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WR 17 / Re: Water in AMAs
« Last post by rceballos on April 20, 2018, 09:40:21 AM »
I meant Butyl Caulk....Probably tape will work too.
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WR 17 / Re: Water in AMAs
« Last post by rceballos on April 20, 2018, 09:36:19 AM »
Yes I use Butyl on polyethylene...sticks and seals well. 
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WR 17 / Re: Water in AMAs
« Last post by Andy, Seattle on April 19, 2018, 10:57:11 PM »
Given that almost nothing sticks to HDPE unless you hit it with a heat gun, has anyone tried butyl tape for a sealant?  That seems like the perfect solution.
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Astus trimarans / Re: Astus for Sale
« Last post by monomuncher on April 18, 2018, 09:57:33 PM »
Nice choice tp, i have a lake front property so i am able to leave it fully rigged at the waters edge but a long narrow windy path to the open water so need something able to carry an outboard to get there   ;D but the sea rail is too big for what i need,  :'(   there is no austus dealer in aus. so i will have to communicate via email, the new model austus 16.5 has a pivoting cb i would definately prefer the daggerboard to raise in windy conditions which is the model they have on offer to me, hence my concern. I was thinking if i was to weld 6inches onto the ama arms each and a new pin hole should easily be able to widen it by 12inches of extra rm, lengthen stays/tiller extension/ ropes etc.wonder how that would go...Might stop the front beam from hitting the water as easily  the austus rep has indicated it can be righted same as the weta but has never tried /
he also feels there is enough volume in the amanas to lift the middle hull out the water / skim mode would be nice i like to keep my steering..  Tom chime in pls..
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Astus trimarans / Re: Astus for Sale
« Last post by tpdavis on April 18, 2018, 10:30:04 AM »
I made spray guards for my friends' Weta...it lowered the wetness from firehose to garden hose...but the boat was still too wet for sailing fun in 50 degree water and 20 kt winds even with the dry top I bought specifically for it when I crewed for him.  Not sorry to see it go.

I thought I read somewhere that the new Astus 16.5 was redesigned for a centerboard instead of a daggerboard like its bigger brother the 20.5 has.  In any event, you at least will have a local dealer to take any issues to, something that Tom did not have available.  I don't think you should worry overmuch that Tom's issues are endemic to the design. 

I'm enjoying learning my SeaRail but there's no real dealer network to go to for help...Phil (owner) has been very responsive, though, by email or phone contact (but there haven't been any conundrum issues).  It is definitely a fast and dry boat and I like that it folds.  Biggest issue for me is it takes longer than I want to go from trailer to sailing.  Love the self tacking jib.
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Astus trimarans / Re: Astus for Sale
« Last post by monomuncher on April 18, 2018, 08:19:09 AM »
I bought spray guards for the older model weta with smaller chimes, they stop the spray but they also have too much drag on the boats performance, the new model has bigger chimes and the spray is way less  I am considering the sports austus verses the new foam sandwich weta / the austus 16.5 model available to me has Gennaker 20 mē on carbon bowsprit & furler tri-radial Gutter Sport Sails  (20 mē) Traveller Main sail Minor fittings sport (6 blocks Main sheet Tackle, Cunningham,, telescopic tiller extension) Polyester dagger board for sport version motor bracket road trailer with beach trolley. I have some concerns it may be just like toms in regard to the centreboard/helm issues but i have been assured it isnt by the austus dealer. the austus suits my needs better atm but i dont need a lemon...this will be the first one in aus. if i decide to get it.
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WR 16 / Re: Carbon Mast
« Last post by Ricky on April 17, 2018, 11:35:30 AM »
Thanks for the replies, but I'm asking specifically about the WR 16 carbon mast, not Rave or WR 17.
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Astus trimarans / Re: Astus for Sale
« Last post by tpdavis on April 17, 2018, 10:08:18 AM »
He has mentioned that it is faster than his Weta-especially with 2 on board.  The number for the weta is calculated for singlehanding.  I used 2 bodies for all the others including the Astus. 

They have some nice design features on the Astus-I am particularly impressed with the rigging since they managed to put the shrouds attached to the rear ama/aka junction so there's no need for a chainplate and associated reinforcement in the middle of the ama.  They also managed to keep a lot of the spray from drenching the sailors (which is why I won't own a Weta).
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Astus trimarans / Re: Astus for Sale
« Last post by monomuncher on April 17, 2018, 04:51:14 AM »
so in theory the austus 16.5 should beat the weta around the cans in general sailing in all winds.  Tom would know..
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WR 16 / Re: Carbon Mast
« Last post by tpdavis on April 16, 2018, 06:57:19 PM »
Other disadvantages include brittleness-drop it and it needs replacement.  UV degradation over time-takes a long time though and it still conducts electricity though not as well as aluminum.  Not worth the expense, IMO, for a WR17. 
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