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  2. Budgiecat

    Advice on Windrush 14 purchase

    I’m planning to pick up the boat but the owner has just advised that he gave away the beach dolly since I spoke to him on Sunday. Does anyone know where I can get one from? How much it might cost. Or alternatively does anyone have a design for a home made one that would suit the Windrush 14?
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  4. Ozzydamo

    Windrush 14 How to make water tight

    sikaflex is a big cost brand try PU50 from adhseal same product half the price
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  6. Budgiecat

    Advice on Windrush 14 purchase

    Hi Rotech, thanks for the advice. I couldn’t remember if the forestay saddles we’re screwed in or pop riveteted but it does look like screws in the photo. I appreciate the advice on the tramp repair, good to know the actual rivet type - that may have been my next question. I will post progress on this thread.
  7. Rotech

    Advice on Windrush 14 purchase

    Hi, Those front forestay saddles can be fitted stainless screws and nuts, with a shaped washer under the nut to prevent them pulling through. Ive seen the actual saddle itself break before. Re tramp rails: its common for those Aluminium rivets to corrode and fail, they go all the way through, so gently drill them out trying not to hammer and punch them too aggressively (it will break the hole and structure around the hole). If the holes are OK, go with a Aluminium rivet that will grip at least 10mm and as larger diameter you can, that the head will fit down through the slot in the rail. (from memory 4mm). Put the rivets in wet with a 5minute type epoxy. you'll notice a standard rivet puller won't reach down into the slot far enough to form the rivet, I've used a 6mm Ronstan (or similar) pin with a hole in it to sit over the rivet stem before. If the holes are poor condition you'll likely not get rivets to grip properly. Couple of choices are, epoxy the hole and start again, or drill a new set of holes spaced away from the old ones. Make sure the rails and structure are clean and flat, any rise will allow the rail to rock which, in turn, set up another failure. Good luck, don't hit the hammer too hard.
  8. joshjensen

    Stingray users manual?

    Thanks a heap for all those tips, I'll make sure to do them all before I take it back out on the water.
  9. Hoping to tap into the expertise on this forum. Im looking at a Windrush 14 that needs some repairs and I just wanted to get some feedback on whether there is anything I need to know. Two main things I’m looking at. 1) The saddle for the front forestay is broken. Apparently the boat blew over while rigged on land. The owner has the saddle. Is it simply a matter of pop riveting the new saddle in place? 2) The trampoline appears to be in good condition, but the owner said some kids jumped on it and the pop rivets have broken He’s said I should just be able to replace the pop rivets. Is this a straightforward repair? Thanks in advance for your help. Photos attached
  10. madboutcats

    Stingray users manual?

    There were plenty of fast timber ones around at the same time as the Cherry hulls so I wouldn’t discount it as being heavy as that is a lighter medium to build in than the original glass hulls, being wood it will just depend wether it’s been looked after out of the weather, screws shouldn’t pull out as there is normally an aluminium strip inside the hulls to screw into, that may have corroded which means hopefully bigger screws or tap some other holes into it. Sometimes the strip was a lot of small sections of aluminium glasses in, that can break out so try not to take out all the screws out at the same time or you can lose the strips, hope that makes sense. Righting a small rig stingray is harder than a big rig which makes no sense to me, so I would suggest making sure your mast is water proof and tipping it over in the shallows near the beach for righting practice. If you have old blocks with the boat I would strongly suggest you put all the main sheet and jib blocks and sheets in a bucket for a week in with clothes washing powder and fabric softener, you will be surprised how much better they run which will lessen the chance of capsizing, rinse heaps or they will be slippery when you use them, when righting all downhaul, traveller, main and jib blocks need to be let go, enjoy your boat
  11. Sim

    Windrush 14

    Hi DT, Your post struck a chord since I am at Barwon Heads and used to sail a Windrush 12 there as a kid (actually called a Surfcat). It was the precurser of the Mk 1 Windrush from the 1970's I believe. My cousin recently gave it to me after faithfully storing it intact for some 30 years. I'm restoring it now and will have some fun re-launching this summer. It looks very like yours even down to the orange stripes but they had quite a different way of fixing the mat frame (4 SS bolts). The stays were different too and the rudders old-school, fixed ply. A few of the fittings need replacing but its in quite a good state for a 45 yo craft.
  12. Hi sailors' and forum members. I am the new owner sail #549 I bought it yesterday, I am going over it now. some things aren't as tidy as I would like- I am after a photo the various rigging points(main, jib, stays, blocks etc) that was the factory standard so I can rebuild it to original spec. I will probably respray the gelcoat, fix a couple of spider cracks and reseal the hull joint. This boat is for my son Hugo- who turns 4 soon. Safe sailing, Damon
  13. AnthonyHayes

    Tiller Xbar

    Cheers
  14. Pete

    Tiller Xbar

    This mater was discussed on 24 December 2017 under the title Tiller Pivots.
  15. AnthonyHayes

    Tiller Xbar

    Hello what is the best method for connecting the tiller Xbar and two tiller arms. There is currently garden hose with mine which requires replacing. Cheers Anthony
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  17. Brain fade on date, Dec, not Nov as in first post.
  18. joshjensen

    Stingray users manual?

    Thanks for the help! There is no stingray moulded in the deck so I agree I have the older version. It is mostly just timber by the looks of it and very light. I have foam in the forward compartments and it looks like a bit of glass along the flat bottom of the aft hulls. A repair job also added some glass to the deck where the trampoline attaches and had pulled a few screws out. I measured the mast at 27ft. I am around 90kg and my usual crew is around 80kg. We sail the Tin Can Inlet and will venture up the Great Sandy Straits which gets pretty breezy but is generally small fetch so pretty calm.
  19. madboutcats

    Nacra National Titles 2019-2020

    We have been able to come up with another three houses within a short walk of the sailing club for rent over this regatta, this makes it quite cheap and can sleep up to eight in each house, contact me if you want info
  20. madboutcats

    Stingray users manual?

    I just found your post, I think you have an original rig but you can measure the mast
  21. madboutcats

    Stingray users manual?

    G’day Josh there’s no real manual but we can help with setting it up, first thing we need to know is which Stingray you have, I have had both the Big rig 30ft mast and Original rig 28ft mast. The masts are fairly soft by newer cat standards so you don’t want a heap of prebend in it unless you are really light, can you also say what your total crew weight is, water/ wind conditions where you sail, it all makes a difference with the settings. You might have a heavier original rig boat which is timber deck with fibreglass hulls, you may have all timber hulls or you may have fibreglass and foam “Cherry Hulls” which are very light, you can identify these with a picture of a stingray moulded into the forward deck.
  22. All cats 5m and over, see MPASC site for details and NOR.
  23. joshjensen

    Stingray users manual?

    Thanks knobblyoldjimbo, will do.
  24. Wazza

    Marie 4.3 New tramp required please

    Will do thanks mate
  25. darcy1945

    Marie 4.3 New tramp required please

    Call Graham.
  26. Wazza

    Marie 4.3 New tramp required please

    Hi guys I’m in the same boat, brand new here and chasing a tramp for a 4.3 mari (I’d like a new one) I’m from Tweed Heads just south of the Gold Coast. Am i best off calling Graham or do you know of someone close to me? I didn’t want to start another post as I’m sure it’s been asked a thousand times Cheers!
  27. AnthonyHayes

    Rudder rope size

    Thanks gents. Knobbly you mentioned the Clamcleat cl257. I looked them up. Does $28 sound about right
  28. AnthonyHayes

    Rudder rope size

    Thanks gents
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