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  1. guzzis3

    V3.5 repairs and restoration

    HI, I realise it's free and has no ads and I appreciate that, but I think it's easier if I just build a facebook page.
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    V3.5 repairs and restoration

    I read a lot about dyneema before I started. Apparently if you bend it tighter than 5x the rope diameter, in this case 4mm/20mm it loses a signifigant % of its strength due to strand breakage. Having said that I think the rope is so strong strength is probably not an issue in a small boat like this and I could have used normal thimbles. If I had thought I'd probably to to 5mm to be safe. The rope weighs nothing but the thimbles are HEAVY! so with 5 mm rope and normal pressed stainless thimbles it would weigh less overall and have a larger margin of safety. Cost would be similar though. The thimbles cost about $47 delivered for 14. Also dux doesn't come in 4mm as far as I have been able to find so there is that... I'm giving up on this forum. I might build a page on facebook or something to document the rest. The forum won't let me post any more photos. I've got some pics of the rigged boat with the new shrouds and the other rope replacements I've done. I've really enjoyed the process,doing something new as well as eliminating all those sharp points. Makes me happy. If the shrouds actually work and last then all the better
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    V3.5 repairs and restoration

    Thank you for the comments. I've not gotten to the rudders yet. That camcleat will work fine but so too will shock cord, which I can also tune by moving the knot. Yes I looked at those. I'm still deciding whether to go for a telescopic or fixed extension. There are cheap telescopic handles in bunnings for paint rollers, about $25 or something...I've got a few old handles around the house so I'm thinking I might just rig one of those see how it goes and make a decision from there... It already has a vang and it anchors on the mast, so rotation isn't affected. I was just slack on my first sail and didn't rig it properly. It REALLY needs it, IMO more than any boat I've ever sailed. Still not sure why it kicks so badly. It has a track and car but the car locks. It's not my favourite setup but again I'll make changes one at a time. I've been not well this last week but yesterday and today finally started making shrouds. I've done the lowers and will do the uppers next then forestay and hopefully bridle. My tails are not as neat as they could be but the dyneema is a pleasure to work with, very different than traditional rope. Once the rigging is safe I want to take it out in light winds and see how I feel about other stuff...
  4. https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/eraring/sail-boats/catamaran-hulls/1140639147 Unbelievable. No one has seen one before and now a second one for sale...
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    V3.5 repairs and restoration

    Yes I can add clips. The existing tiller extensions are only about 18" long and not telescopic, so they are virtually useless anyway. There are holes in teh middle, I assume it had a proper extension previously but a DPO has changed it to a system that doesn't work Thank you for the suggestion though..
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    V3.5 repairs and restoration

    There will be installments No I'm afraid not. Many speculated but nothing panned out. It looks more like a prindle than anything else but they never made anything that small, at least that I can find a record of. While the hulls are asymetrical they are not like a prindle or hobie with a near flat outer and sharp keel, they are more like caper cat hulls that have been turned out. The boat is only 1.6 wide. It was apparent during my short and ill fated sail that I'll need to get right up near the mast sometimes to balance it. Even if I could fit a .8 - .9 meter extension it wouldn't allow me to do that. Yes it is, very crude. I'm considering ditching the balls and running the uphaul to downhaul in one length and putting 2 stopper knots in it. I could put hose around the ends of the tillers and onto the connector, losing the v cleat in the process. It's a small thing to add a cleat on top of the tillers, I still would be reluctant to have the extension hanging out the side while transporting, so another problem to address. It already has a vang. As I said in my sailing report the rig kicks like none I've ever experienced. I really don't know why that was. The traveller as is is a PITA. It's one of those silly dinghy sections that lock in position. I could just leave the sheet amidships, and I will do that for now, but when I get to it I'm more inclined to make it a proper self tacking traveller. That creates other problems on an una rigged cat, backwinding for tacking, but I'll think about all that when the time comes. The dyneema. My understanding is you can't just use normal open thimbles. For a start they should be 4x or 5x the rope diameter or you get a lot of strand breakage. Oh that's yours ? Ok. I was thinking of asking the calypso group how they felt about my posting there... that is probably my "natural" home among the FB groups I've found.
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    V3.5 repairs and restoration

