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  1. offtherails

    New Corsair 880

    No, it's a fairly light weight small tri, not a Tardis nor even a Tesseract
  2. Again, so obvious, but.... I had a lot of problems when interstate sailmaker convinced me to switch from boltrope to Rutgerson slides and it turned out that the profile of the insertions of the batt cars into the mast groove did not match the profile of the back of the mast groove. OK when sail loaded up and batten loads were compressive, taken by the wheels on the batt cars outside the mast. But an absolute nightmare when the sail was not loaded and the headcar on square top main wanted to pull away from the mast rather then being forced into it. Simple replacement by round/bullet slugs at top of sail instead of Tee shaped connectors ala Rutgerson solved the problem and main dropped like a stone when reefing or dropping rather than the (wrong shaped inserts) binding in the back of the entry groove. Similar story when hoisting. Though converting to multi-purchase halyard helped (allowing me to use otherwise unwanted half spool of thinner Vectran line) and waxing the groove each month or so also helped a lot. Moral, get a competent local sailmaker to make, commission and thoroughly test the installation.
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    Query? POSSUM: a great drinking game where players have to sit in a tree, like a possum, and consume a pack of 24 beers, preferably speights, until they fall out of the tree from drunkeness. ( Speights being a Dunedin (NZ) brewery and possums being rather hated in NZ?)
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    And the insurer? I heard rumour tha Oz buyer sent a TF10 back to the factory 'cos insurance could not be found in Oz... So what about older ocean racing tris?
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    Average about 30 and gusting over 40+knots all day, guess there was no sailing.
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    Must be some problem with their OMRs as some are there in the performance handicap results?
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    first day done
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    plywood boy, we didn't see your name on the Wangi attendance list--still time to drive there
  9. offtherails

    Weta anarchy

    and we're house sitting at Cronulla from Xmas thru Jan, so better get your show on the road Chidz
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    Weta anarchy

    catch a Weta by the toe? yeah, in the process of doing so after selling my much loved Corsair 24 after 14 years. 120kg off the beach sounds easier than 1200kg off the mooring, just a bit wetter?
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    8mt Grainger Racing Trimaran For Sale

    For the consideration of PIL007 and Chidz: I'd be interested in joining 2 others to buy Time Machine. Being Sydney based and having grandchildren in Cronulla it would be easy enough to find excuses to do some racing there, and I'm a bit sick of hauling my aged Corsair 24 to places like Hervey Bay, Gippsland Lakes and so on to trail around at the tail of the fleet. Would be nice to keep going to places like Wangi though. email me on rivettgp(at) gmail (dot) com if interested. My sailing mate Goldfinger bought share in Dux Nutts and he hauls it around, so might be good to see a couple of old Grainger tris at a few events, but nothing more challenging than Cat 5.
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    Older fast Aus multies

    Stop trying to sell Crowther multis! Video makes it look like Lake Macquarie from an F22
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    Farrier F-85SR

    Might stop you foiling whilst tacking when you put the ama foils in?
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    F-22 Update

    F22s are beautiful boats and I've seen a few of the plan built ones over the last few years, but F22 Website seems to indicate only 5 were built in 2015 and they might double that in 2016, maybe more if Philippines factory contributes. #7 factory boat just out the door last month. You'd be mad not to buy and sail something (2nd hand or another new boat) for a year or two or... even if you were well placed on the F22 order books now. IMHO
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    F-22 Update

    Is it just like pregnancies, one woman takes 9 months for the baby but if you can get 9 onto the job, presto! One a month!