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Pirate last won the day on September 5 2016

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About Pirate

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  • Birthday 10/06/1960


  • Biography
    32 years ashore ......
    yar, I'm in need to be findin me sea legs again
  • Location
    Western Victoria
  • Interests
    too many and too varied
  • Occupation
    I build stuff
  • Class of Catamaran
    impara cadet then mossie and now ???????

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  1. Pirate

    Mosquito Information Required

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  2. Pirate

    Yet another newbie advice thread

    My 2cents worth...... For starters dont just look at whats being sailed at the local clubs, have a real close look at the social side of the club as well ..... nothing worse than having the right boat but not fitting in with the members that are there. Be prepared to travel and have a look at more than just the nearest club, you'll enjoy it far more if the boat AND you fit in. Secondly, $5k ........ seriously ???? You've just discovered our sport and really are taking a big financial step by pouring in that sort of coin on something that may not be you cup of tea in the long run. Start off small and work your way up, a budget of say $2k would easily get you a boat that will leave room to spare for some good upgrades or on the other side its not such a loss if this sport is not for you. Some of my favorite memories are on an old mosquito that was certainly well under the $2k mark, sure I've spent hours of work on it to get it to where I wanted it to be ..... it wont ever win a state championship but its done me proud on many an occasions both at club level and throughout the regional regattas..... best bang for buck I've ever had and without doubt the best of memories both good and at times bad, not to many of us have put a catamaran over backwards in 30+knot winds and a 6metre swell, sounds scary but now in hindsight hell it was fun and a challenge to boot but for the life of me I couldnt tell you what race I won that got me this silver plate thats sitting on the coffee table. Size DOES matter .... a 18' boat is a handfull on the water, sure its fast and fun but its even worse to move around on the beach by yourself..... and rigging it, and loading and finding room at home for it too.. so your physical size will really depict the boat size you should have in your sights, if for example your a 70kg flyweight then maybe the 14'footers like an arrow or papertiger might be on your list.... around the 85kg mark and the mozzies are right on the money in the 16' foot mark.... getting up there on the scales then the bigger 18' boats will be better suited.... all of that though will change when we take in your fitness levels the bigger the boat the fitter you'll need to be to get the best from it. & my best advice. .. ASK .... we're all here to further our sport but not one single person here or at your local club is a mind reader, regardless of how stupid a question you might think it is, always ask. Now where's the rum.....
  3. Pirate

    W14 Square Top Main

    1/ Prince is spot on with the hooking sail description and what you have described is exactly a hooked main problem...... so..... 2/ Question.... have you adjusted the batterns since ownership or altered the rig setup ??? 3/ Have you contacted the original owner for assistance ? That would be my next step seeing you said he'd done well with the setup. 4/ Other factors can effect pointing ability, mast rake, your body position, incorrect rig tension, etc etc...... 1 or 2 "issues" can usually be sorted easily enough, its a nightmare when there are multiple issues causing a single problem. ..... Like I said earlier. ..... contact the previous owner Cheer
  4. Pirate

    Hydra Mast.

    Yes You'll need to make a former (or die) that fits the masts profile on the side of the bend, you also need 2 more formers that fit the opposite side. Set the outer formers as far apart as possible...... thick cardboard to line the formers will also help in spreading the load evenly into the mast section. Use a hand opperated pipe bender and a measuring tape to measure the distance you push the mast out to, this will give you a referance point to return to if you under-do the re-bending. If you dont have access to a pipe bender a bottle jack and a chain will also work but youll need to ensure that the mast is well protected from the chain. You'll also have to go past the point where its straight as once the pressure is released it will spring back. Slow and steady is the key.
  5. Pirate

    BCF -> Harken blocks clearance

    My apologies. ....... Seems the eBay stuff is gone but they are still showing some bits on the website for tjose that are members.... http://m.bcf.com.au/ & search "harken"
  6. Pirate

    BCF -> Harken blocks clearance

    Yeah I'd say the clearance sale is done & dusted. I managed to get 4 blocks for my new 12:1 downhaul, two 57mm triples, two 57mm singles, a cheek block, and a couple of other "spares" eBay is showing nothing now so it must be sold-out. ...... Ive been told they are clearing the stock to make way for a re-badged brand under their own logo..... Hopefully they'll retain the sailing gear even tho it was a slow mover. I'd much perfer a te-badged harken block over a "Masters" block but having said that and to be fair I've not had anything to do with the Masters blocks Has anyone used the Masters blocks and if so the results are ?????
  7. Pirate

