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by terrulian
Mon Mar 09, 2020 5:59 pm
Forum: Sail Boats
Topic: DIY Windvane Steering
Replies: 21
Views: 1001

Re: DIY Windvane Steering

The problem is not going to be resolved by a short-term test. Practical Sailor's tests are about as clever as you can get but I don't trust them. How are you going to test something that has to work 24 hours a day for three weeks or more in a wide variety of wind speeds and directions, and from 1-2 ...
by terrulian
Mon Mar 09, 2020 2:58 pm
Forum: Builder's Sail Boats
Topic: AD16 Myrtle Beach
Replies: 1795
Views: 110600

Re: AD16 Myrtle Beach

What Jeff said. :D
by terrulian
Sun Mar 08, 2020 10:00 am
Forum: Sail Boats
Topic: DIY Windvane Steering
Replies: 21
Views: 1001

Re: DIY Windvane Steering

It is not as easy to construct sea-proof gear as one would like. That strikes me as being kind of an odd comment coming from a boat builder It is not uncommon for reputable professionals to design gear that is undone by the sea. For example, our roller furling system made by Hood had parts that wer...
by terrulian
Sat Mar 07, 2020 12:44 pm
Forum: Sail Boats
Topic: DIY Windvane Steering
Replies: 21
Views: 1001

Re: DIY Windvane Steering

Blondie Hasler is the guy I remember coming up with the trim-tab design, which I believe was the first. Slocum had a system involving the jib sheet as I recall, of course much earlier. I'm not questioning the design, just the construction. Don't know if I'd trust my own construction over one that ha...
by terrulian
Sat Mar 07, 2020 11:06 am
Forum: Sail Boats
Topic: DIY Windvane Steering
Replies: 21
Views: 1001

Re: DIY Windvane Steering

This guy is the bizness...thanks, netpackrat. We used a Monitor which we had to rebuild a couple of times, and it failed in the middle of the Atlantic in a way that could not be jury-rigged. Of course it had a lot of miles on it by then. Not sure what I'd choose if I did this again. I would probably...
by terrulian
Wed Mar 04, 2020 8:49 pm
Forum: Anything else and for sale. . .
Topic: Wrecked Catamaran Post Mortem Video
Replies: 17
Views: 441

Re: Wrecked Catamaran Post Mortem Video

Two people will of course mean more water, so 40 gallons for forty days, survival . I would call that minimum. Don will have all this stuff sorted but of course you will have to sort yourself out and figure out how to sleep. Certainly an interesting plan and I'll be following your progress if you de...
by terrulian
Wed Mar 04, 2020 8:10 pm
Forum: Anything else and for sale. . .
Topic: Wrecked Catamaran Post Mortem Video
Replies: 17
Views: 441

Re: Wrecked Catamaran Post Mortem Video

If you're serious about this, and I'm not telling you anything you don't know, you need at least one or two shake-down cruises. I imagine this will be required by the race organizers. Say, 100 miles offshore and back by yourself. You will need an emergency rudder and self-steering. There is no inboa...
by terrulian
Wed Mar 04, 2020 7:37 pm
Forum: Anything else and for sale. . .
Topic: Wrecked Catamaran Post Mortem Video
Replies: 17
Views: 441

Re: Wrecked Catamaran Post Mortem Video

Oh, yikes. McIntyre. I was reading his Bligh Blog and got...blogged down. But I assume he made it.
Crossing an ocean in that baby is for a real man, and I ain't it. Let's see how he does on the solo Transat.
by terrulian
Wed Mar 04, 2020 5:17 pm
Forum: Anything else and for sale. . .
Topic: Wrecked Catamaran Post Mortem Video
Replies: 17
Views: 441

Re: Wrecked Catamaran Post Mortem Video

What's a 580?
I loved dinghy racing because it gives you practice in very quick analysis and response to right-of-way and boat handling issues. Also, on San Francisco Bay in a breeze it will tear you a new one.
by terrulian
Wed Mar 04, 2020 3:32 pm
Forum: Anything else and for sale. . .
Topic: Wrecked Catamaran Post Mortem Video
Replies: 17
Views: 441

Re: Wrecked Catamaran Post Mortem Video

It takes a special kind of fruitcake to say "multihulls are bad bad bad!" As much as I desire the title of fruitcake, I will resist saying that but they are generally way too expensive and I never considered one. A friend sailed on his buddy's from New Zealand to Hawaii, and said that the waves pou...