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  1. I don't know if this is appropriate and I'm not sure where to put it so I thought here was a reasonable guess...I realise most of you are in to established makes and probably racing but it's possible someone in future will be looking at this or a similar cat and deciding whether to buy it. I took the new tiny cat out today for my first sail on it. It has V3.5 on the sail, it's 3.5 meters long and about 1.6 wide. I can just about lift the whole boat less rig, it must weigh about 30 kg. I intend to try and weight the hulls at some point. My point of refer
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  2. A water sports helmet saved me a trip in an ambulance today, and possibly a long stay in hospital. Not a real fan of the Helmet I adopted the lid. Working towards the lay line for the top mark I was able to get a little above a F18. He was busy gardening and removing weed from his daggers. As we entered more pressure close to the sand bank the F18 pulled ahead. I dipped lower to pick up speed and sacrifice some advantage. The F18 was going to call to tack as we were running out of water depth. (we were both port tack) As I was on the F16 I knew I could run a little closer to the bank. Thus
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  3. Can any cat lover be adle to give me information on the kitty cat. Any information would be of great help.
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  4. The Fifth annual WinterBash regatta hosted by Humpybong Yacht Club attracted 151 boats last weekend .. We had 121 boats registered by friday morning and more registrations were made on both days of the event. Competitors came from Gladstone to Coffs Harbour, Drizzle interspersed with showers on Saturday didn't put as damper on the highly competitive three races held but Sunday was sunny with strengthening easterly winds to provide a beam fast ride for the divisions talking part in the marathon from Woody Point south to Sandgate, north to Scarborough and return to Woody point pier.
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  5. Dolphin striker wire should be very tight with the boat unrigged. The aim is that the beam does not flex when the load of the mast is applied. Flexing the beam will eventually (or quickly) weaken it. It will also change the alignment of the hulls. Now completely off topic —- in your reference to the Sydney Heritage fleet - a couple of years ago I organised for a load of Douglas Fir spars to be cut and hauled from Bago State Forest (near Tumut) for the heritage fleet. A selection of logs up to 19mt length. There is a small stand of Douglas Fir trees which were planted a
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  6. Another tuppence worth: Google "ackerman steering formula" and it shows what Ackerman really is. I think the tiller setup on new Maricats has nothing to do with Ackerman since the tillers are straight just a marketing ploy to make you pay more than your boat cost you just for a rudder setup! One of the reasons that the old format tillers are bent is so that an Ackerman geometry setup can be achieved. Google search will eventually find the right setup for cats. Can't remember how it worked but I think you take a line from say the shrouds to line up the rudder when they're hard over.
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  7. Winter has landed in Ballarat, and I won't be sailing for a few months now. For those who don't know Ballarat, we have arguably the worst weather in Australia... weeks on end that don't reach double figures but don't freeze either. Just wet and miserable. *sigh*. Anywho, I rugged up in cold/wet weather cycling gear and took my cat out a few weeks ago for a final sail before packing up for the winter. Also strapped my new not-goPro to the boom for a try. Turned out to be nearly ideal conditions for me. Enjoy! I know I'll be looking back on this for inspiratio
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  8. Just a quick update. I've had trouble getting my bits to re rig the boat (in the mail) so haven't been able to go sailing. I have however been able to weight it. The hulls connecting structure rudders main sheet tramp everything except the rig is 44 kg. I have not weighed the mast boom and sail but the mast is a very small section. When I start putting things right I'll put up progress in the shed section, assuming anyone is interested.
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  9. If you are not about to race it in state or national titles or race in a big fleet of Mari's where there may be others who want to flog the rules thing , why bother with class rules. Get one made how and out of what ever you want. Thats my take on it.
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  10. You can use both in conjunction. Have the best of both worlds. Be able to pull the rudders down while having them pop if you hit something.
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  11. Sold Boat staying in Newcastle.
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  12. Ooops I just bought one this evening #431. I couldn't resist once I saw it in real life. Thanks for the info nickopen. Once I've actually set it up and can understand what and where the layout is I'll PM you if that's still OK. When you say rake, you mean mast rake rearward right? Played with that a fair bit on my Impulse dinghy so I'll have a fiddle on the 430 once I get it on the water (hopefully next weekend).
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  13. Nice Photo, (see Dave how come rigidigi can get the boat going fast and you could'nt)?
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  14. On Sunday morning at the ACT Champs and State Titles, a new Maricat sailor turned up early with his "new" Maricat. A quick chat revealed that Justin had just bought it and did not know much about Maricats. It was rigged rather ..ummm ... unusually. Across the morning the gathered Maricat sailors, rerigged, modified bits, gave advise (some good) and generally made him welcome. We took off the unnessary stuff, like boom vangs, added tell tales, changed the jib rigging, checked rudders. ( I think we all were involved except for Mick who was too busy converting his boat from a recycle centre back
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  15. Mick its only a Windrush..You can comfortably tow one with a 20yr old 4cyl Pulsar up Mt Ousley.No need for you to purchase a 4wd or larger engine tow vehicle if that is only towing you going to be doing considering we dont need the V8 power or 4WD grip on a slippery boat ramp as other boaties may need for launching.I wouldnt go buying a petrol guzzler just for the weekly PKSC trip.
