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  2. No doubt about it I love sailing with the racing sail but I cant put them up unfortunately. Thats a good idea knobbly or I could just move my mast back even though I do love the rake as I can get closer to the wind. Ohhh such decisions. I actually moved my block back before I sailed last time and it was shocking. The tiler kept hitting the block. So I have moved it forward and I will see how that goes.
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  4. Roller reef code 0 on windrush

    The sheet runs from side stay to code 0 to side stay and i can flaten it right of. Note the jib and spinaker cleats
  5. Roller reef code 0 on windrush

      So the new boat foam sandwich hulls std jib, main and furling 16m2 furling code 0. With fishing rod holders lol. Biggest secret suport underneath the bowsprit with wire bridge to keep it straight and 32mm 3mm wall spreader bar between front hulls. If you cant keep the code 0 stay straight it doesnt make any power to windward. It is the most important thing. Furling is also a pain in the butt if you cant keep front stay straight I made a lightweight spinaker pole out of ali with stay quick clips. When not in use clip on side stay and push up clip on again. Todays sail sub 10knt winds 2 up hard on the wind doinh about 10knts. Any sort of reach the speed is awesome. Code 0 i only use up to 18knt MAX even 2 up its scary as shit. I have ended up with fast light wind boat that i can fish of. I normally tow a skirted lure or something for fun and like doing enduro adventure sails.  Jib drops by halyard code 0 furls point into the wind and hover i caught a 68cm Dhu fish.  
  6. As an aside, the reason for moving the tripple block on the boom back some 100mm was to increase mast bend rather than to stop us sheeting block to block. This was in 1978 and I was way lighter back then. This season I may move that block back to its original position.
  7. AHA!  so if you're using one of the old stripy sails and also raking the mast with 5.5m and 5. forestays and shrouds then you'll need to get a D ring sewn into the sail just above the clew - I think it needs to be about six inches. Then you'll have enough space to properly pull the sail in.
  8. Griffith regatta is 14/15th October. A couple of the local Maricat sailors there have the newer style radial cut sails. You could have a few races and check out the sails. 
  9. WILDCAT Regatta October 1-2-3

    Its on again, the besti Regetta on the East coast Be there or be Square
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  11. Funny you say that I read this just after I finished sowing a new rope into the sail. I have a friend that helps me and he is a frail old skinny fella he pulls on the halyard and I line her up with both hands and we struggle after half way. I love having a rake on my mast but because my old sail is so floppy the blocks hit each other so I cant go full throttle. Haa haaa Might take some tools to sailing after the race I might change where the block is on the boom hopefully this helps. If not is there a style of racing sail that I could get that wont be hard to pull up the mast? Would love to buy a 2nd hand one but if I have to get one made then so be it
  12. Cobra for sale SOLD

