Grith

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About Grith

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  • Birthday 12/23/1959

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    NSW Australia
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    Sailing, classic car racing, kayaking, adventuring

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  1. Grith

    Kayak Sailing Anarchy

    Hi TBW Don’t roll over in your sleep in that one. I love the AI’s for expedition style trips as you can even get up and walk around on them. I managed a three night camping trip on the Myall Lakes with two adults and my daughter when much younger including all the camping gear on just my original single AI. Seriously overloaded but we managed regardless but I did purchase a tandem AI pictured below relatively shortly afterwards based on that experience. Second shot peddling directly into a 20knot breeze hence sail furled. Third shot cliffs all us in the gorge we were passing through so lunch for three on the Tandem AI in relative comfort. Hey I just noticed I had already posted a similar shot to one of these. It was a different trip with a different friend of Annabels and we were sailing but it was taken from almost the same spot at a similar time of day. Weird.
  2. Grith

    Kayak Sailing Anarchy

    Hi Tom I will take a shot on my return from leave as I am just towing my yacht up to the Whitsundays at present. The black plastic wave ski duck bill was from a Western Australian manufacturer and looks like it was made for it as it was a reasonably close fit and I remolded it to fit exactly softening and reshaping with a paint stripper hot air gun. It fits nicely around the nose and around the carry handle as well. I equipped this HAI single to do an extended solo trip out to the Whitsundays in 2009 including motor mount for 2 hp Honda, big esky with solar panel mounted on top, mesh connection between the two trampolines and small dome tent that could be the erected right across the HI for occasional overnighting on water when no land option available, cooking on board setup, anchoring system, water storage, spearfishing gear and regular fishing capability. A new job sprang up just as I was about to go and I could only fit a week in around Jervis Bay much closer to home. Work and world got very busy and the subsequent use was limited to 2-4 day camping trips and some of all the extra gear and setup didn’t get used again. Regards Graeme
  3. Grith

    Kayak Sailing Anarchy

    Hi Guys I have sailed Hobie Islands since they first came out and have a series one single and series two tandem. I have fitted a big wave ski plastic duck bill to my single AI as I sometimes use it in mild surf and especially the early designs had a tendency to nose dive in big waves. This has solved that problem almost completely. Even planing down the face of a wave under sail the broad upward curved almost paddle like nose cone shape keeps the nose on the surface. Upwind I do use the supplied off centre centerboards but also hold the fins central which probably gives some of the lift of that custom built box keel over them. Whilst not suitable for white water the HAI’s are great fun. White water is a different world altogether that I also used to play in and no sails there. PS Hobie have now made a spinnaker which I haven’t purchased as currently focussed on equipping my big Trailer Sailer but this would add another level again to these unique sailing kayaks.
  4. Grith

    Remote Cruising on Trailable Yachts

    Children!! Can we play nice in the sand pit please. Actually I am old enough to have been around when Australia changed from Imperial to metric and still think of myself as 6 foot 2 not 188cms. For ages I still thought in MPG not liters per 100klms and held for many years a fuel economy record at 187 mpg in a FIAT 127 and still couldn't immediately convert that in my head to Liters per 100 klms except googling it as I have done now. Its 1.51 litres per 100 klms out of interest per English MPG as was used here in Australia. Then on top of that English and Us gallons are different Arrrgh!. That fuel economy is a bit different from the 15.5 liters per 100 klms I get when towing the Imexus behind my VW.
  5. Grith

    Remote Cruising on Trailable Yachts

    Hi Woahboy No that is the central console with the wheel, main engine controls and info displays along with the torqeedo electric outboard remote throttle control. The blue canvas is just a cover to prevent sun damage. Hidden behind all that is also the secondary tiller for sailing. Also woops I meant 2,000 klms away. Jumping back and forward for US based people here sometimes gets confusing. The grill is a small Magna kettle in the back corner not sighted in this shot but in the shot below. LOL
  6. Grith

