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    Yeah, I've got to repair that door. One day. Soon.


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    Quote Originally Posted by john welsford View Post
    The downwind issue, and anyone who's sailed a laser or any boat with a big sail on an unstayed mast will know, is that when getting a bit overpowered downwind, you dare not let the sail out any further, as it will quite likely roll the boat over to windward. The way to handle that is to gently bring the boat around to beam on, then ease the sail letting it swing forward as you bear way, that enables you to run downwind in severe conditions with the sail flagged out over the bow when you've not had time to reef it. Thats assuming that your mainsheet is long enough. Check that.

    That aly tube size will work, but you need "T6" grade aly rather than the softer "T5".

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    The mast is in and ready for a re-test but I'm confined to barracks for a few days with domestic stuff. So I have started mocking up bits to construct the next piece of the jigsaw puzzle.




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    The uprights of the device are stainless steel channel bolted to the transom. They terminate a little bit above the waterline. I'm trying to think of a simple, light and possibly elegant way of incorporating a boarding ladder, step or sling. Open to ideas.

    Oh yes, the 'device' is intended to support the vane and mechanism for a simplistic self steering wind vane.


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    You'll need at least 3 layers of tape with the vane Bruce.
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    Great work Bruce , I sense an ocean going tramway is imminent

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    Looks like tiny davits for a 2'6" dinghy. Cool.

    For steps, look for inspiration at the cross bar behind the cab of a ute. Little folding up thing to stop loads sliding off. You could have some sort of pin or channel or something which flips down out of the channel on the transom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil C View Post
    Great work Bruce , I sense an ocean going tramway is imminent
    You're a mind reader I think the stainless parts came from a bus, and that's near enough to a tramway in my book.

    In case it doesn't work well enough I've got a swinging kayak rudder that can be linked in to provide power augmentation to the pullums. I am brimming with (possibly false) confidence that my formula 1 vane enhancer will be sufficient. My much admired nephew Matt has taken delivery of a 3D printer so I can't wait to see what sort of device can be manufactured for the axis/head bit.
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    I had a chat today with a well known Tasmanian wooden boat sailor and made the mistake of jokingly suggesting I might have to sail Romana over to Tassie so we can catch up. After we'd talked about a kayaking group that does that trip semi-regularly, weather, routes, distances etc I'm half inclined to put it on the table and do a few feasibility scenarios.


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    I find that once I get something like that in my head I tend to get a bit obsessive about it, to the point where it must be done, regardless. It might be better to get a few sea miles under her keel before you let that particular seed grow too much. It may well be doable. Or it may not. But it's hard to make rational decisions once the obsession sets in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil Y View Post
    I find that once I get something like that in my head I tend to get a bit obsessive about it, to the point where it must be done, regardless. It might be better to get a few sea miles under her keel before you let that particular seed grow too much. It may well be doable. Or it may not. But it's hard to make rational decisions once the obsession sets in.


    But you know me. Rational. Not obsessive at all. Quite sane. Besides, it's just an idea, an idle thought.

    What could possibly go wrong?




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    Yes, you are lucky that way. But who will look after the bees?

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    Really! You should mind your peas and queues and let Bruce worry about the bees.

    Why not dust off Arawana and do a test run or two?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RFNK View Post
    Really! You should mind your peas and queues and let Bruce worry about the bees.

    Why not dust off Arawana and do a test run or two?

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    If I go sailing in Arawana I doubt I'd return. Not that that would be a bad thing from some perspectives, but two or three people might come looking for me. Right now I think I could slip the painter and be a full time hobo for the rest of my natural years. But I do have responsibilities. Also, bees.


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    I suggest the opposite - slip the hobo and be a painter for the rest of your years. Take only a day or two's rations, the uke and a new chord sheet, some oils and a brush, and just easel into it!

    When you get hungry and sick of the same song, i.e., reach the two day limit, sail home to bliss with something to show!

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    Your bees need you, Summer is coming .
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    Quote Originally Posted by brucemoffatt View Post
    I had a chat today with a well known Tasmanian wooden boat sailor and made the mistake of jokingly suggesting I might have to sail Romana over to Tassie so we can catch up. After we'd talked about a kayaking group that does that trip semi-regularly, weather, routes, distances etc I'm half inclined to put it on the table and do a few feasibility scenarios.


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    It's been done in a JW Houdini, so definitely feasible in a SCAMP. Whether that makes it a good idea or not, is another story, but SCAMP is maybe "safer", Houdini might be faster - it would be interesting to see the numbers on that.
    https://youtu.be/CezDlA8IKRg

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    Quote Originally Posted by epoxyboy View Post
    It's been done in a JW Houdini, so definitely feasible in a SCAMP. Whether that makes it a good idea or not, is another story, but SCAMP is maybe "safer", Houdini might be faster - it would be interesting to see the numbers on that.
    https://youtu.be/CezDlA8IKRg

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    Before trying a voyage such as that, I'd be inclined ( so to speak) to take her out with some assistance available, and capsize her, recover her and board her. Do that several time so you have the drill down automatic so in the shock of an unexpected dunking you dont have to think about what to do.
    Its a chance too, to check that all the gear works, the stowage, the watertightness of the hatches, security of gear, how you handle being in the water with a bouyancy aid on, ( some of those greatly reduce your mobility, I use a kayak expedition leaders vest which is great in that respect).
    Boarding a SCAMP out of deep water needs practice, and some fear set up. Shout, ( any SCAMP owners, please feel free to ask, ) if you need that. And no, a transom ladder is not the anser.

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    A Houdini across Bass Strait.
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    I note the "capsize" on the crossing, Day One. Looks like quite an ambitious trip just by distance alone--that's a long hop across open water. Beyond anything I've done so far. Well beyond. Would I do something similar?

    I don't know...

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    I know I wouldn't


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    When does the Bass Strait look like that?

    Is that a little flip down electric motor on his transom?

    Good on him. 17 days, picked his weather clearly.
    I wouldn't do it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gypsie View Post
    Is that a little flip down electric motor on his transom?
    It's a Minn Kota trolling motor, designed as "engine mount" (ie to be fitted to the upper side of the cavitation plate of a large outboard).
    Interesting option for a sailing/cruising dinghy.

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    I wonder if JIM would be up to that voyage? Same clear weather .
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    You should be right to follow his return voyage Peter. Back through the islands. Pick your weather and drag it up on the beach if you want to stay for a bit.

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