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by MartinDreaming
Mar 15th, '19, 22:02
Forum: General
Topic: How many sailmakers are there in Australia?
Replies: 33
Views: 700

Re: How many sailmakers are there in Australia?

I don't know how they make Quantity Surveying a 4 year honours degree, but somehow they do and it's extremely unnecessary and quite annoying to boot. Not sure if the "it" of this sentence is the Quantity Surveying or the degree needed to do it with. But, I'll accept both in the category of "extreme...
by MartinDreaming
Feb 23rd, '19, 22:36
Forum: General
Topic: water ballast
Replies: 28
Views: 618

Re: water ballast

Martin: The 26 would be the one I'd like but it's heavy over width and expensive so... but thank you for the pointer. ... and the Cygnet 20 has water ballast, too. Made in Perth, and complies with max dimensions for a 'normal' trailer http://www.bwcy.com.au/pdf/Bluewater-Cygnet-20-Specifications-20...
by MartinDreaming
Feb 22nd, '19, 21:55
Forum: General
Topic: water ballast
Replies: 28
Views: 618

Re: water ballast

Swallow Yachts produce a new water-ballasted boat, or two.http://swallowyachts.com.
by MartinDreaming
Feb 18th, '19, 14:14
Forum: Performance & Modifications
Topic: Spinnaker on Austral 20
Replies: 3
Views: 160

Spinnaker on Austral 20

An experienced mate, Richard, joined me for a sail in Moreton Bay a few days ago, and we got the spinnaker up. This was the first time I have flown a spinnaker, and the good news is that the spinnaker and sheets look to be in good condition (probably because they are rarely used). I can now see why ...
by MartinDreaming
Feb 18th, '19, 13:48
Forum: General
Topic: Electronic Flares
Replies: 13
Views: 310

Re: Electronic Flares

Noelexian wrote:
Feb 18th, '19, 10:50
I can't imagine any electronic flare being able to produce copious amounts of orange smoke.
Maybe a variation on the e-cigarette? However, by the time you've found a way to electrically vapourise the "copious" amounts of orange smoke, you might as well have an incendiary device.
by MartinDreaming
Feb 11th, '19, 13:33
Forum: For Sale, or Swap, Barter etc
Topic: Noelex 25 For Sale
Replies: 18
Views: 534

Re: Noelex 25 For Sale

Interesting discussion on Councils and fines and drawbar mods (thanks for the links, Zeb) and whatnot, but does anyone have the answer to my question? Does the LOA include the rudder?
by MartinDreaming
Feb 10th, '19, 22:04
Forum: For Sale, or Swap, Barter etc
Topic: Noelex 25 For Sale
Replies: 18
Views: 534

Re: Noelex 25 For Sale

How often does this actually get policed though? One of my neighbours copped a several hundred dollar fine ($700 ?) for parking an "oversized" vehicle on the street overnight. What the family had done was to hook up the caravan to the car for an early morning start. Their intent was to not disturb ...
by MartinDreaming
Feb 10th, '19, 20:09
Forum: For Sale, or Swap, Barter etc
Topic: Noelex 25 For Sale
Replies: 18
Views: 534

Re: Noelex 25 For Sale

I'm curious. The specs say that the LOA is 7.77m (e.g. http://noelex.org.au/n25-layout/n25-specifications/ ). Does that include the rudder, or is it the length of the hull? The reason I ask is that the max length permitted to be parked on a residential street for over 1 hour is 7.5m. Legally, an LOA...
by MartinDreaming
Feb 8th, '19, 14:20
Forum: General
Topic: Creating a Cruising Trailer Sailer specifically for Grey Nomading
Replies: 136
Views: 2332

Re: Creating a Cruising Trailer Sailer specifically for Grey Nomading

I worked on a prototype electric vessel for cross Thames ferry use. Loads of batteries, and lovely and quiet in use. But it just didn't run long enough before voltage and power dropped off. More batteries installed, and another couple of hours running time. The problem was it took longer to shore c...
by MartinDreaming
Feb 3rd, '19, 19:32
Forum: Performance & Modifications
Topic: What would I lose or gain by changing my masthead rig to a gaff?
Replies: 34
Views: 586

Re: What would I lose or gain by changing my masthead rig to a gaff?

