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    I built a boat. Now I need to make rigging

    Sorry if I confused you little idea. Read Baltic Bandit's explaination of how to see gusts on the water - he explains it better than I could. As for sail collapsing and bearing up - have a look at the picture. This boat is running square - they have the wind behind them - it is blowing over...
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    I built a boat. Now I need to make rigging

    Little Idea - the new sail sounds good. A smaller sail area might be good while you are still learning. If you want more speed later you can always make bigger sails or add a spinnaker. When it's gusty and shifty, it can be really hard to anticipate what the wind is going to do next. Can you...
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    Prayers for Christchurch

    From what I've heard from family in the area - it struck at a good time (very early in the morning) when most people were in bed. Not too many people were killed or injured, there was mostly just structural damage. Apparantly they are still having aftershocks. Hopefully everyone stays safe...
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    Laser

    I've sailed one once for about half an hour. That was enough for me. I couldn't agree more about the pig comment. If I'm going to work hard to sail a dinghy I want to get a good ride out of it! I can't work out what makes them so popular and what makes people keep coming back to the class.
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    New girlfriend and looking for a class

    Definatly don't get something too high performance to start off with - that is a good way to scare her and put even more stress on your relationship. As everyone has said, sailing with a partner is not easy, but it can be done. My boyfriend and I sail a Cherub together - I steer and he crews...
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    She sets off- Abby Sunderland

    God, I hope she is ok. Keeping my fingers crossed for Abby - hang in there girl!
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    trap harness: nappy/skiff-style v. spreader bar

    Not that I trap much (I usually skipper a single trap skiff) but I can and would like to get better at it. However, when I do, I always make a habit of wearing my trap harness over my PFD - that way if I have to get it off in a hurry I can, and not have to worry about trying to get a PFD off as...
  8. Beam Me Up - Lake Macquarie.jpg

    Beam Me Up - Lake Macquarie.jpg

  9. Beam Me Up - new paint job 2.jpg

    Beam Me Up - new paint job 2.jpg

  10. Beam Me Up - new paint job.jpg

    Beam Me Up - new paint job.jpg

  11. Beam Me Up - freshly painted hull.jpg

    Beam Me Up - freshly painted hull.jpg

  12. Beam Me Up - the stripping back process.jpg

    Beam Me Up - the stripping back process.jpg

  13. Beam Me Up - stripping back the cockpit.jpg

    Beam Me Up - stripping back the cockpit.jpg

  14. Beam Me Up - a million layers of paint.jpg

    Beam Me Up - a million layers of paint.jpg

  15. Restoration - Aus Cherub 2999

    Restoration - Aus Cherub 2999

    Returning a former National Champion boat to her former glory.
  16. Beam Me Up - before rest 1.jpg

    Beam Me Up - before rest 1.jpg

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    I built a boat. Now I need to make rigging

    Like taking a new (to us) boat out for the second sail in a lake (dagger-board boat) and hitting a random rock in the middle of the lake. Then sailing back to shore whilst I sat in the middle of the boat holding the back of the centrecase together with my hands, while the boat filled up with...
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    I built a boat. Now I need to make rigging

    Little Idea - if you main comes from the boom you don't need a cleat on it - just put a rachet block on the boom and sheet from there. It takes bit of getting used to tacking with it like that (as someone said, usually the crew has it on boats that sheet like that), but it's possible, I've...
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    I need your reco!

    oddsailor - you will certainly be doing a lot of swimming in a skiff, and that might not be the best thing if you are planning on taking friends/girlfriends out. My crew and I are learning to sail an Aus Cherub - we have only sailed it for half a season and we have spent a huge amount of time...
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    12 foot skiff video

    Thanks for that. I knew about it already but I will be going up north over that long weekend. Otherwise yeh, I definatly would have gone - sounds like a lot of fun!


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