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madboutcats last won the day on November 7 2017

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About madboutcats

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    Kingston SE, South Australia
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    Nacra 5.8, Mozzy,Arrow,Arafura cadet,Windrush 14

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  1. madboutcats


    Don't worry too much about class rules any repairs you make will be fine, the others sailing Stingrays will just be happy to have you out there. Those fibreglass hull, timber deck boats are pretty old and unless the foam inside has been replaced you will find the hulls push in fairly easily. They just had normal foam for bulkheads and it breaks down, if the hulls push in easily it is really slow and the first thing to fix. Check the beams, they are a big job to replace and a common error is for someone to bolt the traveller track on right through the beam this causes a weakness in the beam leading it to crack. If the beams have cracks of any sort it will be easier to get them welded by a professional than go through the very big job of replacing the beam but that's up to you. So really first step is check beams and if hulls are wobbly take decks off and replace bulkheads then new decks which is very easy to do. If you apply new decks a good coat of International Everdure on the side that will be inside prior to assembling will ensure long life and then on top once it's assembled. I've done Stingray decks before and it is relatively easy and satisfying if you have to do it. Good luck with your project and thanks for adding some life to the forum
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    Wow you sure know how to fire some questions, the easiest way to work out the length you need on a righting pole is to put virtually a full length windsurfer mast on it and then work out how far out you need to go out on the pole to right it, there is ne easy equation. I found the short rig Stingray harder to right than the big rig so I would suggest to keep the pole long. I made a righting pole on my Stingray when I sailed with my kids, don't under estimate the amount of load the end of the mast that connects with the main beam is under, it took a bit of trial and error for me to get it right and that was about 3ft hanging behind the rear beam on a big rig. Make sure you have a good main sheet system, most of my early capsizes were due to not being able to release the main sheet in time, in fact I would suggest you set the cleat so you can't cleat it while your learning and save yourself some swimming. I would also suggest if your on Facebook to join the South Australian beach cat sailors site as a lot of those people have raced Stingray's and have a genuine affection for them, you actually have a good handicap with that boat so will enjoy racing it as we will enjoy helping you along. If you can get the boat going by Easter bring it along to Milang and we can have a look over it for you and the lakes are the best place for those boats as they are at their best when it's fast and flat as the beams are quite low to the water so really notice ocean swell. Good luck with the boat they are a great boat and I look forward to meeting you
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    Well done they are a fun boat, you can't right it on your own so think about a righting pole or similar, whilst racing has nearly stopped for the season, keep in mind Milang on Easter Saturday and Sunday and Rum Race at Victor Harbour first Sunday in May, I'll be at both
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    New to catamarans, Adelaide

    Largs is a great place to sail but you may be the only cat there, when I was at school at Taperoo high it had a big cat fleet but now not so much, are you looking to race against other cats?
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    Nacra 16 written off

    You didn't miss the sail by much it only went recently
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    A new one has just arrived in SA closer to $14,000 I believe, they are a great boat
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    Nacra Nationals 2019-2020

    I'm excited to announce that the 2019-2020 South Australian Nacra Nationals are at my club, Meningie Sailing Club, situated on the Southern end of Lake Albert, near the end of the Murray river. This lake is freshwater, 169 square kilometres and currently has a depth between 1.9 metres and 2.3 metre. To enable the Far North Qld and WA sailors to be home on Christmas Day, the National Association has set the start day for measurement and the first race as Monday 30th of December with the last race on Saturday the 4th of January. There won't be an invitation race but we will have a rescue boat available on Sunday 29th December for boats that want to get out and practice. It is recommended to book your accomodation as soon as possible, for any more info you can PM me or post questions, whohoooooo
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    Nacra National's 2018-2019

    This year is at Great Lakes Sailing Club just out of Forster NSW, Measuring is today 29th Dec with a practice race planned this arvo, the championship starts tomorrow and runs till Friday, so far there are about 60 boats registered with about 25 Nacra 5.8's expected to compete. The wind forecast is for plenty so we should have a great time
  9. Haha I'lI bite welcome to the forum, I'll sell you an unused set of those Bris Cat cradles, I just need to drill the rivets to take them back off, I'll include postage for $509 dollars and get some more from Bris Cats, will do the same for anyone else and if I get enough orders I'll give up my day job
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    Goolwa to Meningie distance race 17/11/2018

    Notice of race http://www.users.on.net/~meningiesc/GM Notice of Race.pdf
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    Goolwa to Meningie distance race 17/11/2018

    There is an awesome meal served at the Meningie Sailing Club on Saturday night if you'd like to stay for presentation and a few drinks as well. We will be reading out all competors place gettings after presentation. There is also a great meal available at the very hospitable GRYC on Friday night before the race and Twilight sailing as well for those that are arriving early.
  12. The longest off the beach distance race and last true adventure race you can do in Aus is on Saturday the 17th of November 2018. This race starts at the new location of Goolwa Regatta Yacht Club (GRYC) with trailer sailers starting between 8am to 10pm followed by Off the beach cats at 11am. From GRYC boats race up the last leg of the Murray River, across the top of Lake Alexandrina ( normally where the most epic tales are born ), on to the creek called the Narrows, down this creek into Lake Albert and across Lake Albert to Meningie. The course is about 70km, sometimes this race starts at a blistering pace and ends even bigger, other times it starts heartbreakingly light to then hit mid 20kts across Lake Albert. Just competing in this race is awesome, we have a hot fleet coming together again this year and it has been won by all sorts of cats in the last 50 years, so far we have entered, a Marstrom 20, Tornado's, F18's, Nacra's, Taipans and A classes. It's a cheap race to enter, the logistics of getting back to your car and trailer in this passage race are typically inconvenient but if you book early the club can help with your logistics. Minimum size boat is 4.2 metres, skippers need to meet the skill level required of being spread over 100 square kilometres of water with half a dozen rescue boats, helmets are mandatory for single handed and recommended for all, everyone must have high vis top, whistle, torch etc, if you loose your boat at Point Sturt you may drift 30km till you hit shore so all racers are stand too boats if needed. Whilst the race is not to be taken lightly it is great fun and if you haven't done it before the members of Meningie Sailing Club will give you a run down on obstacles and strategy we look forward to seeing you there
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    Taipan 5.7 Catamaran

    Boat is sold
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    Taipan 5.7 Catamaran

    G'day I'm selling my Taipan 5.7 it's a good fast boat with a couple of scratches, it's sail number 134, has good stiff mast, great condition Goodall big head sail and jib, no leach flutter on either boat is tuned so that it is quiet with only a bit of helm. It doesn't have spinnaker kit but does come with a self tacker track if you want to get the smaller jib, it also has a conventional bridle for normal jib and the extended bridle for spinnaker. Boat is available with beach rollers for $4900 or with trailer and twin sail box's for $5800. This boat is ready to race and was last raced in June 2018, if you want boat only I can deliver as far as Forster Wildcat or Brisbane in late September or if you want it with the trailer I can drive it a few hundred Km your way.
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    Rigging question: Nacra 4.5

    G'day Clance, sounds like the halyard would go around the pulley, back up through the thimble, then tied off on the bridle, that gives you four to one tension and should be more than enough. Ross at Brisbane Catamaran Centre designed that cat and would answer any questions you may have