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    RIP Bob Fisher

    Good Morning, I sailed with Bob Fisher in the 1980 Agulhas Race, a tough 480 mile race off the notorious South African coast. I was the young rookie onboard the Lavranos designed 41 footer Nutcracker. What a character he was. Bob turned the race into a laugh-a-minute for all of us and we finished a good 2nd overall. 5 years later I bumped into him in Lymington and was thrilled that he remembered me. Sail on Bob!
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    F27 as RETRO BOAT?

    Hallo Nobleman, I've posted on the Farrier Forum asking for a West coat F27owner to make contact with you .I really hope someone does. Regards.
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    F27 as RETRO BOAT?

    Good evening, Thanks for that offer Nobleman, but unfortunately I'm from very far away. Hopefully someone close to you sees this and makes contact. However, well done with your series on Retro Boats. I love watching them. Regards from St Francis Bay, South Africa. The home of the perfect wave.
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    Santa Cruz Opti surfing

    Good evening, Just a few observations: The TV headline says "12 kids rescued" I count 6 boats in the tow, all singlehanders. How can it be 12 sailors, or did the second group also get dumped? Interesting that most of the boats stayed upright after getting smacked by that first very large wave. The second wave finished off a few more. Not all of them required rescuing though. I would like to hear what the kids themselves had to say about what it felt like after a shower, a hamburger and a coke. Depending on where kids have grown up, but the little ones I know who grow up at a coast with nice surf, all have boogy boards etc and are pretty surf - wise. They might be a bit shaken if dumped by a big set, but are soon out again, a bit wiser, a bit tougher, but not deterred. Lets not underestimate kids. Hopefully it will be the same with these chappies. But having said all this, I'm glad for all involved that they were all okay in the end.
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    IOR landfills?

    Interesting but Grimalkin did not become landfill. A few years ago a distant family member of ours sent us pictures of him sailing onboard her in Montenegro.
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    F27 as RETRO BOAT?

    What I meant was that Scot Tampesta features the F27 in his RETRO BOAT series.
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    F27 as RETRO BOAT?

    Would the F27 not be a good candidate for a multihull RETRO BOAT? Its from the 1980's. It's a cool boat. It's a multihull. It's still being sailed hard.
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    What is this dinghy?

    Good evening, Your boat is a "Peanut" dinghy and originates from one of the Scandinavian countries. Elsewhere in the world it is known as a "Nutshell" dinghy. I doubt if the rig in your picture belongs to the boat. The boat was designed and supplied with a balanced lugsail rig. With a bit of Google searching you should find whatever info you need. Expect a sailing performance from "poor" to "extremely poor" but have fun nevertheless.
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    Beach launching a Wayfarer

    Good evening, I would suggest you water jet a stout wooden post into the sand just above your parking bay. Use a hose pipe and jet water into the sand, at the same time dropping the post in. When you turn off the hose the post will lock solid into the sand. Drive it in deep. Leave the post in place for good. When you want to recover the boat, hook a six to one handy billy to the post and the launching dolly. Rig it so you pull by walking downhill from the post towards the beach when you pull the rope. Local fishermen do it to retrieve fishing boats. Have fun.
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    Worst/scariest moment in a dinghy?

    While doing national service in the Navy, sailing a dinghy into the gunnery shooting range. Being shot at was not too much fun. Being escorted out by a patrol launch also caused us some anxious moments. Luckily we were not charged.
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    Significant Other Participation

    My non-sailing wife and I have been racing our14ft scow design together for over 9 years. It's a main and jib only class which helps to keep things pretty straight forward for her. I'm very competitive but she is the exact opposite.We really make a point of having fun and having a laugh when things get hectic. She believes that the close proximity of boats in those critical seconds before the star gun goes off is a good time to make new friendships and to strike up conversations with the other ladies on neighbouring boats. If I hail a port tack boat too loudly she accuses me of being overly aggressive. Fortunately for me, the previous owner also raced with his wife and had set out the cockpit in such a way that the helmsman can take over all the control lines from the back of the boat should the lady in front have a total brain freeze. Her only requirement is that should we capsize, we go home. And she refuses to hike. And I dare not ask her to "use your weight, my love". She goes wild if we end up near the front. That's very seldom. All in all I actually like sailing with her. It's our thing. Oh, and our combined age is 118 years.
  12. Thanks for the link / pictures. Please tell us a bit about the job. Very pretty boat, well done!
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    Solo night watch

    Solo sailing and sleeping.......there is only one rule. "velocity x mass = right of way "
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    Sngle handed head sail arrangement

    Good evening, I used the halyard downhaul system on my 9 meter Farrier trimaran which I sailed solo most of the time. I never bothered to capture the downhaul line inside the hanks.......too lazy. Once hoisted, I would just snug it nice and tight and slip it into a cam cleat on the cabin top. If you want to do a sail change, drop the sail and apply tension to both downhaul and halyard. Then cleat both. Change sails as normal. The beauty of this system is that the dowhaul is attached to the halyard, so the halyard is held captive while you clip on the new sail. The halyard is kept right where you want it and it is under tension so it will not snag spreaders etc. When you're done, transfer the halyard to the new sail. The downhaul keeps everything tight on deck until you get back to the winches to hoist the new sail. Try it. You can rig it with gear you already have on board.......its for free. Chuck it if you don't like it. Have fun.
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    Sngle handed head sail arrangement

    Good evening, If you do change over to hanks, rig up a downhaul on your headsail halyard. Tie a light line to the jib halyard snapshackle. The line passes through a small block next to the tack fitting and is led aft to the cockpit and a small cleat. When you hoist the headsail the line snakes up the forestay along the luff of the sail. When you have to drop the sail you throw off the halyard and pull down on the downhaul line. Then cleat off both halyard and downhaul. It snugs the headsail luff down onto the foredeck and keeps the sail out of trouble till you can make your way forward. It also keeps tension on the halyard to prevent it from riding up the forestay and snagging in the rigging. Have fun!