landlubber Posted February 8, 2018 Report Share Posted February 8, 2018 Hi All, Newbie from New Zealand just brought a Mari 4.3. Not a lot of these over here and I don't seam to be finding much in the way of local info or parts. So I turn to you wise poeple. I picked it up in Lake Taupo in NZ of a guy who picked it up of a guy, who picked it up off a guy and so on and so fourth. After doing its first beach rigging and then a short sail in light winds I have some questions. Im sure you have all read this a million times and your first response may well be "use the bloody search bar!" however I have some general and more finite questions so I figured it would be easiest to just chuck them all down here and hope for some generous responses. Please excuse my lack of knowledge and proper terminology, im learning! After the first rigging on the trailer it seames like there may be a fair few bits that are not original Maricat. Bits dont fit right, bits are missing and I want to try and get it sorted before I get right into it. Specifically I have issues with the sail and or the mast and I was wondering if there is a way to tell if they are original Maricat or maybe donors? My reasoning for this is that when we set the mast with any kind of rake the main sheet blocks are barely 200mm apart with very little tension. It seams to be like the boom is too low to the deck. My thought is that maybe the sail is to long for the rig? Is there a standard length of sail? This is with the wire halyard set in the lock at the bottom of the mast, however we can pull that halyard another 100mm or so down, obviously lifting the sail. I assume this is not standard practice but is there anything wrong with putting another cleat on the wire to allow us to lock it down that little further? To try and combat this on the first sail we had the mast set with very little rake, the front stays we right down in the chain plates and side stays right up high. When we were out on the lake it was choppy with low wind and I found the rig was banging forwards real bad. Like the front stays would loosen and then bang tight over every little wave. My guess it this is caused by not enough rake and the mast going over centre? The next question is around the mast. Is there a standard length of the mast or an easy way to tell if it is original Mari? The fist issue with is is that where is joints to the front boom (them mast knuckle?) there is a threaded hole that someone has just wound a big bolt into. I dont think this is standard as it is chewing out the plate on the beam and the mast does not rotate very easily once everything is rigged. If this is a standard Mari mast where can I get the right fitting for that part? Also there is no cleat on the mast for the Jib halyard (wrong terminology i know) should there be one? Final question. Front beam bend. From the photos I have seen of other cats it looks like potentially my front beam might be over bent and potentially not evenly bent. The dolphin striker is in ok condition and the wire has been replaced by someone. My thought is that maybe the wire was too short or over time it has over bent the beam. Is there a way I can work out if it has to much bend? I lied, one more. Trampoline. Mine is stuffed. The one short sail resulted in many large holes and it needs to be replaced. Being in NZ am I best to try and get one custom made or is there someone in Aust that might be keen/willing to send me one? Mine is a split tramp. Should I be looking at going a 1 piece one? I know. Many many questions. But us Kiwis are inquisitive people. And I am also completely i the dark here..... Any thoughts or feedback would be GREATLY appreciated. Help a future cat fan out!! Thanks in advance. Nic Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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