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Pumps, sticks and the eye, aye!

9 February 2016 Phil Smidmore

A sad view at the Nationals, but Phil can help.

"A sad view at the Nationals, but Phil can help."

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Kylie Wilson,

After much detailed measuring of many boats, Chief Measurer Bill Abbott, in conjunction with new ODTC Chairman Bruce Nelson, has developed new garboard profile data to ensure that any alteration of this area post moulding will be very easy to pick up.

He ordered changes to a number of boats at the HKG Worlds on the basis that they had been altered post moulding. We are undertaking some slight changes to our Australian mould to ensure that our boats are within what are now very tight tolerances. All old mould Australian boats will measure, provided the moulded surface has not been altered post moulding.

We have been kept busy with the usual start of the season items, especially pumps not working on the first windy day. The mast levers and forestay swivels continue to sell well, and a number of boats now have an electric bilge pump installed. Remember that Class Rules still require a manual bilge pump. As there is no proprietary fitting for the job, I have been making a custom Y fitting to allow the easy connection of the 25mm electric pump line into the existing 38mm manual bilge pump line.

The batch of masts completed in November are now nearly all sold thanks to some breakages, some voluntary upgrades to new masts, and exporting five off to the UK in early January.

Another batch will be underway very soon in an attempt not to run out of stock mid-season, but with an order for some masts to go to the USA, it is hard to keep up with demand.

Good Sailing,

Phil Smidmore.


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