Martin, I hear what you say about your current rig limiting your ability to sail when and where you want to be. Thanks for your comments. Changing your Astral 20 to another rig will make it an orphan. The day you decide to sell an orphan yacht is the day you will realise the true cost of modificati...
by MartinDreaming
Feb 3rd, '19, 19:16
Forum: Performance & Modifications
Topic: What would I lose or gain by changing my masthead rig to a gaff?
Replies: 34
Views: 586

Re: What would I lose or gain by changing my masthead rig to a gaff?

Stepped the mast yesterday. It took about an hour. I didn't know shrouds could be so good at getting themselves snagged under companionway hatches. Anyway, I found one of the problems that has been making stepping difficult - there is a twist in the step. This also explains my failure to get a varia...
by MartinDreaming
Feb 3rd, '19, 19:05
Forum: Performance & Modifications
Topic: What would I lose or gain by changing my masthead rig to a gaff?
Replies: 34
Views: 586

Re: What would I lose or gain by changing my masthead rig to a gaff?

Martin did say the furler added considerably to the weight. Yes it does. Its not the numbers of kg, which are few; its the fact that they are distributed along an 8m pole that would make nasty crashing noises if it fell down. My furler has a drum and a foil, which are not heavy of themselves. The m...
by MartinDreaming
Feb 1st, '19, 13:54
Forum: Performance & Modifications
Topic: What would I lose or gain by changing my masthead rig to a gaff?
Replies: 34
Views: 586

Re: What would I lose or gain by changing my masthead rig to a gaff?

As usual I probably am missing something but here is my 2c worth... No, you haven't missed something. This is the kind of feedback I'm looking for. According to those pages you linked to your boat carries 17 sqm of sail about as much as a 14' cat sloop rigged and a lot less than a tornado. Cats som...
by MartinDreaming
Jan 30th, '19, 21:59
Forum: Performance & Modifications
Topic: What would I lose or gain by changing my masthead rig to a gaff?
Replies: 34
Views: 586

What would I lose or gain by changing my masthead rig to a gaff?

Its one of those "is it worth it" questions? My masthead rig is so heavy it needs an A frame to get up and down. Much of the weight belongs to the foresail furler, which has improved the sail-ability of the boat greatly. However, the time to raise and lower the mast puts a considerable constraint on...
by MartinDreaming
Jan 30th, '19, 13:54
Forum: General
Topic: Creating a Cruising Trailer Sailer specifically for Grey Nomading
Replies: 136
Views: 2332

Re: Creating a Cruising Trailer Sailer specifically for Grey Nomading

That cygnet 20 is a lovely thing and $50k is a decent price for a brand new shiny boat, but then you look at the 20ish foot boats you can get for say $10k... My thoughts, exactly. When I look at my A Frame, needed to raise my aluminium mast and furler, I envy the carbon mast, gaff rig and one-hand ...
by MartinDreaming
Jan 29th, '19, 14:10
Forum: General
Topic: Creating a Cruising Trailer Sailer specifically for Grey Nomading
Replies: 136
Views: 2332

Re: Creating a Cruising Trailer Sailer specifically for Grey Nomading

Why has there not been a Trailer Sailer designed and built since the late 80's?' There are a few new boats in production but, judging from the level of market awareness, the market is much smaller than it was. Australian trailer-sailers Cygnet 20 http://www.bwcy.com.au/bluewaterCygnet20.htm Scruffi...
by MartinDreaming
Jan 29th, '19, 14:02
Forum: General
Topic: Creating a Cruising Trailer Sailer specifically for Grey Nomading
Replies: 136
Views: 2332

