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by Mal Smith
Tue Dec 10, 2013 9:11 am
Forum: How to......
Topic: Jib sheet
Replies: 18
Views: 23456

Re: Jib sheet

Hi Tink, yes that was me. We were discussing your idea for adding outriggers to your IC. I guess you've knocked that idea on the head? Yes I think you can save weight on the carriage. My carriage only weighs about 3.5 kg even though I haven't use any carbon (just aluminium and wood), although my sea...
by Mal Smith
Mon Dec 09, 2013 10:48 pm
Forum: How to......
Topic: Jib sheet
Replies: 18
Views: 23456

Re: Jib sheet

Mal, from my visualisation of you are saying at some point in the tack you must have let go of the main sheet My understanding (pls correct me if wrong Mal) is something like this... http://www.intcanoe.org/misc/malsheet.gif There's a bridle (blue) from shroud plate to shroud plate with a mainsheet...
by Mal Smith
Mon Dec 09, 2013 10:44 pm
Forum: How to......
Topic: Jib sheet
Replies: 18
Views: 23456

Re: Jib sheet

See linked photo. Not the best photo because the mainsheet is slack, but hopefully you will get the idea. You can see the bridal bocks lying on the deck with bridal leading to either chain plate. When sheeted on hard with the bridal taught, it is almost block to block. In the photo you can also see ...
by Mal Smith
Mon Dec 09, 2013 10:43 am
Forum: How to......
Topic: Jib sheet
Replies: 18
Views: 23456

Re: Jib sheet

jimc wrote:Wow, that's certainly a radical approach to the mainsheet. I can see a bunch of advantages, but do you not have trouble getting the boom adequately close to the centreline?
It took a bit of trial and error to get the bridal length just right, but once set up it's fine.
by Mal Smith
Mon Dec 09, 2013 5:38 am
Forum: How to......
Topic: Jib sheet
Replies: 18
Views: 23456

Re: Jib sheet

Yes, I'm using off the boom sheeting for the mainsheet. Thinking about it, that's probably why it works! I'm using a bridal for the mainsheet blocks and the jibsheet passes under the bridal. The bridal is actually anchored at each chainplate. Sounds odd, but this system gives me a nice clear deck la...
by Mal Smith
Mon Dec 09, 2013 2:22 am
Forum: How to......
Topic: Jib sheet
Replies: 18
Views: 23456

Re: Jib sheet

For my single jib sheet from my jib boom, I have run it through a swivelling cam cleat base (Ronstan RF5), which is mounted flat on the deck so that the jib sheet can be lead to either side of the boat. I tied the tail of the jib sheet to the tail of the mainsheet, so the jib sheet is always accessi...
by Mal Smith
Sun Dec 08, 2013 11:40 pm
Forum: Latest Developments
Topic: JIB BOOMS
Replies: 10
Views: 15602

Re: JIB BOOMS

....That might get round having that horrible line right up the jib luff. OK, there's a bunch of mess and drag round the foot, but it must be much less than all that line... . Jim, I don't think so. If you take into account the angle of attack, the jib boom vang line is well to leeward of the jib a...
by Mal Smith
Mon May 28, 2012 2:42 am
Forum: Latest Developments
Topic: Proposal for increase in minimum weight to 55Kg?
Replies: 45
Views: 49366

Re: Proposal for increase in minimum weight to 55Kg?

I dunno, from a practical point of view, isn't a target the most important thing a weight limit gives you? I don't think you need a mandated weight limit for that purpose. Without a weight limit, your target weight should be the weight of the lightest boat in the fleet. Sure, if you are building a ...
by Mal Smith
Fri May 25, 2012 2:15 pm
Forum: Latest Developments
Topic: Proposal for increase in minimum weight to 55Kg?
Replies: 45
Views: 49366

Re: Proposal for increase in minimum weight to 55Kg?

I think originally the idea of a weight limit was used to ensure the structural integrity of the boats by removing the possibility of gaining a competitive advantage by cutting corners on the hull structure. Over time it has become more a means of equalising the boats, as may classes allow lead corr...
by Mal Smith
Tue May 22, 2012 8:10 am
Forum: Latest Developments
Topic: Proposal for increase in minimum weight to 55Kg?
Replies: 45
Views: 49366

Re: Proposal for increase in minimum weight to 55Kg?

Although the rules talk about 'THE centreboard' and hull through holes are limited to 'one centreboard trunk and one rudder trunk', I don't think you are actually limited to one centreboard or rudder, as there are 'no restrictions on the design or materials' of the rudder or centreboard. The rules d...
by Mal Smith
Wed Nov 02, 2011 1:52 am
Forum: Australian and New Zealand Forum
Topic: Suggestions for NSW regattas/ sailing days
Replies: 17
Views: 23400

Re: Suggestions for NSW regattas/ sailing days

Chris, Funny you should say that, because my later designs are influenced by your String Thoery! I still haven't settled on a final design yet and probably won't until I put epoxy to wood. For me, a new boat is always on the table but time and money never is and in any case there is a new kitchen to...
by Mal Smith
Tue Nov 01, 2011 12:08 pm
Forum: Australian and New Zealand Forum
Topic: Suggestions for NSW regattas/ sailing days
Replies: 17
Views: 23400

Re: Suggestions for NSW regattas/ sailing days

ACT Dinghy Championships Race Report (at least... IC race report) by Mal Smith. The racing was held over the weekend of 28th and 29th October 2011 on Lake Burley Griffin under the auspices of the Canberra Yacht Club. The IC's sailed in Division 5 which included B14's. There were 4 IC's and six B14's...
by Mal Smith
Sun Oct 23, 2011 11:33 am
Forum: Australian and New Zealand Forum
Topic: Suggestions for NSW regattas/ sailing days
Replies: 17
Views: 23400

Re: Suggestions for NSW regattas/ sailing days

Ha. I took my boat out today for the first time in whenever as well! I thought I had better get the old body to try to remember what it needs to do rather than throwing it in the deep end next weekend. :-)
by Mal Smith
Fri Oct 21, 2011 9:50 am
Forum: Australian and New Zealand Forum
Topic: Suggestions for NSW regattas/ sailing days
Replies: 17
Views: 23400

Re: Suggestions for NSW regattas/ sailing days

Mine's in too, so I'm committed :lol:
by Mal Smith
Wed Sep 14, 2011 9:00 am
Forum: Latest Developments
Topic: Proposal for increase in minimum weight to 55Kg?
Replies: 45
Views: 49366

Re: Proposal for increase in minimum weight to 55Kg?

If the weight was increased by 5 kg.... that's a lot of carbon! ( in weight, time and cost ) - and where would I put another 13 sq m of carbon? So this would make pro-built boats more expensive ( maybe + £400 for extra carbon on the hull). 5kg of lead would would be cheaper. However, I'm with Jim a...