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  2. Nacra 5.2 for sale

    Hi, I am selling my old 5.2. I have owned it about 10 years but it’s not getting used lately.  Sail No. 1749. Built circa 1982. The boat is in fairly good condition, it’s complete and everything works   Comes on registered trailer with beach rollers, sail box and rigging box.  Price is very negotiable starting from $2500.  Boat will need to be picked up and towed away from Springwood 4127 QLD. 
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  4. Thanks Darcy. I had a very long chat on the phone last night with Grady. His advice is terrific, and he knows best, with the problems he has had with his knees. I will be seeing my GP on Thursday, and will be getting a referral from him to see a top sports physio that we have in town. So I will take my time to rebuild my body, and will stick with the Maricat and hiking, not trapezing. And who knows, I might be at the next Nationals. You guys are terrific. Actually Darcy, I will private message you, as I will be needing some parts for my Maricat over winter. Cheers David.
  5. Gradys' advice is spot on, avoid the trap idea and get stuck into the physio, muscle strength around the joint is the key.
  6. Hi David don't stress i have had 2 knee reconstructions and 3 other knee ops i have the left knee of a 70 year old don't need braces physio is the key and sailing the motivation. my knee locked many times, i wore braces but none of then helped. cat rig is the go as you have plenty of time tacking to move sides mari cat rig is the best and easiest on the old body. give us a call i can help i have lots of experience with knees and how to tack with bad knees cheers Grady 0432511817
  7. Hi James.   Many thanks for your thoughts. I just dont know which way to go. I nhave thought about a larger cat, but then that is more of a bigger boat to handle with my ageing body. I am really loving the maricat since doing the performance improvements. It is very fast on yardstick rating against other yachts at my club. I have contacted Tynor in Western Aust, who make knee braces. They have recommended 2 types of their braces. So I might give a pair of them a go. As they are cheap at about $38 each. A lot cheaper than selling my boat and buying another. Plus this way, I can still get to race against Pete Morrow here in tassie next season, as my injury did not permit this to happen this season. And who knows, I might make it to a a Nationals Maricat titles next season (I wish to).   I will try sailing Anarchy and see what they have to suggest.   Cheers for now and thanks. David Banfield.
  8. Very sorry to hear of this David.  I don't have injuries to report although I've always had dodgy knees so I'm possibly more aware of them. Although Mari's and Windy's have trapeze classes I would think that it might be better to trap on one of the larger cats, the Taipan comes to mind.  Having said that I still read reports of injuries and issues on trap boats too.  You could try as the forums sometimes have people with problems and sometimes solutions. Hope your recovery is quick. James
  9. Hi everyone. I tore and ripped my medial meniscus (cartilage) in my left knee whilst racing my Maricat on Australia Day. Just had surgery yesterday in hospital. Surgery took 3 times than thought, as the damage was quite severe. More than 1 hour on the operating table. Anyhow, the report back from my surgeon is that my cartilage in my joints are worst than the average person for 56 years of age. Plus to add to the matter that I have osteoarthritis setting into my knee joints. Anyhow, the surgeon has warned me that I am at extreme risk to be continually tearing the cartilage in my joints and in particular my knees. Now my injury happened on Australia Day when I went to tack, came inboard and kneeling (squatting on my knees to turn 180 degrees to head off out the other side of the boat. It happened ever so easily, and also at the same time i tore  and sprained my calf muscles (probably due to extreme hard hiking out the side of the maricat and back arched to get the most leverage possible. So my question is, has anyone else been in a similar case with their knee cartilage. I am aware of Pete here in Tassie with knee replacement, but mine is a different issue to this. Thinking about getting knee braces that will help support the knee, b ut prevent the twisting of the knee at the same time, as it is the twisting of the knee that tears the cartilage. Also wondered if sailing the maricat with trapeze, may or may not help. The only thing is, being 56 and having to race as a super sloop sounds too much for me to handle with poort health. I really dont want to give up sailing as it is one thing in life that I live for. And I really dont want to give up my maricat, as I have only been sailing it since Xmas 2017, not long at all, and really loving the boat. Even though I have raced and sailed many different yachts, including a lot of multihulls since I was 10, I really enjoy this boat more than nearly any other.   Please! Please help me with all suggestions and ideas that you may know of.   Cheers David.
  10. 14 hulls strong?

    I know old cats. Have bought them, sailed them, had them fail. I want a W14 and I see one for sale that is "been club sailed" and has late sails. What about the hulls ? The ad says  Mark 2 bulkhead hulls (1055; 260, 265 (have no idea)) ...what does this mean? This is not about comp sailing, but casual sailing and motor cruising....under ridiculous low friggin bridges. So Hulls. I want trouble free hulls. I see they have trouble with plywood, foam, no bulkheads.... What would you do to suss out the hulls for trouble? Cats are special becuzz of pressure points. I know that boating without rigging is often harder on the frame than sailing...all o that.
  11. Is this a Hawke surfcat?

