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by IanB
Sep 5th, '18, 17:18
Forum: General
Topic: Is Trailer Sailing Dead?
Replies: 142
Views: 7749

Re: Is Trailer Sailing Dead?

I have had my 1995 Subaru Liberty from new, and it has done relativley low km. However I much prefer to drive my little Daihatsu Sirion around town, as 90% of the time it is just me, and with the back seat down, the load capacity for groceries or gear is great. Was going to sell it, but was forced t...
by IanB
Sep 3rd, '18, 16:17
Forum: General
Topic: Is Trailer Sailing Dead?
Replies: 142
Views: 7749

Re: Is Trailer Sailing Dead?

Cygnet looks like a yacht made for a mooring for an old man. Sadly most 20 foot trailer sailers made 30 years ago would sail circles around the Cygnet. While I applaud outboardin the well, tilting it would have reduced drag. Then the gaff rig, making it from carbon leaves it still hopelessly ineffi...
by IanB
Jul 31st, '18, 20:14
Forum: General
Topic: First outing in I563 "Tricksy"
Replies: 19
Views: 1359

Re: First outing in I563 "Tricksy"

More messing around to run line through hanks, and more potential friction. A little bit of tension keeps it under control.
by IanB
Jul 31st, '18, 17:08
Forum: General
Topic: First outing in I563 "Tricksy"
Replies: 19
Views: 1359

Re: First outing in I563 "Tricksy"

Snap hook clip downhaul line on forestay above the the hank below the halliard. (Not the top one) Line not threaded though any hanks. Line comes down to a small pulley on the toerail, and back to the cockpit to a cleat. Works fine. Only problem is tangles in the downhaul line when i hoist, but i hav...
by IanB
Jul 31st, '18, 16:56
Forum: General
Topic: Spreader question?
Replies: 22
Views: 846

Re: Spreader question?

Do you have lowers and cap shrouds? The standard Investigator 563 rig is the diamond stay bracing the mast, and only two shrouds. Small spreaders. I am not clear which of your wires broke. Can you post a photo?
by IanB
Feb 3rd, '18, 18:06
Forum: General
Topic: I love my Sabre, but sometimes I miss my Boomerang......
Replies: 32
Views: 2100

Re: I love my Sabre, but sometimes I miss my Boomerang......

... I found that the most common cause of weather helm was the swing rudder not being in the fully down position... A poorly balanced rudder does not cause weather helm; it simply makes the helm very heavy and makes a little bit of weather helm feel like far more. I agree with that, but thinking ab...
by IanB
Nov 13th, '17, 17:32
Forum: General
Topic: Yamaha 4HP 4 stroke LS?
Replies: 22
Views: 1803

Re: Yamaha 4HP 4 stroke LS?

I'm sorry about that. Almost certainly my fault. Sorry Moto Guzzi, You cant claim all the credit. I think it was me with my possible explanation for why Long Shaft 4hp motors are not available in NSW. However, back to the OP, IMHO if the 4hp has not got an external tank, I would forget it. Trying t...
by IanB
Nov 10th, '17, 10:40
Forum: General
Topic: Yamaha 4HP 4 stroke LS?
Replies: 22
Views: 1803

Re: Yamaha 4HP 4 stroke LS?

I guess the situation in Queensland for 4hp motors is different, due to the distortion of the market caused by 4hp being the maximum you can use before needing registration.
by IanB
Nov 9th, '17, 20:41
Forum: General
Topic: Adding a bowsprit to a Cal 14-impact on handling - lee helm?
Replies: 41
Views: 3353

Re: Adding a bowsprit to a Cal 14-impact on handling - lee h

The comment regarding the sail effect moving aft, is when there is a strong gust, causing the heeling. In light wind conditions this effect is negligible, and the hull shape takes charge.
by IanB
Nov 9th, '17, 15:15
Forum: General
Topic: Adding a bowsprit to a Cal 14-impact on handling - lee helm?
Replies: 41
Views: 3353

Re: Adding a bowsprit to a Cal 14-impact on handling - lee h

Oh, and BTW, IMHO the weather helm when a sailboat heels far, is more an effect of the centre of pressure of the sails moving aft, than the change of hull underwater shape of the hull.
by IanB
Nov 9th, '17, 15:11
Forum: General
Topic: Adding a bowsprit to a Cal 14-impact on handling - lee helm?
Replies: 41
Views: 3353

Re: Adding a bowsprit to a Cal 14-impact on handling - lee h

Mel,
Forget the bowsprit, add a bumkin on the stern. Good place to fly your ensign. Dont know if the Cal has a backstay, but you could make one pretty easily to fit on the bumkin.

With the bumkin you have no need to play around with the sails, and there is no change to sail balance.
by IanB
Nov 9th, '17, 14:51
Forum: General
Topic: Yamaha 4HP 4 stroke LS?
Replies: 22
Views: 1803

Re: Yamaha 4HP 4 stroke LS?

