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  1. #3346
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    Jan 2009
    Blaxland, Australia


    Some snaps showing the results of a few recent tweaks to the rigging.

    1. A sunny overview of Wood Duck's shiny new sail. I think that the boom is too far forward, will check with the designer

    2. Mainsheet block moved from end-of-boom beehole to the clew eyelet, per Mr Storer's instructions on the Open Goose website

    3. Playing about with the halyard arrangement at the top of the mast: halyard deadeye, halyard, yard block and yard. It looks as though I've threaded the halyard through on the wrong side of the deadeye here, and in use the yard probably wouldn't be as close to the deadeye as it is here. This is also, admittedly, a test run with the rig lying flat on the lawn

    4. Downhaul line running through lower shackle: better entry into the jam cleat, but will fray in use, so back to original lead and will search for roller clam-cleats. Apologies for the under-exposed snap

    5. Close-up of proto-preventer tie-off, using the free end of the too-long halyard

    6. Preventer (honker) installed, cut from overly long halyard

    7. Tangle of line in forward cockpit: red is halyard, blue is downhaul; lines are Spectra

    8. The sail was idly flapping from one side of the boat to the other in the almost imperceptible breeze - quietly gybing. The effect of the weight of the boom and yard on the heel of the boat was very noticeable at his angle. The boat was also trying to sail off the trailer even in the light air...

    9. Another view of tensioned yard. That new downhaul can really crank up the tension - as it is supposed to do

    10. Zoomed view of sail attachment at the masthead. I broke my rule of not using the digital zoom - and regretted it immediately. I'm not sure whether the halyard "tail" should pass on the outside of itself on the way down to the belaying cleat or not. But I think that it might be better not to

    Follow this link to my Flickr account

    I found a roller clamcleat here in Australia after quite a bit of searching - from a crowd called Monkeyfist. Just about ready to sail - a couple more things to polish off (that don't include installing a roller clamcleat), such as installing reefing gear. Actually, I think that's about it. Then no more excuses!

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  3. #3347
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    Jan 2009
    Blaxland, Australia


    Hello Sumbloak,

    Thank you for your comments. They weren't rainbow lorikeets, and were too small for king parrots (and not nearly enough red - actually any - on one of them). Not mallee ringnecks either - way out of range, and no yellow ring around neck, otherwise simlar, though.

    See at the bottom of this post for more remarks...

    Quote Originally Posted by Sumbloak View Post
    The green parrots are most likely rainbow lorikeets.

    I think you have this list backwards. Take her out for a spin in a lightish breeze. See what works and what doesn't.

    It's a very clever idea. It also doesn't have a snowball's chance in hell of working, for a range of reasons.

    Honestly, if you do decide to fix the bottom, the best option would be to simply strip the paint off and and stick something else on top of what's already there. If you want to stick more ply on top, the only realistic option would be vacuum bagging it. That would work a treat, but obviously would be a hassle to set up for one little job on an 8 foot boat.

    Other possibilities are:

    1/ Glue a butt block inside the bottom, over the dodgy bit. Easy, fast, cheap, and would probably be sufficient.

    2/ Go all techy and throw a layer of kevlar over the outside. Easy, fast, not nearly as cheap, but you'd only need a couple of metres, and would probably be sufficient.

    Do not, under any circumstances that even remotely involve a desire to retain what's left of your sanity, try to rout off the top two layers of the existing bottom and glue another sheet of ply on top without vacuum bagging it. If you attempt that stunt, this thread will rapidly extend to 400 pages and the extra pages will be composed of you grumbling and others commiserating. Trust me on this.
    The rigging things first - already done (see post above). The reefing tackle can be skipped if, as you say, I sail about in light wind.

    As for the bottom of the boat, vacum bagging is right out (as you say, one-off and too small), and the kevlar covering seems to be the best bet, BUT: I think that I will sail the boat until her bottom falls off, or, more realistically, until I have had a season or two of sailing her. Longer, if I avoid rocks and stick to sandy or muddy shores (mud would certainly stick to the boat).

    The thought of a 400-page thread is the stuff of seriously bad nightmares.

    Thank you once again for your comments.


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