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  1. Where can I see the results of this regatta?
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    Sail age

    I bought sail number 1369 (a white Flower and Adams race main) in November 1979. If your sail number is the original for that boat then it is older than that.
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    Trampoline Track

    Plenty of posts to research on this topic.
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    Trampoline Track

    This caravan annex track is used often to repair older Maricats. Half way through replacing my original flat track with the annex track. Darcy has considerable expertise in such repairs.
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    Mk1 resto questions

    The ss bolt is very often stuck in the alloy casting and is thus not adjustable. I like the turnbuckle option. The dolphin striker set up needs to be strong. If it breaks the results can be messy and expensive, and you will need help to get back to shore.
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    just saying hi

    You have bought a great boat. I met Shazam 78 at the Hervey Bay Nationals in 1980. At that time she had fallen into the hands of some Victorians - she deserved better!!
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    Pointing up wind

    In my experience older tired sails are significantly slower upwind. I have a couple of older mainsails (I sail cat rigged) that have successful histories, but with my newer Chris Cairns sail my Maricat is minutes faster around a course. Upwind the newer sail allows me to sail higher and faster. I am overweight so need all the power I can get. A new sail is probably the best go-fast investment you can make on these old girls, along with some mast rake, and aligned and no-slop rudder system. One of the best Maricat sailors from the early days, Richard Eveleigh (one of the contributors to our tune up guide) had great success with a black Lee sail. He was super fast upwind. He now sails a foiling A class.
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    Off boom sheeting?

    Off boom sheeting used quite a bit by Paper Tiger sailors. Might help those of us who have lost any muscle tone we ever had to hike out for a little longer.
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    Tiller Pivots

    They are tiller extension universals - I stole the idea from a local F18.
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    Tiller Pivots

    In times gone by I would have used the appropriate sized Nylex clear "plastic" tube. Cheap and readily available - Bunnies have it. This was a popular way of doing the tiller hinges and won plenty of Nationals. Having said that I now use a more sophisticated system, but I am not sure it is a better system .
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    Badgered Pussy, with it's new sail.

    Lots of colour here!! My white decks, white cross-cut sail and siver mast will look very plain.
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    State Titles

    Thanks. Some mature sailors amongst the medals.
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    State Titles

    Where are the results/photos?
  14. As an aside, the reason for moving the tripple block on the boom back some 100mm was to increase mast bend rather than to stop us sheeting block to block. This was in 1978 and I was way lighter back then. This season I may move that block back to its original position.
  15. I have similar difficulties hoisting my racing mainsails. My 1980 vintage all orange number hoists easily but is very slow upwind. The suggestions above are all good. In addition I am now using a much thicker halyard and a pair of leather work gloves to hoist the race sails. It is still not easy. Mine are both cross-cut from Chris Cairns. Powerful sails with heaps of luff round.