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    Dragonfly 25 MKI

    Hallo, I had a Mk 1 many years ago. The mast step is correctly installed. I will have to rely on a bit of fading memory here. To raise the mas you lay the mast over the bows. There is a ss stubb on the heel of the mast. The mast rotates on the stubb.There is a hole in the stubb. The pin in the mast step is inserted through the hole in the stubb. The pin acts as the pivot when you raise the mast. You raise the mast as per the diagram. Once the mast is up and stabilized with the forestay, shrouds and runners, push a big screwdriver under the stubb and lift the mast enough to draw the pin out of the stubb. That little ss bar accross the front of the mast step prevents the heel from slipping out. Now push the heel of the mast back. Then put the ss pin back. The pin then prevents the mast from kicking out of he mast step. The mast can now rotate freely. But I see you are from Sweden, there must be lots of Dragonflies around there to help you. Good luck and have fun.
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    Tremolino trimaran.

    Good evening, Regarding the Tremolino trimaran. Is there one of you folk who has the home built / Hobie 16 version of the Tremolino. I would like to find out just what building one of them entails. There are lots of old Hobie 16's around in my neck of the woods and I enjoy building and working on boats. I look forward to hearing from someone. Regards.
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    Why the Rustler 36?

    The Rustler was designed by Holman and Pye. The firm designed boats that were meant to sail offshore. Their designs sailed very well and cabin layouts etc were done for living offshore. Holman and Pye deigned the original Oysters, the Centurians and Bowmans. All strong and fast boats. And good looking too.
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    optimist, niece wants to sail.

    It cannot be too bad because he has sold some kits into the USA. Roy, the owner seems a helpful chap.
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    optimist, niece wants to sail.

    Thanks, but he has outgrown Optimists some years ago. It's an old pic.
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    Boats with outboards

    Good evening, We had an outboard on the back of our Farrier F9 tri and it really helped to turn the outboard as well when doing tight turns in marinas. Otherwise, leave it as is and steer with the rudder. With some trailer sailers you can also move the boat around under outboard power without having shipped the rudder. But beware, your reverse is very iffy-butty with most outboards. Reason being that the exhaust outlet is through the middle of the prop. This causes airated water to flow over the prop when you go into reverse and the prop gets no "grip" on the water. Then the only way out is to stop the boat first, and then to slooowly try reverse again. All considered, I loved the outboard on the back. No mess, clean bilges, no diesel smell below. But best was the clean flow of water under the boat. Regards.
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    Pukers United – For those that have

    Good evening, Thanks for the frank discusions. I suffered from sea sickness. I called myself a first night outer, but it often extended to three days. After a lifetime of offshore sailing I finally called it a day shortly before I turned 60. Having done something like 10 Atlantic crossings (one which was solo) racing and deliveries, I loved my ocean passages but eventually found that the motion sickness became unbearable and I was no longer willing to subject myself to the suffering. NOTHING worked for me. What did help was to immediately hit the bunk when leaving port and to have a good, deep sleep. When I then woke up, I would find that I am in tune with the ocean and the boat and would be 100% okay for the rest of the passage. I could then bleed the diesel engin, cook or navigate no problem. However, I would normally be in command, so going for a snooze immediately was not always viable. Never mind how sick I was, I would always stand my watch, but it sucked. And then there would be those guys in the crew, first time out ever, having a whale of a time, the tougher the going, the better, joking and having fun doing all the stuff I could not do. How I envied them! My last ocean passage was a two-up race on my little 9 meter trimaran. Seasick for the first three days of a nine day race. After that I sold the boat and hung up my boots. I now make a point of flatly turning down all offers to go and sail offshore and have bought a racing dinghy for my wife and I to sail on inland waters. Regards.
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    Grain Surfboard Project

    Yep, with wax. Thanks, credit must go to Burnett Wood Surfboards, Cape Town, South Africa who presents the week long workshops. A lot of time was spent on the principles of board shaping. The rails of the board, just like the chines of a hull is a biiig thing. Same with rocker. It was fascinating to learn just how much hull shape and surfboard shape have in common. Regards from St Francis Bay, home of Bruce Brown, The Endless Summer's Perfect Wave.
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    optimist, niece wants to sail.

    Good afternoon, Check this guy out. He CNC cuts plywood Optimist kits in South Africa that measures and ships them all over the world. Nice thing is he supplies a building jig which makes it difficult to build outside the class tolerances. The kit includes absolutely everything, epoxy, Harken gear, North sail. Years back my one kid got a ply Opti for free. It was rescued from a warehouse toilet! It was absolutely poked but I got him sailing for what would have been less than 50 U.S. dollars. After two seasons the boat just disintegrated and we dumped the hull but kept the gear for spares. The boat was substantially quicker than the glass Winner he got as a replacement. Sadly he drifted from a cheap sport like sailing to a rich man's sport namely mountain biking.
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    Grain Surfboard Project

    Good evening, Here is my wood surfboard ( before I waxed it). Built at a week long workshop which my wife gave me as a 25th wedding anniversary present. I don't really surf so it spends most of it's time as a wall display inside our home. Building it and just hanging out with surfing dudes for a week was great fun.
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    Wild Eyes found after eight years

    That's a good start. She never took sailing lessons.
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    Good evening. A correction. Bill King capsized and lost the fore mast of his boat deep in the South Atlantic as he was entering the Roaring Forties. He set up his specially prepared jury rig and made for Cape Town. When about 200 miles out, the South African yacht Corsair met up with him and towed him to Cape Town where he retired from the race. So he never made it into the Southern Ocean during the 1968 event. He tells the story on his book, "Capsize". Some years later he attempted a non stop circumnavigation again and got as far Aus where he ran into some difficulties. Going on memory a bit here, he collided with a whale and nearly lost the boat. After repairs he carried on and completed the voyage around the world. The name of his book about this voyage escapes me right now. In the 1968 event three boats made it through the Southern Ocean. A sailor who received very little credit for what was in fact a good passage was Nigel Tedley with Victress, the plywood trimaran. Regards.
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    Route du Rhum 2018

    Good evening, I have new respect for Alex Thomson. He accepts his penalty as " very fair " and takes full responsibility for the incident. He is polite and shows excellent sportsmanship during the TV interviews despite what must have been a devastating blow to himself and his team. Take note Serena Williams and co and learn from Alex.