Craigslist Finds

    Is that mast gate standard? Some serious adjustment available! Looks well engineered
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    Hornet spreaders

    Boat never measured. So no sail number It's a crew deck one like an FD so the Vertical distance between the mast step and the foredeck is about 250mm. So I don't think the mast chocks will do much. I'm going to run the lowers from the shroud adjustment racks below the gunwale upto the spinnaker pole eye and down to one of the winches. Spinnaker pole eye is 1430mm above the foot.
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    Hornet spreaders

    It has a seat, which was one reason for taking it. (It was a free boat and I always liked Hornets) Boat has two winches at the mast foot, one was for the pole uphaul, I'm going to repurpose it for Lowers, would they provide enough fore and aft bend control?
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    Hornet spreaders

    Good solid advice. Thanks
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    Hornet spreaders

    This is going to be on a 1974 Rigden hull. Pre epoxy, been instore for 15yrs or more. I don't think it will take much rig tension. Hornet tuning guide says 350-400lbs on the genoa. I can't imagine I'll get that. So I'm begining thinking that as spreaders need this sort of rig tension to work and I'm not prepared to do it up that tight (rightly or wrongly) then should I look at a different system. Could go for diamonds like the Laser 2? I have dealt with Selden dealer in Plymouth before, nice people. However the prices were well over what I was prepared to pay. I can make any fitting I need.
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    Hornet spreaders

    Anybody know of a good text on spreader set up?