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    Tiller bar, she broke!

    The tiller Al tubing is an oddball size. I sourced the closest possible I could find at my local specialist Al shop. It was slightly too big for the castings, so I had to machine the castings out enough to get it in. I only did one initially (the broken one, naturally). It has held up well so far. The other one let go a few years later, when I was about 2km off the coast of Torquay, out in Bass Strait. That could have been a bit exciting, except that it was my upwind rudder on a ~15km reach along the coastline, so I didn't really need it that day anyway 😄 . Incidentally, if you ever get the chance to sail Torquay SC's Aus Day regatta, definitely do it. Torquay to Anglesea and back (if your boat holds together) in small cats. I plan to be there again next year. I asked the Al shop to bend the tubing too but they didn't think it would bend without kinking. So I did my own bends too, using a long timber beam with the tiller tubing levered through a hole. About a dozen extremely slight kinks and the angle was perfect. Has held up well, as I said.
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    Halyard pulleys and sail track lubrication

    Quite a while ago... Re-releasing the bolt rope ended up being a bad move. Didn't move at all (ie it was as shrunk as it was going to get and not causing any problems) but I had difficulty sewing the extension piece back in position such that it wasn't prone to jumping out of the track when hoisting. At the same time, I scrubbed the track with dish detergent and replaced the mast top halyard sheaves with sliding door rollers. Now the sail is much easier to hoist and drop. Not sure what caused the improvement. I suspect the sheaves were binding on their axles under load.
  3. Not my event, but thinking of entering. http://www.torquaysailingclub.org.au/aust-day-regatta.html Ocean race for off the beach cats, Torquay to Anglesea and return. Anybody done it? I'd be on my Maricat 4.3 (sloop, solo). It's silly, but my biggest concern is how to launch. I usually sail inland lakes and launch from ramps, directly off my trailer; I don't own beach wheels. Nor a 4x4 vehicle to even get my trailer close to the water . So getting my boat from firm land, across Torquay beach (and back again) is a headscratcher. I daresay there will be a few hands around to help, but I hate turning up and needing assistance.
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    Windrush 14

    Victoria has weird rules allowing standard 6x4 box trailers to not be registered. The rule is specific to length - a 7x4 needs rego - and I believe a trailer designed to carry a boat is also specifically mentioned as requiring rego. So your cat trailer fails on all fronts, and should be registered. There's enough confusion and apathy about trailer rego in Victoria that you can probably get away with it for a while and plead ignorance. I know of quite a few Victorians whose boat trailers have number plates, but which haven't paid rego in years. Looks official enough, and apparently the fine is comparable to the annual rego cost anyway if you do get pulled up on it. I'm in Ballarat and sail a Maricat. Been meaning to bring it down to the Bay for play but never happened yet. Now I've started Laser racing so the cat isn't getting out much at the moment. Silly slow tippy things these monohulls are... but thats what the local racing scene is about so that's the game I'll play.
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    Halyard pulleys and sail track lubrication

    Took a look at my sail today and found that this has already been done. The bolt rope is hand-stitched about a foot up the luff, and there's a corresponding extra length of generic rope in the bolt rope sleeve. I've unpicked the hand stitching - will see how things move next time I hoist the sail.
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    Cartwheeling (nose diving)

    I actually furled the jib when the wind came up, and intended to race cat-rigged. Milling around before the start... it was awful. Just wouldn't steer. I actually rounded up into the wind and "parked" in irons in the middle of the lake, walked out the bow, untied the reef, unfurled the jib and reconnected the sheet. I didn't need the power, but the boat is so much nicer to sail with the jib up. Especially now I know how to depower the jib and keep the bows above the waterline. I very rarely sail cat-rigged. It's like an entirely different, completely unfamiliar boat. I would quite likely have evolved a different rig setup if I had sailed that way more, and hopefully would have gotten better at tacking without the benefit of a jib to pull me around. The Hobie states are on at our club this weekend. Looking at some of the boats in the yard (I don't get to look at many beach cats close up) - at least one of the H16s has a jib halyard led down the mast so it can be adjusted on the fly. Of course, their jibs are fully battened, which changes the rules completely, but I must read a bit more about how H16 sailors trim their jibs.
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    Cartwheeling (nose diving)

    This is true, but once the forestay is tight, it doesn't change length much. The sail itself is much stretchier. I had my sail rigged "short", so the luff stretched quite a bit under static rig tension. Then I tried rigging it longer, so the luff didn't stretch as much under static rig tension. Tensioning the mainsheet will, of course, add tension to the forestay, but the wire doesn't elongate to any significant extent, so the jib luff doesn't elongate either. Almost the opposite of mainsail luff tension, I found that a tighter jib luff causes the sail to bag up, and get lots of draft. Looser luff made the jib flatter, which was easier to handle in heavy air.
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    Halyard pulleys and sail track lubrication

