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Articles From The Log

Here are some highlights of articles that have been published in 'The Log', the newsletter of the Wooden Boat Association of Queensland. If you find these interesting, and would like to receive regular copies of The Log, all you need to do is join the association. Details here.

How Much Bouyancy is Enough?


This is the (only) Golden Bay 11 (normally they are 12 ft but this one was shrunk to fit davits)… she sails and rows and motors well even with up to 5 adults on board. A good all round tender dingy but with buoyancy confined to forepeak and rear thwart.

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Heavy Lifting


When we turned Lyle’s NIS 18, he had a chain block connected to a temporary pivot point at each end of the boat. The attached diagram of a Chinese windless is a do-it-yourself alternative to the chain block for heavy lifting. Also, there is a diagram of how a chain block works, in case that has been a mystery for you. Both diagrams come from the book Self Sufficiency in the Eighties by Mario & Lesley Zolin published by Allen & Unwin in 1983.

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Rogers Reefing Refinement

Roger's Reefing Refinement.

There is another simple string device that deserves publicising - Roger's Reefing Refinement. There are those who are dedicated to rolling the sail round the boom to reduce it's size and spoil its shape. It may be acceptable on the club slipway for a day sail, but not at sea single-handed.

The alternative is what is variously known as points, slab or jiffy reefing. The principle must be familiar to all - pull down and hook, clip or tie a cringle some way up the luff of the mainsail to the forward end of the boom, and pull a line threaded through a similar cringle on the leach of the sail, and part of the foot of the sail is taken out of use.

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New Product

Product review


“The heavier the load – the greater the grip”

For once a product that stands up to the blurb, well so far.

Found these at Whitworths, and they are for securing the likes of a tarp by gripping the edge. The plastic and appear very strong, the grip is helped by an array of serrated teeth on each side of the plate gripping the tarp. It’s in two sections that when slid together over a notched arm clamp down hard on the tarp edge. When a cord is fed through the two sections and tied off increases the pull and the closure of the two sections increasing the grip.

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Coochiemudlo Messabout July was a very busy month with both Matthew Flinders and Caloundra events. The Matthew Flinders re-enactment at Coochie Island was a great week-end again with perfect winter weather about 22 deg daytime to 10 deg overnight with good sailing breeze on the Saturday but very light on Sunday. As the re-enactment is on the Sunday we spent most of the time on the beach. The Wooden Boat Pirates were there again and the distribution of lollies to children from the treasure chest was very popular.

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Huntingford Helm Impeder


Having sailed my 14 ft Harrier single-handed and found myself restricted by the constant need to attend the helm, I decided that I wanted a device to stiffen the movement of the tiller such that the tiller could be left unattended but steady. My experience of dinghies with lashed helms persuaded me that the device would have to be readily adjustable.

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Tiller Lamination

Fabrication of a laminated tiller

My NIS 26 PRESTO was fitted with a kick-up rudder which most times worked very well. However there have been occasions when running in shallow water the rudder strikes bottom and kicks up, which it should do, however when under full sail steering becomes a mammoth task. Instead of a vertical blade a meter or so down you now have a horizontal blade a meter or so out the back. Not good. I once sailed for an hour with a novice on the tiller, he kept quietly saying “gee this is hard work” and me I was just enjoying the day out, until we were about to ram another yacht, “steer away” I quietly commanded in my best squeaky voice “I am trying but it won’t go” only then did I discover the board had kicked up. Poor bloke had been steering all this time with the board out the back, needless to say he hasn’t asked to go out again.

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Haul Out Anchoring System

I was asked recently to describe the above after my demonstration at our July meeting. It goes like this:

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