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  1. DTA

    Gay Test

    I agree w/ KC375. I don't watch the front page of Anarchy much, but when I have I've seen stuff like "Hottest Sailing Babe Contest" or other such stuff. So, it's like - well, this is where all the people who know about dinghy sailing hang out. So, I kinda have to hang out here too if I want to stay in the know. But it's kinda like visiting a seedy adult cinema. Like KC375, I'm not outraged and I don't complain. It is what it is and I deal with it. But, like KC375 said, maybe the people who run the seedy adult cinema might want to know about the viewership that they're missing. Or, again, maybe they don't care. And that's fine too. I'll just keep peeking in at the dinghy forum inside the adult cinema, hoping nobody notices me watching. And if they do, I'll say "I just read it for the informative dinghy articles ... I promise!"
  2. Thanks much to everyone above for the assistance. I got my new UJ in the mail. Drilled out the rivets and just used stainless steel screws to hold the UJ in place. As A Class Sailor said, it holds very tight. No need to drill all the way through the other side and use a bolt to go all the way through the crossbar and UJ. The solution was so elegant and simple and amenable to easy fixing in the field that I almost opted to drill out the rivets on the other side and do the same, even though there had been no failure on the other side. But, alas, I opted to just leave well enough alone for now. Also, per the suggestions above, I have a better emergency kit. It now includes: * Piano wire * Leatherman (Rebar version) * Cord of various diameters * shock cord * Hose clamps to fit around tiller and crossbar * A spare Universal Joint * Various spare shackles * Electric tape *Duct tape Only thing I'm missing right now are the clevis pins. But I'll eventually get an assortment of those in the emergency bag as well. Weather permitting, I'll be attempting my trip to Big Shell Beach again next weekend!!!
  3. Thanks man. I'll give it the ol' college try with the screws and see how solid it feels. Like you said, it's way easier to fix/maintain w/ screws. If Amazon delivers the UJ by tomorrow evening, I'll give Big Shell Beach another go this weekend. But I'm not counting on another shot until the weekend of the 15th. Fortunately, Corpus stays warm (no wetsuit) until around Halloween.
  4. I'm pissed off on your behalf, so I can imagine how angry you were. I've never seen that at any of the inlets around these parts. No boats ever drop their lines until they are well clear of the inlet. What a complete jerk! However, what we do have are some fairly narrow inlets, and fishermen on both sides will cast their lines into the inlet channel, leaving very little room for a non-motored sailboat to maneuver through the gauntlet. The only thing that keeps the fishermen in check is the fact that a motorboat racing through the inlet will cut their lines.
  5. Ummm ... that sounds truly frightening. It's one thing to be pulled to shore by a stationary fisherman. It's quite another to be dragged about the ocean by a motoring fishing boat!!!!
  6. By the way, this happens to be the shark fisherman who "caught" me. I'm not joking:
  7. DTA

