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    President Maricat Association of NSW & ACT
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    Windrush 14 Resto project ?

    Call Darcy1945 - he has all the parts and answers. He lives at Lake Macquarie. You will find his number here - look on Maricat thread.
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    WTB Maricat 4.3 Mast hound tang

    This is probably in the wrong section but ....... If you join the “Sailing Buddies” Facebook group you will find out all that is happening with Maricats. Also the Maricat webpage and fb page. Queens Lake has an annual regatta. The Australian version of Sailing Buddies is administered by Mick Colecliffe and has lots of sailing stuff with a bit of a bias towards active cat sailing. Minimum class weight for one up Maricat sailing is 73kg - but with club/social you can do what ever you like. Righting the boat for light weights is sometimes difficult. Sloop with trap is very nice but tricky to race while learning. I had a bad “tangle” experience during a windy race and decided to not use Trap while racing - so only race cat now - (Class min 63kg). The newer single piece diagonal cut tramps are the go. None of the messy central lacing or gaps at the back for ropes to fall down.
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    WTB Maricat 4.3 Mast hound tang

    You are not a lightweight at 68, I am 63 (years and kegs !!) and go ok (in lighter wind) and my hound is in the standard position. I’m not sure I know anyone who has lowered their hound position. The “fat boys” always beat me in strong wind but the extra 20kgs hanging over the side makes a big difference..... Most of the race boats have modified their mast step to allow the mast to rotate a bit more. This changes the air entry to the sail and allows the mast to bend more, which also flattens the sail. But first get your boat mechanically right, so things don’t break, tidy everything up and keep things as simple as possible. Have you replaced the dolphin striker wire - most important for this not to break ....... Queens Lake just south of Port Macquarie would be the closest club where a group of Maricats sail, if you need to check things out (once sailing gets going again in Spring).
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    WTB Maricat 4.3 Mast hound tang

    Get one of the new solid one piece stainless steel ones from Michael Colecliffe - much stronger and just better. Standard fitting on “newer” Maricats.
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    Halyard pulleys and sail track lubrication

    And .... Most now use 3mm halyard wire and not 2mm. It is stronger and fatter and less prone to get stuck and the swage is bigger/fatter, to sit in the v notch better. And ... The swage needs to be about 270mm from the outside of the eyelet to the bottom of the swage to give enough length to un jam the swage. Your roller look ok ...
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    Halyard pulleys and sail track lubrication

    Clean the track and check it for any dings which may have closed up the gap if it has been dropped. Check that the halyard is staying on the roller. If it comes off and gets jammed down beside the roller it won’t go up or down. When raising check that all the battens are popped one way and the boat is pointing into the wind. (not that critical on an older sail). Your mast head should look a bit like this ....
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    Marie 4.3 New tramp required please

    Call Darcy1945 - he will know. You will find his number on other posts.
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    Mari 4.8 Sail

    I think NACRA 14 sq and 4.5s have a loose foot mai
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    Mari 4.8 Sail

    I think you will find it hard to find a M4.8 sail. I have not seen a 4.8 for many years. You may find a sail which is the same size - maybe an old Taipan sail. if you find a sail you should come to the Maricat Nationals at Wallagoot and become the National 4.8 champion again.... There are now about 11 M5.0 back sailing again around NSW.
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    Maricat 4.3 Mainsheet rigging

    Yes - correct
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    Upper Rudder casting rivets. Fiiting

    Ask Darcy - he knows all things about old cats contact details on Sale Page or Maricat page
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    Keeping the rudders down

    Mick Colecliffe Lemon Tree Passage NSW 0419999785 mikecolecliffe@bigpond.com NSW Agent for Maricat
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    Keeping the rudders down

    These things are simple and tough and in my opinion are best ..... they take a bit of adjusting to get right. As standard the clamping force is too great and will not pop, and need trimming, but go slowly. Trim a bit test, trim a bit test. when set up they stay right for ever, they hold down firmly and pop if/when you hit something solid. now for the secret squirrel set-up - for the hold down rope or clamping rope use some cheaper stretchy stuff (BCF type) not the fancy non stretch - by pulling this tight the stretch will apply a positive tension/pressure to the rudder and keep it down tight against the rudder box. mick colecliffe can sell you the clams. PS: you don’t need that flex hose stuff for the rudder arm/ cross bar joint - make/buy a solid joint- one less thing to wear/rot/break.
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    Keeping the rudders down

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    Keeping the rudders down

    Third photo of open clam to follow —— when it will let me.....‘
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