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  • Posted by Roger Stephens

    The nature of the repair will depend entirely on what you have found: Bearing in mind that the last 18ft Tosher was built several years ago and that the cockpit sole would have been made from 3/4" plywood (probably WPB BS 1088) areas of the wood laminations and the water-proof glue which bound...

  • Posted by Aeolus FWB28

    Thanks for that! I didnt know that it was available online.

  • Posted by Clive ffitch

    Ever thought of using your local NCI (National Coastwatch - ex-Coastgurad) station? I use the one at Polruan for conditions at Fowey, and it is damn 'andy!

    Try http://www.polruan-...

  • Posted by Clive ffitch

    Hi Graeme,

    I launch and recover my picarooner Winnow, by myself, usually on a fairly steep launch ramp, and find it quite easy. The worst bit is sometimes having to give the bowsprit/bows a hefty nudge (steamin' great shove!) to get it to roll down on the centre rollers. Jason's idea of...

  • Posted by Brian Neale

    I was talking to someone at the Boat Show today who owns a Cornish Pilot Cutter 30. He reckoned that the ST4000GP worked well for him (I think pretty much the same as the ST4000 but with metal not plastic gears) but he used it almost entirely when motoring and very little when sailing.

  • Posted by Aeolus FWB28

    Brian, I use an ST 4000 on Aeolus. However it was pretty useless until I installed a rudder ref unit. This gives feedback of rudder position to the autopilot. It fits easily on the 28. Mine is inline with the pintals. You have to change the autopilot setting from tiller to wheel in dealer set up...

  • Posted by Brian Neale

    Like most, I use the leeward winch. I have fitted some (probably oversized) bronze 2-speed self-tailers for foresail sheets and I do not have too many problems with those, although the sheets and running backstays fitted from new are just about on the upper limit of what the winch ST jaws will...

  • Posted by Brian Neale

    Well, preliminary results with the simple pinrail are encouraging! I tried it out yesterday with a short sail down Southampton Water and back, varying between a broad reach and a close reach. On the wind, Victoria Ruth holds as good a course if I let go of the tiller as if I keep control - if...

  • Posted by Guest

    Pinning the rudder seems to work on the few times I've tried it, but I don't know how good it would be for the long haul.

    I was thinking of fitting a wind-vane type steering system (Nick Skeates design); although I have to build it first :(

    Anjan
    CrazyH, FQP35

  • Posted by Brian Neale

    As with most FWB28 owners, I use them more out of a sense of security but without really knowing how necessary they are! I sail a lot single-handed (when I manage to get out at all...) and there is a lot of string to handle when you tack; leaving the RB's out of the equation would certainly make...

  • Posted by Colin Stroud

    Emily, I like your ideas of the events and the good locations to visit listings.

    However, I am not sure about the usefulness of the weather sites. I have found that everyone has their own favourite weather sites based on experience of their accuracy and the format of the display and so...

  • Posted by Guest

    great!!!!
    I just build a forum for the dutch oldgaffers. So I know what a hell of a job it is to make it. see: www.oldgaffers.nl.

    my compliments

    Joachim van Houweninge
    Ragamuffin

  • Posted by Guest

    Well, I must conceed that I'm not sure that the benefit is worth the cost; especially if the price on the classicmarine website (now bookmarked, thanks) for 24" levers is anything to go by. That's why I wanted some other opinions. :)

  • Posted by Aeolus FWB28

    Yes I see. so you grab the rope, find the loop?, and hook it on. Quite simple.
    But seeing as you've already got an expensive winch to use why not use it instead of shelling out ££££s on Highfield levers? Also with the winch you can vary the tension, although I'm not sure if this is an...

  • Posted by Guest

    As I understand it, you hook the end of the stay onto the lever and push /pull the lever over through 180° to apply the tension.

    When you let it off the end unhooks and the stay is free to fall back as far as required.

    But as I've never used 'em myself I could've got it wrong.

  • Posted by Aeolus FWB28

    You can get Highfield Levers from Classic Marine...

  • Posted by Guest

    Hello everyone,

    great to see the forum online; though I'd add a couple of useful websites to those that Aeolus has posted:-

    http://expert.weatheronline.co.uk

    (NB: no www on the...

  • Posted by Sally Coward

    Hi Brian

    The AGM will be on Saturday 21st October at Mylor Yacht Club. Notices will be going out to members shortly.

    Regards
    Sally

  • Posted by Brian Neale

    There seems to be a forum on the web for most of my other interests, so it's good to see this one now up and running as well!

  • Posted by Sally Coward

    Hi Graeme

    The Picarooner is an ideal family boat, stiff and safe. One member did install a fairly large genoa and got a better windward performance. I am not sure whether you wish to be beating hard up to windward with your family on board. We had a Picarooner for five years.

    ...

  • Posted by Sally Coward

    Hi Bob and Steve,
    For safety we have always made sure that the windward backstay was up tight even when running. This is out of an abundance of caution but better that than a broken mast perhaps.

    Delighted to see you are all enjoying the forum.

    Sally and Martyn

  • Posted by Aeolus FWB28

    Hi Bob, I had hoped that someone who actually knew what they were talking about would reply.
    I do have a backstay on all of the time but I think they are only necessary when running or when beating hard. The backstays not only support the mast but tension the jib halyard.
    In light...

  • Posted by Guest

    Now that sounds exciting! - I"ll be sure to check my 'bolt' tonight.

    Sorry for your misadventure, but this sure shows how helpful this forum can be - thanks for sharing.....

  • Posted by Emily Coward

    No problem Steve. Glad you got it sorted :)

  • Posted by Aeolus FWB28

    Thanks Emily, all sorted now.


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