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  1. Sticky: Re: Suliere is now for Sale - St Francis 50 with huge spec

    Sorry to hear about the health problems Paul, best of luck with the sale.
  2. Thread: Sail GP in Sydney

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    Re: Sail GP in Sydney

    It was surprising to me at least, how quickly the Australian team recovered from the poor start in race 5. Against even Outridge, who was the favourite, pre race.

    And the 2 boat match race was a...
  3. Thread: Sail GP in Sydney

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    Re: Sail GP in Sydney

    Aussies really kicked arse! Even with a shocking start in race 5, giving away about a 20 second lead, they were back in front by the bottom gate!

    Surprising how much one team could dominate in a...
  4. Thread: Sail GP in Sydney

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    Re: Sail GP in Sydney

    Bit more breeze yesterday

    https://youtu.be/FAOP2svKJgg
  5. Thread: Sail GP in Sydney

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    Re: Sail GP in Sydney

    The boats are designed to sail at up to 50kts!

    They do have smaller wingsails and jibs for stronger breezes.
  6. Thread: Sail GP in Sydney

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    Sail GP in Sydney

    Races on Feb 15 and 16.

    Boats have been out practicing this week. Very light winds, 6 to 7 kts.

    https://youtu.be/SSod-aIETJg
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    Re: Bay Manufacturing Outboard Leg Extension Kits

    It's probably even more expensive in Australia....
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    Re: Bay Manufacturing Outboard Leg Extension Kits

    No experience with those kits, but the standard drive shaft and studs on outboards are usually stainless.
  9. Thread: Made it to Oz

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    Re: Made it to Oz

    If you want to dive on coral, it's not far from Bundy to Lady Musgrave and Lady Elliot islands.

    Further south there's still plenty of diving, wreck dives, diving with nurse sharks, stuff like...
  10. Thread: Made it to Oz

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    Re: Made it to Oz

    While in Bundy, if you need it, Kenco Bundaberg is a good place to get anchors and chains re galvanised.

    To sell your old engines, you could try Gumtree.
  11. Thread: Made it to Oz

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    Re: Made it to Oz

    What's your air draught? There's certainly much more clearance than signposted. The signs indicate clearance at the lowest point on a really hot day, with a large margin for flashover.

    In reality...
  12. Thread: Made it to Oz

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    Re: Made it to Oz

    Huon and Chesterfield are awesome! Would like to spend longer there.

    Are you doing all that work at Bundy?
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    Re: Bow beam for 50 foot cat

    Congrats Paul, she looks great! Very "Gunboat". Weight is pretty good. Might rise by a bit more than you estimate though, there's a fair bit in the mast sails, winches, grpund tackle etc.
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    Re: Lead Crystal Batteries in Australia

    If you weren't informed about this minimum charging requirement, and there's no mention in the literature, then I'd say you should be pushing for a refund, not replacement batteries. For any off...
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    Re: Lead Crystal Batteries in Australia

    Were you informed about this minimum charge rate requirement BEFORE you made the warranty claim? Is it mentioned in the battery specs?
  16. Thread: Synthetic rigging?

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    Re: Synthetic rigging?

    Also, correctly sized for stretch, synthetic rigging will be 2-3 times as strong as stainless steel, so even if it was chafed half way through, you're still in no real danger.
  17. Thread: Synthetic rigging?

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    Re: Synthetic rigging?

    But you could use the same type of plastic tube to protect the shrouds from chafe.

    I have plastic tube on my shrouds almost all the way to the top to prevent the shrouds from chafing the sail. The...
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    Re: Kelsall designs & KSS system

    Well, I built, and have been sailing and living aboard for 8 years now. I certainly couldn't have afforded to buy a similar boat.

    And we DO sail. When the production boats are motoring, we're...
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    Re: Suliere - will be up for sale soon

    Might be worth sailing over to Australia. Lots to see, and cat prices are pretty strong here.
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    Re: Website for Bob Oram Designs

    Should update this: Bob is once again designing boats.

