Mingle, when you have the outriggers sorted and you are crossing the wind, haul the sail in close and you will get rid of the sail flutter and it will also give you a real kick in the back as the thing surges forward. If the outriggers aren't strong enough to take the sideways strain you might get wet though. It is a whole lot of fun when you get the nack of sailing.
Watching with interest, increasing distance to fishing spots and saving the legs. One tip on sailing, if you have your Mirage drive fins straight up and down it will help you sail up wind much better.
Someday I'll have money, money isn't easy come by, by the time its come by, I'll be gone! PB: Flathead 84cm, Blue Salmon 66cm, Jew 48cm, Grunter 45cm,Trevally 43cm, Bass 40cm, Coral Trout 38cm, Mangrove Jack 30cm, Bream 25cm, Fingermark 20cm
Okay, I have the outriggers all set up and properly bolted to the hull. I also rigged up a cheek-block and cam-cleat for the furling line and a small block for the mainsheet. I just need some sort of cleat for the mainsheet and then it'll be all sorted.
So I took it out to Lysterfield again today, for an hour, and all went well. The wind was from the SSE around 10-15km/h, gusting up to 20km/h.
Despite my reservations about the lack of buoyancy of the floats, they performed well. I wouldn't say they'd make the Revo impossible to tip, but they'd certainly provide enough flotation for you to be able to react to prevent a potential capsize while under sail.
Being a novice I still have a great deal to learn, but by me leaning into the wind it was easy to keep the Revo straight and level even during the stronger gusts.
I didn't fully test the stability of the outriggers, although I did manage to stand-up (albeit rather unsteadily!) without ending up in the drink!
I found that I could go pretty fast across the wind and managed a top-speed under sail of 8.2km/h. The boat did seem to 'slip' sideways with the wind a little bit, despite having the mirage fins in the vertical position. I'm not sure if this is normal or not. It wasn't a big deal though.
Here are a few pics from the trip:
Rigged-up and ready to go...
From a different angle...
The deck layout, showing furler & mainsheet (still needs work!)
The harken-block and cam-cleat for the furling line...
Mainsheet line and attachment to the sail via bungee and clip... (the bungee is also used to keep the sail wrapped-up when in storage)
Centre crossbar mounts (attached to the hull via 6mmx50mm s/s screws & nuts)...
The two outriggers floats with crossbars attached...
Float sitting at rest in the water - just the right height...
This is the track of the trip - just under 5km, average speed of 4km/h, wind from the SSE...
Hope you find it interesting!
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PB (roadkills): fox 85cm, rabbit 32cm, dove 26cm, dragonfly 11cm, mega-moth 9cm, hippy 195cm
Looks like you're enjoying the sailing. It's addictive.
A couple of questions. Were the Hobie sidekicks not suitable? For what reasons? Could you get a glassing guy to extend them to say 1m length for even more support bouyancy (though this could introduce loadings the Revo was not designed to take)?
Whaler 1.5 m; Tailor 65 cm; Bream 43 cm; Snapper 85 cm; Flathead 98 cm; Estuary cod 55cm; Spotted mackeral 85 cm; Papuan trevally 120 cm & 20 kg; Barracuda 100 cm; Spanish 77 cm; Longtail tuna 120 cm (15 kgs); Sting ray got me (twice) 175 cm