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  1. ha ha middlefart^^^ I'm sure its a nice town.
  2. no code 0's on these fellas. Bowsprits are the best part, they stay curved to my knowledge, timber boat porn vintage style. They evolved from needing to race back in with the catch, of couta obviously, to the markets. The boats are still an active fleet for racing and pleasure, and have a good following. 26ft, over canvassed, an under ballasted when no catch, I'm sure they would be a handlfull. good do with a longer boom.... http://www.coutaboat.com.au/
  3. and some of the local couta boats typical to Port Phillip, Australia
  4. I can go smaller: A model of a boat built in the 80's, based loosely on an Alden Malabar schooner. Strip planked western red cedar over ply frames, remote control, and electric motor. Still some minor finishing off to go. Nice work on the tug, and timber plane: I'm pretty sure I would not trust by timber skills at 2,000 feet. Agreed, more Dragons needed.
  5. its usually the stitching that goes, not the webbing itself. Heres the new tramps, which have been coated after sewing. They probably do weigh more than netting, but this is on a cruising cat anyhow and they are not massively heavy. I much prefer to know even if a strap split or died somehow, its not a drama, your still supported.
  6. sorry Pil, I can only find a pic of the old ones onhand Basically the replacement was the same format and construction, and looks pretty similar. They have 2 stainless rods on laced sides, and stitched boltrope on hull sides. These ones when I replaced them were about 12 years old, 10 of which were in QLD sun.They drain ok, easy on feet and wont do a zipper impression like fabric style.
  7. Ullman sails up your way made some for my 10m cat, seat belt webbing style, stitched at every crossover, edged and overcoated with a UV coating. No asprines needed (to the point where it wasn't worth me stitching them myself), and most likely to get you closest to 20y IMHO. Maybe not the sexiest thing, but no-ones going to go through it either, and its tensionable.
  8. Perthmini, the boat looks great. I have a mini 40 as well, have you got any specs or dimensions for the foils you ended up with, as I'd like to have a go converting mine if it's not too much drama. The only drawback I can see is that the main hull centerboard is currently glued in between the 2 hull halves ( I used glassed over styrene foam construction)
  9. sailingkid I've just ordered one as well. Maybe a regatta at deakin one month?
  10. congratulations on seeing it through so far, I hope you new get spurred on to take it further.
  11. I've followed this thread since before it became solely the domain of the DL boat, and refrained from any comment. I want the boat to work, for Doug, and as a means of silencing the critics for a while. Everytime there's a new post, I'm expecting it to be to announce it's launch. As an outsider, it looks pretty much ready to go. Do it.
  12. great job DH. your pools going to be too small though if you keep this up
  13. I'm thinking it's about time to add a cat to the armada of boats filling the garage. Has anyone had any luck with a wingsail? I'd like to do something like the AC 45's but am not sure if it would be feasable or possible to control the rig sufficiently?
  14. fins, you can do mini 40 open class, free plans available here http://water.resist.free.fr/Anglais/Partager.htm I built one from it, 1200mm long, from foam as outlined on the site. knock yourself out deano
  15. well it did float, so here are some pics. the rig needs some sorting, including a vang on the jib, but it was a bit of a blast for the first sail. deano
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