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    Rudder

    Lovin the sexy shape, it's far flasher than my basic rectangle. I just staked a couple of other boats and we have similar but I think mines quite chunky. I have some measurements to play with tonite.
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    Rudder

    I have to build a new one. While I am seriously tempted to take a mold off the old one as it is a very chatty blade does anyone know of anything new, interesting, in R&D or of interest for someone looking at that specific subject?
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    SSANZ 100

    Good reports and videos, Thanks all.
  4. How did she finish up in the end? What's next for her?
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    KZ3 & KZ5

    Mine have less than that unless it has something to do with shoes, clothes, food or vampires.
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    KZ3 & KZ5

    They can't have been that bad, more watched them go around the track than the AC gets these days. The racing was far more spectacular and unpredictable than it is today which is probably why.
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    SSANZ 100

    Off to carbon now Ptown? Maybe see Rafferties Rules and go in for a Ross boat bulk discount
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    KZ3 & KZ5

    They certainly are majestic vessels. The AC lost a lot when they swapped from majestic to the iPopcorn beach cats they use now.
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    anchor chain twist

    That's the key right there Once you swap to the 8 braid I'm expecting your problem will cease. I expected you'd know even if you didn't know you knew or maybe only suspected you knew you'd know. Simple really We see a lot of old rope but more often new ropes gone bad issues like that. It's all about 2 things, one being age as yours sounds like, we all get a bit harder and crustier with the passage of time, so do ropes. With the new ropes it's all the second thing, thermal stability. Back in the day, not terribly long ago, we only had ropes with lots of TS but today we are seeing
  10. You haven't seen the speed I go at, I'm like a turbine under Lake Manapori but I'd go with you're right and it's just crap spelling.
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    anchor chain twist

    I seriously doubt its the anchor, I wouldn't go there until you eliminate many other things first. Sounds unusual but like a rope issue. You using a winch or capstan? This question applies to the current issue plus your comment about going to the mulitplait. Swivels are fine as long as you buy a decent one. One on the market that's been race rallied and rolled yet still won't break under 4,000kg, which is a load higher than any non first world country made chains will get to. But the swivel is on the other end away from your twist so it wouldn't do bugger all anyway.
  12. Another one. Being a tad humid the powers can get a bit clumpy at times. So I scored one of these old school things. No idea what they are called bar maybe a 'Sifter'. The idea being you chuck flour or whatever in the top and pull the handle leading to the star like gizmo spinning around in the bottom so only nice fine un-clumpy powers fall into your resin. Makes it far faster easier and smoother mix. The balls of power left can very easily squished with your finger and then put thru the gizmo so no waste. I know these things are the realm of extreme bakers and Grandmothers but I did f
  13. Depends on how you do it and the time you have. One side at a time is lighter And if you make panels then cut your own you can pop out to the shed Monday morning for a quick anchor locker hatch build to find a handy offcut sitting there. Not that I'm being super fussy but I do like my new hatch at 405 grams as it 10 times gruntier than the 665 gram one it replaced. I just re-read that and thought 'You anal bastard' Dyneema hinging utilised on this hatch as well.
  14. Looking good, that's nice to see.
  15. No lifelines, no instruments, no dyneema, no self tailers, no carbon, no just about everything. You gotta love that
  16. I've come to the conclusion that if you are going to No8 some of this vacuum bagging it's better to use shade cloth than wind break cloth. Better still would be the real McCoy. When sucking firmish the wet laminate is held down pretty damn firmly so anything on to of it can easily leave an imprint. Some panels have a mark where the suck hose was sitting on them, you'd have to have them pointed to you but they are there. I was using shade cloth as the air bleed layer, the layer that allows the trapped air to get to where the suck is happening so you get a even suck across the whole area you
  17. That seriously injured comment paints a potentially nasty aspect, that's just not nice. But as IT says he went out on the job and a job he liked doing by the looks, that's about the only nice angle to it all.
  18. I know one like this has come up here before but I don't think it was this particular one. I do like this one as it has wind, clouds, wetness, temp and more and with the ability to look at sea level and at higher altitudes. Lots of pretty colours as well. https://www.windyty.com/?-35.066,160.488,4 Just got sent it by an Aussie lurker, who would have imagined one could be so handy
  19. We have in the past glassed/taped/whatever as much as we could them carefully skimmed the top of the staples off leaving just the legs, which can often hold a fair amount of pressure. Then glassed quickish the rest. Once cured lift the whole thing off the mold and spend a bit of time pulling the staple legs out. Some will pull thru the ply and some will stay in the ply. Generally the holes left are that small the resin when glassing fills them up fine.
  20. Sure is and I like the way they fitted their smoke alarm. It shows someone cares .... or the OSH inspector was due soon ;D Oh how I wish I was doing the final fairing on mine. FLC, I have stray mast bits and so on drifting around if you get caught short or are looking for something. Just drop a note and I'll see if I can help.
  21. Yeap super boats do. I'd never recommend you change to a drum winch, I wouldn't with the vast majority of yachts but in some cases there is a place for them and they would fit it well.
  22. The team at CF are becoming more insular by the day but when you think its still 1980, as many there seem to do, so stuff like that's gonna happen. The amount of chain used is dropping when you look at 'the average length used per boat' but that's purely due to winch technology, nothing else. Chain will never go away as it has properties you need in a anchor system rope just can't simulate. No one thinks otherwise, or no one with a brain whose been to sea does. The decrease in lengths is due to New Zealand, specifically Maxwell winches and them getting the auto rope to chain (R2C) winch in
  23. It would depend on how tortured the ply is I'd expect. If it's under no stress it probably won't move once the seems are taped. Have you thought about tacking the underside to the frame with hot melt glue before taking the staples out?
  24. Chuck it all out there fella, that's what we're here for. Correct'ish' on the chain. It can be a arse but it can also work fine, just as a pile is on a 50ft yacht with a newly fitted drum winch currently is. Correct the weight would be nicer lower but not everyone has the space to allow that to happen. Just so happens one change to my bow allowed me to drop my locker floor lower. One commercial boat used/owned by an Olympic yacthie, a gold medal winner no less, has 60mts of 20mm chain on it's drum in front of 100mts of wire, not many use fibre ropes. His other boat has similar. The dru
  25. That's right IT but it's allowed for in the specs. These things aren't new and if you suss you'll see many on commercial vessels, some being 40-50 years old. In Aussie they are as common as flys... errr nearly and there are 100's in use in NZ. But recently they have gained more prominence in NZ due to all the banjo players selling them in Aussie trying to expand their markets. And I do mean banjo players. I'm getting copied in on a email shite fight between 2 mobs with threats to stick wombats up peoples bums, chain cars to lampposts, get lawyers in and all sorts of red neck goings on over
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