    Halyard pulleys sorted. As a stop gap at least. I was in Geelong this afternoon where my "local" chandlery is. Turns out they go sailing Sunday afternoon and shut the shop. Good for them, but I have no plans to get anywhere near a chandlery again, any time soon 😕 Bunnings to the rescue. Sliding door wheels are a lot like mast head sheaves. They all have ball bearings rather than being plain nylon, but there's a heavy duty option that's all stainless in the guts (unknown "heavy duty" polymer in the wheel). 32mm diameter, about the right thickness, fits on the bearing pin. That will do for about $8 a pop. If it seizes, we find plan B. I've read varying opinions about lubricating sail tracks, but universal suggestion is to clean it, which I haven't done. Yet. Ever. Truth be told, there's probably a bit of lake mud in there, especially near the head 🤭. I'll give the bolt rope / luff of the sail a good scrub too. Then I might spray a bit of silicon lube into the mast track, or I might not.
  9. I'm having a terrible time raising and lowering my mainsail. It's just getting stuck. This afternoon I almost couldn't pull the halyard out of the cleat at the mast head to lower the main - I ended up trucker-hitching it off the bow stay saddle for mechanical advantage, pulling all my weight on it, flexing the mast, completely unloading the forestay before it finally moved enough to uncleat. I'm not sure whether the sail is just not sliding in the track, or whether the pulleys at the mast head are stuffed. Well, I know the pulleys are stuffed. They're very old and worn. How big are they supposed to be, to source replacements? Mine look to be 28mm diameter, 9mm thick, with a hole to bear on a 6mm pin. So, with them soon to be replaced - is my sail sticking in the track? I've only sailed in freshwater lakes, so corrosion and salt isn't a consideration, but it's definitely getting harder to hoist. What do I lube the track or sail luff bolt rope with?
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    Cartwheeling (nose diving)

    A new angle to add to this thread. I've been thinking a lot about jib shape and power. I've tended to have my jib luff as tight as a frogs bum. There is significant slack in the forestay when unrigged - a loop of cable at the head or tack. Rigged up, the sail stretches until the forestay takes the load, which pulls a lot of shape into the sail. Pulling on lots of jib sheet tends to pull the leech tight, still with a big belly in the sail. Also with a tendency to luff at relatively low pointing angles, because there's so much draft so far forward in the sail. So, lots of power in the jib, and difficult to release power because it gets flappy. I think this is what has been driving my bow down the hole. I raced today (mixed class - solo sloop on my Mari, second time racing in about 20 years 😎) in about 20 knots. Usually that would be serious nosedive risk wind, especially in close proximity of other boats forcing unwanted manoeuvres. And some broad reaching legs that give us all nightmares. I loosened my jib luff significantly today. Just snug on the forestay. That gave me a much flatter sail, much less power forward. Pulling the jib on harder pulled all shape out of it and really depowered effectively. MUCH less tendency to bury a bow. Even downwind. This will require more experimentation. I reckon it might be something that needs changing for different wind conditions - a bit tighter in light air when we want more power? But probably not as tight as I have been using. I wonder if this is something that needs to be more readily adjustable than retying the jib. Anyone done an adjustable jib halyard or cunningham?
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    Mk1 resto questions

    I took a friend out for his first ever sail, and he immediately started looking for his own cat. Talked him out of a cheap H14 by finding an even cheaper old Mari. It's not in great shape, but suits our needs as a fix and learn project. First question - the new boat has a different dolphin striker to mine. He has a screw thread on the striker itself to tension the cable (mine has turnbuckle on the cable). Guessing they swapped to the later style for a reason. Replacing the striker cable as a matter of routine, should we go with a turnbuckle cable and ignore/remove the inbuilt striker tensioner, or is a like-for-like simple fixed length cable okay?
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    Cat ID please?

    Cheers Darcy. We may have found a Mari in "project" condition, which he can park up next to his other projects while we cover the fundamentals on my boat.
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    Cat ID please?

    https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com.au%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F273627382847 I took a friend out on my Maricat for his first time yesterday. He's already shopping for his own 😂 I've recommended he pick up a cheap Mari or Windrush. There's a few H14s around at the moment but I'm hesitant to recommend one (for all the usual reasons that have been covered elsewhere). This one has a sail emblem I don't recognise, but looks half decent. Anyone know what it is?
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    Cat rig / sloop rig.

    I usually sail sloop, but on very windy days sometimes leave the jib behind. I use two forestays when cat rigging, one when sloop rigging. I can furl my jib and convert to cat rig if things get desperate, but I don't rig a jib and not plan to use it.
  15. Warm and windy on my day off, so I declared the sailing season open today. Turned out a good day to demonstrate why it's wise to sail off a lee shore, especially when sailing solo in an isolated place like Lake Burrumbeet (near Ballarat). I pioneered a novel way to sail downwind, catching some wind in a billow of mainsail leech while dragging the mast along in the water beside the boat. Hmmm. That's not where the mast is supposed to go. Turns out, although I've been paranoid about checking the state of the plates under the side stay saddles... I haven't taken much notice of the bolts themselves. New and interesting ways for a 30+ year old Mari to fail in service. Derigged when I got to shore, and only had a short tow through the reeds to get back to the boatramp. GPS says I was out for a total of 0.5 miles. Including the wade back to the trailer. Maybe we can open the season properly another day. Once I get some new saddle bolts.