    Ok so things crawled to a halt due to rope lost in the mail. Finally my heavy duty close end thimbles arrived from germany. I bought from: http://www.yacht-steel.com/english.html, or possibly their associated company http://www.nauticnorm.com. It isn't clear to me how it all works but maybe yacht steel is for large quantities and the other is for small orders. Anyway they were by far the cheapest including shipping. About $47 for 14 thimbles, and I can see why these are so expensive. Each is a big hunk of stainless beautifully made. I decided to go with dyneema despite advice to the contrary. I want to give it a try and it's a cheap enough experiment. If it does not work well I can always get stainless shrouds made up. That's one of the things about tiny boats like this, everything is cheap and easy. I've also measured the mast,it's about 65 x 43 mm. A very light section, so although it's 6.7 meters high it is a much lighter thing to step than a 14' mast. I have not weighed it and the boom/main yet but I think the whole boat must be comfortably under 60kg. I'd appreciate opinions on making or buying an affordable telescopic tiller extension. The boat has been modified by someone insane. They have fixed 2 short tiller extensions, one each side, with weird handles on them. They are too short to be useful but more importantly there is nothing to restrain the one not in use so it's just flopping around looking for an opportunity to jam the rudders or get up to other mischief. Because the boat is SO sensitive my position is critical so I need to be able to move forward. Because the beam is so small and the tillers sit above the crosstube for some reason a fixed length extension is not ideal. Any thoughts and comments appreciated...
  8. guzzis3

    V 3.5 sailing report.

    Just a quick update. I've had trouble getting my bits to re rig the boat (in the mail) so haven't been able to go sailing. I have however been able to weight it. The hulls connecting structure rudders main sheet tramp everything except the rig is 44 kg. I have not weighed the mast boom and sail but the mast is a very small section. When I start putting things right I'll put up progress in the shed section, assuming anyone is interested.
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    Sundance 4.3 Needs a New Home

    Thank you for the quick reply. Kulacat: Everything cheap or interesting is always either caboolture or the GC or WA.... I don't know how fussed I am on what looks like a small single access to the locker ? Hobbyhorsing was a problem with the 14, not a big deal but annoying. The biggest thing I wanted to do to mine is put on a forward net. Those rare occasions when I needed to go forward at sea were an absolute pain. I couldn't hang on to the forestay until I got to the forward beam so it was just luck I didn't lose my balance while on the hull. Anyway I might put an ad up and see what happens. I've had remarkably good luck with gumtree over the years...thank you for use of the photo. It helps a lot attracting attention on gumtree.
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    Sundance 4.3 Needs a New Home

    Oh my goodness, it's just like a 14 only longer! Yes I saw Matt15's posts on the kulacat. I'd like to see if anyone has sailed both. As you say the caper was built well and heavy, the kula looks to have been a lighter boat with less rocker and finer hulls. Maybe I should put a wanted ad on gumtree see if I can flush out a CC18 How would you feel about me using your photo ?
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    Sundance 4.3 Needs a New Home

    Thank you for your comments. I have 3 14' mains I can cut down, 2 maricat which are quite tired and a hobie. I had planned to break out my sewing machine and try to remember how to use it, cutting down one of the maricat sails. If I muck it up no loss...but I thought I'd post on gumtree just in case. The arafura cadets went to a big head sail recently so there is a small possibility those racing them might have pin head sails they want to ditch. I'd love to see a caper 18, heard of them never seen one. I loved my 14, never flew a hull which for me was a good thing. I came home from mud island to woody point one afternoon on a beam reach at 8 knots in 4' swell. Quite hairy and I was sore for a week afterwards. That's as hard sailing as I ever want to do, but satisfying in a way. Have you experience of the Kula cat ? I asked elsewhere how they compare to the caper cat...seem more lightly built. I'd love to see one. I dealt with the gentleman at calypso at sandgate when I needed something, which wasn't often. I found him very easy to deal with, patient and reasonable in every respect. I thought it a pity when they closed. I also lamented the passing of express multihulls. I've always been a big fan of the little barrier and regret not buying one at the time. I thought the sundancer hull looked a bit like a nacra. I hope you enjoy yours.
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    Lockers in hulls

    It's odd no one else went down that path. I read the kulacat thread. So they were made at Southport. Hm. Maybe I'll keep an eye out for any forsale. I don't suppose you know how they sail compared to a caper cat ? When you say port hatch are you talking about 6" inspection ports ? Thank you for the reply.
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    Sundance 4.3 Needs a New Home

    Telf: Thank you for the comments. Often hard to part with something you've owned for a long time. Matt15: By poor performance do you mean speed or ability to windward ? I had a caper cat for years and while it was terribly limited in so many ways it is probably my favorite boat of all time. I've not previously paid much attention to the other brands of beach cat, my main interest is bigger boats, and I now find it all a bit bewildering.
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    Lockers in hulls

    Hi all, I am curious what other beach cats had lockers in the hulls. I had a caper cat and am aware of a calypso that had them. Apparently there is a nacra and a hobie with them. Any others I don't know about ? I always thought they were a great addition to the caper cat. Probably sold a lot of boats and helped them get the cult following they enjoy.
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    Sundance 4.3 Needs a New Home

    Thank you for replying. I was just curious. Seemed awfully cheap. Oddly I've had people throwing 14' stuff at me but no useful responses to my gumtree ad for a 12' mainsail. Obviously 14' cats are more common, but also probably more sought after ? Anyway... Glad you resolved it.