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Posts posted by knobblyoldjimbo

  1. How did it go.

    In the past I've found that it's dependent on the size of the line you have going through.  I settled on stuff called Dinghy Light (I think) it comes from Robline and is an orange colour.  I had to use it because 8mm line wouldn't go through the Harken triple top block the orange stuff was actually 5/16 which is a smidgy bit less than 8mm.

  2. I think it's 8mm. Nothing fancy. Mine are on a 2:1 line so line from front of tiller, round block and into cleat. The block is tied to the rudder down thing.

    The cleats are alloy so pretty strong.

    When I  first used them we had a windy day at Budgewoi. When I overstood the top mark and was close reaching to the mark the windward rudder came up. There would have been a lot of force. Once I got in I tweaked the little cam which fixed it easily.

  3. You can do quite a bit with what you have.

    1. To allow the mast take that we use now (5.5m forests, 5m shrouds) you get a sailmaker to sew a D ring into the leech about 6" from the clew. Don't need to bother getting the foot cut away. It doesn't flap much.

    2. The bolt rope has probably gone hard and shrunk. This creates a terrible shaped in the sail. If you examine the tack you'll see that the bolt rope has been sewn in. Cut the stitches and let the bolt rope slide up.  This will get you a lot further.

    Alternatively replace the bolt rope. Attach some line to the end, cut the stitches at the other end and pull the bolt rope out.  Replace it with 8mm silver rope and restitch just the top. Leave the tack end with about 300mm which will move up as you use the sail.

    I just did this on a quite new sail, about 7 years old.  The old rope had elongated, teardrop shape so it jammed in the mast track.


  4. Call Darcy, his phone number is in this section.

    Answer is yes but you'll need different forestay setup abd jib sheet brackets at the least.

    But, there are many who just sail with a mainsail. Once you master tacking they are a good single hander.

  5. On one of my Maricats there wasn't a bag so I used one from Whitworths, doesn't need to be a large one, I think mine was small.  You can tie it to the dolphin striker fitting if you don't want holes.  That holds the righting rope.  You definitely need one although in about ten years of 'catting I've only capsized about three times (I know, not trying hard enough!).

    One of the Paper Tiger guys had a small rope ladder tucked into a pocket that had a zip flap!  He had a heart condition so couldn't easily get back on board.

    There are all sorts of bright ideas about righting poles etc but on a mari you really don't need one.

    When righting it is essential that the main is uncleated and if you have a vang uncleat that as well or you won't get it up.

  6. From a Maricat sailer so observations only.

    1. Rudders need to be as far down as possible. On the Maris we have them tucked under a bit. This results in a nice light touch. Going upwind just a little weather helm provides a positive pressure so that if you let go the boat rounds up into the wind.

    2. That Becket you mention looks to be a vang. In the Maris nobody uses them any more. I tried for a while and it does provide a small speed improvement dead downwind. Big hassle if there are two people though. It also causes problems if you capsize as it prevents the leech, back of the sail from letting the water out as you right.

    3. Cat rigged, or just the mainsail we use two forestays one per hull. This reduces the squeezing of the bows which sometimes causes cracking. We also take the mast more which also helps weather helm by moving the centre of effort back closer to the rudders.

    I used to fight for last place with an older guy in a windy, his style of coming into shore was full speed and see how far up the beach he got - don't think he liked getting his feet wet!


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  7. Most recent sails, ie built in the last ten years are all good. The Eastwind sail I use must be about 10 years old and it still works like a new one, although it has only been lightly used.

    Mine is cross cut, the fancy ones are radial cut but there's no real difference.

    At manno, one of the guys has a sail that must be 15 or 20 years old and it still sets beautifully. It is cross cut and was made for one of the gun sailors.

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  8. If your mk1 traveller has only four rollers it could be upgraded to a six roller one, least I think it's six. That makes a big difference.

    Some have replaced the traveller cleat with a Spinlock which again makes operation faster.

    Like all boats there's plenty to get and try.

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