    BCF -> Harken blocks clearance

    Or this link for the online store..... http://search.bcf.com.au/search?w=harken&ts=m
  8. BCF are clearing Harken blocks at the moment.... 57mm triple blocks for $10 for example. They are doing this via the BCF app, online store, and through eBay. Just search "harken" at the store or eBay. Blocks only availavle online and are NOT available in the actual shops. Hope this link works Check out this item I found on eBay: http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item.view&id=252384962027&alt=web Happy bargin hunting
  9. Pirate

    Just came aboard

    Did you find the Facebook group ???
  10. Pirate

    Maricats at Lake Bullen Merri for Easter 2016

    There were a few last year, maybe 6 or 7 and mostly from Geelong area ...... None came this year tho... If your on Facebook then search for ..... Yachting Western Victoria Lots of pics etc and info for all western region sailing is through there. Also most of the clubs have associated pages for members use and info updates etc etc
  11. Pirate

    Just came aboard

    The Mozzie class doesn't have a section here on this board...... It uses an American based forum for its main tech use etc.... general chatting is largely on the Facebook group Search..... The racing cat You should get a link from there to the forum. Or google catsailor.com Dot com and dot net are 2 different things ; )
  12. Pirate

    Cobra fix up

    Tend to agree with Rick..... You can actually weaken the area by over doing it, I'd go to your local hardware shop and get a much finer bit for the router ..... I'd be looking for one thats a max of 10mm wide but with a pencil point, set its depth to 2mm and just take away enough material to get clean timber. A vee shaped cut will be quite strong and use a lot less filler.... google "vee butt weld" images. Yeah its steel related but its the strength issue your chasing and this is simply stealing from one trade and applying to another. I use a router/trimmer most of the time, it fits in tighter places and is way easier to control, the bits are far cheaper too. The only time I'd use a big router is on the beam beds, speaking of which, I know you're not that keen to pull them off but it may pay to do them while your doing the surgery waiting game. Just do one at a time and you'll find its a far less stressful thing than you think...... hate to count the number of times I've seen boats all fixed up and have issues straight out of the blocks with poor pointing issues or leaking hulls..... a ridged catamaran is a must and its 99% the fault of "not having a look at the time" that causes the issue & then it turns ugly because the new paint is going to get damaged...... Pull the beams, at the very minimum you get to reseal them and thats priceless in my opinion
  13. Pirate

    Cobra fix up

    Putty spraygun....... Dont waste your time or money You want a gravity feed spraygun, your local panel beater shop should be able to help you out here...... cost for a reasonable gravity fed gun is around $130, any more than that is just an extravagance you wont need. Hi-build primer self-airiates once its applied, by simply adding thinners it magically becomes ordinary primer...... I use a general purpose primer from "Motorspray", unthinned it acts exactly the same as hi-build primer, then I just thin it down to act as a normal primer. ....... cost from my local AutoPro is $75 for a 4lit tin
  14. Pirate

    Cobra fix up

    Tips: Stripped screw holes...... Resin in a match (not the red phosphorus bit)...... Or Wrap the new screw in Teflon tape, fill the hole with resin and insert the screw. The Teflon will srop the thread from becoming stuck in place by the resin, it also acts as an excellent water barrier DON'T use car bog on plywood, bog is designed to expand and contract at a similar rate to a cars steel panel, it will crack away from the plywood and subsquently leak..... it also leaves unsightly hairline marks in the paint once it starts to break away. Get some chopped mat glass..... by gathering up a small clump of the strands and forming a paintbrush shaped clump you can then simply cut off short lengths (say 5 or 6 mm long "wiskers"), theses"wiskers" can be added to a microballoon mix for additional strength Microballoon mix should be a thick consistency. ......... much like peanut butter or even slightly thicker. "AEROSIL" is just as good as microballoons but around half the price...... try eBay for it Another good filler is to simply add sawdust (from a jigsaw or tennon saw so its in a small chip form rather than actual dust)...... again just add it to your resin and stir , keep adding the sawdust untill its like peanut butter in its consistency By trial and error you'll find that in some cases you can almost match the plys color by selecting the right timber to dust...... good skill to have on varnished ply
  15. Pirate

    Tramp lacing and tension

    Park it in the sun on a hot day.... then tension it...... leave it for an hour.... Hose it down with cold water and let it dry and then get hot again..... re tension it again. Should come up as tight as a drum