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  1. dacarls

    Rating beach cats

    It a LONG day or day and night to get arond the island.  My crew last time was SO drunk from the night before, so I was all by myself.    Disgusting.  yes reef a new-to-you fast and fairly light boat.   And no short races firt?  Bad idea.
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    Hobie 16 mast huge failure

    You might want to get an actual Hobie cat sailor to look at what you are doing.  Its amazing what experience does for these simple problems. BTW: if you seal the rivets all over this mast with silicone glue or 4200 sealant, the boat will not turtle when you capsize.  Having your mast fill with...
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    Rating beach cats

    As WayneMarlow states, all A-class cats weigh 75 kilos, and are actually pretty damn tough. See that <- thumbnail of my 1971 woodie A-cat flying with surface-piercing hydrofoils on it.   I have sailed it without foils in the 40 mile Palatka-Jacksonville Mug Race in the St. Johns River with a...
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    A Class Worlds - Who's getting excited and other gossip

    Muricans are good at writing letters, usually excuses these days.  C'mon Lonesome Bruce ol' Buddy, holder & lone displayer of the Stars & Stripes.  
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    Nacra A3 rigging help

    With your C-boards, SamC99us is being straight with you needing a deck sweeper, but you are some work away from being at the front of the fleet.  Race to learn right now what is wrong/needs adjustment etc.  There are a lot of ETCs.  Mast Over-rotation isn't really needed anymore.  
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    Forestay fitting on small foiling trimaran

    Looks like great fun. Lots of new ideas here.  My 1971 Cal Fuller wooden plywood A-cat with aluminum SP foils never broke yet.  I guess Cal's epoxy plywood was pretty tough.  (RIP Cal).  OOps 18 years ago. See the thumbnail on foils...
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    Well....I'm no longer a virgin

    I loved the 3-fleet 16 competition racing (A,B,C) back in the day.  Led to big biceps! This was way before modern, dramatically thickness-reduced mainsheet tapered lines, which really help mainsheet work in other hi-speed classes (A-class/ foilers).   
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    what am it?

    OK-- just put the correct hydrofoils on it.  Done.  The Hobie monocat was just WAY too heavy, fiberglass.   IF CARBON HAD BEEN AVAILABLE? .......The new UFO would be longer.  Ask Steve. who designed the new UFO.  It would probably fly as well as my Cal Fuller wooden A-cat flying on SP foils in...
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    Fair Winds and Following Seas Bill Roberts

    The Mug Race is tomorrow- the 38 mile drag race from (almost) Palatka to Jacksonville, and Bill will be there in spirit.  How many times did I bust my butt to get far enough ahead of the RC30 to stay there to JAX with my chute up....uuuhh.  Never happened.   Bill & Eric would appear...
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    I14 training wheels

    The I14 looks way too heavy and clumsy.  What a horrible bitch of a time righting the damn thing!  A  Hobie 14 does not stay stuck on its side like this thing.  How much does it weigh?  Now- if the whole thing was carbon it might be worthwhile fooling with.  Its like the girl...
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    Question about foils

    When you get really going fast, the humming is not your friend.  Getting as close as possible to 1/32 radius sounds about right. 
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    Need Advice - C&C 34/36+

    A good friend and brother are selling their C&C 36, lying Tampa BAy YC.  Owned many years, well cared for, sailed weekly in the bay.  Hate to see her go.  Been to Key West many times.  [email protected]  
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    Foils / Wings - Aftermarket installation ?

    Here are thumbnail pix of Cheetalope (Catnip wooden A-cat), Jackalope (Hobie 16) and Kangalope (Hobie18) flying on Lake Santa Fe, Florida.  They never pitchpoled & never capsized.  If you flew out of the water, the boat would come down, reattach, rise up and away you go again.  Not really...
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    Foils / Wings - Aftermarket installation ?

    This is a note about my participation with Dave Keiper in his last foiling experience on this planet.  Keiper brought a Hobie18 to my home in Florida 20 years ago with this aluminum foil set.  A long story: I fixed these foils by filing the hell out of them,  because the sharp leading edges on...
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    Old Guy Wanting to Dinghy Sail

    I acquired 4 Lasers 2 years ago (to add hydrofoils also teach sailing to newbies & kid relatives). 2 were free, $23, and $60 for the worst one from a yacht club. After learning Laser epoxy repair :D , I found that stock class-legal rigging is really crap. Changed to old Hobie blocks...
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    Best use of carbon for fast cruising cat

    Stupid Ronald Reagan. The US was ready to convert to metric  back then. Reagan killed it. Absolutely terrible price was and is still being paid.  Bcause along came Japanese cars and got metric into USA anyway.  It's not Americans' fault.
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    Beach Wheels rusted to axle... How to remove?

    Yeah I would do the rachet straps thing, acetone + ATF .  If no go, I would be sawing the steel tube off, then a Sawsall down inside to weaken and finally split the old thin-wall rusty axle.  
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    Wings on Rudders

    Whobe U? dacarls  
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    Wings on Rudders

    Yes- vulnerable on the bottom. I was really surprised last year at the Rudder Club walking my A-cat to a mooring.  Huge explosion in the totally opaque water behind the boat, big thump....and a manatee went zooming away throwing a wake. Broke the new fin off port rudder.  DAmn!
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    Wings on Rudders

    A-cat transoms are supposed to be vertical to the waterline. 18Sq too, one would think. Ask Chris Cordes, former 18/2 Nat. Champ.     [email protected]