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Sail selection for DIY inflatable sailing catamaran
by almoniyot. 08/16/19 07:37 AM
Sail selection for DIY inflatable sailing catamaran
by almoniyot. 08/16/19 06:11 AM
‘81 SC17 trampoline track fix?
by tyronewarriner. 08/13/19 10:05 PM
New England 100 2019: 30th Anniversary!!!
by Damon Linkous. 08/13/19 04:57 PM
Old school
by northsea junkie. 08/10/19 03:14 PM
Fair Wind and Following Seas Dior Hubel
by cyberspeed. 08/08/19 11:12 PM
Let's see what we have here
by FrankyDub23. 08/08/19 06:49 PM
Shameless Self Promotion Post
by FrankyDub23. 08/08/19 06:41 PM
Looking a for a Hobie Wave! East Coast
by dave mosley. 08/07/19 03:11 PM
Length of Nacra 5.7 tiller crossbar
by JohannesM. 08/02/19 05:07 AM
Things to do and not to do flying a spin
by Timbo. 07/30/19 02:31 PM
when your having fun, get in trouble, and a fellow sailor decides to help :D
by dmcd38 / 08/21/19 08:50 PM

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Sail selection for DIY inflatable sailing catamaran
by almoniyot / 08/16/19 11:15 AM

Crossposting this from the inflatable forum which seems a bit moribund...

I am in the process of building my own inflatable sailing catamaran. It will have 4.5 meter long pontoons (50cm diameter), and the beam will be about 2.3 meters. The mast will be about 5.8 meters high, and will have a profile for sail rope.

I need to order a mainsail. I think something 7.5-8.0 square meters. I really like the cut of the sails of the Happy Cat and the Minicat 420/460. Does anyone have any idea on the luff/leech/foot of these sails? I know they have at least 4 horizontal battens. Looks like Happy Cat has some kind of boom sewn into the sleeve of the sail. Interesting approach, as I am also going for simplicity and ease of assembly.

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‘81 SC17 trampoline track fix?
by tyronewarriner / 08/14/19 03:05 AM

Hello all,

The trampoline on my ‘81 SC17 started to come away (out) from the track a couple weeks back, and no matter how many times I slide it back in or try to thicken the luff with tape it comes out. Any Suggestions??

Pics to follow.
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New England 100 2019: 30th Anniversary!!!
by brucat / 08/11/19 04:28 AM

Well, today came and went very quickly...

9 boats entered, 6 on the starting line, 2 late but within the 20-minute window, and one boat that showed up after we launched (sailed the course on their own as the DNS boat).

After a late launch, and a bit of trouble getting the anchor to bite on the signal boat, we had an on-time, all-clear start for Day 1.

The wind was Westerly, and while NOAA was forecasting a small-craft advisory, conditions up inside Narragansett Bay were brisk, but not unmanageable. Winds in the teens at the start, very little wave action given the wind direction. Of course, the trade-off with wind coming over land is the gusty-ness...

We set a long course, starting southeast of Rose Island (alongside the course for the NYYC Morgan Cup team racing regatta), and sent them up through the Newport Bridge, to the South of Prudence Island, then straight upwind to Quonset Point. From there, around the top of Prudence, dip south of Hog Island, and up under the Mount Hope Bridge, up into Fall River, then back down through Mt Hope, up over Hog, then a straightish shot back to finish Southwest of Rose Island in Newport.

The lead boats finished in just under four hours, despite a dying breeze as the seabreeze filled very, very late in the day (big shift to the southwest after most of the fleet finished).

Two boats bailed early (Skip Whyte and Ian Ray). Ben Setareh flipped early, then just followed the fleet (and took some risky shortcuts, narrowly avoiding disaster by cutting inside marks specifically chosen to keep delicate boards away from rocks!!!), eventually sailing around the outside of the finish line (enjoyed their day of sailing despite having no chance of catching the fleet).

Mike and Lindsay Easton started late, and had a minor rigging mishap, but corrected that and otherwise sailed well.

