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  1. We just installed one of the marinebeam units, used the windex wires in parallel as suggested above so if the tricolor is on the windex is on.
  2. Last comment to the OP-If a Thistle is fully swamped, and there is some chop, water can come in through the CB trunk as fast as the bailing is happening. It's good to have something that can be stuffed in the opening before starting to bail. When it's windy and you want to play it safe, fully release the vang before tacks and bearaways. If the boom end gets in the water with the vang on it results in a swamping.
  3. ...also, 3 links to thistle rigging photos, both woodies and newer boats: https://www.thistleclass.com/forums/topic/thistle-rigging-shots/ http://www.dwinchester.com/thistle/RiggingPictureGalery/MidwintersE/Page.html http://www.dwinchester.com/thistle/Dans_Boat_Images/DansBoat.html
  4. Any newer Thistle will have access ports in all tanks. I'm pretty sure the class rules (find them at thistleclass.com) require the side tanks and bow tank to be stuffed with foam, but not the stern tanks. On my boat the side tanks have 2 ports, one at the aft end for insertion of the foam, and one facing the boat centerline near the front of the tank for accessing the shroud attachment hardware. Bow tank has an access port on the starboard aft vertical wall for stuffing foam, and another just in front of the centerboard trunk, again for accessing the reinforcements and nuts on various hard
  5. I never installed it. For the others on the boat that looked at it, it always seemed to be working fine. Sorry, not much of a data point.
  6. Since you asked, here are a few notes from a prior e-mail I sent. Only 3 boats started, Sonic finished in 22 hours, Back Bay in 33. The race had a lot of symmetry... It started very light, West wind slowly built so most of the way to Neah Bay it was 10-13 kts upwind. It faded as we approached Neah Bay. We ghosted around the buoy, got out into the ebb, and the wind died completely. We drifted toward Japan for 3 hours in ebb tide, rocking in swell. The wind started filling from the East, and eventually we were in 12-16 sailing upwind most of the way back. It faded as we ap
  7. I believe that was the design goal of the Rogers 46 at the time it was designed. RP45 seems close as well.
  8. Yes, any Thistle mast anodized clear (silver) or black is sufficiently flexible to be competitive. It's the gold anodized ones that are to be avoided because they are too stiff.
  9. With my laser, I expect to go sailing and am surprised if I end up in the water. With my Musto, I expect to be in the water and am surprised to be sailing....or something like that. From my observation learning the foiling moth is the same. You will find either quite challenging. OTOH the rewards of a boat that one never sails dead downwind or by the lee are many. If you could spend some time both driving and crewing in a 2-up skiff it would make the Musto transition much easier.
  10. It it's like a musto skiff in that the halyard both extends the pole and launches the kite, with it being a continuous line that also douses the kite into the snuffer and retracts the pole then here is a reference: http://www.mustoskiff.com/downloads/Musto-Skiff-Rigging-Guide-v0.3.pdf
  11. For your use I'd want a boat with a halyard, rather than a sail that sleeves over the mast. I'll suggest a Europe. It'll save you 3' and 30 lbs compared to a laser. Unfortunately, you'll have to compromise on the "not interested in performance" because they sail very well.
  12. Thanks for sharing the video, and congratulations on a well sailed race! I was on Freja.
  13. Yup, D&M hulls, and later GMW (Great Midwest) hulls are much better.
  14. VanIsle 360 2019, downhill ride to Victoria. Wind 25, eventually building to 37 AF1QipO4lT1fEQo-xfsfq8QmPJUmsEoXzowmodMnHJTQ[1]
  15. Since you asked, no, Clark and good don't go together. My observation is Clark boats are the worst for hulls getting soft.
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