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  1. Try reading "The manual of sail trim " by Stuart Walker,1985. Really all based upon Solings but very detailed. Shame I never seem to be in a position to use any of it.
  2. While investigating the Butterfly I found one supplier recommended this sort of hiking strap. How is it normally used? Any advantages?
  3. My Recycle centre always has barrels full of old fishing rods, some say "carbon" and "graphite" on them and have lovely cork grips. Usually find nice stuff that works. Also barrels of golf clubs with nice shafts and grips.
  4. JimC said "Rig tension is primarily defined by the need to keep the spreaders working with a trapezing crew." So given that the Hornet is from 74' and maybe a little delicate in the glue dept' then using the seat should result in lower rig tension to get the same result?
  5. Yes, it's all GRP, carriage and seat, vaguely pinky purplish. I was hoping that someone would come and take it away.
  6. The story I heard about the Topper, maybe from one of the Rooster Vids was that the current mast position is too far back. This is why the boom overlaps the transom and you have a 6:1 downhaul. So with a Laser rig if the above is true you might need forward take:-)
  7. Laser mast is too big to fit in Topper mast step and mast gate. However the Topper mast gate is easily removed and you could replace with a square of 18mm plywood with a Laser mast sized hole in it. Take the bottom cap off the Laser mast. Stuff an old length of Topper lower mast up it and that will engage the cup on the Topper mast step. So defo' doable. What happens next is unpredictable. Sliding seat is fine. Can you drill holes in the Toppers?. If so then it's easy. If not then it's the toe strap mounts. Screws into soft plastic, may hold for a while. Does it matter if they p
  8. Thanks, I'm making a new seat to the new larger size rules.
  9. Good point about the rig tension. Thanks
  10. I'm restoring a Hornet, UK class, 16ft. Genoa that came with it is in bad shape. Many years ago the class moved from a jib to a Genoa. Current Genoa has a foot about 2m long. I often sail with lightweight crews and anybody who is around and will come with me, so I'm thinking of maybe picking up a Fireball jib and using it, or getting a Jib made. I have accumulated all the bits for a self tacker. We do a bit of handicap racing. Does anyone have an idea of how much slower the boat will be with an FB jib or selt tacker?
  11. Yes, this sort of thing is common on many boats. Some sort easily added hinge would be a useful add-on.
  12. Or maybe like I did last night with a Laser 2 get a child/friend to hold the foot in place as you lift it up.
  13. Many newer boats like the RS Quest have a sort of hinge that holds the mast foot in the correct place as you lift it. Makes it much easier. Maybe lash up some rope or similar to hold the foot as you lift it up?
  14. I agree with ojfd. I'm doing a 1974 Hornet like a smaller FD. Everything thing that moves has had to come off be modified or replaced apart from the hull (which needed repainting). Rudder stock, tiller and boom are the only bits still usable as were. It's a nice activity but two launch dates have past. Good thing I enjoy boat repair.
  15. When we retire our Pico fleet we will replace with Zests. They have the Luxury of a proper captive centreboard.
  16. Yeah, go for the good old Laser 2. Singlehanded to windward maybe not planing but feels really fast. Forget the Fevas, great for small people only.
  17. From my brief research the Zest has a downhaul on the front of the mast, like the Laser Pico. I've sailed Picos a lot and never found the downhaul did anything
  18. There is a Bosun dinghy Facebook group. Lots of good pics. I learnt to sail with the Cadets in Plymouth. Great memory of sailing under the Tamar bridge on a broad reach planing. It felt so fast, but then I was 14. Someone on the FB group has one with a carbon fibre plate and better rig, looks great.
  19. Ian Proctors Navy trainer, the Bosun. The forward chain plates are to attach the front part of a 3 arm bridle to so as to lift onto a warship. Like sailing a big heavy classic Int 14. Due to its weight it gives a sort of Finn type ride in a blow. They also have a nice deep ergonomic cockpit so good for big people with dodgy knees who don't want to kneel.
  20. Are you going to row and sail at the same time? I assume that the seat slide is firmly attached to the CB case? You could add an eye or loop to the slide and a snap shackle on the block to allow it to be removed easily for rowing.
  21. That's a very simple boat. Seems to have a bridle on the transome for the mainsheet, but the block on the boom needs a becket so you can rig it Laser style. I'm sure you can improvise! Block you are holding was something for the outhaul and you can take it off and tension the outhaul with a piece of thin cord, shackle and tie it. Does not need to be adjustable on the water.
  22. Nice, just what I wanted.Thanks.
  23. Where's the best place to put the holes, I've the same problem. Sailing Laser.
  24. And does what they do in the Olympics have any effects on club level racing?
  25. Point is that sailing boats can be made faster by adding energy from the sailor. Question. What would happen if all methods of adding energy to a boat were legitimised short of touching the water? What would happen then? Can we predict the outcome?
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