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by Smooth Cruiser
Sat Mar 29, 2014 12:41 pm
Forum: Upcoming Sail-aways
Topic: 2014 Brisbane to Gladstone Race - 50th Anniversary
Replies: 4
Views: 26969

2014 Brisbane to Gladstone Race - 50th Anniversary

I thought it was worth throwing a post up here about this years Brisbane to Gladstone Multihull race. With just under three weeks to go everyone is making their final preparations for what is shaping up to be a great event. 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the multihull race so there has been a bi...
by Smooth Cruiser
Fri Mar 28, 2014 2:52 pm
Forum: The Odd Spot - When it doesn't fit below
Topic: Anchor Chain
Replies: 7
Views: 11497

Re: Anchor Chain

I use 50m of 10mm short link chain on my 44' cat. This to me is appropriate for cruising - I certainly haven't felt the need for more chain even in deep spots, where I use rope to just above the sea floor letting me keep close to the full 50m of chain lying on the bottom. I wouldn't recommend stainl...
by Smooth Cruiser
Tue Mar 11, 2014 1:48 pm
Forum: Rigging and Sails
Topic: Anyone built a carbon mast?
Replies: 5
Views: 9164

Re: Anyone built a carbon mast?

I haven't - and the only thing that I would say is that there is a very fine balance when building a carbon mast between under-engineering and the mast being too weak, and over-engineering losing the weight advantage that carbon has. A mast for an Easy is pretty light to start with so the benefits o...
by Smooth Cruiser
Tue Feb 25, 2014 10:28 am
Forum: The Odd Spot - When it doesn't fit below
Topic: Sail vs Power
Replies: 15
Views: 17632

Re: Sail vs Power

This thread has probably just about sailed (or motored) it's course! Some good points have been made in favour of both types of cruising and I hope that along the way the thread participants have taken the time to read and think about these good points - to quote Stephen Covey - "Most people do not ...
by Smooth Cruiser
Tue Feb 25, 2014 10:17 am
Forum: Sailing Techniques
Topic: Do You Tweak?
Replies: 12
Views: 15941

Re: Do You Tweak?

That's a straightforward arrangement. I still like to use an extra line for the tweaker though and leave the sheet in its normal position - the tow sheets on the clew gives really good control of exactly where you want it to be and having two sheets lets you always take the strain while fastening or...
by Smooth Cruiser
Fri Feb 21, 2014 12:39 pm
Forum: Multi-hull Builds
Topic: BIPOLAR
Replies: 140
Views: 114151

Re: BIPOLAR

Good to see it working so well for you michaelo! There's always going to be teething issues with a relatively untried (at this scale) rig like this but it is great to see the performance figures and the potential - really makes one think! mahnamahna - I bet you start tweaking when you are sailing al...
by Smooth Cruiser
Wed Feb 19, 2014 10:27 am
Forum: Rigging and Sails
Topic: Spinnaker prodder
Replies: 6
Views: 11276

Re: Spinnaker prodder

Also - when you say you like the thought of furling the kite from the cockpit, keep in mind that top down furling spinnakers can be problematic at times and aren't necessarily the silver bullet for short handed sailing that they may appear. I have been using one for over a year now and still occasio...
by Smooth Cruiser
Thu Feb 13, 2014 1:32 pm
Forum: Rigging and Sails
Topic: Spinnaker prodder
Replies: 6
Views: 11276

Re: Spinnaker prodder

There is an Easy in Mackay which has a small prodder for a screacher. It is doable but don't underestimate the loads involved once you start putting the required amount of tension on the luff of the sail. The prodder will need wires down to the bows to support the uplift forces. Keep in mind as well...
by Smooth Cruiser
Mon Feb 03, 2014 2:37 pm
Forum: Multi-hull Builds
Topic: Not a build, a partial rebuild...
Replies: 28
Views: 25827

Re: Not a build, a partial rebuild...

Coming along nicely!
by Smooth Cruiser
Tue Oct 15, 2013 1:04 pm
Forum: Sailing Techniques
Topic: Do You Tweak?
Replies: 12
Views: 15941

Re: Do You Tweak?

I do that almost always going downwind for the same reasons - gives a much better shape through the full height of the sail and prevents backwinding (mine is a self tacker so if it backwinds it crashes backwards and forwards across the track which is annoying to say the least. I do it when two saili...