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  • Location Sydney
  • Class of Catamaran Windrush 14

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  • Gender Male
  • Location Bass Hill
  • Interests Cat Sailing, Windsurfing, Design, Women and LIFE...
  1. NEW WINDRUSH ASSOCIATION WEBSITE

    Hi Pete, do whatever's easiest and most efficient. If that means a link to a Facebook Group - that in turn links back to the new Windrush Association Website - then why not? My only 'concern' is that allowing anyone to post comments can sometimes lead to unwelcome 'trolling'... however getting on FB certainly exposes the boat and it's great flexibility to a lot more potential sailors... And of course FB also allows videos to be posted too... Anyway, not sure if this is what you meant? Back 2U… PP  
  2. Rigging Help

    Check this site out - lots of good info here:- http://lswsa.org.au/windrush-600-pages/
  3. Rigging Help

    OK Michelle, well u r lucky - Windrush Yachts is there in O'Connor, Perth. You can find Brett's detail online - he will be able to help you sort it out... I'm in Sydney - so it's harder from a distance... You'll have a ball on it - just don't venture too far off-shore until you know your - and the boats' limitations...  
  4. Rigging Help

    Yep - that's a Windrush 600. Where r u based / planning on sailing? PP
  5. Rigging Help

    Is it a Windrush 600? Pleez post any pix - so we can see what you have...
  6. WILDCAT Regatta October 1-2-3

    Hi, what kind of courses will be offered - anything for non-spinnaker boats - and in particular for the 14's? PP
  7. NEW WINDRUSH ASSOCIATION WEBSITE

    Looking good...! May I suggest a section / page  for each state - where owners can post pics showing how they enjoy their boats? PP
  8. Yet another newbie advice thread

    IMHO, it's not 'insane' to buy new... as long as you buy the 'right' boat 4U… Buying new means you'll be immediately competitive - assuming of course you know what you're doing... The hard part about used boats is to find 1 that's not gonna cost you at least what you already paid for it (or more) - to make it competitive... The other thing is you must be realistic about its primary use. If it's 90% racing - then the Taipan is probably the right boat - especially if there are clubs nearby - and there's at least 1 sailor willing to help you get up to speed... But it it's going to be a dual-purpose boat - and you don't want the hassle of centre-boards, you want fast single-handed rigging and the ability to go where you want occasionally - on your own (complete independence) then the Windy / Maricat / Nacra 430 makes a whole lot more sense... With a set of beach rollers, you can quite easily launch and retrieve most 14 footers. Skippers in the know will also share the single-handed mast raising techniques with you. The Nacra 450 is just too large and heavy to do most of that - but definitely an excellent load-carrier for when you take heavier crew along for the thrills. Unfortunately the Taipan (and boats like it) can't effectively sail in shallow water due to centre-boards. Like the Paper Tiger - it's a little fragile if handled poorly. At 75kgs - u r spot-on to be competitive in the Windrush 14 / Maricat 4.3 / Nacra 430 Super-sloop configurations. They're pretty indestructible - and can be rigged/de-rigged solo - and sailed pretty much anywhere... The pix above of the W14 Super Sloop clearly demonstrate that if you can find a nice bulkhead or foam sandwich boat - you'll have a ball - without all the hassles and drama of the larger boats... If you can somehow stumble across a genuinely good (cared for) used Windy / Maricat or Nacra 430 - you should seriously consider it. But be prepared to pay more than $5K. About $6K - $8K is the going price... and if it's a Windy or Maricat make sure it's around the 105kgs rigged weight - max. The Nacra 430 is heavier - but not sure how much heavier... You just don't see Taipans, or even Paper Tigers being sailed off sandy beaches purely for pleasure. They were designed as racing boats - and are very good at it - but not so nice as 'fun / easy-to-sail' recreational craft. The Taipan will 99% of the time require someone to help rig it - and to manipulate it on and off the trailer - after all it's a 16ft boat - albeit a light boat at 105kgs all-up - but if I'm wrong then someone please correct me... The Nacra 450 is nearly 130kgs and 15ft long - so realistically needs 2 to manhandle it... either that or get thyself to a gym and put on 25kgs of muscle... For a very good comparison, download the current VYC Catamaran Yardsticks - you'll notice the N450 and Windrush 14 Super Sloop are within 1 'point' of each other... and suggested skipper weight is also very, very close too... http://websites.sportstg.com/get_file.cgi?id=36015974 As suggested above, finding a good used boat (without hidden faults) is the real difficulty. That's why buying new can make a lot of sense. Realistically, it means you shouldn't have to buy anything for it for at least 5 years - and you can just hop on – tune it correctly – and go for it... It's what I did - and I don't regret it a bit. Keep in mind that you can sail to handicap at any club - it's only if you want the same boat that others are sailing that that aspect becomes the deciding factor... PP  
  9. Yet another newbie advice thread

    Some pix from South Gippsland Yacht Club... PP
  10. Yet another newbie advice thread

    Not sure how far you're prepared to travel Simon, but South Gippsland Yacht Club appears to be approx 1.5hrs drive from the middle of the eastern side of Port Phillip Bay. It looks like a brilliant place to sail - and they do have a couple of very nice Windrush 14s regularly tearing it up down there... check out the website - look for the section titled "Serious Surf Stuff 2015 day 3 Gallery" Some very enticing pix there... also on their splash page a very cool pic of a Windy in full flight ; 1-up Super Sloop. If that image doesn't get your interest - nothing much will... Maybe worth the drive? PP  
  11. Yet another newbie advice thread

    The best boat will really come down to how much you weigh, and how much you expect your occasional accomplice to weigh. Realistically, anything over say 120kgs-130kgs combined weight on any 14 is too high to be competitive - unless it's blowing 20 knots +. And then (as far as the 'fun' factor goes)  it's relative to what everyone else in the fleet's sailing. If you want ease of use / rigging and manipulation on the beach / off and on the trailer, then the Windush 14 / Nacra 430 / Maricat 4.3 is the way to go. If you want to go solo 90% of the time - then the Taipan 4.9 is the go... Keep in mind you can put a spinnaker on a Windy or Nacra 430 - and boost their light weather performance considerably - and also give the crew something to do as a sloop-rigged/spinnaker boat. You may be able to find a reasonable condition 'bulk-head' Windrush 14 for around $5K on trailer - but it may take some time... Check out the Windrush Sailors Forum - (look for the 'Fun Vids' of Windrush 14) - to see some cool action videos on the boat... PP
  12. Tiller grip

    For those who have too much money, the Arriba Sticks are heavy but very tough for telescoping extensions - and very expensive... I still have one - and may go back to it for heavy-weather sailing. I believe The Life Aquatic in Mona Vale carry them... Right now I'm using a Ronstan Battle Stick - but they're fragile - and I agree the synthetic plastic 'knuckles' are suspect in heavy weather.. CST Composites do non-telescoping sticks - very highly recommended - Google them. PP
  13. 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
  14. Fun Vids

    Walpole 'In The Trees' Regatta 2017:- Nice starting sequence of the Mixed Catamaran Fleet - aerial/drone footage of some hot Windy Super Sloops mixing it up with a couple of Hobie 16's - all motoring off the line... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uK3xiy1PH_8
  15. Windrush 14 Rudder Problem

    The small shackle through the flexible tiller joint is an excellent modification... nice work...