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About MikeDean

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    Perth, WA
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    Sailing (Windrush 14 Catamaran)
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  1. MikeDean

    Alpha Omega F14 "02" - For Sale

    Perth WA, Part of my post got clipped,missed the last sentence; "Contact Mike 0448 103 028"
  2. Alpha Omega F14 "02" is reluctantly for sale. Located Perth WA. Light - 75kg ready to sail - Easily rigged, on/off trailer, in/out of water for single sailor. Fast - VYC Yardstick of 76, spinnaker, trapeze. High quality construction and fittings (Harken, Ronstan throughout). Boat approx 4 years old. Kevlar reinforced, vinylester hulls. Carbon mast, cross beams, rudder casings,tiller extension, rudder cross arm, spinnaker pole. Comes with two sets of rudders (incl cross arm, boxes) - one set conventional teardrop shape, other T-Foils. One mylar main and one spinnaker - in sail bags. Comes complete with registered trailer and two sail boxes and custom made boat cover ( $9500 - less than half price for new boat and trailer.
  3. Chocko, Cheers mate, re boat weight - Darryl advised it is on minimum class weight of 75kgs. There is a lot of carbon things on it (beams, boom, mast, mast spanner, tiller arms and cross arm). It is great being light enough to go sailing alone (off trailer, rig, down/up beach, derig and back on trailer). Hope to see you out there with one of these boats one day. NB: Not sure if its still for sale but Darryl had/has the #01 boat for sale. See the For sale list on this site. Big discount to new and only a few years old. regards Mike
  4. Chocko, Hi, yes in a fashion!! I am still getting used to being out there, so its a certain set of conditions that it works for me. Usually breeze 12-15 knots and not to gusty/puffy. It is an absolute blast when it works. The other day I sailed/raced with other nameless two person cats, on a shy reach across one leg of the race, wind almost abeam at 12-15 knots, I got out there, kite up and the boat just took off. Left the competitors (no spi) for dead. I have to move back to rear of the boat and use the footstrap. As the gusts come and go, you need room below you to bear off/head down and bleed off speed and power. In a crowded situation this would be a worry (and probably an inevitable capsisze for me). The winwdward hulls is flying/skimming the waves and the leeward hull bursts through the waves. NB: The AO F14 is nothing like say a Windrush for burying the leeward hull, it just keeps pushing up and through the waves. Not to say it couldnt be forced under with concerted effort! Once the gust passes I head up again to desired course. Being out on the wire, back of boat and in footstrap is an exciting and scary place, because the boat is absolutley flying at this time. You try not to get complacent because it is on the margin of being "out of control"! The boat is light and loves to respond instantly to gusts. I have found being on this boat a bit like being strapped to a kite. The other day I survived a 27 knot day on the river. Lots of white water and big waves. No spi that day! Came home literally black and blue with capsizes and falling around the boat. From the above you can tell I am an enthusiastic amateur - and still learning! regards Mike
  5. MikeDean

    What Cat is That?

    Hi Nick, Hulls definitely white (not sure about the paint over green). Sails were "rainbow" style a la Hobie 16 - but incl orange, green, blue. Sail number was 3016 (or similar). I saw it down at Busselton, but as a visitor to town (Holy Mile beach). regards Mike
  6. MikeDean

    What Cat is That?

    Dave, You were right. Quick search on Google and up came a few photos of a Solcat 18! Thanks. Mike NB: Anybody vaguely interested to see one - go to http://www.laurusmedia.com/solcat/#
  7. Hi all. Recently saw a cat on a beach I wanted to identify (I didnt take a photo so no help there for you). It was an older boat and looked like a scaled down (18 foot I think) Tornado with pivoting centreboards, it had a main and jib (no spi). The mainsail insignia was a circular wheel or sun with "18" in the centre. The main and jib looked similar in style (cloth, battens, cut) to a Hobie 16 or 18. Can anybody help me with identifying the boat? Cheers Mike
  8. MikeDean

    Drilling Holes Through Rudder Pintle

    Thanks to all. Drilling worked fine. Decided on 2.5mm rather than 1/8. This was adequate for the stainless circlips (which have a wire diameter of about 1mm). regards Mike
  9. MikeDean

