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    Posted: 26 Nov 06 at 4:35pm
Took out the Dutchman yesterday up at Queen mary - was blowing a good 4/5 and not too gusty.
We were going like stink and even keeping up with some of the windsurfers!
After a good 40 mins, part of the furling gear at the bottom of the genny snapped and suddenly went horizontal from the top of the mast! Turns out the rod that snapped was made from aluminium and was completely not up to the job. I also discovered after examining the damage, the bridle bracket that holds the forestay must have taken such a massive shock, it had snapped the top section of the bridle. Anyway- i have now repaired the forestay so the mast wont fall down in these gales and am trying to get some stainless to make up a new section for the furler. Not least buy another quality pre-enjoyed genoa as the one it had is now in shreds after having a row with the spreaders.

Hope everyone had a better weekend than me!!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jamie Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Nov 06 at 1:06pm

Hard luck, Never seen that one done before.

but at least it all went bang in a blaze of glory. And It sounds like you were going at speed, so thats all good.

Hope it's all fixable and you get back out there soon.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Offshoretiger Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Nov 06 at 2:57pm

There may be some "quality pre-enjoyed genoas" available via the contacts on the FD website

Hope you managed to get the furler sorted

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Post Options Post Options   Quote catmandoo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Nov 06 at 3:53pm

I would expect tha rather not up too job ,it was past its design date , trust it must have been no chicken , i would cast a jaundiced eye over most fittings on a boat of the pressumed age and replace anything else liable to give way .

 

especially rivits in an ole ally mast etc , how old's the rigging ??? all worth a good squint at , you broke the weakest link , gotta guess the next one.

 

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Was going like stink- up to catamaran speed nearly! and the crew said he could see the front of the centreboard!
The breakage i think is a bit of stupidity on my part- i should have realised that a biro sized tube of alu would hold the main strength of a dutchman rig.
The furler isn't original by any means as it is a recent harken and looks as if it has been made from the nearest thing possible. Has anyone got any photos of how their genny is fixed? would be useful to get a reference point to modify the design.

As for the rest of the rigging, the shrouds look recent and the brackets, save for the spreader bracket, looks ok too. Famous last words.


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Post Options Post Options   Quote Offshoretiger Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Nov 06 at 6:37pm
Unfortunatley my boats about 5000 miles away right now so I cant help out with photos. Neil might if he turns up on here. Or PM him and ask
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Post Options Post Options   Quote NeilP Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Nov 06 at 10:09am

Probably best if you come down and have a look Chris. My boat is at Bewl Valley near Tunbridge Wells. I might be able to find a genoa for you too. PM me if you want to come down.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Thunderchild Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Nov 06 at 10:36am
Cheers Neil. I have sent you a message.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Thunderchild Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Jul 07 at 4:12pm

I sold the 5o5 to a chap in Southampton and am now up in Blakeney in Norfolk with the Dutchman for 2 weeks. Got it right on the plane today and going really well. Really flying along.

Kept up with a dart 18 which really annoyed him!

Might enter a couple of races with it and see how it goes.

Need MORE WIND!!!!!! nearly got on trapeze today but nearly isn't good enough.

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The Dart seems to of overtaken you? 
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