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About gthomas72

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  • Location
    Melbourne, Australia
  • Interests
    To own a Farrier F-33XRC
    Current Boat: Pulse 600
    Previous boats:
    F-85SR
    Nacra 16^2
  1. R2AK 2016

    Great reports. Interesting details about Jungle Kitty. Does anyone know what Jungle Kitty did with its engine. Have they permanent disabled the engine for the race? I dont believe having an engine which you promise not to switch on, is the same as not having an engine. It is a different level of risk if you always have the option of switching it on if you get into problems, versus not having the engine. Thanks for the quick answer. Good to see that this was fully in the spirit of the race.
  2. R2AK 2016

    Great reports. Interesting details about Jungle Kitty. Does anyone know what Jungle Kitty did with its engine. Have they permanent disabled the engine for the race? I dont believe having an engine which you promise not to switch on, is the same as not having an engine. It is a different level of risk if you always have the option of switching it on if you get into problems, versus not having the engine.
  3. Corsair Pulse 600

    The spinnaker sheet is routed via a block on the rear beam, then forward to a block on the forward beam, then to the cockpit. This allows the spinnaker trimmer to sit well forward. Both blocks are Ronstan Series 55 Ratchet Orbit Blocks (RF56101). I keep the rear block ratchet OFF and i keep the forward block in Auto mode so that it will freewheel as soon as I release the sheet. Others may set this up differently. Hope this answers your question.
  4. Corsair Pulse 600

    I have to agree with Greg on this. Whilst there is lots of complaints on this forum about boat price, I would like to know of another boat on the market which is 6.0m long, fully folding, brand new, on the water, tax paid in Australia, with trailer and outboard for less than US$50,000. The fact is boats are expensive and the price exponentially increases with length and functionality. I had my Pulse out last weekend at a beach in Geelong. We had 4 adults and 4 kids on board with lots of room to spare. Winds were 10-12 knots and the water was flat. We easily got 10 knots of boat speed and peaked at about 14 knots. You only got wet if you were on the leeward side and I sailed it on and off the beach several times during the day. I even had the spinnaker up a few times and the kids absolutely loved it. Glynn Pulse 600 #20
  5. Corsair Pulse 600

    Just to clarify, the boat for sale is my boat, not a dealer demo boat. I have some major changes coming up in my life in the near future and I need prepare myself for this which unfortunately means the boat has to go. I would love to keep the boat, but there will always be another opportunity when my life is in less flux. It is nearly new and only sailed 3 times so far. It is available immediately, located in Melbourne and I would consider delivering to Sydney or Adelaide. Price is negotiable, so contact the dealer if genuinely interested.
  6. Corsair Pulse 600

    370 kg was the original design weight of the boat. Since then, then a rigid folding system which allows folding on and off water has been added, a heavier mast has been added and a number of other items as well. In addition, the boat has been actually built and weighed. 450 is the correct sailing weight for the boat. My certificate is stamped as 458 kg, but I am yet to get the exact inventory of the boat when weighed. I am not sure what sails, rigging or extra's are included in this weight.
  7. Corsair Pulse 600

    This is exactly the reason you want a higher minimum weight. Genuine OD racing is still several years away. If they set the minimum weight to suit you and your boys at your current weight (say 150kg total) in 4-5 years you will be over weight and complaining about the young fit sailors winning all the races. If you are under weight now and racing OD, just add some extra ballast in the water proof compartment. It is low and forward and will have little adverse affect. In 4-5 years, you can remove it and still be on the same level playing field. This is not a penalty, it is making all boat even so you can race true OD, otherwise the light teams are getting an advantage over the heavy teams. If you are racing OMR in Australia, I have been told for a light boat like the Pulse it is probably better with a heavy crew (probably 3 up) anyway to get a more favourable handicap. I have yet to test this theory, but the advice has come from regular winners under OMR.
  8. Corsair Pulse 600

    I admit I don't understand it. I get its not self righting but 400lbs of racing stupid is going to put the boat over just as fast as 300lbs of racing stupid and anyway its more likely its the inexperienced family daysailing w kids that gets into trouble and causes them bad press if that is what they are worried about. I can't think of many double-handed racing dinghies that have minimum (or optimal) crew weights of 400lbs so if they wanted to join this OD class they get to buy a "multihull and add correcter weight??" Why even have a minimum crew weight? Is it purposeful or are they just lacking insight and experience in OD? I am baffled. IMO, I doubt this boat is targeted at young fit sailors. Young fit sailors are probably far more interested in sailing OTB High Performance Cats. They are cheaper, faster and a lot more sexy especially if they foil. Like me, this boat is more aimed at the middle aged, beyond their prime sailors. Cash-up, probably with kids, looking for a boat that is reasonably fast, versatile, but can also be sailed OD. When I weighed 110 kg (240 pound), I was told the only way to sail a Hobie 16 competitively was to find a small 13 year old girl to be my crew to get to close to the ideal weight. The optimal crew weight for a Hobie 16 is 130 to 140 kg (285 to 310 pound). My crew would need to be no more than 70 pound (31kg). My 8-year old daughter almost weighs this. This did not sound like the right way to go for me, so I decided to get a Nacra 16^2 instead as I could sail one-up and not really be penalised by weight. I now weigh 85 kg or 190 pound. If I sailed a Hobie 16 now, I would still need a crew with a weight less than 55 kg (or 120 pound). I still think I would prefer the 180 kg (400 pound) minimum limit for the Pulse 600 since it will matter little if my other crew is a similar weight to me. Also, it will encourage me to put a third crew on board, which could be one of my kids once they are a little older. The rules must be fit the target audience, not ultra competitive sailors. Just my opinion.
  9. Corsair Pulse 600

