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    Badger Head; TASMANIA
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  1. SOLD!!!! I have for sale a brand new ONE PIECE trampoline for sale. It is to suit a Maricat 4.3. It has NEVER been fitted to a boat. I purchased it some time ago, for it to be picked up last week, when my wife was on the mainland. However, when I purchased it, I still had a Maricat, but I since sold my Maricat, as I have had to get out of Catamaran sailing and go back to dinghies due to health issues. Anyhow, it is a trampoline made by a person on the Central Coast, who no longer is making them for maricat sailors, nor anyone. It is in very good condition as you would expect for a new trampoline, however there is just one small flaw in the material in one spot where the weave has a twist in it, making it appear as if it has a small hole, but that is not the case. Anyhow, it owes me $200, and that is what I would want back for it. If you want to negotiate price, then I am more than HAPPY to accept more than $200 ........LOL!!!! Postage would be $18.00 to anywhere within Australia, with Australia Post tracking number. If you are interested, then please message me or phone me on 0490 026843. Cheers now David.
  2. SOLD!!! Maricat 4.3 metre, off the beach, racing , fun sailing catamaran. Complete with Registered trailer, in excellent condition. Also has brand new (only used a few times), Cat Hauler, catamaran rollers which cost $650. Has a lot of new gear fitted to it, including, racing design downhaul and outhaul systems. New mainsheet. New rudder steering set up, which has taken all slop out of the the rudders, making the rudders, having very positive and effective steering. The trampoline, has been strenghthened, and is in great condition. The hulls have also been strengthened, so the boat can be pushed to the limits and not break up. This is done by reinforcing the side stay chainplate fastening points, and fittings stronger chainplates. There is also a boat cover, that had been custom made from heavy duty taughtliner truck tarp material, with re-inforced binding around all of the edges. (this cost over $600 for just the materials to make). The boat comes with the orange and yellow striped main sail and matching jib, with roller furler for jib, at the asking price. The sails are in great condition, and hold a good shape. Please note, I have only sailed the boat as a cat rigged (main sail only) hence why photos do not show it as sloop rigged. I have all of the deck hardware and jib sheets, and jib halyard to fit, and sail as sloop rigged. For an extra $1100, I am prepared to sell my racing sails. These are Lilac and White in colour. They are made by Redhead sails, and are radial cut. They are made of ripstop dacron sailcloth. These sails have had only a small amount of use. They are in excellent shape and condition. With these sails fitted to the boat, it makes maricats, extremely fast. The mast is raked back further with these sails fitted, and it makes the boat fast upwind and very fast on a reach. I am also prepared to sell these sails off separately to anyone that would like to purchase these. I have a genuine reason for selling the catamaran. As I had a knee injury back in January. After having a knee operation in April, and then physio since the operation, I have found that I am unable to hike out (with straightened legs) on the catamaran with my knee not allowing me to do so. I therefore need to sell my boat, and to revert back to sailing and racing a dinghy (hiking out with slightly bent legs). I am willing to consider a direct swap on a dinghy of equivalent market value. It must be fibreglass, no plywood or timber boats. They must have a trailer and a launching trolley. Tell me what you have. Interests, in 420, 470, ns14, tasar. I am prepared to negotiate on price. The boat is available for viewing at Yorktown, just 8kms north of Beaconsfield, in the West Tamar Valley. (50kms north of Launceston). 74kms East of Devonport. MORE PHOTOS, SEE THE LISTING UNDER SAME TOPIC HEADING IN BOATS AND ITEMS FOR SALE CATEGORY. PHONE 0490 026 843 Thanks for looking, cheers David.
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    Maricat 4.3 V.G. Condition. Tas. SOLD!!

