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Old 27-09-2008, 10:53   #16
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Old 29-09-2008, 03:57   #17
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Alan,

I started thinking about your mainsheet control design. When the boat is not sailing won't the sheets pull the booms inboard to the point that the boat will look pigeon toed?
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I started thinking about your mainsheet control design. When the boat is not sailing won't the sheets pull the booms inboard to the point that the boat will look pigeon toed?

Yes, the only solution will be to move the boom ends outboard and clip the sheet blocks to a cleat. This will open up passage along the side decks, but then the boat will look the opposite of pigeon toed*- (don't know what you call it)

* "Splayfooted" is the physical deformity characterized by abnormally flat and turned-out feet.
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If I recall you have used a kite sail on your Tobago. This seems the perfect thing for downwind work with unstayed masts. Will you be using one on the new design?

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Alan,

If I recall you have used a kite sail on your Tobago. This seems the perfect thing for downwind work with unstayed masts. Will you be using one on the new design?

Mike

That's right Mike. I will be taking it along, just to play with, if it works well, then maybe I'll opt for a bigger one. My present one is 70 m2 -

These are a bit tricky to keep flying in bumpy conditions, you need to set the lines up with bungee "shock absorbers", once dialed in they work a treat, with no load on the rig.


Anyone else tried one?

see www.kiteship.com go to leisure area.

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P.S. These are a great safety item, will get you to shore without a rig! Quite a few motorboats have them just for that.
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P.S. These are a great safety item, will get you to shore without a rig! Quite a few motorboats have them just for that.
What a great idea! I'll have to file that one away for the "big trip".
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