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  1. Not exactly, but we just blew up the stainless clew ring on the blade with a dyneema soft shackle... the ring looked like it might have picked up some corrosion that was hidden by the webbing that attached it to the sail... just sayin’
  2. ya, just use some aluminum pop rivets. the fitting has next to no loads on it... chafe induced sheer maybe? i bet it would work for a couple of seasons with double stick tape!
  3. hard to tell just from the description, but vangs generate a lot of load so if you’re worried the easy hack is to loop a spectra strop right around the boom and the through the strap and attach the vang blocks to the strop. then your straps are just locating the strop along the boom, taking very little of the load. the strop spreads the load over the entire boom instead of point loading at the strop fasteners. And if you feel uncomfortable building your own strops you can buy ready made ones in a variety of lengths dirt cheap at any outdoor/climbing shop.
  4. My Fareast 23r is nicely built and well fitted out. What Chinese built boats have you had bad build experience with?
  5. all true, but also surely a Rule 1.1 violation ;-)
  6. I gave up on whippings a while ago, possibly because I suck at them? To me it always seemed that it was causing imbalances between the cover and core, that it was a bumpy ride through the sheaves and it was a bit more permanent that I wanted. What I do now is just run two or three lengths of whipping twine straight through the rope and cut/melt the ends about a rope diameter from where they protrude on both sides. The net effect is like spider legs sticking out at your marked point. Probably not visible enough for night work, but for day sailing it's easy, doesn't distort the rope and if you w
  7. I'm stoked to see this round of the AC, but part of that is to see if anyone gets chopped in half in the pre-start... These boats are cool, but a bit divorced from everyday sailing. Using the AC/F1/MotoGP analogy the formula still needs to resonate to some degree with the spectators. If the F1 formula produced a hovercraft or MotoGP bikes had 3 wheels I think it would lose something. If I was the Master of the Galaxy I'd cherry pick some of the cooler bits but couch them in a formula that would produce something a bit more relatable. Something like a monohull of sufficient length to be magnif
  8. i don't know shit from shortcake, but I'll bet that on a boat that size part of the design brief will be a maximum draft based on the proposed cruising area. So once you've got max draft all you can really do is make the chord as long as necessary to get the thing to sail?
  9. Agree with @MidPack about the 'better soft shackle' on L-36.com because it snaps shut whereas the conventional ones need to be milked shut: vid of closing both kinds Also like these a bit better than the ones with no bury as they lie nicer across whatever your attaching them to.
  10. I love new knots but sometimes its a challenge to get crew that know how to reliably tie a bowline nevermind something new... Lately I’ve been finishing my spectra lines by pulling the end back inside the rope. It makes a tidy end quicker than whipping, but it also makes a thick bit at the end... Evans, do you think that swelling in the end would act as a stopper to help with slipping in conventional knots?
  11. me on the good ol’ Pocket Rocket back in the day
  12. the pusher and blade aren’t the tricky part... length of ss rod, tap the top for a ball, file a flat surface at the bottom and drill/tap to accept the blade which could be fabricated from a variety of materials... the melges style needs to have a slot cut in the leading edge of the foil and be drilled out for the rod down the whole length. seems like it would be a difficult retrofit...
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