  4. SOLD!!! Maricat 4.3 metre, off the beach, racing , fun sailing catamaran. Complete with Registered trailer, in excellent condition. Also has brand new (only used a few times), Cat Hauler, catamaran rollers which cost $650. Has a lot of new gear fitted to it, including, racing design downhaul and outhaul systems. New mainsheet. New rudder steering set up, which has taken all slop out of the the rudders, making the rudders, having very positive and effective steering. The trampoline, has been strenghthened, and is in great condition. The hulls have also been strengthened, so the boat can be pushed to the limits and not break up. This is done by reinforcing the side stay chainplate fastening points, and fittings stronger chainplates. There is also a boat cover, that had been custom made from heavy duty taughtliner truck tarp material, with re-inforced binding around all of the edges. (this cost over $600 for just the materials to make). The boat comes with the orange and yellow striped main sail and matching jib, with roller furler for jib, at the asking price. The sails are in great condition, and hold a good shape. Please note, I have only sailed the boat as a cat rigged (main sail only) hence why photos do not show it as sloop rigged. I have all of the deck hardware and jib sheets, and jib halyard to fit, and sail as sloop rigged. For an extra $1100, I am prepared to sell my racing sails. These are Lilac and White in colour. They are made by Redhead sails, and are radial cut. They are made of ripstop dacron sailcloth. These sails have had only a small amount of use. They are in excellent shape and condition. With these sails fitted to the boat, it makes maricats, extremely fast. The mast is raked back further with these sails fitted, and it makes the boat fast upwind and very fast on a reach. I am also prepared to sell these sails off separately to anyone that would like to purchase these. I have a genuine reason for selling the catamaran. As I had a knee injury back in January. After having a knee operation in April, and then physio since the operation, I have found that I am unable to hike out (with straightened legs) on the catamaran with my knee not allowing me to do so. I therefore need to sell my boat, and to revert back to sailing and racing a dinghy (hiking out with slightly bent legs). I am willing to consider a direct swap on a dinghy of equivalent market value. It must be fibreglass, no plywood or timber boats. They must have a trailer and a launching trolley. Tell me what you have. Interests, in 420, 470, ns14, tasar. I am prepared to negotiate on price. The boat is available for viewing at Yorktown, just 8kms north of Beaconsfield, in the West Tamar Valley. (50kms north of Launceston). 74kms East of Devonport. PHONE 0490 026 843 Thanks for looking, cheers David.
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    5.0 Maricat For sale

    Here is a 5.0 Maricat for sale in Melbourne. I am not he seller. I just happened to find it on Gumtree and contacted the seller, to advise him of some info on the class. Cheers. https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/braeside/sail-boats/catamaran-maricat-5-0-1990/1185821076
  6. 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.
  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. 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.
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    Advice wanted on strengthening chainplates...Urgent.

    Hi Mike. I gather you are in Bicheno, Tas.. Where exactly aft , is the separation in your hull. If it is not where the chainplates are located then , I would not be bolting plates to the gunwhale. If you are good at fibreglassing then it will e an easy fix. Just check that the only damage is separation at the join on the gunwhale. Look for any hairline cracks in he gelcoat, on the sides of the hulls, at the location of the said separation. If here are no visible hairline cracks then you probable need to just fix the point of separation. You will need to open that seam a little, you could use a couple of screwdrivers. Be very careful, as you don't want to open it up TOO MUCH!. Just a very tiny little. Then you will need to use a very thin file, or better still if you have access to a dremel tool or equivalent brand. If using a hand rotary tool like a dremel, then put a very tiny grinding wheel or disc, or abrasive disc onto the tool, to clean the joint firstly, and secondly with a course wheel or disc, to enable a roughened surface for the new epoxy to grip, by you offering a key to the surface that you have ground. Again DONT GRIND TOO MUCH. Otherwise you will be making a terrible big job out of nothing. If you have a compressor, blow out the roughened seam with compress air. And now also tape up using masking tape, your black gunwhale rubber, so that you do not get epoxy in or on the rubber, make certain you cover it well, and for the full length of the repair, and a little more each end. Also mask around the area near this repair on the hull, so as not to get epoxy on you hull where you don't need it. Then using west epoxy or similar generic brand make up enough epoxy to squeeze into the gap. Put a tiny little aside to wet the seams. For the rest of the epoxy, may I suggest that you get a little chop strand mat, and totally shred it into very tiny little pieces, and you could also mix in just a tiny amount of microballoons, personally I mix up my bog mixture using just finely chopped and shredded chop strand mat, as this method offers maximum strength. You then need to wet the seams with the little epoxy that you places aside. After that, get a tiny spatula and collect a little of the epoxy bog mixture on the end of it and force it into the gap, just small little amounts at a time, until it is all done and completed. Remember you need to force it in, all f the way through to the back of the seam, and even if little amounts fall into the inside of the hull. That is why a just little amounts at a time. Let he job harden, then clean the edges back, with a course rasp or file, finishing off with a finer file. Remove the masking from rubber and the hull. Put rubber back onto the boat, with a bead of marine grade sikaflex, placed along that area of the seam, be careful that only need a small bead of Sikaflex along the full length, TOO MUCH and you will have a yuk mess to clean up, too little and it wont be enough to help bond the black gunwhale rubber. Use a rubber or wooden mallet to hit the rubber all the way home, over the seam. You may need a couple of clamps to clamp the rubber in place, until the sikalex hardens. It just depends as to how much the rubber has been stretched, in doing the repair. I hope this as been of help. I am a qualified and well experienced FibreGlass fabricator and technician of many years, of which was building fibreglass Kenworth Truck Bodies and components, Along with many other fibreglassing jobs over the many, many years. So if you get stuck, or don't know enough, then please get back to me. If you are in Tasmania, it is a shame that you are at Bicheno, as I am near Beaconsfield, and I would have been more than happy, to assist you with this repair. Cheers David.
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    Mast base casting (ball and cuff) for Hydra 16

