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Everything posted by blastfurnace

  1. have had both options on my parents yacht. the only time that the double mainsheet worked was in a drifter and there was a lot of sloppy side chop happening. you could hold the boom in a set position. any other time 1-30 knots.. the track and single mainsheet was better. just don't .
  2. wild oats certainly didn't....
  3. No. as there is no race committee on duty. all and each participant takes the responsibility to be able to self rescue or help out as needed,
  4. yeah, the loads with using a retrieval line on anything bigger than a dinghy go much much bigger, it can be done, obviously as the TP52s do it very well... but the kites dont last very long. youll be replacing the kite every 12 months if you do it. if you can afford to, great. we do windward drops/ mexicans. ive also seen guys the "letterbox" where you pull kite in leeward side, but it comes in over the top of the boom. obvously only works with loose footed boom setups.
  5. as everyones eluding too.. works fine on the sporties/ trailerables that dont run overlapping jibs. we have young rocket 780, we run a 2:1/6:1 on jib sheets. 2:1 coarse tune. but at what would normally be the "dead end" we have a 3:1 purchase which is lead back to mainsheet hand position, so sheet hand or skipper can adfjust the jib at 6:1 fine tune, much like the etchells do. works a treat. i wouldnt try it on anything over 28-30 foot. direct sheeting onto a winch would be quicker
  6. if it doesnt need to be a tapered section ( sorry im unfamiliar with the lone star ) a straight section for a 13 foot dinghy wont be expensive. and probably not too critical on size of section ( if youre not racing and dont need to conform to class rules) id suggest a couple of hundred bucks? for the section anyway.
  7. F&B is now in melbourne as part of the martini racing fleet, replacing their Thompson7 that was written off.
  8. ok no problem, whats your definition of a sportsboat?
  9. sorry mate, no assy, no bowsprit pole... no sportsboat.
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