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  1. 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.
  2. FT 10M

    An easy fix for the footrest/benson issue. https://www.mcmaster.com/#30325K66
  3. 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.
  4. Flying Tiger

    Sandbar, not a rock.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. CF mast refinish

    Loss? A lot more "slaving" to remove the flaking failed clear only to have to repaint again.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Flying Tiger

    That's what I have except I'm unsure on how to best rig the choker/inhauler part.
  11. Flying Tiger

    I know a lot FT10s have a fractional spinnaker halyard setup using a choker/inhauler. I've got a masthead crane and pulley figured out, but was wondering about how the choker/inhauler is rigged. Are people cutting a knockout for a sheave above the forestay fitting?
  12. Yanmar 1GM

    The exhaust elbow on these don't last that long and the head will have a bunch carbon deposits restricting flow as well. There used to be someone on ebay selling them for $100. To clean the carbon deposits out of the head, it's probably best to pull the head (not hard to do). When cleaning, be careful not to chisel into the water jacket. If you damage the head a new one will be about $400. With head off, you can inspect the cylinder walls and valves which are probably fine. Not related to your issue, but keep an eye on the water pump leaking salt water onto the aluminum oil case cover and corroding it. If it's leaking, pull the pump and replace the seals and possibly the shaft.
  13. Fractional Spinnaker Halyard

    Sarcoma, did you end up finding a setup that worked? I was planning the same thing on an FT10. I don't a have sheave or anything above the forestay and I'm a little reluctant to cut or drill in this area of the carbon carbon mast.
  14. Boots

    They're lightweight, flexible and plenty of grip on a fiberglass deck. In the year or so I've used them, they've held up well and don't leak. I try to be careful to not wear them much off the boat but have occasionally. The tread is fairly soft and is starting to show a little wear. They aren't difficult to pull off after unstrapping the velcro as they're fairly stretchy. I tried on the Dubarrys when I tried these on and these felt less clumsy, almost like wearing an athletic deck shoe. I don't think they'll last as long as Dubarrys, but it I didn't pay the Dubarry price either.
  15. Stanchion Braces

    To followup on, Garhauer was able to make a set of these. Thanks Allen.