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Fah Kiew Tu

Curmudgeon, First Rank
Tasmania, Australia
I'm still amazed that he thinks he's doing himself a favor by avoiding the multi part block and tackle, as though this were some great cosmic con game that he alone is on to, and will not be taken in. Not for him, the fool's game of the 4 part purchase.

Well, I prefer to avoid them too, because I don't like dealing with the long rope tails. No other reason.

BUT - I don't at all mind using winches to get the mechanical advantage I need. In fact, I have lots of winches and am about to replace 2 with self-tailing ones. And have plans to add a powered winch for my mainsail halyard.

NFI what Doug is doing and really I don't care. He'll learn - probably. It's just how prolonged and expensive his education will be that's unknown.



Super Anarchist
Laramie, WY, USA
{Soldier runs in} "Sarge says don't kill the old dude."

"Which old dude?"

{Points at corpse} "That old dude."

"Umm. Urps. He ... wasn't very compliant?"



Huh, multiple sheets reduce load on the sail? WTF?

I get multiple sheets reduce load on each sheet but how do multi sheets reduce load across the entire sail? Max load is at the sheet turning block.
Primarily because you don't need to tension the leech to control twist. If you have a Bermudan sail without vang but with the sheet attached to a traveller, most of the sheet tension serves to tension the leech to limit twist. If you control twist instead by a strong enough vang, load on the sheet is reduced, but not load on the sail itself. If you control twist by sheeting each batten, you don't need to tension the leech, reducing the load on the sail. The junk sail also doesn't use luff tension to control shape, again reducing load on the sail. I made a 5 sqm small junk sail for a sailing canoe out of 80g/sqm kite fabric, and it worked fine. I doubt the same fabric would have stood up to even a 10 kn wind if I had made a Bermudan or even gaff sail.


Doug now is in the Robert S. Kerr Reservoir for sail trials, which are postponed as during the couple of miles downriver from Three Forks Marina his transmission broke two times. (Edit, and his starter motor once).

He also broke the new 50hp Yamaha on his tender which he tried to use to tow him to his destination. In case you missed it, the Yamaha is the engine he forgot to put oil in on its first run.

A 15hp Tohatsu got him to where he's anchored now.

Pictured is the loosely stacked pile of lead near the bow for "trim", a great way to start sail trials on a boat with questionable stability.


Also pictured is the line he jury rigged to lift his anchor as even the upgraded hydraulic motor is not able to lift it.
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from the YouTube comments:

"Brilliant progress - fantastic to see."

It's remarks like these that make me lose hope for humanity.

End Of The World Oops GIF by The Gregory Brothers


Super Anarchist
this guy has an endlessly optimistic and sunny disposition, so there's that!

as to @Illegal Smile's poll, I'm going with drivetrain. They are always fixing it and thereare always multiple people putting their hands in there.


Super Anarchist
I'm betting rigging will kill/maim somebody first.

The windlass not actually working is a classic example of Doug being an idiot. No calculation of how much load on the windlass motor and thus how big a motor does he need to do the work. Just uses "a hydraulic motor"

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