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Tiki 21 catamaran 'Cookie' sailing in the Jester Challenge 2010. This clip shows the waves building up as the wind starts to increase to gale force 8. Middle...

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Comment by paul anderson on January 19, 2013 at 12:00am

Cor blimey.You don't call,you don't write,now you post this;)

Comment by Rory McDougall on January 19, 2013 at 6:02am

I know, I know....................you just can't rely on some people!! I finally got a new computer - the missus surprised me for xmas, and so now I can play with the Jester footage without moviemaker crashing on me. Next week or so I should have some of the fun downhill sleigh-ride back to the UK!

Comment by paul anderson on January 19, 2013 at 12:11pm

Phwoar!!!  Goodonya  Rory this stuff is very enlightening.love it.

Comment by Brad Ingram on January 19, 2013 at 9:57pm
Rory, do you feel that your beam mounted anchor/ sea anchor cleats would work on a standard tiki without the trough, or would you make them deck cleats instead with big backing pads? I'm getting close to installing my decks, so I have to plan ahead!
Comment by Rory McDougall on January 20, 2013 at 5:37am

Hi Brad,

I think either way would work. I liked the beam as it was a good high tie-off point for all sorts of uses. The beams on the standard Tiki will be well lashed down and the sockets should stop any shear type movement. If bolting to deck I would make sure that deck beams run right under the mount and big backing pad with large washers etc. It is amazing the forces at work on these cleats when at anchor or on sea anchor. At first I followed Wharrams plans for a hardwood cleat glued and screwed to the fwd beam. They broke off very soon after starting to anchor - so went to the second hand boat shops and found the 2 trusty alloy cleats used ever since. When on sea anchor I still take the ends of the warp and tie then round the back beam as a backup if the fwd cleats should be ripped out.

Paul, yes I do have the foam hatch tape under the fwd and skylight hatches. The fwd hatches have to be sooooo watertight its not funny! I have had times opening them after a voyage that I hear air sucked in when cracking the seal - not bad a seal then!! I tried Wharrams string pull-down from inside at first. But beating to windward in a Force6 off a lee shore near Salcombe UK, both hatches slide back and opened a gap of a couple inches for water to pour in. Only noticed when bows felt very low and rudders hardly steered any more!! Hence after I fitted two hefty hinges at the front and a good screw down clamp at the back. Hatches worked great after that except I have to renew the foam rubber seals every year or so.

Hope that helps? Happy building and you too will soon be able to post wet & wild videos!!

Comment by Brad Ingram on January 20, 2013 at 9:04am
Thanks, Rory. It looks like Cookie charges to windward!

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