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Tom O'Keefe

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    San Clemente, California
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    Custom Plastic Injection Molding
    Fast Exit II IRC 52
    Destroyer TP52
    Mac Gregor 65' Lean Machine
    SC 50 Horizon
    R/P 68' Tax Dancer
    R/P 86' Pyewacket

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  1. Okay pretty much everywhere people are advocating plain bearing blocks you can use RopeEye type fittings. Much simpler and weight savings is immense.
  2. Martecs are really simple props. Remove the cotter pins and drift the pivot pin. Pull the two folding blades and that exposes the castle nut retaining the yolk. Remove one more cotter pin and unscrew the castle nut. Now you can pull the yolk. Hone the pivot pin seat to the next size stainless rod you can get.Machine it to length and cut a couple grooves for the cotter oins to retain it. Then reassemble and install on a shaft with a counter balance. Make sure you don't have any major blade damage or deformation. Set the whole assembly on a v rack and check which blade gravitates down and r
  3. They are all about timing. If you don't have time on the water to perfect a simple leward, windward and or mexican, I wouldn't recommend using a retrieval system. One sheet or halyard blow mistime and you will rip the center out of your kite.
  4. Not quite. But, the margin of control becomes much tighter. Livin life on the edge!
  5. That's me about to take my hundered and something wave to the face. We went into the back of one wave at 23 knots accelerated to over 24 knots with the gooseneck under water. But, that's not my fastest. 28.3 knots surfing off Point Conception on Horizon was my peak speed so far. Lots and lots of rides just shy of that.
  6. Seems to me that you could house a noncavitating foil within the low speed foil. Then when you get up to cavitation speed jack the noncavitating foil down and lift the traditional foil up. Exactly, how will require a lot more thought.
  7. We won Pacific Cup overall with only one manuever after leaving the GG. That was a bare headed chicken jibe 600 + miles out. Sometimes safe is better than sorry.
  8. A Nationally rule would be a strong marketing boost to the AC and feeder programs to develop a talent pool. We've got some great talent here in the USA. Hopefully, it will be part of the next several AC cycles.
  9. Staysails primary benifit is increasing flow behind the mainsail. On spinnaker staysails we usually trim the bottom 2/3s and let the top break slightly. So yeah, I can see how a mild luff could increase speed while over sheeting will slow you down. Staysails biggest impediment is disturbing air into the spinnaker in light and lumpy conditions. Sometimes finding the right crossover can be a point of debate.
  10. On the aluminium hulls I've worked on there is usually a meter tied into the bonded zinc system. Biggest issues I saw was corrosion under the faring.
  11. Then you and K Mag should get up there and make it more entertaining!
  12. It flexes. So, pounding is not a good thing. Long slow transitions like surfing down the back of a wave and the flex is not a bad thing. Pounding to weather, everything goes slack and reloads...not a good thing.
  13. Several of the early racing versions upgraded to carbonfiber custom rudders that were about 18" deeper and elliptical with Harken roller bearing rudder bearings. We got plans from Alan and reshaped our stock rudder and pumped the rudder tube full of grease. No more loading up and far fewer round ups. But, we didn't get any weight out of the back of the bus. My brother is a surfboard shaper and Alan told us the laminate schedule. I hauled the boat at the yard I was managing and my brother reshaped the rudder.
  14. It's not that they can't go up wind. They just don't like pounding. I used to do S turns to avoid pounding in anything over 25 knots with TWA around 45 to 40 and pinching up when the sea state would allow it. Now I just plan our Catalina trips to avoid those conditions.
  15. I did 1 to 2 trips a year down and up the Baja peninsula from 84' to 90'. And, MacGregor yachts even had me fly out to Galveston and take a French couple on the initial leg of their delivery to the Med. They are pretty easily handled short handed. Put, a kite up and you need a few more hands. But, they aren't difficult to handle if you are smart about it.
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