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  1. The problems not so much them being tri-radial, it's more about how they are built. In my opinion there is nothing wrong with a well built paneled sail especially when under 30ft as you don't see the loads of bigger boats. The problem came when the cheapest builder starts building them with little to no idea on how to make them fast and durable.
  2. has anyone had any experience sailing an Elliott 9.6. see below advert. https://yachthub.com/list/yachts-for-sale/used/sail-monohulls/elliott-9-6-cruiser-racer/252386 on paper it looks like quite a cool boat with a light displacement ect but wondering what they are actually like? how do they handle, could you sail it short handed? any other opinions?
  3. Has anyone sailed on this boat or ones of the same design? any idea on an IRC rating or how it would handle short handed? from the surface it looks like a sweet boat.
  4. My radial dacron sails retail for $1850inc GST in Australia. If they're exported you don't have to pay our GST and depending on where you are the exchange rate might be good. This sail is probably stiffer than a north sail in draft as the fabric is stiffer across the panel, plus as it's a polykote it's stiffer to the hand. I'm using it on a carbon wilke which has had the tip fixed after it snapped. I held my lane in our 15 boat fleet off both starts on the weekend. I thought if there was a downside to it would be downwind with a softer sail setting better but I haven't noticed any pe
  5. I've been developing my own finn sails over the last couple of years (been sailmaking for 14 years now) and I'm having good results with my dacron mainsail so far. Sure it's not going to compare with a brand new laminate sail at the Olympic level but when you need the sail to have a good shape for longer than 50 hours or so it makes sense. The fabric I use in only 0.3oz heavier than the Maxx fabric, and going off the specs sheets for the two fabrics is actually stronger! The real benefit will be later on in the season when a laminate sail will have shrunk heaps while the dacron
  6. Thanks heaps for the ideas and information. I know you won't be as fast in the farr 30 in a shorthand setup as you would be fully crewed, but if it actually means getting out on the water in all good with that. Thanks for the tip about the AVS for the bull. how do you get that information? is it on an IRC or ORCi cert? I do like the farr 30 up here in brisbane but it's been fully setup for inshore racing and is way out of my price range. also I'd probably look at reducing the upwind sail area down to compensate for the reduced crew weight, so I'd like one which needs sails. plus
  7. I’m hunting around for a 30fter to sail passage and coastal races short handed on the east coast of Australia. which one out of the Farr 30 or bull 9000 would be best? Or any other ones you can think of? im looking at around the 30-40k mark. Happy for a boat that needs work (am a sailmaker and work as a rigger so that side’s pretty easy) there are not many around for sale at the moment on the east coast so putting it out there for any that are hiding or that are not off if or sale!
  8. A 12 guy in Brisbane sells the carbon rigging, I believe he makes it up if you can give him a length. He had done some of the C plate terminals. Carbon Chandlery is the website. He won the 12 nationals or inters last year so it's going OK. He is a composite engineer I think and can do all you tubes inc mast as well.
  9. pics would be awesome. I've got one which was on this thread ages ago of I think it's a chris mass boat deck layout.
  10. How did the self tacking jib sheeting off the boom end up going? Thinking about doing it on a two person skiff
  11. This is a little off topic but this tread is an amazing source of boat building know how. Is 1 layer of 200g carbon double bias each side of 5mm H80 Divinycell Foam core too light to be used on a false floor of a cherub? The biggest gap between bulkheads is 500mm, I'm also looking at gluing and carboning a foam strip down each side of the floor as a foot chock.
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