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    SailTimer wind instrument

    If you don't have a rotating mast, then you may want to look at the calypso offerings I don't know if EUR500 fits your description of 'reasonable' cost....
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    Thoughts on old molds and new boats

    Donate them to the nz Sportboat fleet?
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    Garmin Quatix 3/5 vs... ?

    My apologies, it this one I had loaded
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    Garmin Quatix 3/5 vs... ?

    I've got that app, but it crashes everytime during the countdown after 30s. Have they really discontinued the VAHR? Still seems to be current on the garmin site but I'm not in the industry so you'll likely know more. Anyway, if true another reason not to go for it.
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    Garmin Quatix 3/5 vs... ?

    I race on a 28ft catamaran, harbour and coastal racing. For a long time I used the garmin foretrex 301 or 401, it can do basic navigation, plus has a big screen and buttons you can use with gloves on. I tried the Vivoactive HR route running the raceqs app, great in principle as it can do pretty much everything a prostart can but for half the price. Its fatal flaw though is the touch screen on the watch is basically useless when it gets wet. I've gone back to the foretrex as its bulletproof, takes AAA batteries which can be replaced on the fly, i've ended up swimming with the thing, put it away wet for weeks at a time, basically abused the crap out if it and not had any problems at all. The new version, the 601 looks good, slightly bigger screen, but same overall size and weight. I think you can also navigate to a bearing, so in theory you could put in the (average) wind direction, and get VMG. Obviously it wont be absolutely accurate, but as a The newer garmin smart watches can load maps, but they are also big money. If ypu want useable charts you probably need to strap a smartphone to your wrist running navionics or something similar.
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    How big a square top?

    Ronstan Series 19 I did think it looked flat, but the old main was likely blown out, and we are still a little light on batten tension The head of the sail is lashed on, and the next two battens on quick release cars so its relatively easy to get the sail flat on the boom (easier than inserting and tensioning two battens which is what we used to do
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    How big a square top?

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    How big a square top?

    Just put a new main on an 8.5m catamaran, 4m foot, 11ish m leach and a 40% square top against a rotating mast The barn door is driven slightly by the class rule limiting air draft, but the sail twists nicely when needed. Built by Evolution sails in NZ, who have done the last 4 mains for this size racing multi, 3 cats and a F82R
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    Affordable racing tris vs. cats (<35ft)

    And a big checkbook to pay for the new rudder foils, curved daggerboards, float design and rebuilding. That's before you work out how the loads paths are going to go for the canting rig adjustment. (Which is even harder on this as the mast base is higher than the forestay attachment so your rig rake turns to custard unless have some flash forestay length adjustment) not saying it can't be done, but you are generally better off spending the money on sails and concentrating on sailing the boat on short leg round the cans racing
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    Affordable racing tris vs. cats (<35ft)

    Goes pretty well in bigger breeze as well, but it schooled the rest of the 8.5 multihull fleet at last years nationals in the light (day two which was 15-20kts saw the cats back at the front of the fleet). Likely not quite as comfortable in chop as a unmolested Farrier F82R as there is less rocker in the floats, but a foot longer and more sail so will be quicker overall. Its a great boat and someone is going to get a bargain....
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    Affordable racing tris vs. cats (<35ft)

    That boat is an absolute weapon in under 10kts
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    Affordable racing tris vs. cats (<35ft)

    That would be Charleston, a (significantly) modified seb schmidt F28 that gets raced as hard as anything else in NZ. Speed wise, it smashes Dragon (it , it's arguably the fastest multi in NZ under 50' bar the foilers (assuming they can ever actually foil consistantly), and its done plently of racing outside the harbour as well. You could do a lot worse.. Race history here
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    Affordable racing tris vs. cats (<35ft)

    Why wouldn't you shop off shore, lots of boat leaving NZ at the moment
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    Low Friction Ring Anarchy

    They sure have...