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  1. I’d really love to see a pic of the underside of the boat after a couple of days of sailing through that stuff. Possibly super faired antifoul or all paint missing - unsure just how abrasive that stuff is?
  2. Hurts

    Don't get blase

    Had an old guy in the lock ahead of us do a similar trick, tied boat onto a steel ladder on side of the lock - water went out and weight of the boat ripped ladder off the side off the lock and it came crashing down on the boat and smashed a window, lucky he wasn't standing below trying to undo the rope at that exact moment. Locks all seem deceptively peaceful until something like that happens... We are heading up to Oxford canal in next school holidays - it's a very strange boating activity but a good holiday and the kids love it.
  3. Hurts

    Class act

    Mmmmm... lovely see the workmanship etc but.... eye watering-ly expensive to build that way and what's it for exactly? Cruising? Much better designs these days. Racing? Nope. I understand restoring an old boat, but building a new old-one??
  4. Engineering for yacht bits is a funny science IMHO. They do all these impressive calcs working out the theoretical loads but then seem to add in some pretty major fudge factors like "make it 4 times stronger than it theoretically needs to be" which make it all seem like a guess. The fudge factors is massive butt covering but takes care of the real world crazy loads caused by you: catching your topping lift on a boat on the other tack as it goes past, having 12 drunken people on the rail in a rum race with massive sail area up etc, Big seas, chinese gybes, using your boom as a crane to lift your engine out etc etc. Best approach in my somewhat unconventional view is get the laminate specs off some other dude who's built a similar boom that has stayed in one piece successfully and adjust if you feel like it. Otherwise if you still have the alloy job as a spare and it's a learning exercise then just puzzle it out yourself; greatest load at mainsheet attachment, 3 to 1 ratio of Unis and DB - if it breaks you built it too light otherwise it was too heavy . Maybe keep people away from having their heads too close to the boom for the first few races... Write down the laminate for future reference...
  5. Hurts


    Indeed - some sailing on TV was an enjoyable watch with some consistent breeze - 3 teams up to speed now and coverage was a big improvement from Sydney. I used to enjoy the extreme series - is that dead now?
  6. Hurts

    Hobie 16 refresh

    Yes - that's close to the sort of thing I was after thanks - I do want to reuse all the functional Hobie bits and don't want to build from ply... the lines are certainly more modern than the Hobie but still quite dated compared to modern A's or F16's... There are plans for a "Blade F16" - which looks lovely but the tortchered ply method http://www.thebeachcats.com/pictures/?g2_itemId=11955 looks horrendous compared to building in foam strips... it's a hard road to find the perfect design - I guess I really want a slightly smaller Nacra 570 hulls...
  7. Hurts

    Hobie 16 refresh

    Ok thanks I might try him - I’m not actually too worried about the cost in money or time in building some new hulls - I’d just like to ensure they are an appropriate design and superior to the old ones.
  8. Hurts

    Hobie 16 refresh

    Thanks guys - Eric the tramp platform etc seems in reasonable condition but the hulls probably need more than just an epoxy injection- whoever sold it to me seems to have heard about the mast rake thing cos the current rake is incredible- it’s still pretty rubbish upwind. I quite fancy new hulls. the NACRA 5 is also a skeg keel but the 5.2 is a centreboard job. I’ve had a good look at a modern cat and can probably copy ones lines if required but I was wondering if someone had already done it. Is a swing centreboard with a slot etc actually better than a skeg? Marginally better I suspect but lots more to break? I really like the simplicity of not having boards - and enjoy hitting the beach at 15 knots... I’m a bit Leary of the trapeze- if I’m doing mods I’ll probaby add some racks - it’s more appropriate for men of our years .
  9. Hurts

    Hobie 16 refresh

    I bought a somewhat clapped out but still sail-able Hobie 16 (70's, 80's vintage) about 5 years ago for $1500. I initially wanted it for it's rig and sails for a Tri project but have moved on from that particular idea. I have been leaving it on the beach at Pauanui, mast up, between Labour day and Easter each year and sail on it with the kids on the estuary and have slowly fallen in love with it's speed, simplicity, toughness and general retro awesome-ness. It's perfect for the estuary as it can carry lots of kids and there are shoals and reefs everywhere which makes a centreboard a PITA. However it's still clapped out (has got worse generally) and some asshole undid it's tie down to a tree at some stage and it got blown around in a storm and had some tree roots poke through the side of it's hulls (which I temporarily repaired). I've bought it back to Auckland for a birthday - possibly a major one. The hulls are basically screwed (soft, patched, leaking - designed in the 60's) - While I have developed a respect/love for the 60's hulls things have moved on design wise. I'm thinking of making some new ones but to a more modern symmetrical design with a skeg- i'e like the Hobie getaway or Nacra 570. I've built a farrier so I know my way around glass and foam building but I'm wondering if there are some hull plans I can acquire/buy? There are crap loads of old H16's around and going cheap... Surely someone has thought of this before? I'm not concerned about resale value, class racing (though I would like to do the Matakana raid one year). It's just for mucking about and to give me something to amuse myself in the workshop for the long winter months.
  10. If you were building new and wanting to race in Auckland then a pretty safe bet would be to build another http://bobfishermarine.com/dirtydeeds.html - maybe getting Bob/Clive to give some pointers on some updates with what they have learnt over the years of racing it. The damn thing was impossible to beat (sailed well) once it could fly a hull, AND you can get insurance!
  11. Where r u guys racing them on the shore or down at wattle downs?
  12. +1 don’t give fun police more power. Freedom to take your own risks is one of the best things about NZ and we have other more important issues.
  13. A few trimarans here cant their rigs to windward - Vodaphone/Frank racing (the ORMA) seem the most dedicated practitioners... sailed a few times on F82 Sledge (need for speed/Predictwind) the effect between canting and non canting in gusts is quite remarkable - with canting you seem to lean less and accelerate much faster... but it is a lot more work on maneuvers...
  14. I’m chartering a sailing cat in Tonga for a week this winter, I kinda said I’d sailed randomly around Auckland for 40 years and they said “ok” - no mention of formal qualifications required...
  15. Hurts

    Tamaki River

    I’m with Native on this - you never want to go down this path
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