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  1. Using an iPad for a Mast Instrument Display

    Sunlight readability is the biggest problem with an iPad. Pretty good discussion here:
  2. How to build large format display

    This looks pretty cool and am kind of tempted to order one. Like the OP, my main interest is the displaying large digits for boat speed, depth, apparent wind, TWS, etc. and not so much the start line and tacking angle stuff. You are saying this will display "4 items of telemetry in real time". So you could display something like boat speed, apparent wind direction, wind speed and depth on one page/screen? I'm currently using tacktick. It sounds like I would just need to run a wire to carry the 0183 data from the tacktick NMEA interface to this display.
  3. Bad Company

    That's one of the yellow SC27s. Yes, a well sailed and dedicated crew. I remember that race and the speech from the crew afterwards.
  4. Bad Company

    There's SC33 that does pretty well in most PNW races. Weird hearing that it doesn't sail to its rating.
  5. The checkstays on on my 3030 used a car on track that was between the genoa car and cabin top. A dyneema line (3/16 I think) was tied from the car up to the mast. There was another line connected to the car, led aft, and then cleated in a cam cleat for adjusting tension. For the hatch, I had called up W.D. Shock and they were able to make a fiberglass one from the original mold. I think mine was the same as shock 35. This was about 5 or 6 years ago, not sure if they will still do this.
  6. Some polars and trimming guide I used for my 3030.Perfomance_cheatsheet2.xls
  7. Sidestay tension, why does it matter?

    If you have 100kN of preload, you would need a 100kN load to over come that preload. A bolted joint is another example of this: http://www.machinedesign.com/fasteners/demystifying-bolt-preload The preload is basically a stretched spring. To stretch that spring even more you need to apply a force that is greater than the force required to stretch the spring when it was slack.
  8. FT 10M

    An easy fix for the footrest/benson issue. https://www.mcmaster.com/#30325K66
  9. Flying Tiger

    In the heavy upwind chop it seems like you'd still risk the mast hitting the forward area of the partners. Maybe putting more tension on the lower diagonals would keep this from happening? I've seen where a line is tied to the mast, back through an unused halyard clutch and then tightened to keep the mast from pumping forward. I suspect this may be the system MHK had used as it also gives you the ability to slightly adjust the mast rake and lower fore/aft mast bend.
  10. Flying Tiger

    Sandbar, not a rock.
  11. Flying Tiger

    Thanks for the info. I think the drawing would be helpful. I have been able to locate where the sleeve ends above the forestay. I'm assuming the block used is the same as the harken spinnaker halyard block.
  12. Flying Tiger

    Cazza, Thanks for the ideas. You are guys are looking good there. Lashing a friction ring to that hole in the forestay fitting crossed my mind as an option as well. I did find out that North Sails has a fractional 'kit', but they weren't clear on how they rig it.
  13. CF mast refinish

    Loss? A lot more "slaving" to remove the flaking failed clear only to have to repaint again.
  14. I've read a couple threads where people have used a choker or inhauler on a masthead rigged halyard for flying a fractional kite. I guess I'm wondering what is used just above the forestay fitting for the choker/inhauler to work on a carbon fiber mast. The boat is an FT10 and I know a bunch of boats have been modded to fly a fraction kite. I was thinking something like this might work: http://www.melges.com/?p=store/details&sku=12263&cat=43&SID=gnhak0m4r8cplb15puet9itfl6 I was also thinking about CNC machining something out G10 and glassing on to the mast, but would prefer a simpler solution.
  15. CF mast refinish

    I'd just roll and tip with awlgrip primer and topcoat with a solid color, not clear. Clear won't do as good of job for UV protection and will fail/flake off after a few years.