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  4. Tony Hicks

    Mast float for a Windrush 14?

    Thanks fellas, much appreciated!
  5. Rotech

    Mast float for a Windrush 14?

    Here's what I used when I was first learning, Especially when I had the kids onboard. Darcy is right, more weight at the tip requires more weight (x10) to right the boat. I'm 85kg 5'7" and I could right my boat with this arrangement fitted without too much effort. Remember the wind will do the righting, you just need get the top 1/3 out of the water. It's just a standard boat fender, go a light as you can, you don't need too much bouyancy. Nothing particularly aerodynamic about it, but it'll give you "piece of mind"
  6. darcy1945

    Mast float for a Windrush 14?

    Tie a couple of 1litre milk bottles to the top of your sail. Mast floats just make it that much harder to right, after capsize.
  7. G"day All, Just wondering if there's a way to attach a mast float to an older style Windrush 14? Anyone done this or have any info or ideas on how to do it? I'm only just learning to sail in Lake Cootharaba on the Sunshine Coast QLD, and the lake is only about 2m deep max and is tidal, so I'm a bit worried about the mast getting stuck on the bottom if she turtles! Any advise much appreciated - cheers.
  8. https://www.hyc.net.au/events/67772/ Over the weekend of the 25th and 26th of July the Humpybong Yacht Club will conduct its fifth annual WinterBash regatta for yachts, multihulls, trailer sailers, off-the-beach dinghies and catamarans. In addition this year, we are hosting the South East Queensland Nacra titles. Humpybong Yacht Club is a family focused sailing club and we actively encourage competitors of all experience levels to take part. We have advice from a full range for boats from trimarans down to lasers that they will be coming; from Bundaberg in the north to Murwillumbah in the south. We are expecting a big fleet, especislly wiht the Nacras adding spice. The first day is an all in one course series of triangular races in Bramble Bay, It is followed by the WinterBash marathon on Day Two. The marathon race will see boats race across the Bramble Bay and back up the Redcliffe peninsula before returning to finsh at the Woody Point Jetty. Juniors will a multi race format Day One and two endurance courses on Day Two. Parent permission forms for all under 18 years old will be required. If you are not racing and would like a day on the water with the fleets or know someone that would; please call Peter Bradbury on 0412 695 146 As with all major events at Humpybong, overnight camping will be available to competitors and their families and the canteen will be open for the duration of the event. Alternatively, look for other accommodation options here. This years regatta will be complicated by the CoVID-19 restrictions placed on all events by the Government. The HYC CoVID-19 Management plan forms part of the NOR and it is aexpected that all competitors and support teams will familiarise themselves with teh requiremtns before the eveetn. It is important for everyone,s safety.
  9. Great to hear, I'll make sure I check it before/after each sail. Thanks Darcy.
  10. darcy1945

    WTB Maricat 4.3 Mast hound tang

    Your mast fitting is serviceable (Looking at the photos) I would use what you have, and check it regularly.
  11. Useful info thanks. So far I mainly race for learning, fun & added safety of other boats & rescue boat. I'm still being lapped by everyone but like the challenge of an actual course to sail. Great to have options of sloop, cat etc though. I'll check out the sailing buddies group. Cheers
  12. Pointed Reply

    WTB Maricat 4.3 Mast hound tang

    This is probably in the wrong section but ....... If you join the “Sailing Buddies” Facebook group you will find out all that is happening with Maricats. Also the Maricat webpage and fb page. Queens Lake has an annual regatta. The Australian version of Sailing Buddies is administered by Mick Colecliffe and has lots of sailing stuff with a bit of a bias towards active cat sailing. Minimum class weight for one up Maricat sailing is 73kg - but with club/social you can do what ever you like. Righting the boat for light weights is sometimes difficult. Sloop with trap is very nice but tricky to race while learning. I had a bad “tangle” experience during a windy race and decided to not use Trap while racing - so only race cat now - (Class min 63kg). The newer single piece diagonal cut tramps are the go. None of the messy central lacing or gaps at the back for ropes to fall down.
  13. Aah, good to know I'm not too light for standard setup. It already has the mast base & rotation stoppers filed away. I plan on using the trapeze when I build my skills, likely once my local club (Richmond River Sailing Rowing Club) resumes sailing in September. I'm wary of learning trapeze solo without other boats around. In the mean time I've been gradually replacing old/broken bits. New dolphin striker done. New stays. I'm in the process of fairing & sanding the hulls & making some beach wheels. I'll be sailing with/against mostly Nacras up here. Ranging from 430 up to 5.8's. So not much to compare setup with. Queens Lake is about 6hrs south for me but if there's a multi day event I'd make the drive. Cheers Jish
  14. Pointed Reply

