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Beacon Hill Ben replied to curt goodnight's discussion tiller length- amount of rudder swing
"Rudders become less effective once they swing out more than 30/35 degrees, then they start acting like brakes. So if you can swing them 35/40 degrees in both directions, you are good."
Jul 19, 2016
Beacon Hill Ben replied to matt connolly's discussion Shroud position??
"You may be best off contacting James Wharram Design and get their help with your mast/rigging plans. Buy the Waka plans from them?"
Jul 13, 2016
Beacon Hill Ben replied to matt connolly's discussion Shroud position??
"Hi Matt, like you, I am not a naval architect. I would be very careful making changes to the shroud positions from the original designs. Worst case scenario, you get the loads on the mast and shrouds wrong, you loose the mast during a big blow and…"
Jul 12, 2016
Beacon Hill Ben replied to Bill & Houston Barker's discussion New PCA Website is Online
"I have send you a Friend request with my email address, thank you!"
Jul 8, 2016
Beacon Hill Ben replied to Anthony hunt's discussion Looking for a Tiki 38 or Pahi 42
"Hmmm, cheap is cheap for a reason, and "glass" is not necessarily better, it sure would be heavier. I'd rather have a young, very well built ply/epoxy boat like this one, built by Gunter, with all new gear and engines. Seems $75K is a…"
Jul 6, 2016
Beacon Hill Ben replied to Bill & Houston Barker's discussion New PCA Website is Online
"Great, I have sent you a PM..."
Jul 6, 2016
Beacon Hill Ben replied to Bill & Houston Barker's discussion New PCA Website is Online
"Who has the "complete collection of all 75 of The Sea People magazines"? Could you please make them available for download, using some simple cloud based file sharing? Thanks!"
Jul 4, 2016
Beacon Hill Ben commented on Zee Nagual's blog post TIKI 30 unfinished for sale
"Sorry to hear of your troubles mate, that sucks. Will send you an email."
Jun 25, 2016
Beacon Hill Ben replied to Anthony hunt's discussion Looking for a Tiki 38 or Pahi 42
"This is a great looking Tiki 38:  Tiki 38 “C-Turtle” launched 6th Aug 2008. New engines. Asking price 75,000.- US$ http://www.seascape-asia.com/boats-for-sale"
Jun 25, 2016
Beacon Hill Ben posted a video

Sneekweek preview 2016

Van 6 t/m 11 augustus staat Sneek in het teken van het jaarlijkse zeilspektakel van de Sneekweek. Maar liefst 45 verschillende zeilkassen verschijnen dit jaa...
Jun 22, 2016
Omar M. Rashash replied to Beacon Hill Ben's discussion Aluminium mast for Hitia 17: 80, 90 or 100mm OD? in the group Hitia 14 & 17 building
"I'm pretty sure they just missed changing the gaff dimension when they repurposed the Tiki 21 rigging plan. You'll also need to draw out the gaff to reflect the 3-1/2" mast diameter. Also, much easier to do as a bent lamination than…"
Jun 16, 2016
Beacon Hill Ben replied to Beacon Hill Ben's discussion Aluminium mast for Hitia 17: 80, 90 or 100mm OD? in the group Hitia 14 & 17 building
"Wow, what a glaring mistake in the H17 plans: Sail head is 6'6"/1970mm, and the gaff is specified as 4'11"/1500mm. Maybe they meant to write 6'11", which would be 83"/2100mm, and close to your recommendation of…"
Jun 16, 2016
Omar M. Rashash replied to Beacon Hill Ben's discussion Aluminium mast for Hitia 17: 80, 90 or 100mm OD? in the group Hitia 14 & 17 building
"The mast height is to plan."
Jun 16, 2016
Beacon Hill Ben replied to Beacon Hill Ben's discussion Aluminium mast for Hitia 17: 80, 90 or 100mm OD? in the group Hitia 14 & 17 building
"Thanks Omar, that heads-up on the gaff length is worth a beer, I owe you! I shall check the plans against the Rolly Tasker sail info. Nice effort on your mast, look good. 13Kg finished weight is awesome, just what I needed to know. Did you built the…"
Jun 16, 2016
Omar M. Rashash replied to Beacon Hill Ben's discussion Aluminium mast for Hitia 17: 80, 90 or 100mm OD? in the group Hitia 14 & 17 building
"Well, my Hitia 17 mast was built to plan with two exceptions. It was constructed from Douglas Fir using birds mouth construction and it has an 18" extension x 2-1/2' diameter, because it's gaff rigged. Finished weight is about 29…"
Jun 16, 2016
Beacon Hill Ben added a discussion to the group Hitia 14 & 17 building
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Aluminium mast for Hitia 17: 80, 90 or 100mm OD?

Hi, I have recently purchased Hitia 17 plans #398. I am looking at the options for an aluminium mast as here in Australia, aluminium tube is quite cheap (wood/glass/epoxy would be more expensive, plus a lot more work). The H17 plans have the OD of the mast at 90mm/3.5" and per the Wharram FAQ, the wall thickness should be 1/8" or 3.175mm.Problem is that I cannot find any tube at 90mm, only at 80mm or at 100mm OD, both at 3mm wall thickness, in 6060 T5.  The 80mm weighs in at 12.7Kg and the…See More
Jun 16, 2016

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What boat (s) are you building or do you own?
Hitia 17 first, then a Tiki 38
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Sydney, Australia

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