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    Sailing Holiday Destinations / Dinghy Resorts

    Can't delete my comment
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    Gunwale damage on high performance dinghy

    why not find a fibreglass repairer close to where the boat is and getting them to epoxy it back together, it's a pretty straightforward and quick repair to bond the deck back on and then do the cosmetic stuff whenever
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    Nacra 5.0 Jib Leech Flutter

    Is the jib as low as it can go on the jib bridle, if you don't want to try the doubler on the jib sheet, You can try pointing up so there is no load on the jib and getting your crew to put their feet against the mast and pulling with all their strength on the jib sheet including their leg strength, then put it back onto the wind. If it's still fluttering, the doubler isn't the answer
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    nacra 5.8

    I don't know the 5.7 so can't answer for that, I'm guessing at that price the 5.8 your looking at doesn't have the modern bow foil arrangement, so will already have the smaller jib, with the 5.7 you don't have to worry about boards but the 5.8 has a good method for holding the boards at whatever height you want, the good thing about both boats are they are fairly solid and heavy and weight is your friend when your learning as the boats would be near impossible to blow over in your wind range of 8 to 12 knots and you won't be looking to reef sails or anything in that range on either boat
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    nacra 5.8

    I sail a 5.8 with my wife and sometimes my daughter as crew, the mast is definitely a two person job, the easy way is to start with your boat backwards to the wind, have your crew hold the tip of the mast then while you stand on the tramp, grab the mast and hold it, have your crew stand on the main beam near the base of the mast and hold a trap handle while leaning back like a water skier. The crews weight and wind coming from behind will counter balance the weight of the mast. To take it down do the same still with the wind behind the boat. If the wind comes up big and you can't get the mast to come down because it's being blown upright around 30 knots you can have the crew pull the mast down by using a trap wire from the rear of the boat while you control it on the tramp and again lower the mast to the crew while you are on the tramp. Don't allow your crew to stand under the mast until you have it all the way down so you don't drop it on them. As for overpowered, best to have the diamond wires loose enough that you can pull them in and touch the mast with them about 18 inches from the bottom of the diamond wires, this allows the bottom of the mast to bend into the slot which depowers the boat. If you are uncomfortable with the wind you are in the easiest thing you can do is pull your centreboards up partially or even all the way and the boat will settle down. When you tie your sail battens in leave them only just tight so that when you pull the downhaul on the sail can stretch along the batten. The downhaul is your friend, on an old boat with old sail you can pull the downhaul on hard enough that the bottom of the sail comes out of the bottom of the mast and that's how we race the pin tops. I have a couple of 5.8's if you need any more help feel free to pm me or just post a question. Important safety info for cats is if you are going over get your crew to slide down the tramp and grab any rope, not climb up the boat, make sure they keep their legs together so they don't come down with a leg either side of the sidestay. Don't fear going over, practice in the shallows righting the boat, this can be done in 3 ft of water. Have fun they are a great boat and very family friendly
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    Lake Eyre Yacht Club

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    Lake Eyre Yacht Club

    If you can get to this event just do it, the socialising is awesome, sailing is fun, scenery is awesome
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    Lake Eyre Yacht Club

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    Lake Eyre Yacht Club

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    Lake Eyre Yacht Club

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    Lake Eyre Yacht Club

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    Lake Eyre Yacht Club

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    Lake Eyre Yacht Club

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    A Class Worlds - Classic Division

    Taipan 5.7's had a centreboard chanting kit we could retrofit with the later 5.7's hulls coming out of the mold cantered with no ability to straighten them. At the same time Boyer was canting his A Classes, my thoughts having owned the factory cantered and straight Taipan 5.7's is that there is no benefit to those boats except in the exact wind range that they are optimised for. In light wind a lot of energy is used in the foils fighting each other trying to lift the boat instead of going forward as the boards are splayed outward not like a foiling boat would have the boards. Just my thoughts good luck with your project
  15. If you haven't seen Jervois Bay just out of Fremantle WA you should have a look at it, we did the Nacra National titles there a couple of months ago and I would rate it highly. The prevailing wind seems to come over the spit it is on, so launching and retrieving the boat was done in pretty calm wind and water, then we sailed out to the wind line for some fun, we couldn't fault the place. In reply to plywood boy I would say the Wetas are reaping what they sewed, the Wetas pretty much trashed every cat thread for a while and the person that started this thread has said he doesn't want one, that should be enough for the Weta people to start their own threads on Wetas, if you want me to discuss my experience on Wetas and rehash old discussions just invite me onto the Weta threads and we can relive old times