    WTB Maricat 4.3 Mast hound tang

    You are not a lightweight at 68, I am 63 (years and kegs !!) and go ok (in lighter wind) and my hound is in the standard position. I’m not sure I know anyone who has lowered their hound position. The “fat boys” always beat me in strong wind but the extra 20kgs hanging over the side makes a big difference..... Most of the race boats have modified their mast step to allow the mast to rotate a bit more. This changes the air entry to the sail and allows the mast to bend more, which also flattens the sail. But first get your boat mechanically right, so things don’t break, tidy everything up and keep things as simple as possible. Have you replaced the dolphin striker wire - most important for this not to break ....... Queens Lake just south of Port Macquarie would be the closest club where a group of Maricats sail, if you need to check things out (once sailing gets going again in Spring).
  15. Thanks pointed reply, I gave them a ring today. I was just wary of drilling extra holes in the mast. While you're there, could you please tell me the standard distance from the mast head. I read somewhere that the hound should be lowered a little for lightweights like me at about 68kg.
  16. Pointed Reply

    WTB Maricat 4.3 Mast hound tang

    Get one of the new solid one piece stainless steel ones from Michael Colecliffe - much stronger and just better. Standard fitting on “newer” Maricats.
  17. I'm chasing a maricat 4.3 mast hound tang. My ones hole is stretched & the new one I bought is too small.
  18. darcy1945

    Rudders short timber

    Unless you are racing, stick with what you have. A new rudder setup complete, is worth over $1000.
  19. Maso

    Rudders short timber

    Hi Barb. Did you ever get the short rudders you were after? I am thinking of getting rid of mine (in favour of the deep, drop downs). let me know if you are interested. regards, Maso
  20. WANTED 1 or 2 windrush 14 rudder blades ***deep only...also looking for beach wheels
  21. Hello from New Zealand I previously owneed a hydra and am looking at buying another. This may be well known but I changed as per the following boat which made a huge difference in speed Changed the boom to a carbon fibre one Bought a second hand Taipan jib and cut the top off added 1 horizontal batten and 1 45 degree angle batten to hold the top out, What a Flyer, Although are a heavy boat with a heavy mast thiss is one cat I could not subraine although at thimmes the cross beam was in the water The biggest feature is the ample forward hulls and the great centrboards ( if you need them) I am looking for a Hydra 16 in Sunshine Coast sso email to ron.heydonnz@gmail.com I will post some hydra pics when I can find them Ron Heydon
  22. set of beach wheels 2.25 wide.. Melbourne/south west area preferred
  23. DeckChair

    Nacra 4.5 or 5.0

    Hi Mark, Thanks for you insight on the 4.5 and 5.0. The 4.5 seems to be a very popular and on point boat here in SE Qld, I am located on the Sunshine Coast. Being 90+ kg I thinking maybe the 5.0 and over the last 12months I have seem many 5.0s under $3-4k and most 4.5s $7k+. My preference was alway a 4.5 and you have now confirmed my choice. I am in no real rush as I am committed to travelling with my sons who is 14 Laser sailing. I will keep an eye out over the next 6months or so a hope a 4.5 comes onto the market at a reasonable price. Obviously I would be interested in your sons boat subject to price. Happy for you to call me on 0499 022 161 or text me your number, so I can call you. Cheers Stuart
  24. Mako

    Nacra 4.5 or 5.0

    Hi DeckChair, sorry for the late reply, did not see your post. having owned and raced both the 5.0 and 4.5. I can attest that the 4.5 1up is a much better and faster boat than a cat rigged 5.0. The 4.5 is a very quick single handed nacra and having the furling jib is a real plus for handling and tacking and often in heavy wind while racing upwind you can furl the jib and not lose any speed. My son currently races a very quick 4.5 (one of the best setup and tuned)that we are looking to sell if you are interested. There is a Nacra 4.5 facebook page that is a resource for info. If you go 4.5 you will never look back. Also the 4.5 has very active racing fleets in many states. Many of the 4.5 skippers weigh above 85kg and are very quick. Let me know if you want any further info on our boat or the 4.5 in general. Where are you located? We are in Brisbane. Mark
  25. Thanks for the update billy goat. I made a new halyard with 3.2mm 1x19 wire (closest to 3mm bunnings had). I've added the swage but can't remember which side of the mast the swage lives. If on the sail track side it seems the swage would have to run through the pulleys to be cleated on the side opposite the sail track where the cleat is. Problem is the bigger swage on the 3.2mm wire is too fat the fit past my new 32mm bearing pulleys & seems to only just fit with the original smaller 28mm pulleys.
  26. billygoat

    Halyard pulleys and sail track lubrication

    Quite a while ago... Re-releasing the bolt rope ended up being a bad move. Didn't move at all (ie it was as shrunk as it was going to get and not causing any problems) but I had difficulty sewing the extension piece back in position such that it wasn't prone to jumping out of the track when hoisting. At the same time, I scrubbed the track with dish detergent and replaced the mast top halyard sheaves with sliding door rollers. Now the sail is much easier to hoist and drop. Not sure what caused the improvement. I suspect the sheaves were binding on their axles under load.
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