guzzis3 Posted March 1, 2017 Report Share Posted March 1, 2017 Ok so things crawled to a halt due to rope lost in the mail. Finally my heavy duty close end thimbles arrived from germany. I bought from: http://www.yacht-steel.com/english.html, or possibly their associated company http://www.nauticnorm.com. It isn't clear to me how it all works but maybe yacht steel is for large quantities and the other is for small orders. Anyway they were by far the cheapest including shipping. About $47 for 14 thimbles, and I can see why these are so expensive. Each is a big hunk of stainless beautifully made. I decided to go with dyneema despite advice to the contrary. I want to give it a try and it's a cheap enough experiment. If it does not work well I can always get stainless shrouds made up. That's one of the things about tiny boats like this, everything is cheap and easy. I've also measured the mast,it's about 65 x 43 mm. A very light section, so although it's 6.7 meters high it is a much lighter thing to step than a 14' mast. I have not weighed it and the boom/main yet but I think the whole boat must be comfortably under 60kg. I'd appreciate opinions on making or buying an affordable telescopic tiller extension. The boat has been modified by someone insane. They have fixed 2 short tiller extensions, one each side, with weird handles on them. They are too short to be useful but more importantly there is nothing to restrain the one not in use so it's just flopping around looking for an opportunity to jam the rudders or get up to other mischief. Because the boat is SO sensitive my position is critical so I need to be able to move forward. Because the beam is so small and the tillers sit above the crosstube for some reason a fixed length extension is not ideal. Any thoughts and comments appreciated... Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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