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  1. wlrottge

    Nacra A3 rigging help

    Glasser had some instructions for hooking the main, but I never had much luck on my boat. In essence Jay's instructions were to make sure the halyard lock is leaned against the mast and once you get close to the top, rotate the mast so that the ring will pass the hook. Then straighten the mast so that the lock/hook engage. So easy a three year old can do it, right????
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    Corsair F28 Mast Question

    I race on a 28R and I think you could do this. We use the bow roller and trailer winch, but I think you could rig it for use on the water. A local 33 we race against does it, but I've not watched closely. I think one of your biggest problems would be the extra length the mast will take up while on deck in the slip.... That and keeping all the rigging straight between sails. Randy Smyth keeps his 25c on a hoist behind his house.... Trying to remember is it was a hydrohoist or a sling/cable setup...
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    Nacra Sailing?

    What he said! A dingy background will serve you very well on a catamaran. I started on slow boats and made the move in college and never looked back; still race on a mono every now and again, but... I don't own one! The detractors like to say that cat racing isn't tactical, but they're wrong.... similar tactics, but things happen a LOT faster and the options to choose from are different.
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    nacra

    What Sam said. Can also be bought on Amazon in different thicknesses as well.
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    Carbon insurance

    I use Met Life.... Both boats are all carbon, no questions.... Other than the normal stuff.
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    Question about foils

    I know Lars has gone through a variety of products and Durepox was one of them (he finished my T rudders with it and they were NICE). I'd use that since you probably want to wet sand it instead of a glossy finish.
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    Diesel Fuel Question

    I work in environmental compliance at a headquarters DoD agency and spend a significant portion of my time dealing with emergency generators. "We" only run most emergency units for an hour a month and most have enough fuel storage to run for several days without being refueled. As such, the fuel in the tanks could be years or even decades old. It doesn't go bad... You can add a biocide after the fact, just keep an eye on your water separator and filters. Biodiesel is a different story.
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    Trapeze Harness's

    Did you have the right size? Also, you need to wear lycra shorts or something to "keep things in place".... if you know what I mean. Can't just leave your bait and tackle hanging out in the breeze!
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    Trapeze Harness's

    The Zhik is really comfortable and I own one, but I wear a Magic Marine Ultimate II for distance races. I've also recently picked up a Neil Pryde full harness that I've yet to try; it is crazy light compared to the Zhik and MM harness.
  10. I'm in San Antonio, I'd argue that the class to be in around here is the F-18. I know of two really good C2's in Austin for sale at a reasonable price.
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    Revitalising the East Coast Australian Tornado Fleet

    This, this, this, this! I've tried to explain that point to multiple F-18 sailors; and until they spend time with a T and/or sail one, they don't get it. The build quality is on a totally different level and the handling of a well tuned boat is like a Cadillac! I had a beautiful Marstrom that I sold last year only because of the time to rig/derig from a breakdown trailer and the lack of crew here in Texas. I still have a beautiful set of Zuccoli's that look like new that I need to sell. Great boat that is deserving of the work you are putting into the class!! On a related/unrelated note, one of the skippers I sail F-18s with just bought an F-28R. We've already taken two monhull sailors out and think we've converted them to multihulls. As much as I'd love to convert people with a beach cat, I'm starting to think that the tris are "more approachable" for all but the most adventurous noobies.
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    2019 Worrell 1000 Reunion Race

