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Everything posted by Kestrahl

  1. We sailed out Davidson 35 from NZ to SE Asia, had a stack pack with lazy jacks which was great. Easier to reef and less effort to close up when your tired after a long passage, so less UV on the sail. Only hassle is the the battens going under the lazy jacks when hoisting, but that is the price you pay. After being based here and only racing twice a year, I removed the lazy jacks and went back to the normal cover. With the lazy bag the sail traps water and you need to hoist it often to dry it out, with the regular cover and open bottom its not an issue.
  2. You guys should get some local quotes, they are scratching for work with the Covid situation affecting exports. If you want cheap, there are options like Rick Royden if he is still around. Far East may get it right some of the time, but I've seen a lot of disasters and corner cutting here in Asia, then you annoy the local sailmaker when you ask him to fix it. Actually if you go sailing in Hong Kong, you would notice that UK Sails has the biggest market share locally there. At the end of the day you get what you pay for.
  3. I recall it was NZ on air or one of those websites some time ago, but can't find it with google. I was going to share it with some cruising friends who haven't seen it. I actually have a copy and could upload it to youtube, but then I mite get my account banned for copy write violation!
  4. Sailmakers use Acetone and MEK to clean polyester sails before packing. But It won't remove the glue from old sail numbers, at least not in a timely manner! We always just put talcum powder on them.
  5. Is there anywhere online this can be streamed ?
  6. Didn't Icebreaker (Kerr 40) have keel issues in the Noumea race a few years back, where they had to stop at Norfolk Island and get off.
  7. It is expensive... Maybe a little overpriced. Incidence and Elvstrom are the two biggest users and I think get the best deals on it. NZ sailmakers pay more due to the shipping, going though the local dealer etc. Most of the seconds grade hydra-net finds its way to NZ and Aus which makes it more affordable, but more likely your sail is going to lose its shape due to issues in the weaving/finishing.
  8. It is a German invention and they actually sell a lot of these in Europe for exorbitant prices. It just shows you what good marketing can do. Really its just a little more forgiving than a well designed regular spinnaker, if you don't mess the lines up. But doesn't do any greater wind angles, doesn't lift the bow, still needs a spinnaker pole on a mono-hull to be stable etc.
  9. Its an impossible question to answer as it depends on the conditions the sail ends up being used in. I did UV testing on different dacrons which had some interesting results, just from UV alone some dacrons these days would only do around 20,000 miles ( 65% daylight sailing, 35% night sailing ) in the tropics before they tear like tissue, and this is only from UV and not fluttering or actually using the sail sailing, so real life would be less. I suspect some companies are using yarns from China without any UV inhibitors. A good dacron sail should do at least 50,000, and Hydra-Net a lot more
  10. Bavaria 47? Be interesting to know what happened when it comes out.
  11. Kestrahl

    Wright 11

    Raced against and met the owners of Tuxedo Junction a few years ago in Tonga. This one was foam sandwich construction with rod rigging etc and very quick, with a very nice interior. The downside was they didn't have a very comfortable trip to Tonga, but then beat all the 50fters doing the local races - on line.
  12. Could be Alex Cuthbert he has been using the drone filming some of the yacht racing in Lyttelton
  13. Kestrahl


    Came across this https://www.yachtworld.com/boats/1974/custom-bruce-farr-masthead-sloop-3499621/?refSource=standard%20listing Almost giving it away.
  14. A wet sail on the grass lawn may become dirtier than when you started.
  15. Try vincewilliams@xtra.co.nz or Alex Bruce on facebook. I have a copy of the latest class rules. You can email me Phil@lytsails.co.nz P.S. our sail designs won almost every nationals in the last 10 years including the last one.
  16. There is also two Young 8.4s in Singapore. SF Two and can't remember the name of the other one. Both original with lifting wing keels.
  17. Pretty sure it was Ran Tan, back in its early Wellington Days, because two guys I know were on board delivering it at the time.
  18. Glad everyone is safely off. Must be seriously frightening when the keel starts letting go - at least they had some warning and it didn't just randomly drop while sailing. Didn't this boat have some serious keel issues before, the ram broke and the keel smashed though the side of the wet box off Gisborne or Napier.
  19. You really think they could come up with something better than this. Even the Europeans are crying that is a step down from the lemons they are used to in this size range.
  20. Its designed to look fashionable, and some of these European scale button Open 60's mite do okay but they defiantly aren't show stoppers. Delher 30 Displacment 2500KG, Gennkaer 85sqm Shaw 30 Displacement 1800KG (with crew) Gennaker 120sqm My money is on the Shaw, and its an offshore racer - Rob sailed it 2 handed around the north island
  21. I see Sniper is on trademe. This was supposed to be the quickest one. I thought it would be Cedar but Kauri and Ply in the ad, can't be that much lighter if at all.
  22. There is a 10.5 cheap compared to the one forsale in NZ. http://www.yoti.com.au/listing/elliott-10-5-high-anxiety
  23. The Aussies mostly sail under IRC and are buying newer boats, the Elliotts sail fast downwind but rate badly so they aren't worth much.
  24. If you have a light boat that will take off downwind and in the right conditions (a race entirely downwind in decent breeze) will win by a big margin - IRC seems to take this into account. So for windward/leeward or a course changing direction the fast downwind boat will get smacked on rating. A Ross 930 is 2.2 ton, a Farr 1020 is 3.7 ton so there it is.
  25. I've been up here in SE Asia for the last 3 or 4 years, and its all IRC, except for cruising division. There is no PHRF and generally no line honors prizes. In the 30-40ft range IRC is quite tough on light boats so some of the UK purpose designed IRC boats are pretty warped. Generally IRC suits boats that are fast upwind, so you design your boat heavy displacement style (but with most of the weight in the keel and no bulb) put a very tall rig on it and no runners and a non overlapper. You put the smallest upwind sails on you can get away with, and the biggest kite that will fit (but with a sho
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