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  1. The humble tillerclutch is the only one device that I would mention. I have used many other devices - Navik, Atoms, Plastimo At 50, raymarine St2000, Evo 100...they all have their limitations and in the end we adapt the boat trajectory to what they can handle. But the Tillerclutch, damn- I really dont know how to sail without it anymore.
  2. Ncik, yes your sketch is correct and indeed, I wonder why the small bulkhead is not meeting is reciprocal on starboard. The picture shows a portion of the port hull that is underneath the V-berth- so basically about 1/3 of boat form the bow (34 ft trimaran). About 2ft aft (left, on the pic) of the pipes, is the mast bulkehaed and other structures related to the beams-so, very strong. I can see why the designer wanted to keep it light consider that a transversal flex wouldn’t be an issue in this front section. SloopJohnB, about why - I had another marginal failure on the same trip that caused waterstay tension to change suddenly and this crack might be a repercussion. Not on the sense that the boat was overwhelmed, just in the small-thing-leading-to-another-one sense.
  3. I sure do have a nice set of plugs. I also pretend not to have noticed that the thru-hulls have ridges inside that make the plugs unusable.
  4. The pic gives the wrong impression: there is no core in the bottom. DrewR, you guessed right, the surveyor recommneded that I install valves but I opted to keep it simple. I ll give it a go in 2 weeks. I expect the most delicate part to be where the “tabbing “ occurs. Lets see...
  5. Well spotted Razr, its superficial but this winter I ll have to do something in the vicinty of all that (probably adding a Omega) and I will put this level. Moonduster, well yes those are seacocks... not a tank on the other side, just the open ocean ! (I changed those thru-hulls last winter, juat for peace of mind). Alcatraz, yes I think thats what it is - a crack along the filler edge.
  6. I found a fracture at the front of the hull, underneath the V-berth, where the cored walls transition to the solid laminate of the bottom. I don’t find any delamination of the core - apart from the crack itself. The boat was surveyed this winter and found in good condition; so, I believe that the fracture is local. Seems to me that I could properly fix this without a haul-out and save the rest of the season - remove the separated skin, lightly grind the hull wall and the bottom, glass over a patch (stichmat ? 3 layers ? ) that overlaps 5-6 inches to the undamaged surfaces. What do you think ?
  7. Yep HarryGee, same thing here. Really worth trying RudeDog - but I think that if this had significant appeal to the US sailors, we would see more SH sailors in the existing races already - because, really, what prevents skippers to enter a race SH today ? nothing AFAIK, as long as the skipper can keep a continuous watch.
  8. Nov 14th, Roucayol’s trimaran capsises in Route du rhum, 1000 miles from Guadeloupe. He his picked up by a competitor, once arrived in Guadeloupe charters a tugboat and heads back (guided by Epirb) to pick her, arrives today and finds her upright. Probably a one-off event ? Still - nice to know that it can happen. Roucayol had mentionned that the capsize might have been caused by water in one of the amas. So, conversely, it might have induced the righgening as well ? More here (in French)
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    Route du Rhum 2018

    the RdR website says the start will be streamed live on Facebook w. French commentary.
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    VR Route du Rhum

    I will race in multi 50.
  11. Ganzi

    Corsair Trimaran

    Your kids will like the F24- even if they are not into sailing, just doing circles around the other boats is fun by istself and will give them the feeling that dad’s boat really kicks ass. Your wife (her first, but the rest of the family later, possibly) will find the F24 exposed (spray, wind) and a bit over the top when wind reaches above 13 or so ( but the solution is indicated in post above, about the virtues of sailing slightly under-powered).
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    Cassette Rudder Sticking

    on mine (different make though), I just have to swing the lower part of the blade forward - nothing to do with lubrication: it is caused by the trailing edge wedging itself in the cassette. in your case the transom makes it a bit hard to grab the blade, but try with the boat hook. just a light knock should be enough.
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    Inflatable vest test

    as Abrams, I tested (or rather had my kids test) 2 West marine auto-inflatable - the entry level model: they only partially delpoyed, because the velcro did not released. Once they yanked it free, it fully deployed.
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    Peak Sails

    I bought my asym from them, no issues at all, I got confirmation mails at each step of the process, the US rep answered my questions etc... It seemed to me as a well organized buisness. That was 3 years ago, though.
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    Dragonfly 25 MKI

    Since the case is close, I would like to highjack the topic to discuss this rigging patern. Trisail says « The running backstays are pretty important on the Dragonfly to get some forestay tension with the rotating mast. » As the capshrouds pull directly against the forestay (they are linked together), I thought that they would be the ones for tensionning it. Why are the backstays better at tensioning the forestay ? And what is the influence of the rotation in this ? (if I imagine the rig from above, the rotation seems hardly discernable part of the geometry). Thks,