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  2. Yes folks.... its on again!! The Brisbane Valley Sailing Club is proud to once again host the annual "2017 Wivenhoe Winter Marathon". This year’s event is proudly sponsored by Brisbane Cat Centre, Magic Marine and LROne Sails and Catcovers. Brisbne. When:  The second Weekend in June 2017. Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th. Where: Lake Wivenhoe, Logan Inlet rd via Hay rd, Captain Logan's Complex( camp grounds ).  ( 1 hours’ drive from Brisbane ) Racing will consist of 'Short Course' racing on the Saturday with a massive marathon course being planned for the Sunday. Scouts will once again have their BBQ's fired up and providing lunch and dinner on Saturday and breakfast and lunch on Sunday. Camping is available on site from Friday, Camping $10  per night per person/$5 pert child. Showers ( 3mins, $1 ) ,BBQs, limited camp fire areas. but it is essential you are self sufficient including drinking water. Concrete launch ramp at Logan's  Inlet, access to grassed areas for rigging. SATURDAY : 'Mini Marathon' (Race of approx 3 hours duration, weather dependent) Briefing : 11:30pm Race Start : 1:00pm Cost : $35 Includes: Race fees and boating permit (SEQ Water requirement) SUNDAY : Marathon Briefing : 9:00am Race Start : 10:30am Cost : $35 Includes: Race fees and boating permit (SEQ Water requirement) Total cost if sailing both days is only $60 and this includes your weekend boat permit and both events. Event open to all Catamarans, Skiffs, dinghy’s, and trailer sailor’s Registration is at the control tent on the foreshore.  Entries will be closed 30 minutes before the briefing. Enquiries to: Email: Dean Behrens: 3282 8339 David Madden 0407 584 868 Edited just now by aircooled10 update event .2016
  3. Nacra 14 square for sale

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  5. Nacra 16sq No.4    2 pin top sails, one good condition, one fair condition. New rigging and tiller extension. Beach wheels. On registered trailer with new bearings. Surprisingly competitive for an old boat when the skipper gets it together! Selling as it's not getting used due to health issues. Located Brisbane northside. 0420 299 889. $2750.00 ono
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  7. 12/2014 Nacra 4.5 For Sale

    Boat Sold Thanks
  8. maricat sail track tramp mod questions

    no worries - thanks Darcy
  9. maricat sail track tramp mod questions

    The plate is glassed in full length, knock out the rivet tails with a small parallel punch, before drilling out the rivets, (Your drill will then follow the hole in the rivet and not cause an oversize hole) You can call me on 02 43591729, to chat about all Mari mods.
  10. maricat sail track tramp mod questions

    would the aluminium track on the underside of the deck be exposed? Just ask because there does not appear to be an exposed plate on the underside of the deck in the storage compartment section - placing my hand into the storage compartment I can feel where the rivets come through, but there is no exposed plate. perhaps the plate is aft of the storage section only...?
  11. maricat sail track tramp mod questions

    thanks! just to clarify, by "aluminium track at the bottom that needs to be clear" I assume you are not referring to the aluminium plate on top of the deck which is currently holding the bolt rope into the channel (ie the aluminium strip that will be replaced by my new sail rail) but rather another aluminium track on the underside of the deck (inside the pontoon) that the end of the rivet grips to? If the latter (aluminium track on the underside), is it secured in place by something other than the rivets eg formed into the fibreglass? if not, what is to stop it from simply falling away when I remove all the old rivets? also by "needs to be clear" do you mean that the holes need to be clear and cleaned up? and re sikaflex, do you apply that all over the bed where the new sail rail will go, or just around the holes, or just around the edge of the sail rail? (apologies for the newbie questions and for any errors in terminology ) 
  12. maricat sail track tramp mod questions

    3/4" is what you need and yes on every hole.  When drilling out the old rivets remember that there is an aluminium track at the bottom that needs to be clear.  This is what will provide the support for the new rivet. on one of my Maricats the track was upside down.  This worked well since the round bit was 'nested' into the slot but not completely. use sikaflex to bed the upside down track because there'll be some leaking if you don't.   I had a hatch on the transom deck.  This allows you access to the transom which you'll need to do at some stage.  when you tip the boat on its end all the rivet ends will fall down to the back and you'll be able to scoop them up if you have a hatch there. To get the bolt rope out tie a thin chord to one end to allow you to pull the next bolt rope through.   I always thought the bolt rope needed for the new sail track was thicker.   I bought the rope from a sailmaker.  I looked around and couldn't find the right stuff from anywhere else.  Once I used air line from Clarkes Rubber but had to get a 2 or 3mm line into the hole to stop it compressing, wasn't much fun! Enjoy your Maricat.
  13. Hi folks. i'm new to the forums (and to sailing) and am located on the Fleurieu in South Australia. Have recently acquired an older maricat 4.3, but the tramp is pulling out of the groove/channel plate on one side, seems this is a pretty common problem. have been looking through the forum and it looks like the caravan annex / sail rail mod is the recommended fix. I have sourced the new sail rails, but have a couple of questions:  1. i gather that 5/8-3/4 by 3/16 is the recommended rivet size. is this rivet size used for the full length of the track, including into the storage compartment, or is a shorter grip length required for the storage compartment rivets. Any recommendations on where to source the rivets from? 2. The sail rail has an internal channel diameter of 9.3mm, however the outer diameter of the side bolt rope plus canvas is larger than this (around 11mm total) and wont fit into the new channel (as described in this thread). Bolt rope is also in there pretty tight and i dont know how to get it out. what is the best way to remove the bolt rope in order to replace with something else? unpick the stitching adjacent to the rope so I can then pull out the rope and replace with something slightly smaller in diameter, and then restitch? Thanks, Richard  
  14. W14 boom and sails needed - PERTH

