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    Default Another one hits the water

    On a virtually windless day on the River Avon (Chippenham, Wiltshire, UK) my Kittywake took to the water. Using my first attempt at sailmaking on a Mac rig she even managed to make way against the current.......




    A few bits that still need sorting and a lot of work on the sail.......

    Mark

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    Mark,

    She looks very good.

    I notice that you have taken the poly-bag sail to heart. We are all too old to enter the Games Workshop.

    I see that you have also used the "Sanderson adhesive polymorphic outhaul-downhaul -and-circulation-adjuster" or sticky tape to fix the sails

    Hope to see you on the water soon

    andrew

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    I have always been too old for GW, but I still have a huge Orc army....

    One problem I found with the tape, was that it's reaction to the ambient temperature was different to the sails, I have now replaced the luff tape with Duck tape; only as a temporary measure of course

    I was still very pleased that in virtually no wind she still managed to sail against the current and in front of an audience too; but I have to say that it would have been much easier on a pond.

    Mark

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    From time to tim, I just feel a little bit depressed that I haven't done anything yet and see that a lot of people take some time to build at least one Footy ...

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    Looks like you made a nice job of her Mark. Good looking sail, you have great looking bags there

    Graham

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    Thanks Graham, she sailed beautifully despite the somewhat suspect sail and the almost total absense of wind. I spent yesterday evening recutting the sail and have also "found" of acres of potential sailcloth
    Hopefully one of the other Kittywakes being built at the club will be finished soon as it will be interesting to match the Mac rig against the standard one
    Cheers for a great boat
    Mark
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    Mark,

    You may have christened her "in the Red", but its only a small debit

    Nice pics on Karen's website -
    I have been studying the bow-on closeup and wonder what the transverse feature just behind the mast location is? Looks a bit like a carbon rod through a couple of eyes?
    Its not a spinnnaker boom izzit?

    I love the nice radii on your Z-bend - perhaps we need to find a new name for it if the curves catch on?

    I have modified all the above-deck fittings on my RAV-the-Razor because the sail control eyes and mast step tube used to stick above the box, and this was pointed out by Roger Stollery, no less. The ones at the bow are more critical than tillers, etc on the rear decking since they sit in the box bow-up

    Not criticising, Mark, lovely job and I hope that I don't see too much of her transom.
    andrew

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    Andrew
    The transverse carbon rod is part of a cunning mainsheet traveller idea that I am working on.

    The theory of easy radius bends is to provide some "give" in the rig as I am using stiff carbon spars.

    As the Kittywake has a relatively shallow keel I wasn't too worried about the protusions; however the next boat (Simply Red ?) w ill fill the box that is a very valid point.
    With regard to the transom... That is the nicest part
    Mark

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    Hi Mark,
    Found this forum at last!
    My freesailing (hollowed out) balsa footy will go sailing tomorrow, I hope! Looks very different to anything I've seen on here, but won't have the volume for remote control. Currently being inspired by scow moths in my design for the next one - that is if cats aren't allowed!

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    Rupert,

    Great to hear of another footy hitting the watter.

    My footy Sloice is 14mm wide - one AA cell wide - and when I can afford a receiver narrow enough to fit will take her place in history (I might sail her with infra red control in the meantime - THAT will confuse the frequency control)

    Gary S has also sailed (and sunk) footys of infinitesimal volume, so there may be hope - give us some sizes and pics, please

    andrew

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