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About Pewit

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    Sydney, Australia
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    I sail a Weta Trimaran which is the most fun I’ve had in a small boat in a lifetime of sailing and I’m the dealer for NSW and ACT.

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  1. You can avoid damage to the rudder on sandbars by adopting the bungee auto-kickup system - just wrap thick 8mm bungee three times around the stock and foil and it will kick up when you hit something but go back down again. Slide the bungee to the bottom gudgeon to stop the foil rising at speed - slide it up to the "horn" of the foil to keep it flipped up. https://www.wetaforum.com/forums/topic/bungee-rudder-kickup-system/
  2. Solution: Get a new set of sails and some mast track from East Coast https://www.eastcoastsailboats.com
  3. I think the easy way to do that would be to tie it the gennaker halyard to the transom bar while you hoist - although I can see that the head of the main could get stuck on the halyard. Also I copied one of our leading sailors at the Australian Nationals last week who had moved the side stay adjusters to the second hole from the bottom which induces significant mast bend. Certainly made a difference to my pointing ability.
  4. No but I intend to. I’ve found it help to leave the Gennaker halyard slack when raising the SQ main as it allows more flex at the mast head. Regards Paul
  5. The battens are not tapered although the top one is thinner as the original one supplied was too stiff.
  6. Which converted back into rest of world measurements makes the Pinhead 8.3 SqM and the Square Top 8.7 SqM. Hmmmmm!
  7. That hasn't been the experience in our fleet and we have had back-to- back testing - we had 19 boats at the Australian Weta Nationals racing in conditions ranging from 5-10 knots to 25+. I've also raced at the same lake location with offshore winds blowing over 25 knots (so flat water) and I tried a pinhead - the Square tops did not loose out upwind and were faster off it. As you know, the aerodynamics of the Square Top are just more efficient at the top of the mast compared to the pinhead - otherwise why would every development class in the world have switched to square top sails? If
  8. I usually sit on the back of the amas downwind because you can keep your weight back and out at the same time. If it’s blowing over (say) 25 knots and rough then you have to move to the back of the main hull to keep the nose from digging in - although you also have to go more downwind as you can’t counter the heal so much. if you have the harness you can go for the “widow maker” position astride the rear ama upright. But if all depends on the doughnut factor.
  9. Steve bought my old 2009 boat (while waiting for a new one in the container) which I had been using as a loaner for demos. It came with an early Norths Jib and the clew tore off (not sure why) and the sail started sliding up the forestay. He managed to finish but the wind was getting up and he couldn’t get the sail down or tack. Just before getting into the shallows near an island, he tried to gybe but instead accelerated into a rock which pushed the Daggerboard back - slicing open the Daggerboard slot leaving a hole in the bottom of the hull and a chunk out of the Daggerboard. Also broke
  10. I went to my local shoe repair place and he wanted the same amount for new soles as it would cost me for a new pair of boots :-(
  11. I have a friend who has one - unless you’re sailing long legs downwind it really is more hassle than it’s worth. You’d get more benefit from upgrading to the 9.3 Square Top mainsail (if you haven’t already done so) as that improves performance upwind and downwind.
  12. My Gill Edge boots have been great but after a year of use, the ridges in the grip of the sole has worn in some places making them slippery at times. Rather than just binning them, is there any way of getting a retread or glueing a new sole to the boot as I’ve seen done for climbing boots?
  13. RaceQs replay does a pretty good job of calculating the wind direction based on your tacking patterns and you can manually change it on a per-leg basis. It also gives you useful anaysis of tacks and gybes: tacking angle, oversteering deg, min VMG, min SOG, duration, recovery time, time lost - although it's best if you have the phone in a fixed central position rather than using a watch for the latter because of the effect on the track of crossing a wide boat like the Weta. https://raceqs.com/race-analytics/ The app uses a rule based algorithm which assesses the likely wind directi
  14. It depends on the country. The North America, Australian and French class rules permit any equipment to be used as long as it does not act directly on the foils or sails. The International Class Rules only allow compass and timing devices and GPS for recording only. However, they may not be permitted under the Sailing Instructions of a regatta. I use the RaceQs app for tracking on an iPhone in a Catalyst waterproof case in a dry bag below deck and set the tracker timer to start at the first race start. You get much more accurate data having it below deck compared to a watch since cro
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