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  1. Ozzydamo

    Windrush 14 Resto project ?

    It isn't viable from an economic perspective- you are better off buying a new one money wise. If you want to help your son develop some skills in fiberglass and get an interest in boat building, I think its a great idea- many levels and layers to it, you could tart one up to make it work well enough for sailing a lake safely or you could try to make it as new- to learn professional level skills for building up to bigger and maybe better things. The trouble will be how it long it takes and if the young bloke will stay interested, kids like to throw spears before learning to make them. I would say a catamaran isn't the easiest boat to fix up, a mono is a lot simpler and quicker to work on- it maybe better to sail a new windy14' while doing up a easier boat to work on- like a dingy sailor, will be less materials and less work to get a workable result. The trick to youngen's is keeping them focused, idiot distractions are everywhere these days.
  2. I am after a set of kick up rudders to refurbish, windrush mk2's preferred, but as long their kick up I can mod the blades to suit- is for a caper cat 14ft customisation project in brisso. PM me if you got something you don't need and might suit- newies are way over budget $1650 HNY, Damo'
  3. Lots of talk about the quality of these boats, but no mention of specification or construction method- I wouldn't take one offshore unless it was re built. but I am not your average prawn.... is 2 layers of 450 csm pe, stuffed with 3lt plastic bottles.
  4. I will have to restart this OP as there is progressive limitation on image KB. To be continued.
  5. Fairing it all out is probably the most skilled job of the whole effort, the cc aren't very well molded to start with- has divots along the sides of the hull- so if you want it to look straight/sharp either use a 750mm hand longboard or if you use a belt sander if you are good at using it! Pity rupes doesn't still make the extra long based orby they use to- it would be perfect for finishing off the fairing surface. Vinylester resin has 72hr chemical bond window, layers x-link- the earlier the stronger the bond. Making fairing compound is much cheaper using the bulk resin, fumed silica 1part and q-cells 3parts. Old school.
  6. side stay mount view from front- what were they thinking?
  7. The caper cat was a better boat- especially for surf/bar crossings, but that was a different boat builder/designer- not the owner of calypso rc, there is a hard point issue where resin pooled on the inside bottom of the hull when molded-no peel ply used- but they were built on contract by many different people so some where good some not so good. lr sails doesn't have all the parts required to rebuild one to full safe spec. Manders sails Greg Ellis has beaten LR sails on price for many of the soft components required to do a rebuild, I play fair, I get prices from all contenders- alloy sections from Karl Mueller at Keeley Marine was the only supplier with the small boom front x-member, side tramp frame extrusions- none of it is cheap, to restore an old boat will cost you more then you think, be close to $5k without sails/jib and mast/boom. a new windrush is like $15k? https://www.windrushyachts.com.au/sailing-boats/windrush-14 Is half price to do one up over buying a newie, but you need to have some trade skills, not be just an electrician with a can do attitude! For me it is for mementos for my son, if looks after things I made for him with my hands, he will be able to past them down to his son. Like a hand print on a rock.
  8. the windrush 14 is probably a better choice as it is still in production with all parts available from the manufacturer - they even got made in the USA under licence- is faster boat too https://www.windrushyachts.com.au/sailing-boats/windrush-14 this looks good for a lowball effort if your looking for cheap- maricat 14 offer him $500 bet he will accept https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-view-details.html?adId=1238022294 I am restoring a caper cat 14 because of the rocker in the hull, makes it a great first boat for my son No boat is faultless, yet! 😜
  9. Torch light shows up the stress cracks, some go well past the outside gelcoat into the hull- if not repaired correctly they would just reappear in the new finish. This boat has an issue of hardpoint along the bottom just up from the keel, so I will reinforce it with extra cloth along that area.
  10. using a torch inside the hull all cracks are marked out- grinded out and patch with csm and resin
  11. modified stay brackets 3mm x 20mm- stronger, they clear the locker lid properly and they don't look like the originals what so ever,they mount internally- much more discreet and pleasing the aesthetic
  12. Ozzydamo

    Caper Cat Jib And Sail Needed

    i guess normie jones has gone to davy jones locker' ☠️
  13. Ozzydamo

    Caper Cat 14 Restoration # 2

    No there is not any nuts, they are a stainless steel flat blade screw head bolt into a tapped cast alloy bracket that is glassed into the top deck- idiot idea as the alloy locks up with stainless, 9 times out of ten you will snap the bolt- clown of boat builder, nice hull shape but...
  14. Finished the inside layers, now to fit them back together- will be using adheseal pu50- like 5200 3m Fit them up dry, use timber blocks to spread the hull to the deck size, making it constant for the shape internally- will be taping inside with more VE and fibreglass 100 mm tape, also 2 storage bins to make up.
  15. Ozzydamo

    New to this.. please help me identify make.

    god awful looking, wtf were they thinking. Yellow is the best colour for the deck/hull, if it goes turtle it is easy to spot from a chopper. Get insurance on it and go park it down sth nsw.....
  16. first layup completed yesterday, 225csm, 2.5litre of VE resin- scrap the epoxy idea, as the vinyl ester will save money and mucking around with 2 products/gelcoat compatibility.
  17. I am looking to replace side rails and front stay/jib x-member on a caper cat - anyone know of a supplier that has this available? thanks, Damon
  18. Just finished grinding today Sunday at 2pm, council ranger rocks up 3.30pm. I escort him off the property and said lets talk' he said he's recording the conversation- I reply I have nothing to say, he leaves. If he had anything on me he'd be giving a fine- next door neighbor is a NIMBY, mother has dementia and raves her head off all day, dogs bark alot and this grub(lives with his mum is like 60year old gronk, ex urban utilities bludger) rings the council. Shows why the domestic economy is up the spout, lots of obese boomer grubs, holding the coin, sitting around jerking off to russia leso porn all day- move to rainbow beach- it's got NBN now ffs! Anyway all fun tomorrow- 3:1 and fabric layers, get it right unlike the original, do the lay ups flat, till gel stage so it retains thickness.
  19. Ok, I have been working thru the issues on this boat- fitted a mast step and base, mast cap, put new 5mm cord on the tramp, made it nice and tight.(got some bits of Luke and Russell-nice blokes) Still in the backyard, start raising the mast, standing on the tramp the bolt rope pulls thru the ally extruded transom, I am a 105kg :) Is this fatigue in the alloy transom? or is it over its designed load capability? Whats the most durable solution to the problem? Safe sailing, Damo
  20. Damage to the X-member is the diagnosis, stress cracks, keel nearly wore thru- pull it all apart and fix the lot!