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Tom Kirkman

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Astus for Sale
« on: September 09, 2016, 04:13:43 PM »
Astus 16.5, like new, sailed only twice. One owner. Have invested nearly $30,000. Will sell for $17,500.

Tom Kirkman

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Re: Astus for Sale
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2016, 05:25:37 PM »
Price reduced - $16,900.

Tom Kirkman

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Re: Astus for Sale
« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2016, 11:13:23 AM »
Price reduced. $15,000.

No rudder assembly.

Tom Kirkman

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Re: Astus for Sale
« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2017, 09:28:29 PM »
$12,000.

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Re: Astus for Sale
« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2017, 10:29:18 PM »
Not a good year with it Tom.?


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Tom Kirkman

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Re: Astus for Sale
« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2017, 10:57:11 PM »
Some fun, but mostly continual work fixing, repairing, more fixing, rebuilding, etc., etc.

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Re: Astus for Sale
« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2017, 11:22:59 PM »
Sorry to hear it Tom
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Re: Astus for Sale
« Reply #7 on: June 06, 2017, 03:04:22 PM »
Sailing is not always on the water.
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Re: Astus for Sale
« Reply #8 on: June 06, 2017, 03:30:45 PM »
You got that right Richard.
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Re: Astus for Sale
« Reply #9 on: June 07, 2017, 10:27:38 AM »
Sorry to hear the bad luck with the Astus.  I've ordered a SeaRail 19 and hopefully it won't have similar problems. 
R/Thom
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Former F24 MK II Single Hand Racer
Former Triak Sailing Kayak
Former Hobie Getaway
Former Weta Crew
Former Windrider 17 Crew

Tom Kirkman

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Re: Astus for Sale
« Reply #10 on: June 08, 2017, 05:57:24 PM »
I suspect the SeaRail is a very nice boat. If they had built it in a 16 or 17 footer, that's what I would have bought.

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Re: Astus for Sale
« Reply #11 on: June 12, 2017, 11:24:12 AM »
Tom,

What kind of repairs have been required considering you've only sailed with the boat 2x? (fyi i'm new to all this, so I'm having difficulty imagining what could go wrong without the boat having been sailed).

-TK

Tom Kirkman

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Re: Astus for Sale
« Reply #12 on: August 29, 2017, 07:42:05 PM »
Not really sure where to begin. Took nearly a complete rebuild and about $5000 to $6000 in new hardware and parts. Parts were missing. Bolts were not backed by washers and sometimes nuts were missing or mis-threaded and locked in place prior to being fully pulled up. No reinforcement under the stemhead. No washers under the mast base and only three bolts instead of four. Rudder mounted off angle by 5 degrees. Odd "S" shaped tiller arm tore out of the rudder housing on 3rd sail. Many cleats unusable due to being lower than the aka bars resulting in sheets that couldn't be cleated unless you moved forward to the cleat itself and pushed the sheet down into the cleat. Shims for aka tubes too short. Poor alignment of just about everything. Trailer and dolly were disasters. Eventually scrapped the $700+ dolly and rebuilt the trailer to accommodate the boat directly. The list goes on and on.

Boat is fairly usable now, although it still has a big problem with gigantic weather helm on starboard tack yet tremendous lee helm on port tack. Somewhat dangerous if used in high winds. Nothing has worked to fix that problem. Mast rake has zero effect. In lighter air it is reasonably safe to sail now.

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Re: Astus for Sale
« Reply #13 on: August 30, 2017, 12:48:31 PM »
Hey Tom, is the rudder still mounted off by 5 degrees or do you think when you fixed it you may have caused the turn to the left tendency.  I'm assuming you used a level and a plumb bob. 
R/Thom
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Former Triak Sailing Kayak
Former Hobie Getaway
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Tom Kirkman

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Re: Astus for Sale
« Reply #14 on: September 07, 2017, 06:52:35 PM »
It's perfect square now.

I have been looking at the mast. The diamond wire arrangement is a single turnbuckle at the bottom front of the mast. There are two attachments up the mast, with rearward angled spreaders. On the one hand this is a neat arrangement because one turnbuckle assures you have equal tension on each diamond wire. On the other hand, on the mast I have, the top attachments are not in the same place on each side of the mast. One is behind mast center and the other is in front of mast center. Not sure what type of weird mast shape this may be creating. I have measuring and aligning to do.