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About Pete

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  • Location Tasmania
  • Interests retro sailing/retro vehicles/Seagull outboard motors
  • Occupation Economist/spin doctor
  1. Off boom sheeting?

    Off boom sheeting used quite a bit by Paper Tiger sailors.  Might help those of us who have lost any muscle tone we ever had to hike out for a little longer.
  2. Tiller Pivots

    They are tiller extension universals - I stole the idea from a local F18.
  3. Tiller Pivots

    In times gone by I would have used the appropriate sized Nylex clear "plastic" tube.  Cheap and readily available - Bunnies have it.  This was a popular way of doing the tiller hinges and won plenty of Nationals.  Having said that I now use a more sophisticated system, but I am not sure it is a better system .
  4. Badgered Pussy, with it's new sail.

    Lots of colour here!!  My white decks, white cross-cut sail and siver mast will look very plain.
  5. State Titles

    Thanks. Some mature sailors amongst the medals.
  6. State Titles

    Where are the results/photos?
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Season closer - Lake Burrumbeet

    Agree on the Ballarat winters - way too cold for Maricat sailing.
  10. Traveller car

    I managed to break the traveller car on my mark 2 maricat.  It was a 4 wheel car (steel wheels RF 361).  Are most skippers using a 6 wheeled car?  Can someone please provide me with a product number for a 6 wheeled car. 
  11. Billygoat newbie question thread

    The weed may be an issue.  I sailed Wendouree  in the 60s and 70s, and if the water levels were down then the weed was a significant factor, and part of tactical considerations. Many of us have the tips of the rudder blades tucked forward (plenty of advice on this in previous posts) to give the Mari a much lighter feeling helm.  I am guessing that if your boat has this then you will get quite a weed collection on your blades very quickly. Darcy on this forum is a good source of advice on these old girls.    
  12. What hit her? Repair or replace?
  13. Good number of starters for a regatta early in the season.
  14. Thank you for posting the Maricat results on the club website.  Did any other 14s like Arrows, PTs, Windies or Hobies turn up?
  15. Darcy, where do we find the results from the regatta?