The Mad Hatter

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    East of the Great Divide
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    Sailing
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  1. The Mad Hatter

    Older fast Aus multies

    Anyone know what happened to Wahoo?
  2. If it was going to be for years maybe paint it but under 1 yr I wouldn't bother. The epoxy may yellow a little but you are going to coat it anyway.
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    Zingaro Wreck Follow-up: 1984 Crowther Spindrift

    I think the major problem with wood boats is not the wood but the builder. A couple of simple rules have always worked for me. The wood has to be dry and when the resin is applied the wood needs to be cooling and not warming up unless applying a vacuum. All fixing holes need to be oversized and filled and then re drilled with a smaller drill to keep a healthy layer of thickened epoxy between the moisture and the wood. I also like putting a light layer of glass over it to stop the grain from opening up and letting moisture in on areas exposed to the elements. It is a very easy material to work with and for this reason may attract builders that just don't have the knowledge/experience to do it right. Don't blame the wood, blame the builder.
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    Multihull Insurance Australia (again)

    Gee, That helps.
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    Multihull Insurance Australia (again)

    What events? What happened?
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    Fixing my beachcat rudders

    If it was me I'd do something similar to what Duncan said but I'd use a hand saw with a decent set on it. Then clamp it just to make sure I can close it up around 1mm narrower than original. Open the gap up and inject microfibre / resin mix to glue back together. Clamp to the original width minus 1mm. When the glue has cured I would wrap a couple layers of glass on the bias around the leading edge and back as far as I can and still fair that back to original width.
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    Older fast Aus multies

    I was surprised to learn myself when I built that the hulls are by far the cheapest part of the boat. Just a fraction of the cost of the rig and sails. All the best , I hope you can raise the money to do it right.
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    Bare 7x7 3/16 lifelines?

    It seems to me that dynex would be the perfect material for this application. Although I don't think it would be legal?
  9. The Mad Hatter

    Roof condensation

    Have you thought of gluing something above the bunks like carpet or mouse fur that water is less inclined to condense on? You will still get condensation on any other surfaces that currently get it, but avoid getting rained on while sleeping.
  10. The Mad Hatter

    BULLFROGS MAST

    They are mostly the ones that know very little. The truly knowledgeable ones can see how much there is that is still to learn. Funny thing that.
  11. The Mad Hatter

    HOW TO KEEP INTERNAL HALYARDS FROM RUBBING ?

    How about stopping them from banging inside the mast. Sitting on the mooring and a power boat goes by and they bang away. Boat is moored close to houses that would rather they didn't do that. I have an idea but would be interested in hearing what others would do in the hope of something better.
  12. The Mad Hatter

    Farrier bought by Daedalus

    That is an excellent point. People are looking at anything that will give them some idea of future quality. If the new company cant replicate a working web site, without a lot of it getting lost ,what is the chance of them being able to build a boat as detailed and complex as a folding trimaran. It is very much in their own interest to demonstrate beyond doubt that they can excel in the small stuff if they want to instill faith that they will be able to handle the big stuff. Loulou, I hope you are able to reestablish everything from the old site. All the best wishes for a bright Farrier future. What is the status of fixing up the web site?
  13. The Mad Hatter

    Dislodged my stern tube -- how screwed am I?

    Ain't that the truth. I don't mind taking a long time to do something right. What I can't handle is to have to do something a second time.
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    Farrier bought by Daedalus

    That is an excellent point. People are looking at anything that will give them some idea of future quality. If the new company cant replicate a working web site, without a lot of it getting lost ,what is the chance of them being able to build a boat as detailed and complex as a folding trimaran. It is very much in their own interest to demonstrate beyond doubt that they can excel in the small stuff if they want to instill faith that they will be able to handle the big stuff. I would like to see them carry on Ian's legacy but he isn't an easy act to follow.
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    composite floor boards?

    Plywood will last if you know how to treat it properly. I have a friend with a boat that has been on a mooring for a bit over 16years with ply floor boards they still look like new.