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elscotto

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About elscotto

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  • Birthday 10/11/1970

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  • Location
    Mackay Qld
  • Interests
    Golf and now sailing
  • Occupation
    Electrician
  • Class of Catamaran
    14' looks like a maricat

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    Mackay qld
  1. elscotto

    Cat sailing

    I sail my hobie 16 solo all the time. It is still fast and exciting but you do have to be aware that there is alot less weight to hold the hull down. You may need some sort of aid to right if you capsize though. I use a righting bag that I hook up to the righting line and sling over my shoulder. Filled with water it makes me about 30kg heavier. Also I do not trapeze solo. I am very afraid of the boat sailing off to noumea without me if I come off as you have to cleat the jib.
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    Tacking when its windy...Arrrgh!

    Thanks Aqua Rodent, I will pm you when I get some spare cash.
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    Tacking when its windy...Arrrgh!

    Well I sort of fixed the sail, it is about a foot shorter now and went out again last week. Tacking did work much better, still missed more than I got but I am happy with the new rudders. Sail is rs though. If anyone know of a cheap sail let me know. Going out again this weekend, should be good ad there is not much left to break on the boat. Good times.
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    Tacking when its windy...Arrrgh!

    Well I finished the new rudders last week. 12mm ply wrapped in fibreglass. Got a decent profile using that template and gave them a test run last sat. Conditions were perfect, 15 - 18knots. Boat felt great from the get go as I heased out on a reach, more responsive and alot less wash from the rudders. Flying along and thought the sail looked a little loose, must have forgotten to tighten the downhaul, lean over to give it a tug and 4/5th's of the sail comes down the mast. Halyard still way up the top. Bugger, anyway I never got a single tack in so I don't know how much better the new rudders will turn.[ATTACH=CONFIG]1353[/ATTACH]
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    Tacking when its windy...Arrrgh!

    Thanks Tonyquoll.
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    Tacking when its windy...Arrrgh!

    Thanks for the advice. Good to know that it's not entirely my fault. It sounds about right re. the rudder profile, too blunt and flat. I will make some new ones I think, the ones I have were a bit of a rush job to get onto the water. Can somebody get a measurement of the length and breadth of the rudder? The shape and width I can work out but the other two dimensions are hard to judge on a picture. I have only been sailing for a few months but am absolutely loving it. Missus thinks I have gone nuts with the amount of time I am spending on the water. Cheers all.
  7. Hi Dave, for a trolley to get you down do the beach, what I did was two wheelbarrow wheels from Mitre 10, $25 each and steel rod. I used stainless but that is only because there was some lying around at work. I was going to use 40mm galvanised water pipe and weld 16mm bolts to it to fit the wheel on. Easy to make and I will post a photo when I get home.
  8. Over the weekend up here in Mackay we had some pretty strong wind, 15kt, gusts to 20kt or so, so I drag the 4.0 out and have a blast. The boat went quite well, felt like I was going to get airborne over some of the bigger swells, managed to scare myself quite a few times on one hull, very ecxiting and fun sail. However I found that all of a sudden I could not tack. In the lighter winds I had started getting pretty good at turning it around, (I have been on the water for about 10 hours every weekend since I finished fixing her up) not getting stuck in irons very much at all, but once the wind hits about 15 I just cannot get it all the way around. I even have trouble reversing onto the new tack. Now it may be that my rudders are washing too much speed off in the turns, they really are not very good when the boat is going fast (home made). I push the tiller and they make a whoosh noise till the boat slows enough for them to turn it but I don't know if that is normal for a cat to have trouble turning when going fast. I know the solution to that is buying new rudders but my timber ones grew on trees, new ones don't. Anyway my question is are maricats harder to tack in a stronger breeze?
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    Maiden Voyage

    Thanks Korwich, It is really nice. About 30k south of Mackay, a few islands, warm weather, warm water, lovely beaches, stingers, sharks and crocodiles:cool:. And thanks exhogger, the rudders worked quite well, flip up and down nicely. All thanks to the advice/info/photos from this forum.
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    Maiden Voyage

    Well I finally took the Maricat 4.0 that I got for free. No trailer, so I had to make some beach rollers out of some wheelborrow wheels and steel rod. Then balance the boat and drag it down the road to the beach access, only a couple of hundred metres so not too bad. Had an absolute ball sailing for the first time in about 20 years. Thank you Darcy1945 for the new trampoline and old chainplate adapters, everything else was repaired/scavanged/homemade but was a good, fun project. And thank you to all the members of this forum for the helpfull advice. I have attached a before and after photo. I may get a new sail one day too. [ATTACH=CONFIG]1164[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]1165[/ATTACH]
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    Rudder setup

    Thanks fellas, Put it all together today, put hole in tiller, fed bungie through attached at right spot, tensioned and it works real nice. Put the primer on the decks today too. couple more weeks and she will be good to go.
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    Rudder setup

    Mine is a stainless cleat, has a small hole for the rope to pass through and the top of it is a wedge 'V' to jam the rope. I like the spring or little figure 8 exhaust thingy ideas. Will definately look into them as I do think that there needs to be some give somewhere if the rudders hit something.
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    Rudder setup

    Aright, I will stick with the rope. Don't want to really start bagging people out until I have exhausted all my questions, however... Has Mick's sail got one of those windows to let the breeze through?
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    Rudder setup

    Yeah I think I will go the bungie through the big hole option. Might change my hold down cord to a bungie as well (just the bit you pull on/lock down) so that there will be a bit of give if I hit bottom. My rudders are priceless, hand carved from timbers sourced in the remote "offcuts" section of Bunnings, that I am not yet ready to replace with ones that have a value.
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    Rudder setup

    Thanks fellas, just the info I needed. and korwich, thanks for the photos, a picture does tell a thousand words. How long since you went for a sail? She has cobwebs on her:D. I must say that I am really enjoying this website/forum. Lots of help, it really is a terrific community. I have just mounted the rudders/tiller onto the boat after fixing them up but have made them too long. The bar overhangs the rear beam so will have to shorten my heater hose corners. Finished patching the top decks today, tomorrow I start filling all the chunks I took out with the belt sander, hopefully get her nice and smooth. Then its flip her over and do the hulls. Then it will feel like I have made progress. Good times.
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