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There is another stronger track used by 29er, 49er and other skiffs which may be a good solution if you are having problems with the sail pulling out of the track – especially the SQ 9.3 sail which has more luff curve and therefore puts more strain on the top and bottom of the track.
It’s available by the metre from 29er dealers (such as NB Sailsports) and from some riggers (e.g. Sheerline Yacht Masts) and lines up well with the white track if you don’t want to replace the entire track.
I omitted one vital instruction- put the padding in place under the tramps!
Remove the trumps from the ama edge by untying the lashing underneath, then use the cable ties to apply the padding, then replace the tramps and retie underneath.
My only caveat about the Rain & Sun covers is that they don’t fully cover the bottom of the amas or the main hull. If you have a colour that fades in UV (e.g. Yellow) then you can end up with a “tide mark” halfway down the hull. The other thing is that the cover has loads of straps which clip together to secure it which is robust but time consuming – a drawstring or shockcord around the edge of the “skirt” would make it much easier to secure.
All the ones I’ve seen have been cut off vertically. I wonder if a previous owner has cut them like that to make it easier to insert them.
The only issue is that you can’t support the ends with an internal ring (as Weta used originally) or the new fibreglass insert which is less prone to falling out since it has a larger surface area for glue.
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After a while you may find your Spinlocks fail to grip the rope. It’s most likely to be the cleat mechanism sticking so soak them in warm water to remove the salt and when dry, spray with silicone spray.
Another modification to the list instead of 6.
Thread a double length of rope for the ama ties through the tramp edge (butt the two ends together and put some tape to hold them in place temporarily). Now you don’t have to re-tie the front at all – just leave it in place and loosed the back – then pull through some slack at the front to allow the ama arms to go over the boat with the tramps still attached. When rigging, all you have to do is pull the tramp line from stern and roll up the slack the same way you do for the halyards which creates a nice handhold for pulling the tramps taught.
Some more tips for mast raising:
1. Raise the mast on the trolley, not the trailer. It reduces the height you have to lift the mast.
2. Turn the boat stern-to-wind. This keeps you from fighting the wind when lifting the mast on deck (the shrouds keeping the mast from blowing forward).
3. Use the two-step approach, resting the mast vertically on the moose head before raising it onto the deck (or climbing on deck) this greatly shortens the final lift.
4. Tie an extension to the screecher halyard and run it through the bow ring and back through one of the jibsheet cam cleats. Put the bitter end, with plenty of slack, into a pocket before climbing on deck. When the mast is in its step, take out the slack and cleat it. Remove the halyard extension once the forestay is in secured.
- This reply was modified 1 year ago by Paul White.
The Drift Stealth 2 has finally been replaced by the Drift Ghost X which keeps the same small, lightweight format but the standard battery life has been extended to an excellent 5 hrs which can be upgraded to 8 hrs with an external battery pack (not compatible with the optional waterproof case – required on a Weta).
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The excellent budget option, the TCL SVC200 has been discontinued. However, after OEMing the SVC200 as the XTC300, Midland in the USA seem to have continued with a similar camera with an upgraded spec and battery life (4 hours) as well as adding other features with the XTC400VP.
The 140º lens is better than the 127º of the TCL they have added WiFi ability (and a rather flakey phone App) but dispensed with the side LCD display which the SVC had. It now has a rotating lens which means you can mount it at any angle. It still has the simple magnetic on-off switch of the the TCL but requires a rather heavy waterproof case to be fully waterproof. The camera and case together weigh over 240g which may be a bit much on the end of a pole but will be fine mounted on the bowsprit.
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I missed your question.
Yes, the UV will have an impact especially if the boat has been left with the mast up or without a cover with the mast exposed. It tends to make the plastic brittle and therefore easier to crack when raising or lowering the mast.
The problem is that once the bolt rope has jumped out of the track it’s very difficult to stop it happening again without replacing as the track gets forced apart.
I’ve passed on your request to Roger. In the meantime, you may be interested in the method developed by Linda Wright who shares your physique.
”I have posted some photos to help illustrate how I (being challenged in height and upper body strength) step the mast by myself. The mast is very light, but I still find it to be a shaky affair and prefer a more secure means of stepping and unstepping the mast, even though it takes a little longer to set up.
First, install a small pad eye at the base of the mast on the forward side.
The following steps are for taking the mast down. Putting the mast up is the reverse of it, but harder to describe going in that direction.
Step 1. Run a single, continuous line from pad eye at base of mast, through a downhaul block on the bar immediately behind the mast (starboard side), through a cleat (starboard side), through a cleat (port side), through a downhaul block on the bar (port side) and tie to pad eye again.
Cleat in such a way that there is enough room to move the mast forward by one diameter of the base.
Step 2. Tie on a second, much longer lashing line to the forestay, lead back to one of the jib sheet cleats and hang it on the horn cleat on the mast so you can reach it later. Now, you can unlash the primary lashing line completely. Then un-cleat the long line to let the mast rock back a little bit on the bar …enough so that you can just see part of it showing at the groove and re-cleat it.
Step 3. Get into the boat and lift the mast straight up off the bar and set on deck just forward of the mast base (base tether line should no longer be slack. At this point, mast is still secure, even if you let go of it.
Step 4. Now take long line off of horn cleat, but do NOT un-cleat from jib sheet cleat until you are standing sideways as far back in the boat as you can without tipping backwards (my back foot is just forward of the tether pad eye in the bottom of the boat).
Step 5. Put one hand on the mast approximately shoulder level and un-cleat the long line with the other hand. Now you can ease the mast back slowly, grab with both hands and ease it down until it is resting on the aft beam where it meets the socket (somewhat of a diagonal angle from mast base).
The ability to lay the mast a bit away from the centerline of the boat is one advantage of this system over a fixed, stainless hinge that forces the mast to lay straight down the middle. It gives you room to get into the center of the boat when lifting and lowering the mast. The lines at the base, if adjusted correctly, limit the amount the base can kick up to almost nothing. When initially raising the mast, you will have the mast base just forward of the step and can lean into the tether line for leverage as you are lifting it up off the aft beam.”
Note that the photos are from her boat which had been modified to take part in the Everglades Challenge with a self-tacking jib and bow steering system for use when paddling while sitting on the bow.
Susie asked :
How to slot the amas by yourself.
Put the boat on some grass or sand.
Lift the Ama from the trolley and lay it on the grass/sand so that the ama arms line up with the hole in the main hull (you may need to do this by moving the end of the arm so it lines up). Now lift the ama so it remains horizontal (lift just aft of the forward arm) and push the ama arms into the holes. Tighten the tramp ties to make sure they are fully inserted.
How to raise the main sail by yourself, especially when it comes out of the track.
If the mainsail is coming out of the track, then you need to replace the section of track!
Also use silicon spray to lubricate the track.
- This reply was modified 1 year ago by Paul White.