    Still for sale.  Price reduced to $4,300. This is one of the best Cobras in Australia.  Only sailed a handful of regattas since new.  Near new trampoline, near new square top main, near new mast, near new sheets and blocks.   Registered trailer that has been to QLD, NSW, SA from Victoria regularly. I may be able to assist with transport to the National Titles in Saratoga NSW in December 2017.  
  13. just out of interest Krissy where you just heaving on the halyard?  On the racing sails that I've had (cross cut and radial) what happens is that you get the sail halfway up as you describe, this is the easy bit.  When the design shape of the sail starts to form it puts a bend in the mast.  This means that you have to feed the bolt rope into the opening.  It's relatively hard because ideally you'd have a palm on each side of the sail acting as sail feeders AND pull on the halyard.  There's a sweet spot between the two but just pulling won't work. I had an Eastwind cross cut sail which put a definite bend in the mast once it was fully up.  This is way different than the traditional stripy sails but the Eastwind was very quick and had a great shape. I have thought about putting on those sail feeders and I just looked them up, this one:  looks quite interesting.  My Careel 18 had one that had two pieces that rivetted on either side of the mast the feeder balls were close enough to hold the bolt rope in place as you hoisted. One thing to do with your "old floppy" is to undo the stitching at the clew of the sail.  This releases the bolt rope.  Let it ride up and put a small piece of rope into where it was.  Bolt ropes get very stiff with age and sometimes shrink which moves the shape of the sail back too far.  Doing this will give you a better chance of getting a better shape.
  14. I have similar difficulties hoisting my racing mainsails.  My 1980 vintage all orange number hoists easily but is very slow upwind.  The suggestions above are all good.  In addition I am now using a much thicker halyard and a pair of leather work gloves to hoist the race sails. It is still not easy.  Mine are both cross-cut from Chris Cairns. Powerful sails with heaps of luff round.
  15. What no Southern Comfort. Haaa haaaa I wont have to worry about prizes at least for another few years. That sounds great. Will give it some serious thought. I gave up on the racing sail that I was going to buy. I tried everything you guys suggested and I also loosened off every batan just to see if that made a difference and once it got half way up the mast it was extremely tough to pull up any further, for a woman any how. I class myself strong for my breed but compared to a man I am weak. So best if I stick to my old floppy worn out rainbow sail that goes up the mast with one finger of pressure. It has actually scared me off getting another sail all together in case they are all that hard to get up the mast. Its a lot of money to spend on getting one made if that will happen again.I am spewing as the radical sail was awesome to sail with. Thanks for all your help any how. Happy Sailing.  
  16. Nacra 5.8 For sale $8,500.00 or swap for Nacra 4.5  Gold Coast Sail # 1635 excellent race condition - registered trailer - sail boxes - boat cover plus much more.Contact Rudi 0400 800 222
  17. Don't be intimidated by the word "regatta". These are not Olympic trials. It just means of group of ordinary sailors with similar boats getting together to sail for (mostly) two days - Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. Sail maybe 5 or 6 short races in a variety of conditions without having to derig. Most clubs have camping at the clubs and canteens so costs are a minimum. With lots of time to chat, look at other boats, get advise - even sail other people's boats. You will learn more in one weekend at a "regatta" than in a year of sailing by yourself. Entry fees and prices are low - prizes are usually nominal - but at Griffith they give away lots of red wine ......... 
  18. Ohh same as me but I am a young old fart haa haa at age 42. I don't think I will go to regatta this year maybe next year when I am a bit better. I make a fool of myself enough as it is. Not sure I need a bigger crowd. And a larger whipping would not be pleasant.
  19. Most of the guys on this site are old farts who sail cat rig 4.3. The young blokes, some as young as 40/50, sail super sloop (These are mostly the guys with their original hips and knees)
  20. Ohhh is that all cool. I am a terrible sailor but by November I might be a tiny bit better. I will mention it to Exhogger and see what he says. Do you know him from here as well? Ross I have a 4.3 what do you guys have?
  21. Griffith Sailing Club has a keen group of Maricat sailors. They have a two day regatta on the 4/5th November and it would be good to get the Yarrawonga Maricats there. Just 2 1/2 hours up the road. I also plan to come across. We can do a bit of boat tuning, check set ups - -
  22. Hmmm Dr Peter might be the previous owner of mine. He has a big yacht but at our club he crews on another large yacht. We only have 2 regular Maricaters. unfortunately. One other member has one he is a great sailor but we only see him once a year if we are lucky. Yes we have regattas. From memory Anzac and Easter it will be. Its a great spot hey. Very challenging. The winds always changing. Keeping us all on our toes. 
  23. How many Maricat's are at Yarrawonga ? The photo on your web page shows three.  Is Dr Peter still sailing there ? Do you have a regatta ?  I did the Sail Inland series there a few years back.    
  24. Ohh wow that's interesting. Ok I wont jump the gun then Thanks
  25. You don't need a feeder .... Just make sure all the battens are popped the same way and have the boat pointing into the wind. Age is not an issue with a Maticat - just the condition. Old Jimbo sailed Sweet 16 which is the 16th Maricat built - 197something. Won races and championships against new foam boats - but it had a good sail and gear ... and a good sailor !
  26. Thanks old Jimbo. Do you usually move the shrouds just one position back? I sail and live close to Yarrawonga in Victoria. Haa haa Pointed. How old is old? That could include me Haa haaaa Na jus old Maricats. I am guessing or hoping the new ones have a better design then my ancient Maricat. Thinking of buying a sail feeder so I don't need 4 hands. Something like this   But I am worried it might get in the way.
  27. Is that owners of old Maricats or old owners of Maricats ?    
  28. The first third or so usually goes up ok.  Once there is tension you'll need three hands.  Two to hold both sides of the sails so that the bolt rope goes into the slot, the other hand is needed to pull the halyard.   This is the point where you'll want an A Class because they usually just push the sail up the mast!! Like the others say, before getting the sail up look up the mast.  It should be straight, if not then you will need to loosen the shrouds.  To do this, attach the halyard to the mainsheet and pull it so there is tension.  Then let the shroud off a hole.  Rinse, repeat.  Once the mast is straight then leave the shrouds be, they just need to be tight enough to hold the mast in its step. Where abouts are you?
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