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  1. rigidigi

    Tiller Joints for a Windrush 14

  2. Hi I am doing up a friends Windie. It needs the upper rudder castings replaced. Is there a easy way to install these rivets, they look like they need to be held in place and hit with a flaring tool? Has anyone done this job?
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    Windrush 14

    Hi Disco I live and sail at Barwon Heads Sailing Club. We have 7. 14ft windrushs. Races are restricted to high tides lots of fun. Plenty of summer campers have club moorings and store sails in club house. We have mixed fleet with plenty of Lazers too. A couple of hobies and maricat. Plenty of older Skippers. You could see racing there Aust Day Weekend. Portarlington Sailing club on the bay is a Great club as is St. Leonard's.
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    Boat Insurance

    Hi Just went to renew my boat insurance . It seems to continually increase even when there has been no claims for 10 years. The boat is only used for 5mths of a year. It would be interesting to see what other Windrush sailors are paying and which insurance companys they use. Cheers .
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    Recovery after capsize

    Your right about looking after your back. I have the trailer in front of the boat at a suitable distance . The mast sits in the tabanacle by its self, while the top of the mast is on the trailer. All stays are snapped on and I rest the upper part of the mast on my shoulder ,and begin to walk towards the boat as I get near the boat I lift the mast up from my shoulder , usually at around 50 deg , so the lift is not too bad. Stability is good because the side stays are attached to the saddles on front cross beam . The mast angle allows it to stay up with out holding it , snapping the halyard to the Mainsheet ensures stability while I move the side stays . I have the side stay in one hand and pull the main sheet, to snap on the stay. I have solid halyard rope for this. and if it ever snapped , I have the side stay an hand anyway . I used to do it the old way and just reached over and snap a side stay while holding the mast, which others sailors do and then just pull the opposite stay around to snap on, till I let the side stay slip out of my hand . Look after your back guys. Cheers .
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    Recovery after capsize

    Yep the boat comes back up pretty well. It easier when there's a bit of wind to round the hulls up. The process is very quickly done so, the boat usually doesn't go completely over. The stablizing the Mast is big safety issue when there is kiddies hanging around while solo rigging up. Just a quick answer to this problem . I riveted to saddles either side of front beam that have at 2 long shackles attached . Length is important . Simply lay the mast foward on the ground or back of the trailor. Have the base in the tabanacle . I have snap hooks on all stays. Hook Bridle up and then hook side stays to the saddles on front cross beam. Pick the mast up keeping the pressure back in the tabanacle and walk towards the front beam throwing the mast up and making sure you step over the bridle. Basically when the mast gets past vertical it will loosely stay up. Then l grap the helyard walk to the back of the boat and snap the Mainsheet pulley block on . Pull the traveller cart to one side take some slack up with the main sheet . Now you can safely release the loose side stay from the saddle at the front beam. Repeat for the other side. Using the Mainsheet on the helyard has been a great way to adjust rig tension. Sorry I answered in this thread . Cheers . Will give some pics. Wanted
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    Recovery after capsize

    Cheers heres the conduit hand hold. It just wide enough so it wont hit the hull with endcaps . Plenty strong enough to swing on. I still surf so landing on the deck feels normal.
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    Recovery after capsize

    DBM it looks like you have a system that works for you. I recon if you had a few practice session in shallow water . You may surprise your self . Its all in the timing , as the hull goes pass equalibrium let your leg scissor hold on the deck of the hull. Nice feeling siting on top of the deck and not having to hoist your self out of the water. ,
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    Recovery after capsize

    Here's one that helps you when the boat continually flipsover while righting on a windy day. Its a bit of timing , but when you are standing on the hull just beneath the forward crossbeam. as the boat begins to right itself, the hull is coming down . slide a leg over the deck and scissor hold with your legs on the hull. when the boat lands on the water you will be stilling on top of the hull and your weight will stop the boat from going over again , you just slide straight back on to tramp. Its a bit like jumping on a wild pony. I also have a piece of conjuct about 5in long , drilled in the middle and knotted at the correct height in the righting rope. I have had nerve damaged in one arm and basically it work's for me. If you are lucky you can swing the leg over and be up and sailing in a jiffy. without the exhaustion. Cheers
  10. rigidigi

    Foam Sandwich Windrush For Sale

    Thanks Dave just had a ripper of a summer series . The boat is Great!
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    Rudder slop.

    Thought I would share what seems to work. I just finished our summer sailing series and decided to get get rid of some of the slop out of the rudder pin , where the casting rudder pin holes have become elongated enough to change the rudder rake. I decide to put nylon bushes in the holes, after I rebored the elongated casting. I'm no expert but very happy with result done cheaply. Pic to come .
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    Foam Sandwich Windrush For Sale

    Will do. cheers
  13. rigidigi

    Foam Sandwich Windrush For Sale

    Very Happy Chappy. Thanks David. love those batterns working Well Cheers!