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    Teesdale, VIC, Australia
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  1. Matthew Dawson

    Arafura Cadet for sale

    Frida (Arafura Cadet catamaran) is for sale! The Arafura Cadet is a 11' catamaran designed as a training boat for teenagers. It was designed in the 1950's in Darwin by Neil Fowler (Mosquito, Arrow). I bought the boat about five years ago and took a couple of years to completely rebuild it. The only things left from the boat as I bought it are the hulls, centreboard, rudders, rudder boxes and trampoline. I stripped the hulls back to bare timber, repaired and repainted them. The trampoline is in excellent condition. The timber rudders and centreboard are in very good condition. The aluminium rudder boxes are in excellent condition. New beams, rigging, ropes, hardware and sails. New Goodall square top sail and jib are basically in as new condition. The rebuilt boat has only sailed about 10 races. All in light conditions. There are heaps of photos of Frida on the AC Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/ArafuraCadet) - look for the ‘Frida January 2018’ and ‘Arafura Cadet 738’ albums. Comes with lightweight beach trolley. No trailer - but the AC fits easily on a 6x4 box trailer or roof racks. Sailing gear to suit teenager (used) also available by negotiation: Zhik T3 trapeze harness, Zhik HiVis PFD, Ronstan wetsuit pants, Ronstan Smock, Ronstan Wetsuit top, Mid layer, gloves, boots, hat, safety knife, waterproof gear bag. Located in Geelong, Victoria. Can help with some transport in Victoria. $1,200 Matthew Dawson 0428 three one one 926
  2. Matthew Dawson

    AC Cadet 12" For Sale

    Great looking boat Carl! $3,000 is a great deal for this brand new boat. The AC is an excellent boat for a teenager or small adult. One person, trapeze ... what’s not to love! ?
  3. Matthew Dawson

    Cobra for sale SOLD

    Still for sale. Price reduced to $4,300. This is one of the best Cobras in Australia. Only sailed a handful of regattas since new. Near new trampoline, near new square top main, near new mast, near new sheets and blocks. Registered trailer that has been to QLD, NSW, SA from Victoria regularly. I may be able to assist with transport to the National Titles in Saratoga NSW in December 2017.
  4. Matthew Dawson

    Cobra for sale SOLD

    My Cobra (Kind of Blue) is for sale. One of the best Cobras in Australia. $4,300. Located in Geelong VIC. http://www.cobracat.com/cobras4sale.html https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/geelong-west/sail-boats/cobra-catamaran/1150347669 Fleets in Parkdale and Safety Beach (VIC). Friendly, helpful class. Matthew Dawson 0428 311 926
  5. Matthew Dawson

    Yet another newbie advice thread

    My Cobra (Kind of Blue) is for sale. One of the best Cobras in Australia. http://www.cobracat.com/cobras4sale.html https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/geelong-west/sail-boats/cobra-catamaran/1150347669 Fleets in Parkdale and Safety Beach friendly, helpful class. Matthew Dawson 0428 311 926
  6. Matthew Dawson

    V3.5 repairs and restoration

    Nice job. I have done a bit of work with dyneema (not shrouds) - it's fun to work with. I just use spliced loops most of the time but I have also used normal thimbles. I am interested in why you need those large thimbles - they are huge!
  7. Matthew Dawson

    V3.5 repairs and restoration

    Thanks for sharing the story. Did you ever find out what sort of boat it is? You might not need a telescopic tiller extension? Just use a longer piece of PVC tube and attach it using the existing hardware to the middle of the cross bar. It looks like you would be able to shorten the arms on the rudder stocks so they are not hanging over the beam. I assume the 'v' cut into the end of the arms is a basic cleat for the rudder downhaul. You may be able to get away with not using a traveller - many arrows don't use a traveller anymore. You might need a boom vang though to keep the boom down when letting sheet off. I will be interested to hear how your Dyneema shrouds work out. What are the heavy duty thimbles for? Keep the photos coming and feel free to post them on my Arafura Cadet Facebook Page - https://www.facebook.com/ArafuraCadet/
  8. Matthew Dawson

    Arafura Cadet build

    I am continuing the story over on Facebook here: https://m.facebook.com/Arafura-Cadet-restoration-page-1209777179112632 Feel free to join me there! ?
  9. Matthew Dawson

    Arafura Cadet build

    I thought it was time for an update. The beams are all cut, drilled and anodised. I have worked out just about all of the hardware I will use - mostly stuff I have already lying around. I am slowly making my way through the sand-fill-sand-undercoat-sand-fill-sand-undercoat-sand etc stage. It is taking a long time but has been enjoyable. I am confident that I will achieve a good undercoat finish. I am using two pack undercoat. A bit of an error there really (expensive and toxic) but at least I know it is 'high quality'. I am applying with a roller. I have some time on my hands at the moment so I should have it ready for topcoat in a week or so. I am considering getting a professional top coat. What experience have others had with this? I have plenty of panel beaters around here. How much should I expect to pay for two AC hulls? They won't need any prep - just the top coat. I haven't had any car spraying work done for about 25 years, so I wouldn't have a clue!
  10. Matthew Dawson

    Nacra 430 in a swell

    Great video nickopen! i had a nice chuckle when you went over. Looks like you were having a blast. ? I would like to see some video of the kite up.
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    What sort of boat is that riledup?
  12. Matthew Dawson

    Beach wheels

  13. Matthew Dawson

    Cobra fix up

    Pirate is documenting two timber mosquito rebuilds over at catsailor.com. They are very informative. Find them here: http://www.catsailor.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=266555#Post266555 http://www.catsailor.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=259959#Post259959
  14. Matthew Dawson

    !Wanted to buy A class cat!

    Have you tried this resource? http://www.a-cat.org.au/classifieds/
  15. Matthew Dawson

    Beach wheels

    Beach wheels for sale good condition good for sand 50mm x 2500mm stainless axle no hull cradles located in geelong $100 Matthew T e l: 0428 311 926