A new sail for Bugsy

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  • 21 Nov 2023 16:25
    Reply # 13282144 on 13282011
    Anonymous wrote:

    The boat being towed is indeed a Paradox and that was me

    Ah, another Pardox, I was thinking the 38ish foot one. This one looks like a wonderful little boat and towing it makes a lot more sense.

    Ok off topic for the thread, no more comments.
  • 21 Nov 2023 08:01
    Reply # 13282011 on 13202628
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hi Alex, yes it's the Uretara River at Katikati, in the Bay of Plenty. The boat being towed is indeed a Paradox and that was me towing it. (The video was a clip from a cruise in company, here if you want to look at it).

    Here's another one. They seem to like Farr 6000s there.

    Last modified: 21 Nov 2023 08:16 | Anonymous member (Administrator)
  • 21 Nov 2023 02:53
    Reply # 13281964 on 13202628

    Thankyou Graeme, what a great video. My wife and I hope to get back to NZ early next year focusing on Northland. When I googled the river, a Bay of Plenty website came up and those same boats featured in a cover pic, amazing. The boat being towed looks like a Paradox and by coincidence someone came through Donnybrook last week towing one. Heading for the south coast of WA where there is lots of suitable sailing. Thanks again for the encouragement, actually I have had nothing but good comments from sailors at Koombana Bay SC in spite of being an old codger with a funny boat. I’m looking forward to lots of sailing this summer and may venture around Cape Naturaliste.

  • 21 Nov 2023 02:41
    Reply # 13281961 on 13202628

    Thankyou Scott, I found the sailmaking challenging and engrossing by the time I finished and almost new what I was doing I was ready to go right on and make another.

  • 20 Nov 2023 20:30
    Reply # 13281821 on 13202628
    Your new sail looks excellent, Alex! Great work.
    Last modified: 20 Nov 2023 20:30 | Anonymous member
  • 20 Nov 2023 19:53
    Reply # 13281803 on 13202628
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The sail looks beautiful Alex. Well done!

    There's a lot going on in the action photo - look at that broadside wake! That photo is magazine-cover material, if you ask me.

    Speaking of which - yes, I agree with you, time for another shout-out and hat's off to Lynda and the editorial team for yet another beautifully presented product.

    PS I'd love to see Bugsy matched up against this little fleet of Bruce Farr trailer boats.

    Last modified: 20 Nov 2023 20:20 | Anonymous member (Administrator)
  • 19 Nov 2023 08:04
    Reply # 13281295 on 13202628

    I’ve just been out for my third sail. I have replaced the old alum tube battens with heavier tube 25mm x 1.5mm, Paul Thomson did advise me this would be necessary. Also my mainsheet had a twist in it and the power wasn’t getting to the top of the sail preventing the leech from doing its wor k. I have fitted Hong Kong parrels and they have taken a lot of the diagonal creases out of the lower panels with more adjustments still to do. My old flat sail was easily oversheeted and I note the new sail can be sheeted much further inboard. 
    With these adjustments it was immediately apparent how the windward performance has improved. The improved angle when the sail filled a the new tack was pronounced, tacking through 90 to 100 degrees and maintains lots of power in fairly light breeze with a light helm. I will be playing with it for ages and look forward to getting out with the local fleet for some comparison 

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  • 28 Oct 2023 07:05
    Reply # 13272624 on 13202628

    Thanks Kurt, it seems to perform better, I reckon the battens between the bottom 4 panels are bending with the downward pull of the main sheet against the HK parrels. I was warned by Paul Thompson I would need heavier battens. Already I am plotting another panel as I have plenty of mast to play with. Also the top panel luffs while the bottom ones are still drawing, maybe too much twist. So lots of messing about yet all good fun.

  • 27 Oct 2023 15:02
    Reply # 13272346 on 13202628

    Alex, that looks great!

    Interested to hear more about it, and how different it is from a flat sail as you use it more. Thanks!

  • 26 Oct 2023 04:46
    Reply # 13271669 on 13202628

    Hey presto here is the new sail. When I first hoisted it I thought, yoiks,what did I do wrong. Back to the website and realised Hong Kong parells were needed. I’ve only been out twice and still tuning but the difference in power from the old flat sail is immediately apparent. I am keen to make a file to document my sailmaking experience and will do so shortly

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