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  • Biography President Maricat Association of NSW & ACT
  • Location Tumut NSW
  • Interests Sailing Maricats
  • Occupation Forester
  • Class of Catamaran Maricat 4.3

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  1. Maricat Nationals

    Day 1 of the Nationals - the day started light to moderate then blew up to strong. Four races sailed - 2 or 3 races planned for tomorrow. Sloop  1st Rohan and Charlie Nosworthy 2nd Paul McCabe and Jake 3rd Phillip and Ziggy Ewart Cat 1st Dave Younger 2nd Wayne Barry 3rd Rodney Anderson Super Sloop 1st Michael Colecliffe 2nd Mark Colecliffe 3rd Pat Cotterill 5.0M 1st Rob and Jade Fowler 2nd Peter Goldie and Rory Robinson 3rd Aaron Goldie
  2. Maricat Nationals

    Details on the Maricat Facebook page 
  3. Maricat Nationals

    A reminder about thr Maricat Nationals this weekend at Queens Lake. Looks like being the biggest gathering of Maricats for years. All configurations and levels of experience. Come and join thr fun.
  4. New Sails $$

    It is just Adams now - Geoff Adams - Warner’s Bay on Lake Macquarie 
  5. Finding parts

    Dolphin striker wire should be very tight with the boat unrigged. The aim is that the beam does not flex when the load of the mast is applied. Flexing the beam will eventually (or quickly) weaken it. It will also change the alignment of the hulls.   Now completely off topic —- in your reference to the Sydney Heritage fleet - a couple of years ago I organised for a load of      Douglas Fir spars to be cut and hauled from Bago State Forest (near Tumut) for the heritage fleet. A selection of logs up to 19mt length. There is a small stand of Douglas Fir trees which were planted as a trial in 1927.  The Soren Larsen is now after a couple of 21 metre spars to replace their main mast. They will weigh about 4 tonnes each.  
  6. Off boom sheeting?

    What size sheet are you using ? 10mm is most common but some people use smaller 9mm or 8mm. The thinner the easier it will run (both in and out) but is harder to hang onto. if you have 12 it will tend to bind in the wheels and in the cleat. how is the main sheet threaded - it needs to be a particular way so is doesn’t bind and so you can get  it fully on. There is a picture on a previous post or you can find it on the web somewhere - the blocks need to be at right angles to each other.  I’m no engineer but I would think there would be a mechanical advantage of having the loose end of the mainsheet coming from the fixed point ( the traveller) and not from the load end (boom). When you sheet off the boom the tendency might be to initially just have 1:1 power as you just pull on the boom.
  7. Off boom sheeting?

    What most do it set the traveller for the average wind then use the mainsheet for gust response. Don’t cleat the mainsheet - always have it in your hand with the ratchet on. Maybe only when pulling in the jib after a tack. Hull should be skimming not in the air i have never seen the main sheeted off the boom, you may have discovered something ..........  I would think that when on a run the main block will be a long way away with lots of extra rope and to adjust it in light or heavy wind it may be awkward and if you happen to drop it, it is a long way to go to get it back. 
  8. New Sails $$

    Main about $1600 Jib $600 ?  
  9. Another newbie with a Mari in NZ

    A few more pics
  10. Mari cat 4.3 Tiller Broken

    What do you mean by Tiller , the length of tube that runs from the rudder to the cross bar ? If so it is the tiller arm ? contact Darcy1945 for second hand parts or Mick Colecliffe for new. you will find their numbers on this forum in a few places.
  11. Another newbie with a Mari in NZ

    A few photos of jib sheets, main sheet and traveller 
  12. Another newbie with a Mari in NZ

    Auto spell checkers are good !, Base step looks normal. if you are running sloop then you don’t use forestays as the weight must on the wire stay in the jib. the length of the wire pennant ( the wire between the top of the jib and the mast hound) will determine the mast rake. the bridle wire Between the bows which the jib attaches to must be 1100mm each - bow saddle to middle shackle. you don’t need a vang  picture of mast base would be handy. cant see rear beam in this photo Jib sheet blocks look a bit dodgy 
  13. Another newbie with a Mari in NZ

    Lots of questions  Can you take and attach some photos. we can start slowly Do you have the stays on the right way ? Are you cat rigged (one sail) or sloop (Main and jib) I assume you are using 4 stays - one each to the bow and one each to the sides. Main halyard is secured by the jam cleat at the top of the mast not the bottom, bottom one is just to keep the halyard tidy, with no tension. There should be a sewage about 300mm from the end of the halyard attached to the top of the sail. Very unlikely front beam would be over bent. Mast base and step sound odd - photo ? All parts - new or second hand are available   
  14. ACT Multihull Regatta

    Canberra YMCA Sailing Club  This weekend 3rd 4th February   The Notice of Race & Online Entry is available here http://canberra.ymca.org.au/what-we-do/activey/the-sailing-club/events-regattas/