    The Hawke Surfcat was designed by Len And Peter Hawke with Ron Hansen. It was released in 1971. Ten years before that the brothers had joined two of their Malibu boards side by side, place a sail on it. The Hawke Surfcat was also made under licence in Europe, and exported to over 53 countries in the world, with over 15 000 made in Australia. It also was the recipient of the Australian design Award. The Surfcat was even flopped( copied) on a few occasions in Victoria and NSW. The Surfcat was design for family fun and is one of the only ones that is capable of surfing. The rigging and sails where kept inexpensive as to keep a level playing field on race day. Just a few facts. Oh yeah, at the height of Surfcat/Catamaran racing in the 80's the Hawke cat had a handicap of 1 min from the Windrush 14 which was released in 74. Not bad for a Surfcat that was only designed for family fun and Surfing.    
  12. Nacra 4.5 For Sale

    This vessel is a late 2007 build, number 355 and has been used about a dozen times.It is in excellent near new condition, always garaged but I just don't have the time to make use of it. Selling for $8,800 Gladstone area, for more info and photo's PH 0417087490. Russell.
  13. Cartwheeling (nose diving)

    Watch a youtube on Laser sailing.  They are all over the place going downwind.  One I watched, I think it was a Worlds Gold Medal race - they never gybed going downwind always twisting and turning to get the most out of waves.  I think it was in Perth or Fremantle and Tom Slingsby won. Not disimilar to Maricats - change direction often and whenever you look like you're going to go down a wave into the back of another one - guaranteed sphincter clenchers!
  14. Tramp tension

    Always good to have a second opinion ..... First is your new tramp cut on the diagonal ? If so you can pull it as tight as possible. The tramps on Mark II boats are easier to tighten than the older Mark I boats. The older original tramps were the straight cut with the lacing up the middle - they are basically impossible to get really tight. I think that the caravan track modification are not the best solution. Irrespective of which way you put them on they create a lump. One of the great features of a Maricat is the smooth transition from deck to tramp. I think it is best to retain the existing flat plate. Drill out the old rivets, take off the aluminium strip, clean up the holes, maybe dribble some resin in the holes, if the inner lip is very worn you may need to apply a thin layer of resin on the lip to close down the slot between inner lip and aluminium strip. Sand it smooth. Use long rivets to reattach the aluminium strip with some sealant on each hole. Refit the tramp.    
  15. Cartwheeling (nose diving)

    Check that your dolphin striker is tight before stepping the mast. Maricats nose dive if driven hard on a reach - that is just how it is. You can reduce it by racking the mast and de powering by flattening the sail. In strong wind you drive the boat as hard as you are game hopefully holding it just off the nosedive then ease off or dump the main, if you bury it sometimes it will recover other times it won’t !! Drop the traveller down. On a reach you can sit behind the back beam this greatly increases the leverage to keep the nose up. Can’t tell from the video but you don’t use forestays to the bows with a jib, the weight needs to be on the forestay in the jib.
  16. 2x 4.3 mari's for sale

    boats sold
  17. 5m maricat for sale

    boat sold
  18. Victorian Maricat Owners

    A very rare sight these days, your 4.8 may well be the only one in Vic, If you turned up at the Maricat nationals, you would be the Aus champion.    
  19. Victorian Maricat Owners

    hello form Ouyen  in the north west of Victoria  i have just got  mari 4.8  i have owned it for a bout a day      picked it up from cohuna        
  20. taipan 4.9 for sale

    for sale taipan 4.9 sail number 71 .light and stiff kevler hulls,goodal fat head main and ashby fat head main.3 jibs ,beach wheels,registered trailer all in good condition ready to race or just for fun,  $7500.ono.      phone 02 4265698
  21. Cartwheeling (nose diving)

    Pretty sure that's just camera angle. My striker is tight and in good nick. But I'll triple check next time I'm rigged and tensioned just to be sure.
  22. Cartwheeling (nose diving)

    The photo above shows the front beam flattening, may just be camera angle, or may be that dolphin striker is way to loose, or due for replacement,
  23. Off boom sheeting?

    Pretty sure I'm using 10mm. Crappy rope though - the finest BCF had to offer. The nearest chandlery is 100km from here. I hadn't known about threading the blocks properly, so I've looked at some instructions and diagrams and worked out a better crossed-block routing. Seems better. You're right that you get some direct 1:1 effect on the boom until your overcome pulley friction, at which point it starts cranking the boom down as expected. I'd say that's the best of both worlds. You can see it in effect in this little vid from a couple of weeks ago: My biggest problem is that I can't position my cleat far enough out of the way (that's as far down as it can be adjusted), so it's prone to auto-cleating without meaning to. Haven't found a solution to that one yet. I swapped back to conventional sheeting for yesterday's session (see my latest addition to the "cartwheel" thread ), but I think I prefer it off the boom. Might even consider getting rid of the cleat altogether... although sailing sloop solo, it's easy to run out of hands, and a cleat gives some options.
  24. Cartwheeling (nose diving)

    As Brittney would sing... oops I did it again Some more submarine action yesterday. Quite a bit of breeze (20 knots + gusts at Ballarat airport, about 15km away, maybe a bit more out on Lake Burrumbeet). Solo (~75kg), so I can't blame my forward hand for being too heavy this time. I was dipping the bows all day, so I was kinda ready when it went deep the first time. Dropped the mainsheet and recovered. Second time I was consciously trying to steer through the wind rather than depowering. I rounded up well when the bow dipped, but bore away too soon and sent it down in to the mud. Stepped over the bows when it was beyond recoverable. It seemed to me that the bows were more prone to diving when I had too much boom lift - traveller too far in, mainsheet eased off. Dropping the traveller further out and sheeting on harder seems to pull the centre of power further aft, lifting the bows. I rigged with a slightly longer forestay strop than usual (I made up a couple of options when I re-rigged the forestay after the incident a few posts back), so the mast is raked a bit more than I've done before (which also should have pulled the bows up, by my thinking, unless I'm getting a weird interaction with the jib slot). Lots of downhaul and outhaul on the main. I'd also like to point out that I'm getting plenty of successful sailing in, in between these screwups . And I'm deliberately pushing the envelope, seeing where the limits are, so it's inevitable that I'm going to find them sometimes. I'm just very analytical and like to figure out _why_ :-) Tim
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