    Racing Insurance

    What is the "excess" for Club Marine (for racing)?
  10. MikeDean

    Drilling Holes Through Rudder Pintle

    Cheers Jon. We'll give it a try this weekend.
  11. Hi, I plan to drill a small (about 1/8") hole through the top of my rudder pintles. This so I can use a circular spring clip to retain rudders on pintles (and not floating behind me). I think the pintles are marine grade stainless. Can anyone offer any advice on how best to do this. I plan to (1) remove pintles from boat, (2) Pintles in vice, (3) centre punch, (4) hand drill small pilot hole, (5) hand drill with 1/8" drill (drilling slow speed). Unfortunately I dont have a drill press. Any assistance/advice welcomed. regards Mike
  12. MikeDean

    Mainsheet/Traveller routing question

    Dear TC, I only have experience on two different types of 14 foot cats (one up). Both have a continuous main/traveller sheet (ie one length of rope). They didnt/dont include any bungy to keep the excess sheet line on the tramp - and not trailing behind you. I have never used this idea - so cant comment from experience. It sounds like a reasonable idea. My latest boat has a much higher rear beam (relative to tramp) than previous boat(Windrush). This seems to stop the sheet ending up behind the boat. On the Windrush this was a regular problem, as the Windrush seems to spend a fair bit of time half under water which sweeps the sheet over the back beam. So maybe the bungy is a solution for this. I havent had any problem with the continuous main/trav sheet. As you say you lose the benefit of different colour coding of the main and traveller sheets. Not normally a big deal I wouldnt think. Not sure about both main and traveller over your forward thigh. Fine for traveller, but usually I have main in one hand busy sheeting in and out. With a continuous system you can still do this - (I guess even with bungy system). If you mean single handed with spi up, I cleat main reasonably tight and have traveller sheet (direct from traveller cleat) on my leg as an "emergency dump" in case of imminent capsize. This because I need to have spi sheet in one hand and tiller in other. I leave the main alone. Hope this helps regards Mike
  13. MikeDean

    Mast Rotation

    Omega_Newbie, Again - suggest you call Darryl (08) 8326 0877. The AO F14 has a setup for mast rotation adjustment from the wire. I do have one reasonable photo of the setup on my boat which I can email you (I dont know how to post a photo here). Let me know yr email address. regards Mike
  14. MikeDean

    Adding a Screacher to UNA rigged cat

    Omega_Newbie, Suggest you call Darryl Barrett at the Fibreglass Factory (Adelaide), he made the boat - and can probably help with the question/fitout. (08) 8326-0877. regards Mike
  15. Just an update to keep the 14 foot forum moving - and get a bit of enthusiasm for another sailing season around the corner!! Went out again for a "training sail" on the AO F14 today. Bit grey and wintery in Perth, wind 10 knots gusts to 13 and 15 knots. Found out it was a bit too much for my novice spi sailing skills! Was really pleased to get the boat from the sailing club compound, get it off trailer to beach wheels, rig it, launch, sail, retrieve, derig and get it back on the trailer - all on my own! Its a great thing about a 75kg boat - you are free of crew, helpers, passers by etc. You can sail all on yr own at any time that suits you. Brilliant. I practised tacking (no jib on this boat) so momentum into the tack - and picking the wave to tack on seems quite important (like any una rigged boat). Then turned downwind and hoisted the spi. Whoa! with it gusting to 15 knots it was fairly hair raising. I was only marginally in control - though by constantly steering downwind I was able to keep it upright. I messed a gybe up when I managed to get the boat (at first going quite slow - nicely with the wind right astern) too high, a puff came and over I went in a moderately graceful roll. Luckily I wasnt at speed and/or on trapeze. The first job was getting the spi back in the chute which I did from the boat on it side standing on the hull. Based on the advice I'd received beforehand - this prevented catching prawns, tearing the spi and generally making it harder to right. Once I did this the boat was righted quickly - the boat being so light meant even I could right it. I went up and down wind for about an hour. Got the spi out again, but the gusts - and the fact that I havent mastered the spi from the trampoline - let alone the trapeze - meant it was "life on the edge". One thing I did notice - just for discussion - was the impact that sheeting the spi has on the shape and power of the spi (like any sail of course). All good fun to learn a new thing/sail/boat. Enjoyed the couple of hours on a nice quiet river, with just me and the boat!! Unfortunately come summer and it wont be so quiet - and some better skills will be required to navigate a boat (under spi) through the maelstrom! It will be a challenge. regards Mike