    Laser Vago rigging questions

    Oh crap! I remember when I owned my Vago I thought to myself: don't ever remove the main halyard, or it will be an absolute BEAR to re-rig. I can't remember what was going on, but I *think* (could be wrong) that some of the main hailyard came down the interior of the mast and exited via a hole somewhere. Anyway, I just remember taking care to protect the main halyard from sun damage b/c I did *NOT* want to have to replace it. Hilarious (i.e. not hilarious) that the previous owner thought he was being helpful by removing it for you.
  8. Yep. If I can figure out a way to remove rivets in the field (hammer & chisel method w/ camp shovel and screw-driver?), then a nice back-up solution is to carry a couple screws to screw into the universal joint (ala A Class Sailor's suggestion) in the event of a similar future failure.
  9. Dex - at first I wasn't understanding how hose clamps would be helpful. But now I think I understand. Do you mean use hose clamps to attach to the rudder tiller, and then I would have a better platform to which to attach line, wire, whatever, in order to jerry-rig a solution? That makes sense; but I just wanted to make sure I understood you correctly.
  10. I still may end up putting a bolt straight through per your suggestion (and my own original inclination). It's just weird, because once I got back home safely, I tried pulling the other Universal Joint out by hand and couldn't. So, in my mind, some really weird monstrously large force was somehow generated amongst all those fishing lines, and it seems like something else would have broken had the UJ not ripped out. Plus, I seem to have a penchant for getting wrapped up in fishing line! So, still not sure which solution I'll pursue.
  11. Thanks A Class Sailor, that's good advice. I'm not sure though if a screw would hold tight to the Universal joint the way the rivet does. I would think that the screw would jiggle around in the hole in the crossbar a bit. But what I think I will do is try to figure out some way to remove the rivet in the field, and then use your screw idea as a backup. I carry a small but strong collapsible camp shovel, which could double as a hammer, and a flat-head screw-driver might double as a chisel. I'll give it a go at home in my garage to see if that can work. By the way, I had no idea that the Universal Joint was an industry standardized thingie! So, if I understand you correctly, I don't need to buy that part from RS Sailing. I can just go to Amazon and buy this (which does indeed look like it): https://www.amazon.com/Nautos-HT5098-Flexible-Tiller-HPN470/dp/B071GD66MM/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1536067710&sr=8-6&keywords=universal+joint+sailing Thanks! I feel silly for not knowing that!!! And roger that on carrying more stuff to repair this in the field. To be honest, I didn't really understand exactly how the crossbar and Universal Joint worked before I broke it, so I wouldn't have known how to prepare for fixing it in case of a failure. While I'm getting my feet wet with this long(er) distance sailing, I'm trying to be safe by sailing in onshore winds in mild-to-moderate conditions and trying to plan my adventures so that if I blow up onshore with a broken boat I'm no more than a 50 mile walk from civilization. I always carry plenty of water and a small backpack so that I can just walk out if worst came to worse. Regarding posting in this forum, I don't know - I just know the guys who prowl around on this dinghy board. This is where I've lived for years while dinghy sailing. I pop over to the CAT board for super-specific CAT stuff (e.g. CAT Trax), but I try to hang out w/ my old peeps on this board when I can.
  12. You know, I was thinking of doing just that: drill a hole opposite the rivet hole and drill a small bolt through the rubber Universal Joint. But A Class Sailor made a good point. What if that Universal Joint hadn't have ripped out? Maybe the tiller would have broken off from the rudder, or the rudder would have broken off from the sleeves holding it to the boat. So, maybe it's a feature rather than a bug that the Universal Joint failed when it did.
  13. So my planned trip down to Big Shell Beach (in yellow) in my RS CAT 14 did not go as planned (sail out in pink; sail back in red). Lightning drove me close to shore so that I sailed ~100 yards outside the breakers. I then got caught by several fishing lines of a shark fisherman who had kayaked his lines far offshore. The fishing lines eventually broke my rudder crossbar. Below is my plan to better prepare for this kind of failure in the future, especially when sailing to a remote location with no possibility of support. I'm curious if the board has a better backup plan than what I plan below. I'm not sure how rudder crossbars work on other CATs, but on the RS Cat14 the rudder crossbar is hollow. At each end of the rudder crossbar is a hole into which a hard rubber plug is inserted. The part of this plug that remains outside the crossbar has a standard male rectangle, which fits into the complementary female rectangle on the rudder tiller. The rubber plug stays inside the crossbar by virtue of two rivets. Each of these two rivets are shot about 1/5 of the way into the rubber plug. This keeps the rubber plugs securely inside of the rudder crossbar. Except, of course, when there are several fishing lines applying strange forces on the rudders, which rip one of the rubber plugs out of the rudder crossbar. And then, of course, it's impossible to re-insert the rubber plug into the crossbar because the rivets remain in the crossbar and refuse entry to the rubber plug. In this instance, I was able to borrow fishing line and piano wire from the shark fisherman and thereby connect the crossbar to the rudder tiller in very crude fashion (see pic below). And by cutting the plug short so that it only inserted as far as the first rivet, I was at least able to insert the rubber plug a very small ways into the crossbar which gave some minimal stability. However, the plug kept popping out if I hit a wave, at which point the entire system would wobble because the crossbar was only loosely connected to the rudder tiller. Although this solution got me home, I was lucky to have calm winds and seas. I don't think it would have held together very well in rougher conditions. As a result, I'm looking for a backup plan in case this happens again in the future. Unfortunately, the only thing I can think of is to carry a backup rudder crossbar on my next long distance trip. I'll order a new crossbar, and then fix up the current crossbar by drilling out the rivets, inserting a new rubber plug, and then re-riveting. However, carrying a backup crossbar does kind of suck. I'd rather just carry smaller parts to fix it on the fly, but I can't think of how to do so. Any ideas? Also, why do you think the manufacturer would keep the plug secure with a couple rivets that only go 1/5 into the rubber plug, rather than a screw or bolt that goes all the way through the rubber plug and comes out the other side of the crossbar? That seems like it would prevent this sort of problem from happening in the first place. But, of course, there's probably something I'm missing. Thanks in advance for any ideas you have about how to minimize my repair kit and keep from carrying a completely new crossbar on my future trips.
  14. Yeah, I bought them off Amazon from a non-Chinese distributor. Cost more, but I got them in two days. Cat Trax all fixed up per your method. Thanks.
  15. Dazz - i just got the clamps. Am headed off to the store now to pick up the 10 mm line. Thanks for the great idea.