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  2. darcy1945

    Clevis or toggle?

    Quick and easy, not to be trusted for standing rigging.
  3. Hobie Tiger F18 catamaran sail no.1968. Great boat in good condition. 2 sets of sails and spinnakers. Registered trailer and sailbox in fair condition. Intermiterly raced at Speers point. Reluctant sale as can't find regular crew. Priced to sell at $5,800. Phone Ian 0428828118 if interested. Thanks.
  4. They are an excellent boat for what you are wanting to do We have had 3 and recently sold one to upgrade my sons. It was sold within the club and never went to advertise as a buyer was waiting. This happens a lot with them. My son (16) has one and races regularly he is only light (55kg) and can sail it in all conditions 1 up. We have a good fleet of them at Lake Samsonvale 4 racing and soon to be 5 or 6. Great atmosphere and people only to happy to help out with boat setups,tips etc. For those of you on Face book there is a group that has recently been formed, "Nacra 4.5 Community" so join there as well. I agree with Madboutcats closer to 14k not 20k!! Parts easy to get, simple to rig, great to sail and fast.
  5. Maricat shirts available at nationals this weekend. $50 if you can’t make it and want one contact Grady on 0432511817 for size can post out Maricat’s still can’t go past them on the back of the shirt
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  7. Great condition many extras mainsail and genaker reg gal trailer $2850 Mob 0423309580
  8. Greg graham

    Clevis or toggle?

    Apart from price any comments?
  9. Greg graham

    Clevis or toggle?

    Put mine on a reef. Any for sale? I am in mount gambier.
  10. Greg graham

    Clevis or toggle pins

    Apart from price, any comments?
  11. Maricat sails, (1 Hobie jib), will fit most other 14s without modification. Very good condition, stock (Not race) mains, comp with battens. NSW Central Coast 02 43591729.
  12. Greg graham

    NACRA 4.5: FEEDBACK AND BOAT WANTED.

    I just bought one after putting my nacra 16 on a reef. Ordered just before Christmas and arrived in sa two weeks ago. First sailed in light winds in Kingston se regatta and then local club port macdonnell Saturday in 12 to 15 knots. Second and first on yardstick. I am 60 and 87 kg. Trapezed with jib and felt totally in control. Great boat. Boat itself was $13k. Can rig by myself if need to. Highly recommend.
  13. Main and wire luff jib, redhead sails, white/red, sail number 5005, good/fair condition, several seasons old. $700 pr. Will separate. Darcy 02 43591729 NSW Central Coast.
  14. darcy1945

    Windrush 14

    The rudders on your boat were only produced for a short time, you won't be able to get spares. The current style lift automatically if they hit anything. And yes, they must be locked hard down to negate heavy helm.
  15. Disco Turtle

    Windrush 14

    Thanks for the info. Next time I'll try the rudders down a lot more, and hope I don't rip them off on anything shallow lol. I'll do without that becket. I've seen enough videos of cats without them, that I don't think it will effect my use of the craft. I had assumed there would be a forestay for each hull, and the previous owner mentioned it was rigged for a jib, which i assumed was the reason for the lack of 2 forestays?? I can see how it could cause cracking by squeezing them together. However, I am SURE I read somewhere that nobody uses 2 forestays on W14's anymore. I may be wrong, but I was sure I read it somewhere. About 30 years ago I had a Windrush 12. I loved nothing better than to race into the shore with 1 hull in the air, and beach it that way lol.
  16. knobblyoldjimbo

    Windrush 14

    From a Maricat sailer so observations only. 1. Rudders need to be as far down as possible. On the Maris we have them tucked under a bit. This results in a nice light touch. Going upwind just a little weather helm provides a positive pressure so that if you let go the boat rounds up into the wind. 2. That Becket you mention looks to be a vang. In the Maris nobody uses them any more. I tried for a while and it does provide a small speed improvement dead downwind. Big hassle if there are two people though. It also causes problems if you capsize as it prevents the leech, back of the sail from letting the water out as you right. 3. Cat rigged, or just the mainsail we use two forestays one per hull. This reduces the squeezing of the bows which sometimes causes cracking. We also take the mast more which also helps weather helm by moving the centre of effort back closer to the rudders. I used to fight for last place with an older guy in a windy, his style of coming into shore was full speed and see how far up the beach he got - don't think he liked getting his feet wet! Enjoy.
  17. Damianc

    Mk2 rear beam on a Mk1

    Thanks Darcy. I will check that on the weekend when I rig the boat for the first time with the new stays etc.
  18. darcy1945

    Mk2 rear beam on a Mk1

    Looks good. Make sure that your mainsheet attachment to the boom, is back far enough to keep the traveller aligned, with traveller at centre of beam.
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  20. Damianc

    Mk2 rear beam on a Mk1

    I have just finished the conversion and wanted to share my photos... Before, During and Completed.
  21. Disco Turtle

