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| Re: Mosquito Training Weekend
09/21/06 05:59 AM 09/21/06 05:59 AM
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Gippsland Lakes Victoria Aust... stillbitten
Joined: May 2004
Gippsland Lakes Victoria Aust...
just thought I would say thanks to the guys that brought their Mossies along with a open mind and took the advice in the way it was meant, to help you all sail faster. <img src="http://www.catsailor.com/forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif" alt="" />
Thought one lesson was worth mentioning to all who didn't make it and not just Mossie owners can learn from this. It was also a lesson for myself as much as the boat owner.
I have been in touch with one Mossie sailer ever since he started sailing Mossies, he has often mentioned the trouble he has had controlling the boat, when the wind is up. We have sailed in the same location a few times and I have looked closely at his boat, given advice, but never had time to sail it. Thought perhaps the trouble he was having was possibly due to inexperience and he probably thought Mossies where just hard to sail.
Well I finaly sailed it, found it very fast <img src="http://www.catsailor.com/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" /> But it was like riding a unicycle, no directional stability <img src="http://www.catsailor.com/forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif" alt="" />. Compared to a bicycle which a Mossie normaly is, good directional stability. <img src="http://www.catsailor.com/forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif" alt="" />
After talking to Tim and Neil we decided that the rudders where probably tucked under too far and possibly out of alignment. This was checked and after adjusment involving placing a rubber block of just a few mm. thick in the front of the rudder box and moving the crossbar 6 mm. the boat steered like a dream <img src="http://www.catsailor.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />.
So never assume anything regardless of if your boat is new or old, little adjustments can make huge differences and sail other peoples boats of the same class as often as you can, to get a feel for how they can or should be.:p
Regards Gary. <img src="http://www.catsailor.com/forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" />
All opions expressed in this post are mine and mine alone, no assumptions should be made regarding any Associations or Clubs I may be a member of.
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