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by ndt228
Sat Mar 07, 2015 8:53 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Philip Stevens hanging up the anchor
Replies: 6
Views: 2029

Re: Philip Stevens hanging up the anchor

Just wanted to add my thanks for all past efforts re web-site etc, and add the hope that Philip can still get afloat as a guest whenever it suits. He could not be better placed for contacts, and should need to ask !
best regards
Nick
by ndt228
Sat Mar 07, 2015 8:36 am
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: Reefing the Main on early Westerly's (replace the "Claw")
Replies: 17
Views: 6663

Re: Reefing the Main on early Westerly's (replace the "Claw"

Re: Adding a reefing cringle I would suggest that this is a job for a sail-maker. It needs to be reinforced with fabric, stitching etc or will rip straight out. cf existing cringles at leach, luff & head of sail. If you are converting to slab reefing, you will also want a line of smaller eyelets for...
by ndt228
Sat Mar 07, 2015 8:33 am
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: Reefing the Main on early Westerly's (replace the "Claw")
Replies: 17
Views: 6663

Re: Reefing the Main on early Westerly's (replace the "Claw"

If anyone wants to (literally) replace a claw, I have one in good condition (ie un-bent !). I see that Trafalgar list 2 sizes (125 & 175 mm diameter). I don't have it to hand, but would guess that its the smaller one.
regards
Nick (14AD86)
by ndt228
Sun Oct 12, 2014 9:23 pm
Forum: Engines & transmission
Topic: Centaur Engine Compartment, help required.
Replies: 15
Views: 3879

Re: Centaur Engine Compartment, help required.

Well here's something to show someone's looking. I have been reading these threads for some time, so whilst I have never done what you are about too, I've picked up a bit. 1) Change your impellor. Its not worth the risk that it might have become "tired". Scare stories of breaking up and shedding bit...
by ndt228
Tue Aug 26, 2014 6:14 pm
Forum: Cabin fittings & installations
Topic: Carpet tiles for quarterberths?
Replies: 6
Views: 2215

Re: Carpet tiles for quarterberths?

Final (?) piece of advice re solvent fumes, confined spaces etc. Avoid alcohol before/during/after such work (same day). It can change (increase) the tendancy of your body to absorb fumes, and the distribution of whatever may already have been absorbed. I knew someone once who had a lunchtime pint a...
by ndt228
Tue Aug 26, 2014 6:02 pm
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: Jouster Mainsheet Traveller
Replies: 11
Views: 2245

Re: Port Ellin

Yes, Port Ellen on 4-5th Aug this year. We had a day ashore and saw Choughs + a juvenile White-tailed Sea Eagle up at the Loch Gruinart RSPB reserve. Also visited Finlaggan for the relics of the Lords of the Isles, and a working weaving mill on the way there (we hired a car).
by ndt228
Tue Aug 26, 2014 5:52 pm
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: Rewnown mainsheet traveler
Replies: 2
Views: 976

Re: Rewnown mainsheet traveler

I would guess that aside from the strength of the coachroof, you also need to consider that you are reducing the "leverage" of the mainsheet by a factor of (perhaps) 2-3, as you move the point of attachment to the boom closer to the mast. How much that matters depends on how easy you find it to cont...
by ndt228
Wed Aug 20, 2014 10:37 pm
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: Jouster Mainsheet Traveller
Replies: 11
Views: 2245

Re: Jouster Mainsheet Traveller

No confusion, just a range of choices. I don't care to put a track there myself, but I saw a clever variant of this on another boat recently. It had two mainsheets, one secured to the stbd of the companionway, the other to port. Control of the boom position was simply switched from one to the other ...
by ndt228
Tue Aug 19, 2014 11:52 pm
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: Jouster Mainsheet Traveller
Replies: 11
Views: 2245

Re: Jouster Mainsheet Traveller

Trip of lifetime to sail her round I would have thought ? Might have to allow a few weeks for favourable conditions though. I dream of taking mine to sea one day, but with only a 4 hp outboard, and a max hull-speed of ca 6 kts at best, it would take quite a while. I can say that I get a lot of fun f...
by ndt228
Mon Aug 18, 2014 11:20 pm
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: Rig tension
Replies: 2
Views: 878

Re: Rig tension

2 years ago I was a complete novice to boat ownership, and hence rigging, not that I am much wiser now ;-) However, I found a guide to rig set-up on the Kemp sails website that was simple enough to understand and it got me sailing for the last 2 seasons. Have been through some pretty breezy conditio...
by ndt228
Mon Aug 18, 2014 11:11 pm
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: Jouster Mainsheet Traveller
Replies: 11
Views: 2245

Re: Jouster Mainsheet Traveller

If still seeking a Jouster, try here: http://www.apolloduck.co.uk/feature.phtml?id=222421 This is the boat that I saw whilst looking at the one I eventually bought. It is in Northern Ireland (as am I). If that is no bar to your interest, let me know and we'll see if I can be of any further assistanc...
by ndt228
Mon Aug 18, 2014 11:05 pm
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: Jouster Mainsheet Traveller
Replies: 11
Views: 2245

Re: Jouster

I have been a Jouster owner/sailer since the start of 2013. I too have been puzzled about the mainsheet attachment point (to the hull). My boat has the same centre cockpit strong-point illustrated (colour pic) above. The issue with these is that (in practice) when sheeted in hard the direction of pu...
by ndt228
Mon Apr 28, 2014 9:04 pm
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: Berwick boom spinning plate woes
Replies: 9
Views: 3093

Re: Berwick boom spinning plate woes

Just to advise one drawback with my s/s plate, etc: The current arrangement has obviously been there a good many years before I bought the boat (last year) and the plate is slowly wearing its way through the brass/bronze fitting that connects the upper mainsheet block. The topping lift is connected ...
by ndt228
Sat Apr 26, 2014 8:31 pm
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: Berwick boom spinning plate woes
Replies: 9
Views: 3093

Re: Berwick boom spinning plate woes

Here are pictures of the end of my boom (on a Jouster, formerly roller-reefed). We have previously established that it used the same size of claw for the kicking strap, so very likely the size of the boom itself is the same. DSC00494 (Medium).JPG DSC00495 (Medium).JPG How does this compare to your f...
by ndt228
Sat Apr 26, 2014 10:33 am
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: Berwick boom spinning plate woes
Replies: 9
Views: 3093

Re: Berwick boom spinning plate woes

Dennis,
it sounds like I may be able to offer guidance, but I need to take a picture of the end of my boom.
Will be able to respond tonight, I'd expect. Meanwhile, are you able to post a picture of your broken fitting ?
Nick