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  1. As others have said prop guards are a must. Just be aware that some them are more about stopping objects like stones and logs, rather than limbs of youth, so they are still pretty open. We use the ProgEng ones in Oz but I am sure there will be similar in Europe. These are also the ones mandated by Surf Life Saving Australia I believe. http://www.progeng.com.au/propeller-guards However, as others have said, a guard like this will take up to 25% off the performance of the motor. So you may need a bigger motor. Of course if someone still goes under the boat they will get hit by the
  2. Yes but I heard they took advice from the late John Clarke and made it the 94m event. They then added a compulsory second event: 206m. The results are then amortized over the combined 300m. Problem solved. I believe Mr Wilson is building the track.
  3. I think this is pretty much the same as Sailing La Vagabonde, SV Delos etc. I have my own sailing to pay for, I'm not paying for your holiday or regatta.
  4. The problem here is there are 2 main construction methods: the generations old, traditional method involving intense, physical human labor and sweat and the newer microscopic injection or "infusion" if you like. Both involve the mixing of a two part product. Note that against the usual OHS/WHS outcomes, the wearing of PPE in the traditional method actually almost guarantees the failure of construction of a kid. Unfortunately, while the modern injection method ensures mixing of the 2 parts, due to the innate variable nature of all the 2 parts and the current molding environments, neither
  5. Hi Mike Not really sure on the years and it may depend on country of manufacture. I believe that ours is a very early Oz build, with the 1 piece mast and no spinnaker chute. It is pretty easier to inspect. Go to the inspection hatches at the front of the cockpit (assuming they are there) open them up. if you reach around just under the mast seat(?) fitting, you should feel the structural support which should run from the deck to the keel along the forward peak of the cockpit. For ours it was wood with a dodgy layer of glass over the top and it was just flaking in my hand. Also there was
  6. Mike J they are a much under-rated boated and a lot of fun even if you don't fly the spinnaker. I know Bethwaite didn't like his own design but its a great boat. There are a number of scout groups who love them and are starting to collect mini fleets here in NSW. Just be careful if its an early series. They had a wooden internal frame under the mast and if it goes then the mast will go straight thru. We discovered the rot just before it got too weak. Not sure if/when they sort it out. Parts are just parts, nothing you can't sort out. I think the only weird part its the diamond sp
  7. Unfortunately, now I think the RC probably needs to investigate just to maintain the integrity of the race. It would be nice if racing could finish without these sorts of incidents. As I am a dinghy sailor who doesn't need AIS, perhaps someone more knowledgeable can answer this for me: Do the Class B transceivers that they are carrying act as a black box type recorder? if so it should be relatively easy for the committee to download a record of the events . You never know maybe it turns out that Black Jack has the faulty unit and not WOXI
  8. Yep dogwatch and Seasailor are right. I'm surprised Topper don't have design plans or a manual on file somewhere. And I have found their customer service to be pretty good in the past when I wanted imagery. Of course that was imagery for a potential sponsor for 5 boats, so there was maybe a sale in the future but .... Craig Whitworth unsuccessfully went through his old files for us once, when we were looking for a manual for a Miller & Whitworth Swinger. Of course, that boat was built before Bob Miller changed his name to Ben Lexen. So its not that surprising he couldn't find it.
  9. Have you tried contacting Topper https://www.toppersailboats.com/
  10. Or it speaks to clubs refusing to run a yardstick race series, so people don't have any choice about what they sail.
  11. Good to hear, looking forward to seeing it.
  12. No he means all you need is this
  13. Yeah but for RS, UK is home turf, so of course they are probably going to get great service. In my case our shed is looking to replace 3 Lasers and 1 Spiral. So they are doing themselves out of a potential sale of 4 hulls and 2 extra rigs (aprox $45k) while they faff around not announcing tests days. We need to be able to say specifically how much money we need and what we are purchasing before we start raising money to satisfy legal criteria. At this point in time, as much as I want us to have light, self draining boats that stack easily, its a case of the devil you know ie Spirals.
  14. That's what I've been wondering as well Norm. they said to watch the RS Aero Australia Facebook page but nothing there aside from pics of them sailing the boat next to Wildoats XI and Melbourne pics. Maybe they sold out so none for us.
  15. I asked Santa for fricken laser mounted on a shark but he told me Greg Norman wasn't strong enough to carry a sail boat. Even for 1 MILLION DOLLARS! Boom, Tish Sorry procrastinating at work
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