    Converting it to a Maricat mast step, would probably not be a great idea. As the masts on a hydra are longer and a lot heavier. They are heavier not just because of the length but also because the section has 5 ribs in it. The mast would be rather horrific to try and lift vertically and place into the step. A friend of mine here in Tassie has just gone whole process of masts and steps for a Hydra, as he also has a Maricat. GOODLUCK.
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    Advice wanted on strengthening chainplates...Urgent.

    Thanks exhogger. Mine is all fixed. Super, super.....massively super strong now, and was cheaper to fix than buying stainless steel plate and bending it. Plus it looks unnoticeable as a repair by comparison, and looking more very original, which is more to the class rules....I so believe, than having non conventional parts added to thee boat. I raced it last weekend, and pushed it ever so hard on the reaches, with the bows burying, and me just sheeting on harder, to drive it through the bury, rather than back it off. I absolutely punished the boat, and no way was it going to give in on me. So much so, that I was travelling faster than Hobie 16 and Nacra 5.7 on the reaches. And upwind I was travelling faster and higher than B14. So I think I have it all worked out. Going massively fast, and not wanting to break, flex, nor take on anymore water than just a few little drips in each hull, and that is after 4.5 hours of hard driving, competitively sailing (racing). I am very happy.
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    Advice wanted on strengthening chainplates...Urgent.

    Hi cdoch. It is the way in which the part is manufactured, is what gains its strength. and avoidance of any corrosion. Carbon fibre has been used many situations where there is very high stress loads and in a marine environment without any problem. But making carbon parts is not for the amateur. Anyhow it does not matter, I am not going down this path anyway, I will stick with crappy alloy castings, I may as well kept to the alloy on the side chain plates and kept the boat more original. As going to stainless steel, I dont get, when it is only on the side and not the front. But that does not matter now. I have now fixed the boat, and it is now might strong. As I have boosted the strength in the glass where the chain plates attached, and strengthened this npoint now to withstand the roaring forties, in which I live. Cheers everybody, and many thanks for everyones input, I really do appreciate the comments. (We may as well move on from this.)
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    Advice wanted on strengthening chainplates...Urgent.

    It all comes down to how you manufacture the part. There is ways to isolate the carbon fibre from being in contact of the stainless steel. I am not going to try and explain here, as it would be too difficult to explain by messaging. Trust me, I know, as I have been in the industry for many years.
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    Advice wanted on strengthening chainplates...Urgent.

    Thanks Darcy. I wont bother making the replacement parts. I suppose I will just replace the bolts every 4 to 5 years just to be safe. It would not have mattered here as to how much or how little the boat was washed as the corrosion would still have happened. It blew my mind away when I saw how much of the bolts had disintegrated. And yes my boat would be at least 40 years old, but I also know that . the bolts had been replaced at sometime probably in last 10 to 15 years, just because of the type of bolts used. And there was anti sieze compound showing on some thread that I could see, it being a pale yellow in colour.Where I live the air itself is very salty. It can rain, and in the morning you can go out and see and feel salt crystals over your car. I will get back to you over winter when I disamantle the front ones. Thanks once more, cheers David.
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