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Old 16-09-2016, 02:32   #346
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Re: Rig and Sails

Hi All
I followed a mono flying a parachute once through a set of sandy shoals. Every time they went more than maybe 20 degrees off downwind they seemed to get into trouble. Lucky not to run aground! They took it down after a short while.
But then I would not have flown a spinnaker there either!

The Great Sandy Straits for any Aussies listening in.
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Old 16-09-2016, 02:43   #347
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Re: Rig and Sails

Hi Again

When I sold my Mahe recently I kept my A2 Assymetric spinnaker as it was virtually new and I thought may be some use with the new boat. It is hopelessly to small though so I am looking to sell it. It is a great sail from Quantum Australia, only flown on about 10 occasions. It is an A2 (deep downwind) cruising asymmetric (84.4 sqM) with an ATN dousing sleeve and really kicks you along in lighter winds.

I currently have it with me in the Mediterranean (Balearics) but could bring it back to Aus in November or ship somewhere.

If anyone is interested send me a private message.

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Old 08-10-2016, 11:02   #348
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Re: Rig and Sails

Where can I find detailed sail plans, i.e.dimensions, for the Mahe?
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Old 08-10-2016, 11:19   #349
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Where can I find detailed sail plans, i.e.dimensions, for the Mahe?
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This post has a lot of FP Mahe 36 sail plan info.
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If you need more sail info then that you can go to their Incidences web site.

Incidences Sail will make and ship you a new Mahe 36 sail if needed.
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Old 25-10-2016, 10:56   #350
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Re: Rig and Sails

So I'm faced with having to take the main off, you have obviously done that, could you take me through the steps - I have already been warned to not mess with the bat cars, and in this section of the forum noted that you also want to avoid removal of the battens. Made it through Hurricane Mathew at our dock in Thunderbolt GA with minimal damage (bimini and lazy bag canvas).


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lazy bag canvas should slide out of the boom without taking the main sail off.
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Old 25-10-2016, 13:09   #352
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Re: Rig and Sails

Do not worry too much about taking the main off
Nothing drastic
First choice ;You remove everything including sliders off the mast track . You will then need some plastic retainers to hold the plastic ball bearings ( do not worry it is not rocket science and if you loose balls you can always buy more and replace ) The retainer is different depending on the brand of sliders .
Second choice ; You disconnect the batten system from the sliders ; easy ; Most of the time it is a SS small goose neck on the slider side which connect to the batten retainer . So do not lose the small screws
In any case mark the battens carefully and try to keep track of the tension (from the leech retainer )
It is good practice as you will break battes offshore during jibes once in a while so replacing them is current practice .Brian Hancock has a very good blog and Facebook page ; all about sails . and he will answer questions about the rig and quote you about sails . worth a look
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Old 26-11-2016, 13:40   #353
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Re: Rig and Sails

Parachute spinnaker first "flight" went well. Here's a link to the You Tube videos.





The conditions were quite benign. About 6.5kts of apparent wind giving a boat speed of 2.7 kts ... not earth shattering but it was almost hypnotic watching the spinnaker move gently from side to side as the wind varied about 30* of astern.

The hardest part was working out how to retrieve the chute which in the fairly light winds we've tried so far has not been a problem.

The way we set the chute up allows us to collapse the chute very easily. To do this there is a line connecting the top and bottom parachute cord bundles. IE half the parachute cords go to the top and half go to the bottom. The top cord bundle is attached to the spinnaker halyard and the bottom bundle to a line that goes to the foredeck. We also installed a line that connects the top and bottom bundles and stops the chute from opening too wide when flying thereby reducing the strain on the panel in between. A line is also connected from the deck to where the spinnaker halyard joins the top parachute cord bundle which remains loose when flying the parachute. By taking some tension on the deck to halyard line and easing the tension on the deck to bottom cord bundle line the bottom of the parachute floats up and collapses the chute. You keep the parachute out of the water by adjusting the spinnaker halyard up or down (in our case we have to raise the halyard), then go forward, grab some of the spinnaker and pull onto the deck.

We'll get braver and I'll try to keep the forum updated with regard to experience in stronger winds.

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Old 30-11-2016, 06:44   #354
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We are Mahe #110, 7 years old, sailing in the Caribbean. This morning we were just getting ready to raise sail and the pin holding the boom to the mast in the gooseneck sheared off and dropped the boom onto the cabin top. Thankfully it was not too windy so we were able to secure it quickly onto the cabin top and motor back to anchor.

Quick reminder to everyone to check for wear at the gooseneck.

Question - can anyone point me to a diagram of the various parts and also the part numbers? I know the part numbers for the boom and mast but not any of the parts on the gooseneck.

Luckily we are in Le Marin, Martinique (mecca of French boats in the Caribbean). If we get the needed info in the chandlery I will post here for posterity.
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Mahe 36 Mast and Boom

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Mahe 36

Mast is a Z Spars Z701
Boom is a Z Spar Z480

This attached information should give you everything you need and a bit more.
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Thank you so much Cotemar for the diagrams - I have filed them for reference.

We managed to lift the boom (with the sail still on) using the halyard and have refit the pin into the fitting.

Interestingly, there was a little threaded set screw in the mast fitting that appeared to hold the pin in place. However, the threads in the mast fitting have worn smooth and because of the shape of the fitting that then attaches to the boom, you cannot access the head of the set screw. How it was put in there in the first place is beyond me. There is a hole about half-way down that we believe should have a cotter pin, and most likely this is our point of failure, the cotter pin is no longer there so the larger (12mm) pin fell downwards (luckily into the sail bag).

We have installed a new cotter pin and will watch it carefully for wear.
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Thank you so much Cotemar for the diagrams - I have filed them for reference.

We managed to lift the boom (with the sail still on) using the halyard and have refit the pin into the fitting.

Interestingly, there was a little threaded set screw in the mast fitting that appeared to hold the pin in place. However, the threads in the mast fitting have worn smooth and because of the shape of the fitting that then attaches to the boom, you cannot access the head of the set screw. How it was put in there in the first place is beyond me. There is a hole about half-way down that we believe should have a cotter pin, and most likely this is our point of failure, the cotter pin is no longer there so the larger (12mm) pin fell downwards (luckily into the sail bag).

We have installed a new cotter pin and will watch it carefully for wear.
Amendment to my earlier note about a cotter pin falling out - it was a split pin that fell out. All for a 12 cent split pin, our boom fell off the mast!
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