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  • in reply to: Lifting Straps #728
    Paul White
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    Hi Jen

    The dimensions (especially the length) will depend to some extent how high your crane can lift and how low it can go over the side.

    The reason it that you’ll want to be able to hook onto the crane hook from the water (probably by standing in the centre of the boat) and then lift the boat over the side rails onto the trolley.

    If the straps are too short you might find the load unstable and you might not be able to lower the boat to the water. If too long, you’ll may find it difficult to hook on afterwards and to clear the rail to get the boat on board or launch it.

    Hope this helps

    Paul #325 Sydney

    in reply to: Lifting Straps #725
    Paul White
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    Thanks Luis.

    I knew I had seen a pic somewhere but I couldn’t find it at the time.

    Paul

    in reply to: Agioi Apostoli to Ios #720
    Paul White
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    Sounds like a great trip!

    in reply to: Lifting Straps #716
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    Hi Jen

    I haven’t tried it but I have read that the best way it to tie webbing or rope around the front and rear float arms where they join the hull and then join them to form a loop which you then hoist from (I recommend using a Butterfly Knot to make loops in the middle of a rope).

    Ensure that the lifting point is slightly towards the stern from the centre of gravity so that the bow is slightly down which keeps the mast and shrouds away from your crane – although you may want to add another line from the crane to the bow as this can tip forward if there’s any water in the hull or floats.

    Hope this helps

    Paul #325, Sydney

    in reply to: Australian Nationals 2015? #676
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    Australian Weta Nationals Poll

    In trying to organise the nationals we need to try to please the majoirty so we select the veune and format that attracts the largest number of participants. Please complete the questionnaire below.

    Would you be more likely to attend a Weta Nationals event it it was held over a holiday weekend or non-holiday weekend?1. Yes
    2. No

    How many days should the event last?1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3

    When should the event take place?1. December
    2. Between Christmas and New Year
    3. January
    4. February
    5. Other

    How far would you be willing to travel to attend a Weta Nationals event?1. Up to 3 hours
    2. 3-5 Hours
    3. 6-8 Hours
    4. 8+ hours

    Would you prefer an event to be held on the sea, on enclosed waters near the sea, on an inland lake?1. sea
    2. near sea
    3. inland

    What format regatta would you prefer?1. olympic-style courses
    2. olympic-style +reaching leg
    3. around fixed marks

    What format distance race would you prefer?1. around fixed marks
    2. orienteering (map reading)

    • This reply was modified 6 years, 9 months ago by Paul White.
    in reply to: Australian Nationals 2015? #674
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    I think we should choose the location to maximise the attendance and enjoyment of the event – rather than asking someone to host it.

    The Mannering Park Open Cat Regatta is over 2 days of the Australia Day holiday which we could tag along with – perhaps combine it with our own distance/orienteering event (like WetaFest NZ) on the Monday. I’ll get the chance to scout it out over the weekend.

    I’m not so worried about only holding events over a holiday weekend to avoid taking time off work – but others may be.

    I have added a poll to canvas options.

    • This reply was modified 6 years, 9 months ago by Paul White.
    in reply to: Mast Flotation? #656
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    If you’re sailing in shallow water in strong winds then it is a good idea to prevent the mast from digging into the mud in any boat (I brokle a Laser mast like that).

    While the Hobie mast flats may be effective, there are automatic inflating alternatives that  are less intrusive:.

    http://www.grabner-sports.at/Masthead-float.1675.0.html?&L=2
    http://www.marinechandlery.com/secumar-auto-inflation-anti-inversion-mast-float-15917

    But first of all I’d suggest testing the volume of buoyancy it provides (using plastic containers) to ensure it does the job.

    in reply to: Spinnaker #615
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    As you mention, there already is a larger 12.92 asymmetrical spinnaker available from Weta which is for handicap racing in mixed fleets but not allowed for class racing.

    The only downside of it is that you can’t furl it around the forestay like the normal kite, but it comes with a pulley which you install on the mast so that you can drop it along the deck and secure it in the cockpit until it’s required. See video below.

    However, Randy Smyth has developed a fuller version of the standard kite which will be used by Linda Wright in her attempt on the 200 mile Everglades Challenge in March 2015. 

    • This reply was modified 6 years, 11 months ago by Paul White.
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    in reply to: Alert for Stolen Gear #582
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    Very sorry to hear this Tony and sadly one can only conclude that they have been taken by another Weta owner.

    I suggest that everyone should mark their gear in a conspicuous place with their sail number using a UV resistant permanent marker or paint.

    The Artline 400XF 2.3mm Paint Marker is available in multiple colours including White for around $10 from Officeworks, Staples and other fine stationers.

    • This reply was modified 6 years, 12 months ago by Paul White.
    in reply to: Phones & Tablets #546
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    The iPhone 6 and 6 plus has a revised polarising filter and dual domain pixels  – display tech which makes it easier to see wearing polarised lenses and from an angle (allegedly).

    • This reply was modified 7 years ago by Paul White.
    in reply to: ACT STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS OCT 2014 #517
    Paul White
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    Registration for the event here – closes on 17th October

    in reply to: Beer cooler and beer can holders #438
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    I think you need a Weta version of these

    Or replace the existing hatch with one of the larger square ones so you could fit a small esky in there as Mamoru Aoki in Japan has done.
    https://www.facebook.com/WetaTrimarans/posts/10152295632731169

    • This reply was modified 7 years, 2 months ago by Paul White.
    in reply to: Speedpuck ? Anyone interested in buying ?? #431
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    Hmm – I think I’ll stick with the sailing Apps on my iPhone – like the free RaceQs (for tracking, replays and max speed) and $10 iRegatta (for speed, coutdown, bearings, SOG, courses and much more).

    It requires a Lifeproof Waterproof cover for the phone and armband – around $100

    in reply to: Weta Colour #430
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    I’ve added RAL numbers for all the hull colours to the Weta wiki

    in reply to: Jervis bay regatta who's coming ?? oct 2014 #342
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    Does anyone have the link to the NOR?

    The Jervis Bay Sailing Club website is down.

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