Peter, Welcome back to the Investigator 563 fold. I doubt the 4hp would be long shaft. In my research, long shafts and low pitch props seem to start at 5hp for most makes. A 5hp long shaft is pretty ideal for the Investigator. My new 6hp extra long shaft rarely needs to go above just above idle spee...
by IanB
Sep 20th, '17, 10:30
Forum: General
Topic: Salty water entering bilge in Hood 23 Sailing Boat
Replies: 4
Views: 617

Re: Salty water entering bilge in Hood 23 Sailing Boat

With swing keels the two prime suspects for leaks are the pivot point, and the forward edge of the box which might sustain an impact from an accidental drop of the keel.
If you can beg or borrow a trailer to inspect it would be an economical way to solve the problem.
by IanB
Jun 14th, '17, 11:43
Forum: General
Topic: Inspecting a potential purchase
Replies: 21
Views: 2612

Re: Inspecting a potential purchase

Getting a trailer registered in NSW is a pain. Has to go over the R&M pits, and everything has to be perfect. Allow at least a full day. Also, some older trailers did not have brakes, but need brakes with todays regs. A neglected boat is only a good deal if you have lots of spare time, and enjoy the...
by IanB
May 11th, '17, 13:52
Forum: General
Topic: extra long shaft outboard...
Replies: 7
Views: 1222

Re: extra long shaft outboard...

Not long ago I bought a brand new 3.5hp Tohatsu long shaft 20'. After we been using it for a while I learned you can get a longer shaft (25') but not in a small motor I like. The smallest I could find was a 6hp Tohatsu. I carry my motor on the front of the trailer so weight is a bit important. My t...
by IanB
Mar 23rd, '17, 18:09
Forum: General
Topic: Visiting Lakes Entrance in VIC
Replies: 14
Views: 1537

Re: Visiting Lakes Entrance in VIC

So Reiner, which of your fleet of boats are you towing around the country? And what decides the choice?
by IanB
Feb 27th, '17, 16:26
Forum: General
Topic: Sunmaid 20 sail number 76 ... I'm back
Replies: 12
Views: 1261

Re: Sunmaid 20 sail number 76 ... I'm back

Welcome back Robert. Good to see you have bought what is in essence a larger version of the Investigator 563! Enjoy her, and fair winds.
by IanB
Feb 20th, '17, 21:17
Forum: General
Topic: How to get into an inflatable dinghy if you are over 50.
Replies: 10
Views: 1047

Re: How to get into an inflatable dinghy if you are over 50.

Cooper wrote:Don't think that you have to be female. :lol:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=liymmoy1nNc

Coops.
Yes, I think you do need to have the female shape. The (lovely) female hips help get the centre of gravity over the boat, and tip her in.
by IanB
Feb 19th, '17, 14:24
Forum: General
Topic: The abstract sailor...
Replies: 47
Views: 3741

Re: The abstract sailor...

Mel, I think you should go back to square 1. Get a Redjacket with a trailer, but but put it on a mooring. That way you can go sailing without worrying about raising the mast, and you have the trailer for easy slipping, and minimal cost. Hopefully moorings are possible in your sailing area. Dinghy ca...
by IanB
Jan 16th, '17, 20:02
Forum: General
Topic: hawkesbury tides
Replies: 5
Views: 699

Re: hawkesbury tides

There is a lot of weed-sea grass on the Pittwater side of Palm Beach. The anchor does not hold and the greanies hate you wrecking the seagrass. Guess beaching is the best option if you can.
by IanB
Jan 10th, '17, 20:42
Forum: General
Topic: Still looking to buy 18 footer in Victoria ...
Replies: 11
Views: 1676

Re: Still looking to buy 18 footer in Victoria ...

Yacht Hub has an Investigator 563 in Hastings Vic, and another in Batemans Bay. Bit of a drive but was owned by a keen offshore sailor, and has a good fit-out.
by IanB
Jan 1st, '17, 10:55
Forum: General
Topic: Investigator 563 vs Hartley 16 vs Botterill 16
Replies: 10
Views: 2204

Re: Investigator 563 vs Hartley 16 vs Botterill 16

OK, I am biased. I had a Mk1 Careel, and my name on their web site was "Keelenvy". The Mk1s are big dinghys, with safety factors to match. I sold the Careel and bought an Investigator 563. As others have said, the Investigater is a mini-keelboat, able to look after you when you stuff up. I no longer...
by IanB
Dec 6th, '16, 10:49
Forum: General
Topic: Is this the toaster?
Replies: 20
Views: 1152

Re: Is this the toaster?

Yes, it works great. Plus, I added a reflector and converted mine to alternative use as a radiant cabin heater, which also works well:
http://www.trailersailerplace.com.au/ph ... f=2&t=8275
by IanB
Dec 1st, '16, 19:27
Forum: General
Topic: Jib downhall
Replies: 26
Views: 1050

Re: Jib downhall

I find the downhaul works best if I clip it onto the forestay above the second hank and not the top one.
by IanB
Dec 1st, '16, 19:12
Forum: General
Topic: xxl long shaft motor?
Replies: 50
Views: 3406

Re: xxl long shaft motor?

OK- 6 hp 4 stroke Sailpro measures 70 cm =27.55 inches. Its long!

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