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  1. You can get a taliska fitting with a wire trip. Tie a thin cord to the wire trip and then you can spike the kite tack from the bow easily. In a panic (ie squall etc) spike the tack, the sail will weathervane and you can pull it in where ever it is convenient. In normal conditions don't bother with the spike. Use boat speed and a quick bearaway and the kite will collapse behind the main and jib. Faster the boat is going the easier it will be.(less apparent wind over the boat) Start the drop when the boat is surfing. Short handed also run the halyard forward where you are pulling
  2. Ha, Small world this sailing!!!! He is coming out this weekend. Re the 2hp I believe you can get a 4hp prop which has a lower pitch to go faster, but I may be wrong.
  3. That looks great. Well done, the cat looks good too? What is its story?
  4. Yep I believe they are awesome boats. Got to love waterline length as well.
  5. No. He means that chain plates and high load block take offs etc are all made out of carbon and integrated into the boat build so there is no bolting. On a good build you can eliminate many potential leak/ water ingress points. Eg all stanchion post bases should be carbon or glass solid built into the boat so the stanchion can sit over it. Easy to change stanchions and no penetration in the boat. Same with winch bases etc etc solid laminate in these areas (no core) and tapped bolts straight into the laminate means no leaks and no nuts sticking through from underneath. They will neve
  6. The race this year started with 15 prospective entries and finished with 3. Rushour completed her 8th Brisbane to Gladstone Multihull Yacht Race, coming 1st on OMR by just 69 seconds to Rex, the big Orma 60 trimaran followed by Storm Bay, the Chamberlain 14. This is by far the windiest race we've done, with up to 40 knots of wind over long periods of time and big seas. We completed the race in 23 hours, 3 hours slower than our fastest win in 2019. We started with reefed main and full jib, crossing the star
  7. Looks like breeze on ..... coming from the right direction at least. 2 NSW boats not coming so a very small fleet now. Not sure how to encourage more boats to participate in these coastal races.
  8. Brisbane to Gladstone is on again starting good Friday. 320nm coastal race that is run in parallel with the Monohulls. Multi start is roughly a 1/2 hour later and we have a beat to windward as well, before we head off towards Gladstone I think we are down to 8 multihulls as Top Gun is stranded in Sydney. There will be an interesting mix of fast and slow boats. This is the rough entry list Listed in order of handicap rating: Rex ORMA 60 ex Vodophone. Rogntungu Crowther Southern Ocean 58. Light Carbon pod cat. Boss Racing. 38' cat Rushour 15m racer cruiser
  9. maybe a useful thread, how to save weight....
  10. Weather looks "challenging" If I was doing it we would need to bring beer.
  11. You have me worrying about mine too now!!!!
  12. I think red cedar hulls are probably the best of all. Strength wise it is nearly unbeatable and water retention is minimal. Don't be afraid of ply or balsa either in a old boat. (I would never build a boat out of balsa but...) A very thorough survey with a moisture meter will soon tell if there are problems. If the boat is dry after all this time it will most likely stay that way. Don't drill any new holes in it.
  13. Thanks for the info Lowgroove, I have come to the same conclusion except we have pushed our new sail out to 75.01% because of the omr rule. I have a furler that can either do bottom up or top down. Am going to try and do bottom up first as I dislike the super tight furl in the top of the sail with top down. We will be running the sail tack up about500mm and will crank it down to furl. That helix sounds like the go ...if only I had bought bitcoin 5 years ago.
  14. Really valuable video, everyone should watch it. We capsized a multi doing the exact opposite as explained in the video ie eased the main, heady took control of the boat 40kn gust could not head up quick enough ..... slow sideways capsize. The whole capsize was caused by not easing the heady. Any depowering now is done with Heady first. Before we actually did it I would have never thought the heady would have been able to capsize the boat. The other point made was not to bear away when reaching when flying a hull. Reason for that is that hull is already under pressure suppo
  15. I wonder if it would be feasible to get an older class 40 and build a new bow section for it, a lot cheaper than a new boat. i also wonder if a bigger more protected cockpit would not be better over a longer race.
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