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  • in reply to: Waterproof phone cases #2352
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    Catalyst Waterproof Phone Case
    If you want to avoid drowning your phone and take decent photos, get the Catalyst Waterproof Case.
    It has an optical glass lens cover (unlike Lifeproof which now has a plastic lens cover which soon becomes opaque) and it is tested for immersion to 10m so you can fully submerge your device in water or cleaning solution without damaging the surface or getting moisture into any of the ports. Drop-proof to 2m and made of scratch-proof polycarbonate, it allows full functionality of the screen, buttons, and cameras and provides unobstructed access to the charging port. Available from Aquagear from AU$95.99 (or US$89.00 from Amazon) for Apple, Google and Samsung phones & tablets.

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    in reply to: Rudder bungee auto kickup system #2322
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    Shallow Steering Mod
    A development of this is to remove the rod but keep the “fork” attached to the top of the rudder foil and wrap it in tape to cushion it.

       

    This enables you to flip the fork down between the foil and stock and prevent the rudder from going down completely so you can steer in shallow water (NOTE – use gradual steering movements with the rudder half down as otherwise you may put undue stress on the stock)

    Once you reach deep water you can flip the fork up out of the way and slide the bungee down the stock to hold the foil in place.

    Flip up Line

    If you need to be able to quickly flip the foil up – when coming in to a beach or ramp for example – you can attach a line to the top of the foil (where the fork is attached) and keep it attached to the tiller using thin bungee. When you need to raise the rudder, just pull the line to flip the rudder up (you may need to slide the bungee part way up the stock first).

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    in reply to: Wanted in Russia #2272
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    These are the updated Russian Weta contacts: Pavel Savchenko
    Ph: +79119295992 (Whatsapp)
    pavel_savchenko@mail.ru

    in reply to: Wanted in Russia #2271
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    I know it’s a bit of a drive but there’s one in the Netherlands which looks like a bargain.

    It may be a 2010 model but it’s been used on fresh water only 12 times and dry stored.
    https://www.yachtingcompany.nl/en/yachts_for_sale/956095/weta/

    in reply to: Wanted in Russia #2269
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    I’d suggest contacting Wets Marine direct and ask – info@wetamarine.com

    You might be able to get one via the dealer in Sweden.

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    in reply to: Wanted in Russia #2260
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    There is a dealer in Russia, SportBoatRu

    https://rusyf.ru/news/2984

    in reply to: Spray Top for a Weta #2217
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    Gill Pro Dinghy Smock

    I haven’t used one but I’ve found most of the Gill gear is reasonable quality.

    One of the features I like is the fact that the neck seal is adjustable at the back rather than at the front which can compromise the seal and also irritate the skin. Also the side zip means there’s a better seal.

    • Close fitting PU neck seal for for a watertight s
    • Adjustable Neoprene waistband for a secure and watertight seal
    • Adjustable PU cuffs for watertight comfort
    • 2-layer coated fabric with a durable repellent finish
    • Fully taped seams for a waterproof seal
    • Fabric Composition 100% Nylon

    AU$250 from Gill

    Video features below (although I note that the front zip has now been moved to the side for 2020)

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    in reply to: Weta Twin Tiller Extensions #2188
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    Weta Marine have now produced a Twin Tiller Extension Kit

    The benefit of this kit is that it doesn’t require additional hardware stuck on the boat for the tiller rest to prevent the lazy tiller extension from dragging in the water – the bungee cord holds the tiller on the tramp when not in use and the steel ring slides down the pole when you use it so you have full articulation. It also helps to centre the tiller during the tack.

    The twin tiller extension kit includes:

    • 1 x two piece tiller extension with universal joint (two piece makes shipping by mail possible now!)

    • 2 x stainless steel rings

    • 2m 3mm bungy

    • 1 x Round tiller adapter

    • 2 x 50mmx4mm bolts and nuts

    • 4 x round stoppers

    • New tiller end plug

    Available now through your local dealer.

    TWIN TILLER OVERVIEW

    TWO TILLER EXTENSION BASES BOLTED TOGETHER WITH TWO 50MM X 4MM BOLTS

    END OF BUNGY TIED TO GENNAKER RATCHET BLOCK. BUNGY GOES UNDER TRAMP

    3MM BUNGY TIED TO STAINLESS RING USING PLASTIC BALL ON END OF BUNGY

    HIGH QUALITY CARBON TWO PIECE TILLER EXTENSION

    A SIMPLE DAB OF EPOXY GLUE ON SPIG TO MAKE A PRECISION JOIN

    in reply to: Action Camera Mounts #2079
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    Bowsprit Mounts

    Mounting a camera on the bowsprit is a great way of capturing the action on the boat and the smiling faces of the sailors (don’t forget to smile!).

    You need the camera low enough so it doesn’t snag the bottom of the screecher when you gybe, so make sure that the mount and camera have any sharp edges removed or taped over.

    While GoPro mounts are well made, they do tend to make the camera quite high and if you have a 1/4” standard tripod hole on the camera or an adapter, I recommend the Sony Mounts such as the VCT-RBM2 which use a strap to secure it instead of the thumb screws of the GoPro mounts which can catch the furling line.

    Avoid cheap mounts from eBay or the ones from Kaiser Bass or SP Gadgets as, with some exceptions, they don’t use 316 Stainless Steel which means they corrode quickly in seawater.

    If you use a pole, a handlebar mount is usually the right size.

