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  1. Indian Chief

    Lock Crowther Multihull Regatta 2019

    Ok folks, Lock Crowther Regatta is on for this year Oct 2-5 with both cruising and racing divisions. Starts with the short Ocean Race on Friday 2nd October, inshore racing Sat/Sun and one early one Monday morning 5th. NOR will be posted in a week or so. Please get the word out so we ensure this is a great sailing success. Thanks to Brent Vaughn from Multihull Central for agreeing to sponsor eh event even though there's no official social program due to Covid restrictions. Multihull sailing will be the winner here.
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    Lock Crowther Multihull Regatta 2019

    just waiting for the club to approve our Covid style regatta. will know soon but id be planning for it.....
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    Lock Crowther Multihull Regatta 2019

    Glad i checked in to SA as i normally don't. must have been the sailing gods directing me. Not true at this stage Pil. I'm meeting with the RMYC Sailing Division representative today to discuss options to keep this regatta alive this year without a social program.
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    bowsprit retrofit

    After having the whiskers out to the hulls (which my cat was never designed to have) i was concerned about the load and twisting effect on the hulls so we redesigned in consultation with an experienced multihull engineer and came up with what i believe a magic solution. The boat no longer feels loaded up. if i was parking it in a marina berth i'd have one of the side lines on a friction ring purchase set up that could be easily detached and the pole swung sideways. Also, the spreader set up allows the pole to hold its self up rather than using the seagull striker A frame. Sailing upwind we always have a halyard on it as well to help support it.
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    Older fast Aus multies

    Great stuff Pil, just make sure you get up to Pittwater for the Crowther Regatta this time so we can kick your ass back to Cronulla :-)
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    Older fast Aus multies

    I just checked in here and read the posts on Bullfrog. In January 2014 and just a couple of weeks before Bottman purchased Bullfrog i had agreed to buy it for 80k and deposited 20k on it based on the purchase going ahead subject to a "reasonable" survey. I had started my offer for it at 60k but had to go up to 80k which was more than it was worth but, hey what's 20k when it comes to old multis. I had the broker put her on the beach at Bayview in Pittwater and flew Geoff Cruse down to do a survey at the same time he was doing one on a mates Crowther 52 Cat, Two Up Together. Geoff did a full survey including a moisture test across the boat and his findings were the boat was in trouble. He marked all the areas of concern with a grey lead pencil, (which i've seen Bottman refer to in old posts) and looked at me and said Darren, you'll need to spend at least 150-200k just on stripping the boat and fixing/rebuilding the damp balsa before you even fair and finish it and then have to replace the motor, sails, fittings etc etc. The boat would have needed to be stripped and put into a shed. I live in Sydney, so that was the first problem, where to do it? As much as i love the boat as I feel I've been associated with it over its full career, i had to let it go on Geoffs professional advise. it was beyond my capabilities. Geoff's survey findings were because of new work and fittings put on the boat that leaked into the balsa. So with this now behind me, I then went to France and looked at a few options there. That was going to be all too hard and I couldn't find the right boat there at the time. Then Top Gun came onto the market, I also tried to buy her 4 years earlier, however Gavin beat me to it. I quickly sold Indian Chief and bought Top Gun and have loved every day of bringing this old racer back to being a beautiful racer/cruiser in the best condition its ever been in. After reading all this and realising Bottmans struggles, I hope Bottman passes this treasured tri onto someone that can do the full restore and bring it back to its former glory before its all too late. I'm not entering into any further debate on this topic, however i felt compelled to share my story on this amazing tri.
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    Grainger R42 - 12.8mts Performance Cruiser Trimaran

    Seems like a cool solution so long as the crews make the hard work changes setting up the staysail as the conditions change. I love my new Facnor internal lock on my screecher. TG is a different boat since the lock went in. Just don't feel that ugly load trying to break the boat now when the upwind screecher is up. We've had no issues with the lock at all. To the point now I'm thinking of putting one on the main next, but still wary of the SCENARIO of building breeze, offshore late at night and the lock won't let go because it hasn't been cleaned/serviced and ceases up.... Do you think that's a fair concern Lowgroove?
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    Grainger R42 - 12.8mts Performance Cruiser Trimaran

    Hey Pil, with the small size of your jib, i'd be going furling with vertical battens as i have on TG. It's easy on the crew, fast put away and simple. You'd be hard pressed to ever have to reef your jib, surely its good upwind up to 30+ knots? Unlike monos, reef your main heaps first. We will sail TG with two reefs and full jib in 35 knots then i might put a few rolls in the jib furler but the shape is then crap (which my sailmaker is working on a possible solution) however it happens so in frequent it doesn't matter the boat still goes upwind like a steam train just not as high on the breeze. If it got real nasty i'd have to take the jib off the foil and go to a storm jib or a blade i have but never use. The nice thing about catamarans is we have plenty of deck space to do such sail changes in shit conditions. I'm not so sure about the solution on the R42 as when using the jib the staysail will be annoying when racing and tacking in short course racing which will be more often than not. Unless i'm not understanding that the staysail stay/sail is removable to allow jib to tack easily?
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    Lock Crowther Multihull Regatta 2019

    Sounds terrific LionIsland. My Crowther cat, Top Gun will be there so long as the weather and business commitments allows to get her back from up North in time
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    Older fast Aus multies

    I was on Room last week just after the broker left. Its in really good nick, doesn't need a refurb at all. If you don't mind the "extras" with a few changes it would be an awesome quick cruiser/offshore racer. The front beam and catwalk are all composite and nicely done. The engine/s set up needs to be totally changed as it would drag terribly but otherwise its pretty good and big compared to my boat as in hulls and pod. It wouldn't take much to sort the engine set up. Maybe the little pods each side could go, however they would be very handy for storage and even as bunks for visitors when cruising/deliveries. The central pod seems closer to the water than when she was in race trim so i'd think it needs looking at. Looks as though some has added to it to get more height in the pod. Is it worth 350k, every day it is, but will he get that much for it, time will tell.
  11. Indian Chief

    Older fast Aus multies

    Lovely Tri, i owned her from 1999 to 2003. She's a go anywhere cruiser with a good turn of speed in a bit of breeze.
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    Older fast Aus multies

    Look what just popped up, seen by an Airlie Beach local whilst travelling in Fiji. She was shipped from NZ to Fiji and now working as a day charter boat out of Vunda Point.
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    Older fast Aus multies

    Room was built in the mid 90s after my cat, Top Gun. Room was a more cruisy version. Same original builder and owner.
  14. Indian Chief

    Older fast Aus multies

    Been somewhat modified since her best days. Now lives around Airlie Beach.
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    Caribbean 600

    Mortica has a very cool sail inventory. Yes, they will have their hands full but they are very capable guys. My hats off to them. I've Ocean raced them in my previous 30 foot Grainger cat in 25 knots and they struggled, in fact we blew them away in those conditions, however Mortica is a very different boat now and modified and set up for such conditions now as they knew it was her weakness. When i sold my Grainger 30 cat I retired from ocean racing 30 foot multis :-) I'm enjoying the water line length of a 50 footer these days.