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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. Season closer - Lake Burrumbeet

    Agree on the Ballarat winters - way too cold for Maricat sailing.
  2. 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. 
  3. 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.    
  4. What hit her? Repair or replace?
  5. Good number of starters for a regatta early in the season.
  6. Thank you for posting the Maricat results on the club website.  Did any other 14s like Arrows, PTs, Windies or Hobies turn up?
  7. Darcy, where do we find the results from the regatta?
  8. Shearwater 111

    There was a Shearwater sailing at the Mt Martha Yacht Club back in the late 1960s.  She was quite a smooth looking cat for the time, especially compared to the Attunga cat my dad sailed, or the Quickcats which were really popular on the bay!!
  9. Hydra Moulds

    The Australian Hydra was built by by the Maricat factory. I think it would be a long time since one was built.
  10. Maricat Rudder Blade - rehole

    Yep.  Plenty of old Maricats have hatches aft of the rear beam to allow access for transom repairs and to replace the old metal threads with bolts.
  11. Maricat Rudder Blade - rehole

    This sounds like a very technical approach.  For my rudders I moved the rudder blade pivot about half a hole forward and then used shims under the top rudder gudgeon.  After some trial and error the shims are now12mm thick which gives me quite good balance.  My rudder blades are the 1979 Hydrofoils.
  12. Have managed to sail a few times but the knee does feel a bit strange when tacking.  My medicos were of the view that catamaran sailing was over for me, so it is really pleasing to be out on the old Maricat again.
  13. My two tiller arms have quite different amounts of bend inwards - one is quite a lot straighter (and somewhat damaged) than the other.  Even so, I haven't noticed that tacking is easier on one side or the other.  Just how important is the ackerman steering geometry?  How much inward bend should there be on each tiller arm? 
  14. Thank you for that James. I am more hopeful now that by the time summer arrives I may be ready.  Will keep hitting the physio even though the progress seems slow.   The predicted top temperature here in Hobart today is 12 with a little rain.  The weather will have to be better at Toukley!!!
  15. Thank you for the replies.  It is nice to know that there is at least one success story out there.  I have been quite diligent with the physio and I am walking a couple of kilometres on the beach every day.  The replaced knee has quite good range of movement but there is still quite a bit of pain during physio.  I think I am walking better now than before the operation, but it sure feels a little strange.  If I manage to walk with good posture then the sciatic nerve pain is minimal.   My biggest concern will be kneeling during tacking manouvers.  If David can do it, then it gives me some hope. I may have to go sloop rigged to help with the tacking.