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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Loss? A lot more "slaving" to remove the flaking failed clear only to have to repaint again.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. That's what I have except I'm unsure on how to best rig the choker/inhauler part.
  7. 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?
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. To followup on, Garhauer was able to make a set of these. Thanks Allen.
  12. I'm looking for info about what licenses I need and how to obtain them to charter a 30-40ft sailboat in France or Spain. I would like to do a 4 or 5 day cruise either in the Mediterranean or the English channel. I've owned, raced and cruised several keel boats over 30ft for 10+ years, but don't have a license as it's not required where I sail (Seattle, WA). I did find this: http://www.sailingcertification.net/resource-center/bareboat-chartering-in-europe It says I would need a "bare boat cruising" certificate, which can be turned into a "International Proficiency Certificate" that's accepted in many European countries. Is this a common and accepted method for bare boat charter companies? It also says courses to get the certificate can be challenged. Has anyone tried to do this? Is this difficult to do? .
  13. We were hitting 14s here. Felt like planing, but maybe it was more surfing... I don't know.
  14. I'd get a new 150 and a used symmetric. It seems like used symmetric kites are little easier to come by. Under 15knots, double handing with a symmetric shouldn't be too difficult on 26ft boat and will would probably be easier to race with from a tactical perspective (more forgiving with deeper apparent wind angles). For sail makers in Seattle, Ballard sails have a pretty good reputation. Not sure about ulman sails. A friend with 40.7 who went with them recently did not have the best experience.
  15. Been using these for over a year now in the NW. They don't really have a gator, but I like how they fit. No problems so far. I got them during visit in France. Not sure who sells them in the US. http://www.lizardfootwear.com/en-us/SPIN_16SM-11204.p.html?_col=13882#