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    Clipped Swan

    Hi, Looks like an S&S Swan 57? The 57 and the Swan 47/48 were the prettiest Swans ever built I think. Pure class.
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    F-9RX wood core questions

    Hi Russel, Check Nyker's link. That's the story. Yes, these little multis really are cool rides on the open ocean. As a kid, pictures of the Brown's boats have also encouraged my ventures into trimaran sailing. My first multi after a Hobie 14 was a Dragonfly 8 meter. ( the fixed beam jobby) The guy who bought the boat from me has now done the same race three times, first to finish every time. So I'm pretty proud of my backyard built F9AX. After 12 years of some heavy sailing the boat is 100% sound. Here are some pics of their race starts. Not my pics. Taken by the crew's family and friends.
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    F-9RX wood core questions

    Thanks Wayne, Your voyage and the pics of your yellow hulled Redshift helped to keep me going while I was toiling late into the night building mine.
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    Self steering trimaran

    Good evening, No, they are very different. The Farrier F36 versus the Corsair 36 was a sore point for Ian Farrier. The Farrier F36 is a serious offshore trimaran. One of the early ones has circumnavigated. Th Corsair 36 was not designed by Farrier.
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    F-9RX wood core questions

    Yep, also pretty! Obviously comes from a good family hey! Did you build her yourself? My old boat, an F9AX that I built myself. Foam core, hand-layup. Minimalist boat with no gadgets. A no budget boat, we had no money, so no need for a budget. But a mate and I did take it on an epic 1800 mile ocean race. Sadly sold it 9 years ago to a good home.
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    F-9RX wood core questions

    Pretty boat! I think the F9 is the best looking of all of Ian Farriers's designs. And a beautiful boat to sail offshore too. I miss mine.
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    Self steering trimaran

    Good evening, A 1000 tiller pilot is plenty good enough for a 23ft tri. The helm on a little tri is so light. A multi tracks well (or should track well) and the autopilot doesn't work that hard compared to a same size monohull. The tiller hardly moves. The battery drain will be minimal. I had a Farrier F9 trimaran with a Simrad 1000 tiller pilot. We sailed the boat 1 800 miles trans ocean, two up and the little tiller pilot coped well. Keep it simple. Keep it light.
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    Is this what we have come to?

    My non-sailing wife once announced "there can be nothing more embarrassing than a husband with an ugly boat"! That boat's owner must be one embarrassing husband.
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    Pic of your wooden dinghy sailing.

    Our woody. Built by Major Tom 14 years ago. keeping it looking good is my hobby.
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    Pic of your wooden dinghy sailing.

    Where are all those nice British wooden boats, Merlin Rockets and old restored Flying Dutchmen?
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    Old Sailing gear photo's

    Good afternoon, Celestial navigation worksheets. On the 27th of Feb, 1982 I had set out from Punta sel Este, Uruguay to The Cape, South Africa, on my first ever single handed passage. My charge was a Dough Petersen Contention 33 with a useless home made windvane, a twin groove forestay to make headsail changes interesting, no selftailing winches, no satnav. The next morning on the 28th of Feb, 1982, after having blissfully sailed through a fleet of fishing boats while asleep, I took my first sun sights at sea with a sextant to obtain a position line. A few hours later and after much puking over the side I followed it up and took a noon sight. Then transferred my position line and obtained my first ever position fix by sextant. The large intercept was perhaps due to my seasickness and some nerves. It got a lot better over the next 3 900 miles. This morning I hauled out my old nav notes to refresh my memory and found those very two worksheets right in front of the file. Great memories.
  12. Hallo, There were a number of guys posting about the FD's which they were restoring. Any more pictures coming up? Regards.
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    Old pics you found

    1977 Whitbread. Gauloises II (better known as Pen Duick III) lost her rudder within days of the start of the second leg from Cape Town to Auckland. She headed North to Port Elizabeth while a replacement rudder was being flown out from France. She and the new rudder arived at the same time. I bunked class from varsity to go and have a look. The town is not geared for yachts, so a harbour crane lifted the stern clear of the water and a diver slipped in the new rudder.
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    Largest vessel single-handed?

    Good evening, Way back in 1975, Arthur Holgate sailed his 90 ft gaff rigged schooner Antares solo from Cape Town to the West Indies. The boat was built and rigged as a traditional Grand Banks schooner for the charter trade and made no concessions for single handing. He had no autopilot and used a rudimentary wind vane to assist him. He sailed non-stop and was a sea for about 45 days.
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    Wauquiez Gladiator

    Good evening, I sailed two regattas way back in 1977 and 1978 on a Gladiateur when they were brand new. We also sailed a 460 odd mile offshore race with the boat and all went well until we dropped the rig just short of the finish. At night, hard pressed under kite in a rising wind, building seas and some cross waves followed by a chines gybe. Something had to give and the mast went over the side. But we still finished mid fleet under jury rig. As said in an earlier post the boat was designed by Holman and Pye, who did most of the Wauquiez design work back then. Wauquiez build quality was very good and you could take all their boats on trans-Atlantic passages. I also did a lot of sailing on their Centurion class sloops. The Centurions were also well built offshore boats. Wauquiez built nice boats and Holman and Pye designed good offshore boats so the package was easy on the eye and on the water. Back to the Gladiateur, it was a typical IOR influenced design of the mid-, late 1970's with a pinched stern and when pushed hard under spinnaker on the open ocean the boat would do a fair amount of all the others designs did back then. I recall the boat rated about IOR 3/4 ton and sailed fairly well on the local race course but was definitely no rocket ship. Down below the layout was good for sailing offshore, with proper sea berths for the crew on either tack. I would believe that a well looked after boat would be a nice safe offshore boat with no vices. Have fun!