    His new website:

    https://www.boboramdesign.com/
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    Re: Anchor upgrade for a 2015 Leopard 44

    I haven't said design doesn't matter. What I've said is that ULTIMATELY weight wins. You can keep adding weight to any shape, and holding power will increase. You can't keep adding design.

    A good...
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    Re: Anchor upgrade for a 2015 Leopard 44

    Reductio ad absurdum is a genuine mathematical proof. Simply saying something "is true" isn't.

    And funnily enough, you made my argument for me again. A 9 kg aluminum ball won't hold as well as a...
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    Re: Anchor upgrade for a 2015 Leopard 44

    Relative proportions don't matter. The comment was that design was more important than weight. But the fact is, if it's heavy enough ANY shape will work.

    Whereas if it's not heavy enough, even the...
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    Re: Anchor upgrade for a 2015 Leopard 44

    Funny, now you're making my point for me. Keep increasing the weight of the steel ball, and ultimately it will hold better than the rocna.
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    Re: Anchor upgrade for a 2015 Leopard 44

    And you use the lightest steel anchor of that design available, because design is more important than weight?
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    Re: Anchor upgrade for a 2015 Leopard 44

    What is your primary made of?

    We also have an aluminium anchor. For use as a stern anchor.
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    Re: Anchor upgrade for a 2015 Leopard 44

    Yep, only 2500+ nights at anchor, what would I know?

    Anyway, the salesmen have obviously got you convinced. A clever 10 kg anchor will outperform anything.

    Good luck with that.
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    Re: Anchor upgrade for a 2015 Leopard 44

    So your anchor is made of aluminum?
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    Re: Anchor upgrade for a 2015 Leopard 44

    Obviously, mentioning concrete had confused some people.

    I'll try again. The statement made was that design is more important than weight.

    A friend of mine used to make moorings from old train...
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    Re: Anchor upgrade for a 2015 Leopard 44

    So a 20 kg Manson will hold better than a 200 kg cqr? 400 kg?
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    Re: Anchor upgrade for a 2015 Leopard 44

    So you reckon a 20 kg manson supreme will hold where 2000 kg of concrete will drag?
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    Re: Anchor upgrade for a 2015 Leopard 44

    This should have quoted post number 8 here.

    What a load of rubbish. The logic that the weight of an anchor is more important is simply a recognition of a fact.

    Yes, a 10 kg third generation...
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    Re: Anchor upgrade for a 2015 Leopard 44

    No, I'm describing weight. A two tonne concrete block mooring will hold when anchors will drag, regardless of the shape.
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    Re: Anchor upgrade for a 2015 Leopard 44

    Ultimately, weight is more important. The best designed anchor in the world won't hold if it too small. Whereas a shapeless block of concrete will hold a boat in a hurricane if it's heavy enough.
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    Re: Assessing prices for older catamarans

    My old work used to sell company cars by tender. A friend wanted to buy one but was stressing about how much to offer. I suggested he offer a price he'd be happy to pay for that car. If it's the...
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    Re: Composite Chainplates.

    Yes, that's a pretty big chainplate! Mine are much smaller, there's probably about 10 mm of glass, and as you say huge margins of safety in that.
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    Re: Composite Chainplates.

    Can't seem to link to the photo. It's on this page:

    https://diy-yachts.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=1021&start=30
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    Re: Composite Chainplates.

    https://diy-yachts.com/forum/download/file.php?id=231&mode=view

    A well built and very strong fibreglass chainplate.
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    Re: Composite Chainplates.

    Sounds like your chainplates are massively overbuilt, which isn't such a bad thing. But in truth, they're still probably lighter than they would be if they were stainless steel. The same designer...
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    Re: Composite Chainplates.

    I'd say they'd be far less time consuming for the home builder than chasing around for heavy gauge stainless, cutting and drilling, getting nuts and bolts etc.....

    With composites, you only need...
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