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  16. The 36th Nacra nationals is to be held at Wangi Wangi on Lake Macquarie. Between the 29th December 2014 to 4th of January 2015. A large fleet is expected in all classes and will feature the first nationals for the Olympic Nacra 17. Lake Macquarie provides flat protected water and plenty to do for the whole family. There are camping spots near the club we recommend you book early as it is the peak summer holiday period. More information is provided on the flyer attached. Hope to see you there.!!
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  17. Well the conditions were a little challenging but some awesome close racing at all levels. Thanks Phil for organizing it, Great job! Congrats to Rob Fowler, Darcy Wilson and David Young on their class wins. Mark
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  18. I've been informed by the assoc member who is getting our new website up that it is only a few weeks away, it will be structured so as the assoc can update it ourselves, rather than the old model which required a web designer to make any changes to the site, with charges levied to do so. A big vote of thanks to Mick for taking on this project. Phil
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  19. FOR SALE: Arrow #1706 'The Snot Rocket'. In excellent condition and ready to race. Kawasaki green in colour. Comes with; 2 jibs (one near new), 1 brand new square top main with centre sheeting euro trax big trolley wheels, excellent road trailer with plenty of room. Located north Brisbane, sailed out of Humpybong YC. Reason for selling is upgrading to a bigger boat out grown this one! $5,500 contact Shane on 0402104888 for pictures etc.
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  20. Thanks for that Mark Yes I am now the president, "hooray for me". It was not really something that I wanted (read I did not want it at all), but I accepted as I feel that all members should have a run on the committee to share the load, and so I accepted. If anyone is not happy with how I perform please let me know and I'll be sure to nominate them for President next year. On the subject of yardsticks, let me say that we had an AGM on Sunday morning that was supposed to start at 8am, there was hardly anyone there, so we postponed it to 8.30 am to allow for latecomers, the yardstick item was
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  21. Sail number 5000, lightweight, foam sandwich Maricat, cat rig, top performer. Boat only, $4k V/good reg trlr w/sailbox,beach wheels and new s/sloop kit also available Mannering Pk, NSW Central Coast. Accept Mk1 or Mk2 as part trade. Fat, old skipper no longer sailing to potential. Darcy. 0243591729.
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  22. Hi Disco I live and sail at Barwon Heads Sailing Club. We have 7. 14ft windrushs. Races are restricted to high tides lots of fun. Plenty of summer campers have club moorings and store sails in club house. We have mixed fleet with plenty of Lazers too. A couple of hobies and maricat. Plenty of older Skippers. You could see racing there Aust Day Weekend. Portarlington Sailing club on the bay is a Great club as is St. Leonard's.
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  23. Hi everyone! if you are interested in both sailing as well as social and environmental justice and want to combine the two, please have a look at our website: sail4justice.org Sail4Justice is a freedom flotilla launching from Narrm/Melbourne in Australia in May and leaving the country from Gimuy/Cairns in June 2019. We will be taking to the seas and our destination is Manus Island. We sail for human rights, Indigenous sovereignty, and climate justice. Our destination is Manus Island. We want to highlight the Australian government’s abuse of refugees in indefinite detention. On our
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  24. One of my projects this weekend was to fix my transom. I did the following: 1. After trying unsuccessfully to remove the pintle screws I ground them off to remove the pintles 2. I hit the screws a lot (as mentioned by Darcy) which eventually broke away the inside piece of alum moulding. I had rear hatches which made the whole game possible so first order would be to put these in! 3. I did a lot of pulling out and cleaning up of all the rubbish from inside. There is quite a big 'lip' all around the deck to hull joint. I elected not to remove this.
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  25. The dolphin striker wire is one of the most important structural component of a Maricat. You are lucky not to have snapped your front beam. The wire takes the load from the mast and stops the beam from bending/breaking. These should be replaced as a matter of course if they look at bit rusty or are just old. The regular racing boats replace theirs every couple of years. Yours is probably 30 years old ! The wire needs to be tight - before you put up the mast - You can get original tramps from Mick Colecliffe at Lemon Tree Passage Marine or very good not original tramps via Darcy. I’m
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  26. Hi Peter What I did is cut a hatch hole in the forward deck as far in-front of the front beam as it will still fit. There is a very small ridge that you will need to make flat or your hatch lid wont screw onto the base when the base is attached onto the hull. I just re stuck the two layers of foam back in with sicafiex and jammed them down as far as I could and held them in place with upright dowels, until the sicafiex dried. Being a pre foam or B/H boat there is not a hatch behind the front beam. You will have to cut one in behind the beam, back a bit from the beam. From thi
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  27. Hi Guys Just thought I'd post some pics of my new boat under construction I should have one hull popped out this weekend if I can get all the bulk heads in first. Mozzies starting to build in SE QLD hopefully a few more by next summer. Cheers Damo
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  28. I thought it was time for an update. The beams are all cut, drilled and anodised. I have worked out just about all of the hardware I will use - mostly stuff I have already lying around. I am slowly making my way through the sand-fill-sand-undercoat-sand-fill-sand-undercoat-sand etc stage. It is taking a long time but has been enjoyable. I am confident that I will achieve a good undercoat finish. I am using two pack undercoat. A bit of an error there really (expensive and toxic) but at least I know it is 'high quality'. I am applying with a roller.
