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Old 14-06-2010, 03:18   #1
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Catalac Question

Hello Folks,

I'm currently replacing all my Catalac 8M rigging, including one of these, which come highly recommended from a local company: Sailspar.co.uk |

I can't get out to my boat for a week and have been just been asked by Sailspar to supply:

"the rope length, taken from the bottom of the forestay, down one side of the yacht and back to the middle of the cockpit. You need to allow enough rope so you can cleat off the active side of the line or be able to make off round a winch. (You should not need a winch to work it though!)"

If any Catalac 8M owners living close to their boat and could check this measurement for me I'd be very grateful.

Thanks,

Simon
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I'm not at my boat but this can't be real difficult:

Furler to babystay -- 5ft
babystay to tabernacle -- 5 ft
tabernacle to cockpit bulkhead - 8ft
1/2 way through the cockpit - 4ft

Then double it ...22 x 2 = 44 feet or 13.4 meters

Give or take 1 foot shouldn't make a bit of difference. What happened to the rotostay furler that was original equipment?
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Thanks Rick.

I spoke to Sailspar and they wanted the measurement from the bottom of the forestay, along the port side to the helmsman. I ended up printing out the Catalac layout drawing from your website Catalac 8M Catamaran information which printed out to be a very convenient scale of 1 inch = 1 metre and posted it to them.

The original Rotostay was forever jamming, I think there was a piece missing when I bought Sea Spirits that was supposed to hold the rope on the drum. The bottom bottle screw was bent which made it difficult to adjust tension on the forestay. Also when I tried to remove the forestay for renewal it was jammed solid in the furling foil, after lots of pushing and shoving and heating up the bottom of the foil (which was the advice from my local riggers) I gave up and cut the foil to release the forestay.
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