Re: Creating a Cruising Trailer Sailer specifically for Grey Nomading

Graeme, count me in for a Nolex 30 towed by a truck. I had the pleasure of crewing on a Noelex 30 on Sunday. Very nice boat, designed to sail in Auckland in 10-15 knots. Came 3rd out of 17 on the around-Green-Island race (no spinnakers). However, as a trailer-sailer, it is a beast. Needs a 3-axle t...
by MartinDreaming
Jan 23rd, '19, 13:41
Forum: Trailer yachts
Topic: Cygnet 20
Replies: 0
Views: 114

Cygnet 20

[From the Gumtree Ad https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/outer-harbor/sail-boats/2019-cygnet-20/1200354972 ] 2019 Cygnet 20 Trailer Sailer Australia's first new trailerable design in over 20 years! Featuring cool retro design to offer, style and huge interior volume. Gaff rig to allow easy mast stepping...
by MartinDreaming
Jan 21st, '19, 13:52
Forum: General
Topic: Corsair 880 Tri
Replies: 3
Views: 193

Re: Corsair 880 Tri

How much?
by MartinDreaming
Jan 13th, '19, 18:01
Forum: General
Topic: Creating a Cruising Trailer Sailer specifically for Grey Nomading
Replies: 136
Views: 2332

Re: Creating a Cruising Trailer Sailer specifically for Grey Nomading

Grith I like your dreams, because I'm kind of dreaming the same thing. My Austral 20 is the first boat I have owned. I call it my "learner boat" and hope to upgrade in a couple of years. My thoughts seem as fickle as the weather, but I'm currently thinking along the following lines ... If I were to ...
by MartinDreaming
Jan 6th, '19, 19:29
Forum: Sabre 22 and 25
Topic: Sabre 22 mainsheet traveller location
Replies: 7
Views: 182

Re: Sabre 22 mainsheet traveller location

Nothing to do with Sabres and maybe I am clumsy but my shins have permanent dents from collisions with centre cockpit mounted travellers. Not just you. Dinged my shin on the traveller on Saturday. Painful. It seems the centre of the cockpit is the best location for trimming, but the worst location ...
by MartinDreaming
Jan 2nd, '19, 16:09
Forum: For Sale, or Swap, Barter etc
Topic: Spotted. TS's for sale on the net.
Replies: 13589
Views: 1058228

Re: Spotted. TS's for sale on the net.

8 metre cat - $59,000 neg. - Burleigh Heads QLD No information and one poor image. Looks to be a painted trailer. https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/burleigh-heads/sail-boats/sailing-catamaran/1205423312 I think that's the wizzer and I think the previous ad was north somewhere not on the gold coast. M...
by MartinDreaming
Dec 30th, '18, 21:43
Forum: General
Topic: SUNBIRD 25 STUCK UP SWING KEEL
Replies: 35
Views: 993

Re: SUNBIRD 25 STUCK UP SWING KEEL

This observation confirms my suspicion that swing (or drop) keels should not be left in the water. They should be left on the trailer. In the water, they are vulnerable to rust or fouling, either of which will jam the keel. Because the keels are designed to fit snugly into the keel boxes, it is prac...
by MartinDreaming
Dec 30th, '18, 13:12
Forum: General
Topic: SUNBIRD 25 STUCK UP SWING KEEL
Replies: 35
Views: 993

Re: SUNBIRD 25 STUCK UP SWING KEEL

Not a Sunbird, but stuck swing keel http://theboattinkerer.blogspot.com/201 ... -rust.html
by MartinDreaming
Dec 25th, '18, 17:44
Forum: SUNMAID & SUNBIRD
Topic: 6.2kts speed record for me (with the keel up)
Replies: 10
Views: 298

Re: 6.2kts speed record for me (with the keel up)

Considered writing a post here about theoretical hull speed, but wrote up up as a blog instead ...https://theboattinkerer.blogspot.com/20 ... speed.html

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