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  29. Calling all NACRA 5.0 cats. Where are all the 5.0's?? There must be hundreds of these boats around and I am putting out a challenge to get more racing. We are doing the Nationals at Christmas and I would love to see a fleet of 5+. So if you know anyone with one who needs a bit of motivation to get back out there now is the time. Thanks Nacra Queensland for a great state titles over Easter weekend, we had a ball. Putting out a challenge for ALL Nacra 5.0 owners to get motivated and get a fleet of 5.0's at the nationals in December at Lake Cootharaba. We will be there and
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  30. Thats what I thought Darcy. If you are on Lake Maq, arrange to come down to mannering park one Saturday morning bring the boat and we can give you a hand with the questions that you have. Don't just turn up though, ring Darcy or arrange someone else who knows you'll be coming down, as the fleet may be away at a regatta etc. Phil
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  31. Hi Justin, great to hear there is another one out there. My 18sq was sailable but in very sad condition. The work done on the boat was a new square top (reused the old battens in it to save some bucks), new boom and 10:1 main. new front beam and dolphin striker. removal of the knee breaking aluminium tubes between the fore and aft beams. New Cross cut trap (which allows you to take the tubes out as it stiffens the boat). New deeper rudders (infusion style) and acumen tiller system (reused castings- but required the gudgeons to be relocated). The mast is basically ori
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  32. Windrush 14 numbers at Port Kembla Sailing Club are climbing again and form the backbone of 14' cat racing on Lake Illawarra. We now have a fleet of 10 containing 2 mark I boats, 2 Mkll bulkhead boats and 6 Mklll foam boats. Congrats to Hugh on his recent purchase of Hot Pepper! Roll on 2014-15 season!!
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  33. I think you covered everything except the actual racing itself. Rigging up the Windrush ,Skippers Clubhouse meeting and even experienced the world famous PKSC Canteen. I hope the friendly Windy fleet gave you a few ideas and tips. good luck with the Windrush fleet over in NZ.
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  34. Any dates for Kurnell, Mannering Park, Budgiwoie, Concord, Wangi, Speers Point, Port Kembla and any other regattas. Maybe Queens Lake, Tanilba Bay. Let's get the season organised early so that I can put the dates on the fridge.
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  35. You're outside the price range for good boats in that number range unfortunately. For that money the boats will be older or need a fair bit of money spent to get them to reasonable racing condition. As a guide a good boat just above the 800 range would be 6.5 to 7.5 with those around 900 being in the 9's. In NSW talk to Bob Griffiths or Stevie Brewin.
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  36. Spent the day re-sealing beam bolts, pintail bolts, lubricating the adjuster bolts in the adjustable mast base and giving the old girl a polish. Ready for the Mother's Day start at Tanilba.
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  37. Some cobra's just have a ratchet pulley on the lee ward side and a cleat next to the side stay on the windward side. I have even seen the cleat integarted into the side stay. That might not work with a jib the size of a 5.8
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  38. Lucky the weather was good and the competition was geat
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  39. The righting bag does work as it adds heaps more weight where you need it, I was wondering about why you can't get the cat up without assistance, thats why I asked if you have tried throwing your righting line over the top of the hulls as a lot of people have a system under the tramp but it shortens the mechanical advantage of throwing over the top, I had trouble righting the Stingray with the undertramp system but no trouble over the top of the hull, would be good if you took it in the shallows and tried righting it and perhaps had someone next to you if you needed more weight they could pull
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  40. you're spoiling the magic..
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  41. $7500 on registered trailer! In Rockhampton, Queensland. Nacra 5.8 Sail No 1622 - "Dark and Stormy" On registered trailer which is great condition with new tyres. Spinnaker kit installed by Brisbane Cat Centre. The spinnaker is a load of fun on a long course. Includes two harnesses, and beach trolley. call Darren on 0408079065 or darrenjbroadbent@hotmail.com
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  42. Arrow sailing lake cootarahba cat challenge 2013: this is the link for a video of the boat in action!
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  43. Trying to find a 5 m Mari. can anyone help? would prefer in sailable condition 02 65811430 or 0432511817
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  44. only met one sol cat thank goodness, it was very slow, very heavy and had a very flexible platform. nothing to see here, please move along...
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  45. Tony I would suggest next year you call them Mono YS less than or greater than 113 otherwise you might find a foot hole in the side of Tigerdillic if you get my drift. I don't know of a mono site similar to catsailor, you might try emailing individual clubs or associations you may like to invite for next year. Their email and contacts would most likely be available on the YNSW website. Paul
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  46. As a director of Port Kembla Sailing Club and fellow 14ft Cat sailor you will be missed Mick. Not wishing to offend anyone but unfortunately it appears this forum is starting to resemble Facebook!!
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