Jim Zellmer and Joe Valente were sailing fast, but just barely fast enough to eek out John and Peter Giuliano at the finish by a mere 9 seconds!!!

More west wind is forecast for tomorrow, with less pressure.

Results, etc. here:

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Fair Wind and Following Seas Dior Hubel
by cyberspeed / 08/09/19 04:12 AM

We lost another great sailor and friend. On top of all her Coast Guard accomplishments listed below, Dior was one of the few women to complete the Worrell 1000. She and her husband Scott Hubel, not only finished the Worrell 1000 together, they also started and ran their own endurance race together and have always promoted the sport of sailing.

Dior and Scott started and ran the Hiram's Haul which is always hosted on Halloween weekend has always be one of my favorite races. Although I haven't done the race in the last few years, I plan on doing it this year to celebrate Dior's life.

Fair weather, following seas and prayers to Dior, Scott and Family.

Dior Lowen signed up in the delayed enlistment program in November 1973 and was sworn into the Coast Guard by her father Master Chief Petty Officer Darryl Lowen in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, in February 1974. After the ban on women in aviation had been lifted, she was now free to pursue her dream of working in an aviation career. Lowen was accepted into Aviation Survivalman (ASM) class “A” school and graduated in April 1976, becoming the first female ASM in the Coast Guard.

Dior received her ‘wings’ on Oct. 2, 1977 when she qualified as a flight mechanic on the HH-3 helicopter. In 1977, Dior married AT3 Kerry Hendricks, and left the Coast Guard in 1978 to give birth to their daughter Morgan.

In 1983, the family moved to Titusville, Florida to pursue a job opportunity for both parents at Kennedy Space Center (KSC). In 1984, Dior was hired by Martin Marietta at KSC and became a Senior Solid Rocket Booster Deceleration Technician, where she refurbished and packed the Booster Parachutes for the Space Shuttle Program. After working 18 months with the newly named United Space Boosters, Inc. (USBI), the Space Shuttle Columbia accident caused layoffs across KSC, and Dior was among them. In 1987, Dior was called back to work at USBI and continued her work at the parachute facility.

In 2010, Dior retired from USA and KSC with close to 28 years of service in the space industry. Dior and her second husband, Scott Hubel, now reside in Palm Bay, Florida.
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Looking a for a Hobie Wave! East Coast
by dave mosley / 08/07/19 08:11 PM

Our sailing club's youth program is interested in purchasing one or more Waves, anyone got a line?

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Length of Nacra 5.7 tiller crossbar
by JohannesM / 07/31/19 05:25 PM

Can anyone tell me the approximate length of the tiller crossbar of the Nacra 5.7?

Someone has stolen mine. I thought I could buy a new or used one, but the shipping to Germany is too expensive. Thus, I will get an aluminum tube and use an adjustable end fitting (which I can get here). Unfortunately my boat is 3 hours away, so I can not measure by myself.

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Things to do and not to do flying a spin
by Hullflyer1 / 07/11/19 03:52 PM

I also posted this on the beach cats

Would like to put together a list of things never to do and things to always do when flying a spinnaker.

We have 5 new to the sailors on the beach spinnaker boats. None have flown spinnakers yet.
2 Hobie Tigers
3 Nacra F18
1 Nacra 20

Would greatly appreciate any help putting this list together.

PS We had 22 boats out on the 4th of July
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Old school
by northsea junkie / 07/09/19 07:36 AM

Roving on internet I came along with a very old sales video from the Prindle company:

You all know that I made my own unsinkable version of the P15 about 10 years ago. Built from foam and epoxy laminate. And I still sail on it summer and winter on the Northsea.
So with this vid I celebrate the 47 birthday of the three Prindle cats ( 15,16 and 18)

It's nice to compare this with our world nowadays.

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NACRA 5.8 Parts
by Ventucky Red / 06/27/19 03:46 PM


Anyone know a source for NACRA parts specifically the main beam (front). There is one for sale locally however the beam is corroded out at the mast post and the dolphin striker nut plat and will need a new one...
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