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  1. By introduction, I did the opening post. I am South African. I am definitely not a Royalist. Under the British Empire rule my great-great grandparents and their fellow countrymen were put into concentration camps under atrocious conditions during the Boer Wars. More people died inside these camps than by enemy fire. I therefore would have plenty of reasons to knock the Royals. But I chose not to. I am also a keen sailor. Prince Philip was also a keen sailor. I can say that I have competed against him at Cowes Week in '85 and '86. I don't think he spotted me though! I can re
  2. www.cmsails.co.za Craig Millar Sails, Durban South Africa. I've never met him ,but he's been around the South African sailing scene for many years. He does a lot to get kids from disadvantaged communities into sailing.
  3. An amateur built Farrier F9AX at the start of a 1800 mile ocean race. This boat was built as a little cruiser but has now done 4 ocean races of 1800 miles. After 12 years there is still NO FLEX whatsoever in the structure. Hand laid up fibreglass composites. Boats built by fancy name yards are not always built with the same care as one built by a nervous back yard builder. Not my picture.
  4. I'm going back on memory here, but in 2010 we raced my Farrier F9 in a 1800 mile ocean race. I seem to recall that the international requirement for a trimaran was to have the usual two fixed installations in the centre hull and a portable pump available for pumping out the floats. At the time I referred to an Ausie written book on racing multi's offshore and the guy advocated a good capacity pump mounted on a plywood board. There should be pennants fitted to the board so it could be tied down to wherever it was needed and the pick-up and discharge pipes must be permanently attached. I a
  5. A question..... Am I correct in asking if there is a size below which a catamaran is not a viable proposition when it comes to reasonable performance? There seems to be no catamaran class below 14ft with reasonable sailing performance. The expert opinions?
  6. That's a cool renovation and upgrade. Congrats with on winning the Provincials with it. Regards.
  7. Good Morning, I sailed with Bob Fisher in the 1980 Agulhas Race, a tough 480 mile race off the notorious South African coast. I was the young rookie onboard the Lavranos designed 41 footer Nutcracker. What a character he was. Bob turned the race into a laugh-a-minute for all of us and we finished a good 2nd overall. 5 years later I bumped into him in Lymington and was thrilled that he remembered me. Sail on Bob!
  8. Hallo Nobleman, I've posted on the Farrier Forum asking for a West coat F27owner to make contact with you .I really hope someone does. Regards.
  9. Good evening, Thanks for that offer Nobleman, but unfortunately I'm from very far away. Hopefully someone close to you sees this and makes contact. However, well done with your series on Retro Boats. I love watching them. Regards from St Francis Bay, South Africa. The home of the perfect wave.
  10. Good evening, Just a few observations: The TV headline says "12 kids rescued" I count 6 boats in the tow, all singlehanders. How can it be 12 sailors, or did the second group also get dumped? Interesting that most of the boats stayed upright after getting smacked by that first very large wave. The second wave finished off a few more. Not all of them required rescuing though. I would like to hear what the kids themselves had to say about what it felt like after a shower, a hamburger and a coke. Depending on where kids have grown up, but the little ones I know who grow
  11. Interesting but Grimalkin did not become landfill. A few years ago a distant family member of ours sent us pictures of him sailing onboard her in Montenegro.
  12. What I meant was that Scot Tampesta features the F27 in his RETRO BOAT series.
  13. Would the F27 not be a good candidate for a multihull RETRO BOAT? Its from the 1980's. It's a cool boat. It's a multihull. It's still being sailed hard.
  14. Good evening, Your boat is a "Peanut" dinghy and originates from one of the Scandinavian countries. Elsewhere in the world it is known as a "Nutshell" dinghy. I doubt if the rig in your picture belongs to the boat. The boat was designed and supplied with a balanced lugsail rig. With a bit of Google searching you should find whatever info you need. Expect a sailing performance from "poor" to "extremely poor" but have fun nevertheless.
  15. Good evening, I would suggest you water jet a stout wooden post into the sand just above your parking bay. Use a hose pipe and jet water into the sand, at the same time dropping the post in. When you turn off the hose the post will lock solid into the sand. Drive it in deep. Leave the post in place for good. When you want to recover the boat, hook a six to one handy billy to the post and the launching dolly. Rig it so you pull by walking downhill from the post towards the beach when you pull the rope. Local fishermen do it to retrieve fishing boats. Have fun.
  16. While doing national service in the Navy, sailing a dinghy into the gunnery shooting range. Being shot at was not too much fun. Being escorted out by a patrol launch also caused us some anxious moments. Luckily we were not charged.
  17. My non-sailing wife and I have been racing our14ft scow design together for over 9 years. It's a main and jib only class which helps to keep things pretty straight forward for her. I'm very competitive but she is the exact opposite.We really make a point of having fun and having a laugh when things get hectic. She believes that the close proximity of boats in those critical seconds before the star gun goes off is a good time to make new friendships and to strike up conversations with the other ladies on neighbouring boats. If I hail a port tack boat too loudly she accuses me o
  18. Thanks for the link / pictures. Please tell us a bit about the job. Very pretty boat, well done!
  19. Solo sailing and sleeping.......there is only one rule. "velocity x mass = right of way "
  20. Good evening, I used the halyard downhaul system on my 9 meter Farrier trimaran which I sailed solo most of the time. I never bothered to capture the downhaul line inside the hanks.......too lazy. Once hoisted, I would just snug it nice and tight and slip it into a cam cleat on the cabin top. If you want to do a sail change, drop the sail and apply tension to both downhaul and halyard. Then cleat both. Change sails as normal. The beauty of this system is that the dowhaul is attached to the halyard, so the halyard is held captive while you clip on the new sail. The halyard is ke
  21. Good evening, If you do change over to hanks, rig up a downhaul on your headsail halyard. Tie a light line to the jib halyard snapshackle. The line passes through a small block next to the tack fitting and is led aft to the cockpit and a small cleat. When you hoist the headsail the line snakes up the forestay along the luff of the sail. When you have to drop the sail you throw off the halyard and pull down on the downhaul line. Then cleat off both halyard and downhaul. It snugs the headsail luff down onto the foredeck and keeps the sail out of trouble till you can make your way
  22. Hi, Looks like an S&S Swan 57? The 57 and the Swan 47/48 were the prettiest Swans ever built I think. Pure class.
  23. Hi Russel, Check Nyker's link. That's the story. Yes, these little multis really are cool rides on the open ocean. As a kid, pictures of the Brown's boats have also encouraged my ventures into trimaran sailing. My first multi after a Hobie 14 was a Dragonfly 8 meter. ( the fixed beam jobby) The guy who bought the boat from me has now done the same race three times, first to finish every time. So I'm pretty proud of my backyard built F9AX. After 12 years of some heavy sailing the boat is 100% sound. Here are some pics of their race starts. Not my pics. Taken by the cre
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