    Remote Cruising on Trailable Yachts

    Hi All Well the first big tow to a distant cruising trip is commencing with the rubber hitting the road Thursday morning EST Australia. Straight out of the blocks is a 650 meter climb up Barrengarry Mountains to reach the Southern Highlands from Kangaroo Valley. The yacht will be fully loaded minus most of the fresh water and half of the diesel and some of the food. The tight mountain road has multiple switch backs and some very steep sections and has seen numerous car and truck crashes due to brake failure and slippery conditions. Then it is on past Sydney heading to North Queensland and Airlie Beach some 2000 miles away. My 15 yo daughter and I are picking up a lady I briefly dated 37 years ago at the half way point who is joining us for the two weeks on the water in the Whitsunday Islands. She wasn’t a sailor back then but is an experienced ocean racer now. She was the big bosses very beautiful executive assistant who the cheeky clerical officer snuck off with. We parted on good terms going in different directions and she recently got back in touch after all those years around my dad’s death as she knew him separately. Social media these days can bring some interesting things from your past. She was missing sailing now living and working for a mining company inland and has hitchhiked onto our cruise. For those who have stated my big trailable yacht is too large I say try pulling that one with a cramped camping TS especially at my age now. After a couple of local week long shake down cruises around here and last year the long tow from Perth on the West Coast to Kangaroo Valley on the East Coast this trip should confirm ( I hope ) the feasibility of travelling and living on board a large trailable yacht for extended periods. My plan is too shortly get going again on my previous retirement originally started with my ex 16 years ago BA (before Annabel) including extensive and long voyage exploring of wild and remote places by TS. I will miss my fabulous first mate (Daughter Annabel) as she will fly the nest soon but hope to substitute some sailing friends at times and/or find a new partner in crime game enough to do some really wild stuff. Regards Graeme Work pressures and lack of funds mean the hot water system and the anchor winch are still to come but lots of other long term upgrades have been fitted now.
  7. Grith

    Show your boat not sailing

    Probably so no one noticed when it turned turtle.
  8. Grith

    Show your boat not sailing

    I agree. It was beautifully built but scary to even think about having any significant canvas up on. I believe subsequently the new owner derigged both the sail and keel, took off the two small outboards which rose out of the water on an elevator system and fitted one big one. It just caught my eye in passing driving back from Brisbane to Southern NSW having test sailed several trailable yachts up there. Its amazing what some people will think of. Apparently the builder was a competent boat builder and a bit of an inventor but not a sailor.
  9. Grith

    Cruising on a Trailer Sailer

    Hi All Whilst back on this thread here are a couple of shots I just took of the intergrated mast raising system on my yacht which makes rigging, raising and lowering a fair sized section 30 foot mast a one person job. It also works entirely from the cockpit for passing under bridges and powerlines with just releasing a rope clutch on the cabin roof and easing the line around the sheet/halyard winch and lowering in complete control including sideways stabilisation. I just posted this as I think mast raising problems are one of the big off-putting tasks on many trailer sailers yet it can be overcome with well thought out systems. Regards Graeme
  10. Grith

    Cruising on a Trailer Sailer

    Poor bastard. I have seen a few car/truck launchings in my time but that’s the first dog ate my homework excuse!
  11. Grith

    Show your boat not sailing

    Believe it or not this thing was rigged and equipped to sail with a centreboard and junk style rig. It had a steering station up on top. I saw it on the road side for sale and curiosity got the better of me and I just had to have a look! PS Yes that is also a day bed up on top between the steering station seats. At least it could be good for something!
  12. Grith

    Expedition style motor yacht thread?

    Nice piece. Yep, we are a very temporary inhabitants here on planet Earth and Issac Asimov wrote a book called a Choice of Catastrophies many years ago. Most of those we have no control over whatsoever and are proven extinction events. Best to just get on with living with a little consideration for others.
  13. Hi All I have a torqeedo 1003 that is both my dingy motor and is mounted on the back of my 28 foot cruising TS with their remote throttle unit as it’s electric auxiliary. It was the only small outboard that could do both these functions easily that I could find. I previously had a minn kota trolling motor on the back of my trailable cruising Catamaran which also performed very well as a second auxiliary. I find it great when sailing uprivers to have the electric motor available for those sections when the wind is right on the nose and for mast down bridge and powerlines transits. The tranquility of sailing with manuavering and direct upwind capability. Also great for just cruising offshore on those windless days when otherwise you have the constant noise and vibration of the inboard. The Torqeedo 1003 can push my nearly 3 ton yacht to 5 knots flat out and is economical on power use at 3-4 knots. With solar panels and a big alternator on my inboard I have adequate recharge power on board and carry two 915 watt batteries. I hook the solar panel straight into the 1003 increasing its range and can also access my 350 amps of AGM house and start batteries if I choose. It just seemed the best solution for long range expeditioning and removed the need to carry a 3rd fuel source after diesel and alcohol. First photo shows the torqeedo without its tiller throttle mounted on the stern of my yacht. Second photo shows the torqeedo remote throttle mounted under my steering binacle. As the engine is very light it is easy to fit the clip on tiller and transfer it to my inflatable dingy which stows on deck. A recent week long trip was almost windless and a heat exchanger issue on the main donk meant we almost exclusively used the torqeedo for the trip. Mast still not raised on the shot below showing the dingy and using torqeedo power as we had just launched and transited a low bridge. If you can read the display it is showing 3.7 knots of speed whilst using 326 watt hours of power giving about 8 nautical miles of range for one battery. I had yet to hookup the solar panels at this time.
  14. Grith

    Expedition style motor yacht thread?

    No but a lot of Opti Sailers and their coaches in their dingy’s could have a lot of fun for the same fuel use.
  15. Grith

    Expedition style motor yacht thread?

    What like a quick trip over there with 6 outboards.