    Hi - I might be able to help with a boom. I have sails but they are a bit old so I wouldn't want to offload those on to you unless you're willing to accept that they are old, have a few holes but would still be usable for learning purposes. Only problem - I'm in Margaret River and won't be coming to Perth anytime soon. Give me a call on 0428147003 if you want to discuss it further. cheers, Mark
  15. My 11-year old son wants to sail a Windrush 14, so we have now have a boat, but need a boom and sails (main and jib) to get it out on the water :-) If you have anything to suit, please let me know!     
  16. Hi mate, do you have a traveller track and fittings?
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  18. Nacra 14 square for sale

    Hi Wayne  I have a guy coming to pick it up, end of next week apparently. I can send you pics and more information if you want to send me your number. If it falls through I'm happy for you to come look at it. I need it gone. I've bought an A Class so don't have room at home .     
  19. Nacra 14 square for sale

    is your Nacra still for sale ? If so can you please send me some pictures  Thanks Wayne
  20. Fun Vids

    Could we get some info about which drone George was using? The consensus seems to be that the DJI Phantom 4 drones are best at holding their position in strong breezes - up to around 20 - 25 knots... but there's still some debate about it... Their cheaper DJI Mavic drone also seems to be one to consider, but it doesn't have the same 'obstacle avoidance' sensors that the Phantom 4 Pro does... and as it's smaller it sounds like it wouldn't be as effective in stronger winds - and would be subject to getting blown about... Also, has anyone experimented yet with the 'Follow Me' function - on a fast moving cat? I understand that the drones can be made to lock onto an object - or a person - but a fast moving catamaran that changes its outline depending on it's orientation to the drone may be problematic? I think that a 'fun' video showing how arriving at the beach / rigging-up and getting on the water is so fast and easy - along with some exciting aerial footage is just what the Windrush 14 needs... I'd do it, but I'm not a competent drone pilot yet... PP
  21. Humpybong Yacht Club, Woody Point, Brisbane hosts the Queensland A Class championships from 5-7 May 2017. Twenty to thirty A class are expected to attend including Matt Homan, Brad Collett, Andrew Landenberger, Andrew Chaney, Peter Bradbury. Camping is available on the foreshore/carpark  at Humpybong for sailors and their families. Further info at
  22. Wanted to buy - Maricat 4.3 Jib & Main racing

    It might be time for me to update my sails. Current National Champion sails, Great colour and performance. If you are interested in good second hand sails let me Know. Mark 0416122988    
  23. Nacra 14 square for sale

    Price dropped $1500.00 Ono  
  24. 52 Wetas are entered in the World Masters Games regatta including 17 from Australia. If you or your club would like a test sail in a Weta, contact Weta Sydney on 0447 215 145
  25. Mari 4.0 Jib Block

    Will have a look and get back to you.
  26. Not to take you away from here Phill but there is a huge Calypso / CaperCat following on a facebook page here: Several Calypso 16's there have recently purchased brand new sails from Switch Sails located at Scarborough, Redcliffe. So many variables will change the price i.e. cloth used, colours, cut, size etc. The C16's paid around $2k for multi coloured, radial cut, square top main and jib. If your not based in SEQ ask a local sail loft for a quote. Trampolines are pretty standard for 14ft cats and there's plenty of manufactures around the country. Again, based on location L&R will make one OR another one to try here in Brisbane is Stitch em Up @ Strathpine. 
  27. Mari 4.0 Jib Block

    Darcy, I have moved the block attachment points inboard from the normal position to narrow the slot a bit on my Mari 4.0, but I find with the changed angles that I am unable to cleat the jib sheet without moving way forward from my sailing position. If I could change the angle of the cleat from that pictured on the standard block by having an adjustable cleat as pictured on the Ronstan unit my problem would be solved. Do you have a block with an adjustable cleat as in the pic in your treasure trove of spare parts. Thanks, Ross  
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