    Windrush 14

    Well, we finally found some time to get her in the water today. It had been about 2 weeks since the seller showed me how all the rigging worked, so when we were on the beach putting it all together, I had forgotten 1 part, so we just did the best we could to make it all secure, and out we went. The part I had trouble with was the Becket Block indicated in the picture. The one that goes from the foot of the mast to about 1/4 of the way along the boom. Couldn't work out A) how it was supposed to stay secure, and B) what it is actually for. I've been watching as many videos as I can, but some don't seem to have it, and others just have it as loose as a goose. Anyone have a photo or instructions on that part for me please? Anyway, we set out from a quiet little beach (near the lagoon at Geelong Grammar for the locals). Winds were light, about 12kts according to my weather app on my phone. We headed out, and hit a sandbar and got stuck. Lol. No big deal. I did see it before we beached on it, but I wasn't sure if we'd get over it or not. We didn't, so out we got, turned her around, and headed in the other direction. Not before catching the edge of the boom in the side of my face! (Nothing major. Just a small cut, but could have been much worse.) After telling the missus all morning to watch the boom so she doesn't get hit in the head! Lol. Around all the moored boats, and into the lagoon we went. We found some shallow areas along the way, with the odd slight scrape of the bottom, but we managed to stay afloat, and picked up some decent (decent for us!) speed. Turned around, and headed back the way we came. Got used to the feeling of when I lost the wind, and the main sail was looking to swing around. All in all a great hour or so on the water, and even managed to land back on the beach EXACTLY where we had set out! Wasn't brave enough to let a hull lift out of the water yet, but no doubt that will come. Another newbie question. The rudders were ridiculously heavy to hold and turn the boat. Are they supposed to be basically vertical in the water, or more trailing out the back? I had them trailing out the back, but am thinking more vertical might make things much lighter. The only issue being, if we sail over a shallow spot, they'll just dig in. Here she is in the water just before we popped our life jackets on and headed out.
  22. darcy1945

    Cat yardsticks for regatta

    Your mix looks spot on to me, it is very close to what I used to use for Mannering Pks 14' cat regatta.
  23. tonyquoll

    Cat yardsticks for regatta

    At the Wallagoot Lake Boat Club, we have been using a mix of Koonawarra and YV yardsticks. For example: Hobie 14 93 Hobie 14 Turbo 88 Maricat Cat Rig 94 Maricat Cat Rig, Foam hull 92 Maricat Sloop Rig: 2up 94 Maricat Sloop Rig: Foam hull, 2up 92 Maricat Super Sloop:1up +/- trapeze 90 Maricat - Super Sloop + Foam hull 88 Nacra 14 square 85YV Paper Tiger 92 Windrush Cat Rig: 1up 94.5YV Windrush Sloop Rig: 2up 94 Windrush Sloop Rig: 1up 90.5YV Windrush Super Sloop:1up+trapeze 87 YV Weta (1-up) 91YV Weta (2-up) 94YV I was asked "why don't we just use YV, like all the other clubs? Aren't Koonawarra out of date now"? Well because the latest VYC yardstick includes these: Hobie 14 96.5 Hobie 14 Turbo 90.5 Maricat 4.3 Cat 96, +1 for GRP Hulls Maricat 4.3 Sloop 91, +1 for GRP Hulls Maricat 4.3 Super Sloop 89, +1 for GRP Hulls Nacra 14 square 84.5 Paper Tiger 92.5 Windrush 4.3 Cat 94.5 Windrush Sloop Rig: 2up 94 Windrush Sloop Rig: 1up 90.5 Windrush Super Sloop:1up+trapeze 88 Weta 1up: 86 Why have Maricats gained 4 points over PTs? Did they win the Quiddich cup? Who agrees that Nacra 14squares have gotten faster, and PTs slower? Has anyone ever seen a Weta beat all other 14' cats around the course by several minutes? Please advise us.
  24. darcy1945

    Mk1 resto questions

    Turnbuckle style and plastic coated wire, or plastic tube over wire, for safety when righting.
  25. Pete

    Mk1 resto questions

    The ss bolt is very often stuck in the alloy casting and is thus not adjustable. I like the turnbuckle option. The dolphin striker set up needs to be strong. If it breaks the results can be messy and expensive, and you will need help to get back to shore.
  26. billygoat

    Mk1 resto questions

    I took a friend out for his first ever sail, and he immediately started looking for his own cat. Talked him out of a cheap H14 by finding an even cheaper old Mari. It's not in great shape, but suits our needs as a fix and learn project. First question - the new boat has a different dolphin striker to mine. He has a screw thread on the striker itself to tension the cable (mine has turnbuckle on the cable). Guessing they swapped to the later style for a reason. Replacing the striker cable as a matter of routine, should we go with a turnbuckle cable and ignore/remove the inbuilt striker tensioner, or is a like-for-like simple fixed length cable okay?
  27. darcy1945

    Turnbuckle thickness

    Not really.
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