    You touched on the point that is the real problem; it isn't that we sail 13 days in a row, it's that we sail 13 days in a row in challenging conditions. An easy day during the Worrell tends to fall in the upper range of where most people are comfortable. So now, you aren't just talking about 13 days of normal sailing, you are talking about 13 days of sailing that most people only sail in once or twice a year. As such, the loads, especially the dynamic loads are high and repeated more often over a shorter time span. The wear and tear experienced on those days is I suspect, exponential; e.g. the wear from five hours in 10 knots is not linearly related to the wear from five hours in 25-30 knots. So, excluding the beach launches and landing, a Worrell puts the equivalent wear and tear of 2-3-4 years of normal sailing on a boat? For example, I don't know about you, but the majority of the times that I've launched a non-foiling boat completely out of the water has been during a distance race like the Worrell/Florida 300/Great Texas 300, etc. Most people don't go out in 25+ and the seas are that big. The number of slamming/pounding cycles imparts pretty significant fatigue to every part on the boat. The platforms that were well prepared and tight to start (beams faired, bolts regularly torqued, tight tramp and rig) seemed to stay tighter than the rest. No matter how tight you got things though, equipment still stretches enough that the rig would still move and slam against the mast tang. It is eye opening to see how elongated the hole in the stainless mast tang would get on an Inter 20 because of the repeated pounding it would take. Also, the potential for wear/chafe is much greater because of the conditions. As the saying goes, to finish first, first you have to finish... The team I worked and sailed with spent a lot of time on small details to try to reduce unnecessary movement so that the equipment didn't work harder than needed. You could see the results of those efforts because there were fewer failures. In the end, sh*t just takes more abuse in a race like the Worrell... there isn't any question that those 13 days equate to a lot more than 13 "normal" days of sailing.
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    2019 Worrell 1000 Reunion Race

    I took one of the best Marstrom Tornados in the world with a fresh paint job/rework and beautiful set of half gaskets all done by Lars up the beach in the 2016 FL300. This was only the second day sailing it after I bought it. Spinnaker up, +20% more sail area than stock, 20+ kts, full throttle. (Still amazed that the gaskets made it through two FL300s and a GT300) Not saying I wanted to do it, but... Some habits die hard! I was more frustrated that the race officials didn't get video or pictures! The foam core F-18's deal with it just fine... You might need some gelcoat after a while, but those things are so heavy that it isn't a big deal so long as you are smart about it. Ask the regulars in the GT300.
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    R2AK on a Beachcat

    You are getting some great information here. I agree with Sam, go for something with volume and therefore survivability! Coming from a primarily 20' background and doing more F18 stuff right now, my thoughts are that I would chose a 20' boat over the F18. I sailed a Tornado in the FL300 2x and the GT300, the C2 feels very cramped in comparison, so trying to figure out where to put all of the gear is going to be a big question. As much as I like the Tornado and for all of the strengths it has, the best boats (Marstrom) are Nomex cored. They are more than durable enough to handle the sailing part of the race, but I would be worried about all the "what if's". Kickup centerboards are great, but... will the hull survive beaching on rocks or hitting a log at speed? The systems on those boats were also designed for course racing and need to be made more durable for distance racing, ask me how I know. I'd be worried about potential structural problems with a H20 (bulkhead delam in front of main beam), lack of self tacking jib (that cable is a PITA!) and the need for a spinnaker. N6.0 is a tank, but again with the damn cable for the jib, need for a spinnaker and the age of the fleet. Same goes for a P19. IMO, the choices are N20c, I-20 or modern F-18. A better choice is what the Burds did, ARC 22 with wings. Eagle makes a "sea going" beach cat, but they aren't widely available http://eagle-cat.com/
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    2019 Worrell 1000 Reunion Race

    What I meant to say was, "..the F18 is the largest class in the US and world of boats that a sane person would race in the Worrell..." I thought the same thing that you did, "would I want to take a Hobie 20 or Prindle 19 (etc.) up the coast?" Not so much from the point of view of being slow, more like, "will this thing make it?" From a structural perspective, I'd have no problems taking a Marstrom Tornado up the coast, but having done the FL300 2x and the GT300 on one... lets just say that the systems aren't designed for that kind of race. If you looked at the boats generally available that might actually finish, what is there? N20c, F18, I-20, N6.0, ARC22 (or similar). Like you said, so many other boats are long in the tooth and might not be up to the task anymore. When that jackass skipper I was with caused me to nearly get separated from the boat around Hatteras, I remembered that I have an allergy to being picked up by the Coast Guard... so... our plans don't include a Mystere 6.0 (inside joke) or anything else likely to leave us floating. This got me thinking about the impact that boat choice could have on the race. If you take best case scenario; the course record is 71 hours, 32 minutes and 55 seconds, you could use SCHRS to estimate the ETs for other boats, assuming a tie race on CT. I-20: 71:32:55 N20c: 65:21:45 F18: 74:31:47 H16: 88:54:51 (Of course that doesn't make any allowances for a slow year.)