Monday, April 6, 2015

A Class Walk Around / Lay Out

Little video and photos I did over the weekend showing the lay out of my A Class Cat.
I thought this might help a few people looking at setting up foiling systems in their boats and also converting current systems.

Hope you enjoy.





Foil Control
Harken Traveller Car with Spinlock PXR cleat on it. Works great.




Wednesday, March 4, 2015

A Class Foiling Mods

It's been a while between posts but I thought I should share the latest updates I've done to the A Class for the foiling generation. I'm hoping to start posting here again more and more so stay tuned.

The start of this re fit was the scary part when I had to take a 4" grinder and start hacking into 26K worth of boat, but once you start that is it you are committed. Hey at the end of the day there is always a professional boat builder down the road that can fix anything I muck up.

So I've taken my 2011 DNA and added the Exploder Z boards and T rudders to the boat. Me being me just could not copy everyone else and make it the same so I've made a couple of changes in the set up of the systems.
The Master at work / Spare boat in roof in case it all goes pear shape

The main changes I have done is add in a HD spring to pull the board forward and run the purchase system inside the case rather than on top of the deck, this gives a clean low windage deck. I also played around with the foil leads to different parts of the boat but the current one with the cleats near the boards seems to be the best.


Boards have been moved 70mm out and 75mm forward

Cutting the old case out. Hole at the front is where the arm goes in to cut the bottom of the case out.


The part that took the longest was the measuring and re measuring before cutting, i really took my time in doing this as i only wanted to do this once and make it as light as I could without going to far and it all falling apart on the first sail.

Grind out all the old case to save weight

The new board case is just stuck in with Sikaflex with some laminated at the top.

Foam glued in to save weight filling in the gaps before the carbon was laid over the top. Nomex removed and solids added where the screws will go for the slider plate. 
Almost finished product

Internal workings, I have gone up a spring size since this photo.

Exit hole for the foil control.

The first sail was good, the rudder set up felt very nice and the rest of the boat felt just like it was last time I sailed it. There was only 6-8kts of breeze but I still got a little bit of foiling happening so it felt very promising. Heading out again this weekend after a few adjustments so we will see how it goes and fingers crossed some more breeze.

Pretty much ready for testing but far from finished.

This has been a great exercise to re test my boat building skills and learning process about foils. Still a long way to go to get the finished product but the end is near in the building part. The learning part will never stop.

More to come soon.



Thursday, March 14, 2013

Objective Australia Launch 'Be there'


Unless you have been sleeping under a rock for the past year you should know all about the Red Bull Youth AC coming up and how Australia is finally going to make it back into the cup (ok not the real one but close enough).

Below is a message from Super Coach Traks Gordon about the launch.

Hi All,

As you are most likely aware Objective Australia was successful in obtaining selection to compete in the inaugural Red Bull Youth America's Cup in San Francisco, September 2013.

To celebrate, you are invited to join us at RPAYC on Sat March 23 to meet the team, hear about the pathway to this point and the plans moving forwards.

This is an exciting opportunity for the young sailors competing. More importantly, it is exciting for Australia as finally we again have a team to follow in this most prestigious event.

I really hope you can attend.

If you can't come please like our Facebook and enjoy our journey http://www.facebook.com/ObjectiveAustralia?ref=hl#!/events/460593260680983/

Kind Regards,

Traks
 

Skipper Jason Waterhouse

Super Coach Traks Gordon

Please if you're free this night come down to the club as we want this night to be the biggest night ever.

Mmmm which sail this weekend

My quiver of A Class sails and masts, what to use this weekend for the NSW State Titles.

 

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Victorian A Class State Titles 2013

Stephen Brayshaw takes out the 2013 VIC State Titles, in a close forte battle.

Winner Stephen Brayshaw

5th Place Dave (Demon) Parker

Results

Nacra 17 Sending it


Had to put this up as it's a great photo. The multihull world is moving forward in fast forward which is great to see. The whole world is finally catching up and people are starting to have fun again.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Sorry All

I have to say sorry for my lack of updates on here but after a few computer problems and a truck load of work and a new little baby all added in the mix, time has been one small thing that has been lacking.

But the good news is we are all undercontrol now and up and running again.
So hang around and the reports will start to flow again.

The bad news is due to everything that has been going on I had to make a huge call and miss out on doing the record run to Hobart on the mighty TA.
The good news is the boys pulled it off and set a new record, now we just need to find another to chase.