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  1. A home made version of this? https://marine.wichard.com/rubrique-Captive_pin-0201110100000000-ME.html Any photo? /Martin
  2. This is very good reading of Slocum's book: https://librivox.org/sailing-alone-around-the-world-by-joshua-slocum/ /Martin
  3. Reminds me of the loss of Drum's keel during the Fastnet Race in 1985. /Martin
  4. Here in the Northern hemisphere it is time for maintenance. One of the items on my list is to re-sleeve the main halyard. It has an 8 mm Dyneema core and the sleeve is busted where it sits in the halyard clutch. The current sleeve extends 1.5 m above the clutch for reasons that do not apply any longer. Hence the question: How much sleeve is needed above the clutch? /Martin
  5. Does this help even if it is not the article you are looking for? http://www.boat-links.com/foils.html Added 11 h later: Why do you need flat-sided foils? Class rule? Beating my own drum (yes, about dagger boards but still true for rudder blades): http://hem.bredband.net/b262106/pages/daggers/index.html /Martin
  6. I know you live in a sunnier place than I do but still I think it should have lasted longer. What type of wood? Oak and epoxy for instance is non-trivial to make work in my experience. Then we have tho option of KISS. If swelling/shrinking with variations in humidity is not an issue for this tiller I would consider good old one-pot varnish. Yes, it will need to be re-done on a regular basis but it is not hard work. A cover will extend the service interval considerably. /Martin
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    American Magic

    Kelp harvesting? /Martin
  8. Only going dead down-wind so far. /Martin
  9. Yes, the Baltic Sea is known for not destroying old wrecks. The same goes for the Black Sea I understand which means there is a real possibility of finding ancient Greek mercant ships, Bysantine vessels... If you ever visit Stockholm this museum is a mandatory thing on yout to-do list: https://www.vasamuseet.se/en /Martin
  10. So what strings did you recommend to hold his rig up? /Martin
  11. A comparison I did when the Seacart 26 was new and my Tennant cat was almost 30 years old: There is not much difference in weight according to rating certs I have seen. The new boat is the heavier one... There was a Seacart 26 moored in my marina briefly but I never saw it sail and had no chance to compare pace. /Martin
  12. Depends on what you think /Martin
  13. MartinRF

    Window sealant

    Buthyl rubber sealant has work fine for me. Applied in 1986, still no leaks in 2019. I don't know what brand name but this looks right: https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?LH_CAds=&_ex_kw=&_fpos=&_fspt=1&_mPrRngCbx=1&_nkw=butyl+rubber+sealant&_sacat=&_sadis=&_sop=12&_udhi=&_udlo=&_fosrp=1 This stuff neither cures nor dries out. It is still soft and sticky. /Martin
  14. Teflon bonding anecdote from my distant past: Some electronic boards are made from Teflon and back in the late 1980s I needed to create a multilayer Tefon board. I used a product from 3M for this. It was thermoplastic bond film: Put a piece of it between the two Teflon bits you want to joint. Add pressure and increase temperature (no, I dont remember how much) and wait for a while (no, I don't remember for how long). It was pure magic. I did a test run and trying to pry the teflon parts apart I broke the teflon but not the bond. 3M sold this product and anything related to printed circuit boards to someone many years ago so there is no point in approaching them about this line of products. /Martin
  15. I hope the outer diamonds are fixed to the spreader tips. It is not unusual to overlook this important detail. It does not replace an inner forestay but is important anyway. The actual staying does not look overdone to me but there is a lot of other things adding clutter and drag. Lazyjacks, halyards etc, some of which will be out of the way when sailing. /Martin
  16. Somewhat related: Many years of marine biology research resulted in finding a substance that 'tells' barnacles "not here" without harming them (it is claimed). Now this substance is used in at least two brands of antifouling paint. The Danes have just started marketing their paint to the pleassure boating market -- at least here in Sweden. The substance they use is marketed by this company by the name Selektope: https://selektope.com/ /Martin
  17. Well, there is always that thing called fire... Happened to Swedish Seacart 30 some years ago and swimming for the shore wasn't an option. I don't remember what saved the crew but it was not a pleasant experience. /Martin
  18. So to sum up: No good. ? Myself thinks: * Why only 5 m BOA (I fly a hull in 10 knots of wind with me on the windward side)? * Will that centre beam really take the fore-stay load with low enough deflection? * Low, inverted bow profile is very 'modern' but also very impractical. * Surprisingly high weight estimate for being found in sales material. Maybe honest * That centre beam is designed with no intention to use it for sealing the foot of the sails. A missed opportunity. /Martin (living in Sweden so buying a 8.5 is not in the books and besides, I am still pretty happy with my old Spyder -- which does not rule out day dreaming/sketching in long winter evenings...)
  19. Tony Grainger: https://www.graingerdesigns.net/cats/livewire-28/ Thoughts? /Martin
  20. Must have been discontinued decades ago. Mine is 30+, maybe 40 years old and it is broken so don't ask me to send it. /Martin
  21. The interior looks positively palatial to me. /Martin
  22. Last year (I think) BBC did a documentary of the clubbing scene in Bristol (UK) with a focus on immigrants from the Caribbeans. Centre stage was taken by an establishment run by one Tony Bullimore. There was no mentioning of sailing but a little research later I found out it was the same Tony Bullimore. I sent the link to the article to an English friend who is really well connected in the world of sail racing and he replied: /Martin PS Carbon Tiger is a custom built Farrier 33 trimaran now sailing in Swedish waters. Back then she was in the south of England.
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