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  1. I'm fairly sure Misty Clipper used to belong to a guy I knew. He really liked it, and it seemed to perform ok. From memory they were middle of the bunch of Whangarei keelboats. I know that they were kicking back relaxing on a stupidly windy Sail Rock race while we were white-knuckling it in Astro.
  2. Are the aft sides actually a concave section as they appear in some pics? or is that just optical illusion? I'd been thinking about ways to gain aerodynamic advantage, one obvious one is to angle the flat bottom down, thereby generating vertical "push", and I'd wondered about using hullform, since the apparent wind is always forward of the beam, either using concave sides, which could be angled to generate forward thrust, or perhaps tunnels through the hull, which could be optimised to whatever the designed apparent wind angle would be. I'd be quite interested to hear a bit more abo
  3. Late to the party as always, but here's my tiny spoke... Something you can take home to work on is very useful - as long as you have a big enough car, and big enough lawn. No antifoul or mooring costs either. One downside to trailer boats tho, is people can tell if you're out, so maybe not great if you live in a dodgy area. There is a small fleet (4-5 on average) of Noelex 22's racing in Auckland, presently at Manukau YMBC with the Hartley 16's and 12 foot skiffs. They're all heading to a Waikato duck pond this weekend, which is something you just can't do easily in a keelboat. Stil
  4. As a young R Class sailor I asked the same question, our rudder was transom mounted, some others were on frames. The answers varied, but generally the benefits were, in order... When twin wired downhill the angle between the tiller and the extension was wider, making for better control. The 'board and rudder are further apart, so a little less twitchy. There's less tiller in the boat, so more space when running to the other side. And that was it, really. All valid reasons, all from the '92 Leander in Lyttelton.
  5. As it happens, I'm looking for a Noelex crew tomorrow arvo. Details in Crew Find section.
  6. Looking for a passenger/ string puller for a there-and-back race (about 2-3hours) in the Noelex 22 tomorrow, Sunday 9/8/20. Start around midday. Weymouth Yacht Club, Manukau, out to the Airport area and back. Boat still being rebuilt, but floats and sails well.
  7. Wow, I guess it's been a while since I logged in here... If they're interested in learning a few things perhaps more suited to the Variant, Manukau YMBC, near Mangere Bridge, is where the Auckland Hartley 16s and Noelex 22 fleets sail. If you head over there on a sailing day, there's a pretty good chance of getting a ride. Alternatively, flick the Variant and buy a Noelex 22, then you can race "like for like", plus drag the boat to lakes etc, which opens up an entire different sailing universe. Not that I'm biased ;) but the noelex 22 is one of the best all-round boats out
  8. Chopper? Nah, this is my hovercar, even morphs into a small plane for avoiding traffic.
  9. Yep, they seem to be grunty lil' beasts. Obviously still running in, but just above idle had us going pretty quick. Started first pull, ran like a dream. Unrelated photo of a part of the Auckland Noelex 22 fleet taken yesterday arvo at Weymouth.
  10. Picked up the new Suzuki today. It literally can't be shoehorned in to place, there's no space for the horn. In the outboard well, there's about 2mm clearance for the gear lever, and that's with the motor hard up against the other side. I can see some more boat mods in the future.
  11. As it happens, fluid dynamics was one of the things I covered at uni, in a fairly rudimentary way. Not that it really bothers me, but my better half hates the steamroom effect.
  12. Great idea, that Perspex sheet. We have a shower over the bath with full length curtain, now wondering whether a temp curtain halfway along the bath and Perspex sheet could be utilised the same way. Project for next weekend maybe.
  13. Hey Chopper, I think we may be having this same conversation over on the Noelex FB page.
  14. Dunno, but I had to share it to Facebook regardless
  15. Yeah, fantastic boats. Still a massive following in Europe and Australia. That pic shows the Severn river on an abnormally calm day. Similar story... While the 'ball was being repaired, we hired the clubs GP14 for a windy race. Blowing 25-30, beating uphill on starboard and we slowly pull up alongside a Sun 2000, maybe 10 metres to windward of them. The next moment their prod hooks our forestay. They'd tacked right underneath us without looking, and impaled us. (Should I mention that the club commodore was on the helm??) We got flipped, and Gina was tangled up und
  16. Good spotting Greg. Well worth considering, as long as the warranty can be transferred. Yeah, short shaft in the well. Looks like the Suzuki gets the vote. Hopefully I can get down to Fink's later this week. And maybe I can even go shopping after Thursday 😀 And if I really push my luck, Sailing in the weekend!!
  17. Just found that Parsun now do a four stroke 6hp for $1750. The Suzi weighs in at 24kg dry, so not bad for a four stroke. P5.8 is 21kg, P6 is 27kg. All have integral fuel tanks, but agree, four stroke seems nicer.
  18. Ok, so I'm in need of a little outboard for the Noelex. Nztya rules state I need 5.5hp minimum for racing. The Parsun 5.8 two stroke is $1495, while the new generation Suzuki 6 four stroke is $1999. Favouring the Suzuki, as I've had lots of Suzie's in the past, but that $500 price difference is awfully tempting. Any thoughts as to the quality, performance etc?
  19. Ngaroto Sailing Club is committed to running a sprint series for trailer yachts mid November. Last year they held 18 races over two days, each race lasting around ten minutes The Auckland Noelex 22 fleet went last year, and really want to help grow the event. I believe they are hoping to invite the E5.9 and H16 fleets this year. Bring a tent, the onsite food and entertainment were great last year. Although it's only a 10 minute drive into Te Awamutu, if you really need Macca's. More details as they come to hand.
  20. Our aged glass fireball. This must've been very early on in our ownership, she had a lot of work done after this. Potentially very fast, but lack of resources held us back to club level. We also had a slightly newer timber one, which we drove the mast out the bottom of, during a particularly windy race. Still won the race tho.
  21. Wait, what? I didn't know the Hydra was big enough here for a Nationals. Cool boats tho.
  22. Yes, used the ridiculously over built existing rudder stock. Blade ended up being a bit thinner by design than the old one, hence requiring a little packing. Only 2-3mm total. Top end is majorly strong, so I can add thickness for experiments. Will make new stock one day, but not for this winter.
  23. I've built a new rudder blade for the Noelex. It's a kick up, rather than dagger type. Just wondering what is best for packing around the cheeks, so it can still swing up/down easily, yet doesn't flop around. Discs around 350mm diameter would be ideal, to prevent the control lines from slipping down the sides and getting stuck. I have previously used stiff mylar, PVC and similar things, happy to use same again but no idea where to find it these days. What would people recommend, and where would I get it? Also, does anyone know where to get thin (10mm ish) extruded
  24. I've been wondering the same thing. Left the deflated dink in the back of the car for a few days, pulled it out to find transom and handles coming unstuck. Oops.
  25. 1. Dragging the mid-rebuild Noelex to Lake Ngaroto for a trailer yacht sprint series, and it not sinking. 2. Anything. That was the only time I got near water all season.
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