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  1. Ah. Thank you. Now all I have to do is take the rudder apart and fix it. I think I even have a spare spring. Following your reply I found this thread here: http://catsailor.net/forums/archive/index.php/t-3194.html However, as it turns out the explosion drawing that is referred to in the post is no longer available at the given link. Does anyone have that drawing somewhere? It is a bit daunting to pull the whole thing apart without having a clue what to expect; I may never get this back together again. Also, I am in Canberra and there is very few people available that could help. Thank you, M
  2. Hello everyone, I just sailed my Windrush yesterday for the first time in two years. Had baby in the meantime, so did not get the chance to go out onto the lake for a while. The boat had been sitting in my backyard covered with a tarp, and it seemed in perfect working condition except for one thing: The right rudder did not seem to stay up in its "park position". I had a close look at it and found that there is a 3mm or so rope in the rudder assembly that frayed; I suspect that is something to do with it. On the working left rudder the rope is very tight and seems to go over one of the roller
  3. Hey, you are all wearing life jackets when going out on the water, right? But most of you would wear a trapeze harness, too. Do most of you just wear the life jacket over the trapeze harness? I find that a little uncomfortable and it's getting pretty warm in summer, too. To make things worse, I like to wear a hydration backpack, too. I think it's all getting a bit much. I have been thinking about a self-inflating life jacket, too, since they are more comfortable to wear. However, there is a problem with that: There is the auto-inflating type and the manually inflating type. On a 14ft cat you
  4. Interesting. Yes, I looked at the hulls and they appear slightly asymmetric, but not by much. The reason I stated that Windrush 14s have symmetric hulls, is a marketing brochure about the "Trac 14", which I believe is the Windrush 14 as rebranded in the U.S.. You can find it here: http://www.geocities.com/cctexan99/trac/ It states: "For more speed and hull flying action - even for a crew of two - a jib was incorporated into the sail plan from the very beginning to counter possible effects on boat handling characteristics and to offset the danger of pitch poling, extra bouyancy was specified f
  5. Hey, I was wondering how the Windrush gets away without any dagger boards or centre boards given its symmetric hulls. I was under the impression that you would need asymmetric hulls if you don't have dagger/centre boards. Is that not right? What does that mean for drift and pointing capability on the Windrush? How does it compare to other catamarans or its size? Regards, McKrassy.
  6. Hey knobblyoldjimbo, Could you elaborate on this point a little: > on reaches play the mainsheet hard to get apparent wind going, makes a BIG difference. Are you referring to the continuous easing and sheeting-in to find the right point, or are you just saying "sheet it in really close"? Thank you for your help so far. McKrassy.
  7. Hey TornadoSport260, Very helpful and quick indeed. Thank you very much. Yeah, my mainsheet is about 6.5m long, I think. I got 10m of some 12mm mainsheet, but that might be a little think, I noticed. Most people seem to be running 8mm or 10mm mainsheets, is that right? Also, because cats are never really sailed downwind on a dead run, but mostly on broad reaches, the sail does not need to be eased as much as on a monohull, right? Therefore, the mainsheet can be a little shorter? Thank you again. McKrassy.
  8. Hi, I have recently acquired a Windrush Surfcat 14 (I think it is a Mk I). I don't have a lot of experience with catamaran, as I have mainly sailed monohulls in the past. On the Windrush--and most other cats, I believe--the mainsheet operates the traveller as well as the mainsail boom. That is, the mainsheet is fed through an eyestrap in the middle of the aft beam, then through a cam cleat on the traveller, then forms a loop that the skipper holds in his/her hand and then goes through the boom tackle as on any other sailing dinghy. So, the helmsman actually holds two ends of the mainsheet in
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