Ben Posted April 8, 2012 Report Share Posted April 8, 2012 In the 80's I really enjoyed fanging around the Gold Coast's Broadwater in various catamarans. I'm now in the 'Gong, and have had some fun recently hiring Maricats from what must be the last holdout from the insurance companies on nearby Lake Illawarra (Yachtshop). Yesterday I bought a little catamaran of my own - a Windrush 14, sail # 535, paid $870 with trailer. I'm guessing this boat is 25+ years old, but is in pretty good nick for that age, as far as I can tell. I took it out for a quick "getting-to-know-you" this afternoon/evening, and am quite impressed with the simple, even elegant, rigging. Got on the water in about 20 mins :-) There was very little wind, just enough to move along at about the same pace as my wife in her kayak. Perfect for a first sail... I'd like to say "thanks" to all who've posted in this forum, I've been lurking for a month or so and it's been very helpful. There are a few things, mostly little, that need repair, and I'd like anyone's opinion on: - one of the front shrouds is about 60% cut through at the ferrule, where's the cheapest place to get a replacement? (actually, I just checked the yachtshop's web site and I see they specialise in wire, so I guess I'll go there on Tuesday) - there are no righting lines - what's the best setup to recover from a capsize? - there are rust-coloured stains on the sails, any suggestions to remove or diminish these? - the previous owner kept it in his yard uncovered, the hull's a bit spotty and colour has faded - is there an easy fix to spruce her up a bit? (car cut and polish?) Regards, Ben Here are a few pics from today: [ATTACH=CONFIG]752[/ATTACH] [ATTACH=CONFIG]753[/ATTACH] [ATTACH=CONFIG]754[/ATTACH] [ATTACH=CONFIG]755[/ATTACH] Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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