    I have completed the sailing video for our sail on Monday. For the first sail, we had 4 adults and 4 kids on board, plus lots of food and kids play things. We had about 8-10 knots of breeze. Even with the extra weight, the Pulse still felt quite alive and was very roomy even with all the kids on board. I will definitely be doing this again with the kids. Later in the afternoon, I went back out with my mate. The breeze had picked up slightly to between 10-13 knots. We managed a new top speed of 14.5 knots and sustained at about 13 knots. I still have a lot to learn to keep her in the groove, but I am having a lot of fun. Hope you enjoy. Glynn Pulse 600 - V20 - KatRat II
  10. Corsair Pulse 600

    thats a good description of it The black line attached to the stainless steel arm is the mast rotation control. It can reduce the rotation to almost aligned with the boom. It is NOT attached to the deck. The white and green line is the out haul for the main. It runs internally in the boom. Neither affect the boom furling. After a few errors, I have now got the hang of raising and lowering the main and it is getting very easy now. I am use to winches so doing it without whilst on the water has been a new experience, but is coming together. Does that mean no rotation control if you roller reef? I do not believe the intention is for the excess sail to be rolled around the boom when reefing. I have yet to try reefing myself, but when I do, I intend to drop the sail so I can re-attach the cunningham and clew, and then the excess sail is rolled up and held in place with the zippers which can be seen on the attached photo. Note: in the photo, I had forgot to attached the mast rotation at the time I took the picture. It was attached later in the sail, once I realised it was not in place.
  11. Corsair Pulse 600

    thats a good description of it The black line attached to the stainless steel arm is the mast rotation control. It can reduce the rotation to almost aligned with the boom. It is NOT attached to the deck. The white and green line is the out haul for the main. It runs internally in the boom. Neither affect the boom furling. After a few errors, I have now got the hang of raising and lowering the main and it is getting very easy now. I am use to winches so doing it without whilst on the water has been a new experience, but is coming together.
  12. Corsair Pulse 600

    Today I had a top speed of 14.3 knots in winds of about 10-13 knots while reaching. The maximum recorded gust today nearby was only 14 knots. We had an onshore breeze which provided lovely flat water. Earlier in the day we achieved 9 knots with 4 adults and 4 kids on board. Winds were about 8-10 knots at that time. I am still very much learning to sail competently and my crew had very limited sailing experience. I have a video of the fun times on board with 8 people just to prove it. Might take a few weeks to do an edit. For average sailors, this boat will easily do 15-18 knots sustained in the right winds. We needed a bit more wind today and we would have achieved those speeds. For competent sailors, I would full expect that 20 knots sustained could be achieved, but you would be skimming the main hull and lots of care would be required. My guess is that the Pulse 600 could peak out at about 23-25 knots. Hopefully I might get some good sailors on board and prove this up. Regards Glynn Pulse 600 - V20 - KatRat II
  13. Corsair Pulse 600

    Or from the topping lift? I haven't found a photo yet that shows how the paired hiking sticks are managed. Corsair haven't answered my request for info. They hang from the side stays. See attached photos. Very easy to use, but watch the free end if anyone is sitting on the leeward hull. It can poke you in the person in the face if not careful.
  14. Corsair Pulse 600

    Folks, I have finally got around to editing the video of our commissioning sail on Sydney Harbour on the 28th Nov. We were sailing in about 10-15 kts from the North East. Our top speed was about 13.5 kts which was pretty cool given this was our first outing on the trimaran. It was a great learning experience and I am looking forward to more sailing and learning to trim the sail better. The video was recorded on a Garmin VIRB XE Action Camera. Regards Glynn Pulse 600 - V20 - KatRat II
  15. Corsair Pulse 600

    It does look risky, and one would not want any kids on board. But it was floating low at Annapolis, and will no doubt need a big rig to get it going. However, is it going to be insurable with that power, or will insurance last? I have bought my Pulse 600 primarily as a family boat. The reason I bought it was that it was small enough to single hand, which means the kids and wife can sit and enjoy the ride, but also, simple enough that they can get involved even at the age of 6 & 7 years old. There is no winches and only three sails, all on furlers. In light to moderate winds the kids can get involved and I bet they will have a lot of fun. Everything in life is risky but to say the Pulse 600 is not a boat for kids is a complete joke. In fact in my opinion this is very much an ideal boat for kids and the family. If it gets a bit windy: 1) Reef 2) Furl the jib and sail main sail only. 3) Furl the main sail and return home under motor. There is very few beach cats that can do that (i.e. reef or motor) and bigger boats have higher sheet loads and need winches. As for sailing on one hull, the pictures were clearly a stunt. Sailing like that would be slow as the floats would be pressed down due to the heel of the vessel and therefore subject to far greater drag than if less heeled. If racing, the best idea is to hike just enough and get the main hull skimming. Rudder still well in the water and mast is more vertical. If you really want to sail on one hull buy a cat and save weight, especially for this size boat. As for insurance, I got this without any questions. I have a clean record and the price is pretty competitive. If I capsize the boat, I have a fairly big deductible, but it was probably my fault anyway.