    There are also head mounts available – good for seeing exactly where you’re looking and how much time you spend looking outside the boat.

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    in reply to: Weta Twin Tiller Extensions #1762
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    The problem with bolting it through top and bottom is that the bottom bolt and tiller extension may contact the cockpit sides if you have to put the tiller hard over – or more likely the bulge from the ama arm sockets.

    If you attach two tiller extension saddles either side of the tiller and, instead of screwing them in place, use bolts right through the tiller, they can’t hit the deck or cockpit.

    You can unbolt the original single tiller attachment fitting from the top of the tiller using a small spanner to hold the nuts inside the tiller while you unscrew the bolt.

    Tiller drag prevention
    Once you’ve installed your twin tiller system you then have to decide what you do with the loose tiller – you can leave it to drag in the water skiff style – but it may get in the way. Alternatives are:

    1. Use a ring
      Before you add the rubber end fitting to the tiller extension, thread a plastic ring down the tube.
      Then use some thin bungee to attach this to the hiking strap to keep it from falling off the edge of the tramp but allow it to swing forward if you go forward.
    2. Use a rest made from conduit tube
      Tie some conduit tube under the tramp from the forward arm so that it extends at least 20cm from under the stern  ama arm. Ensure the tube is tied so it’s can’t swivel round.
      Add an upright piece of conduit tube to the existing tube at the stern to create the tiller extension rest.
      When you tack you can let go of the old tiller extension and either place it in the rest or let it fall onto the rest which will keep it from dragging in the water.

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    in reply to: How to rig your Weta in 20 minutes #1750
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    Here’s Laurent from France rigging in 24 minutes – can you do better? (video proof required!)

    in reply to: Action Camera for a Weta #1710
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    Drift Ghost X – the best Weta camera (so far)

    The main problem with most of the cameras listed previously is the limited battery life which might be fine on a dry yacht where you can change the battery but on a weta boat like the Weta, trying to change the battery on the water makes it likely you will get the camera or battery wet – or both.

    The US $99 Drift Ghost X is one of the few affordable action cameras available with a 5hr battery without an external battery pack.

    • 5 HOUR BATTERY LIFE – Longest battery life on the market filming at 1080P Full HD. Up to 8-hours battery life with the Long-life battery module (sold separately – NOTE not compatible with the waterproof case).
    • ROTATING LENS – Easily align your shot regardless of the mounting position by turning the lens up to 300 degrees.
    • VIDEO TAGGING – Capture unexpected moments after they happen.
    • CLONE MODE – Users can sync up to 10 Ghost X or Ghost 4K cameras via WiFi. Start recording on one camera and all start recording. Change settings on one, and the rest will change.
    • CAR DVR MODE – Use the Ghost X as a safety camera by recording continuously when plugged into a power supply. When power is cut, recording will stop and save the last interval. Great for insurance purposes.

    It’s small size, light-weight and streamlined format makes it ideal for use on a boat and the light weight means it’s less likely to vibrate when mounted on a pole.

    The downsides are that it requires the optional waterproof case, especially for a wet boat like the Weta, and only provides 1080p resolution. If you need higher resolution, there is a Ghost 4K available which also has remote control but battery life is reduced to 3hrs. The Ghost X It also lacks image stabilization but if you want to stabalise shaky video footage, there are video editing products and websites that will stabalise your video files.

    An App is available for iOS or Android which enables you to change settings, preview the image, start and stop recording, transfer files and live-stream the footage. The App colour scheme makes it really hard to read in sunlight so I recommend using the buttons on the camera to start and stop recording.

    NOTE It comes with a getting started guide which is OK but doesn’t cover everything. As Drift Innovation haven’t seen fit to produce a manual for the Ghost X, I’ve created one from the Ghost 4K manual with irrelevant features removed (e.g. Remote control) but also added information such as Clone Mode which isn’t covered in the Ghost 4K manual. Use it at your own risk but comments welcome. https://tinyurl.com/drift-ghost-x-manual

    Tip: The camera is supplied without any mounts and they are available from Drift. However it is also compatible with standard 1/4″ tripod mounts and I recommend the SONY mounts as they use straps rather than thumbnuts (which means less for ropes to catch on) and also they use stainless steel parts. Don’t use Kaiser Bass or SP Gadets Mounts because they don’t use 316 Marine Grade Stainless Steel.

    Tip: If the water temperature is cooler than the air temperature, you may get condensation forming over the lens cover of the waterproof case and obscuring the image . You can get around this either by putting the camera in the case in front of an air conditioning vent to reduce the moisture (in the car for example), or by putting strips of paper towel in the gaps between the camera and the case (making sure you don’t obscure the lens).

    Video review below

    Available from Amazon
    https://www.amazon.com/Drift-Ghost-Action-Camera-Built/dp/B07DGFYXTY

    Cheaper from Aliexpress but note shipping time before purchase
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32870205206.html

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    in reply to: To the Webmaster #1698
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    You can embed Youtube videos in your replies – just click on Insert>Media and paste the link

    in reply to: 2016 YMCA ACT Multihull Regatta #1497
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    I can’t make it this year I’m afraid. I’m involved in organising another (non-sailing) event in Sydney.

    Regards

    Paul

    in reply to: Outboard motors and brackets #1495
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    The Aquaparx – Another miniature 1.2hp 4-stroke outboard – this time from the Netherlands.

    €199.00

    Dimensions 25 X 26  X 106 MM
    Weight 8.1 KG

    More info here

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