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In Topic: How Does Buying a UFO Foiler Work???

25 September 2016 - 02:02 AM


...what is wrong with sailing today. ... before the internet and we could only communicate with the builder by phone or letter. We drove 3 hours...



We had to hike up Mt Ararat in the rain and it came to pass that every animal on Earth had taken a shit in the boat.

In Topic: Carbon vs alloy rudder post?

13 September 2016 - 06:07 PM

Alloy is usually aluminum



Things like Aquamet, too. 


FWIW, I've got a buddy who's made a pretty good living over the last four decades plus mostly making custom rudders. I know he's done high aspect racing rudders and big multihull rudders with hand lay-up shafts. Many have been used hard and put away wet and, AFIK, none have failed. It can be done. People do it. However, it's certainly not a quick or cheap process and these days an autoclaved shaft from a specialist is just gonna be better. Anyway, hand lay-up is a possibility. It isn't a place were there are big performance gains to be had in return for the excess costs.

In Topic: Carbon vs alloy rudder post?

13 September 2016 - 02:13 AM

Not all alloy shafts leak. I think it helps to bond some wraps of glass to the shaft before bonding the skins. Anyway, I don't mean to discourage you at all. I take it you're your own customer so whatever you choose will be right.

In Topic: Carbon vs alloy rudder post?

12 September 2016 - 10:17 PM

Wait, just to be clear, you think the carbon one is going to be more work, more time, and more money and provide no performance advantage? But ... ?

In Topic: Wichard trigger shackles opening - when they shouldn't

11 September 2016 - 06:36 PM

they may not be fully closing

This. When they get crusty they can feel closed without being closed.