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Yep! Very quiet here. Whats everyone thinking about?...

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Created by lachlan3556 1 month ago, 17 Apr 2020
lachlan3556
VIC, 1062 posts
17 Apr 2020 10:12AM
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Hi All,

Its been extremely quiet here for a while now. So in the spirit of keeping the community alive I'd like to ask what everyone is thinking about regarding land sailing?

What builds are people contemplating?
What events are people looking forward to/planning?
Any wish list items for sailing?

Essentially, just a social chat about land sailing


I'll start with how much I wish I could get out sailing!!!! Last year I moved to a new town, repaying dept and don't have anywhere to store my gear. No where to build or store tools is crazy fun! In this time plans are being formulated, mostly around buying a vehicle so I get to sailing sites

kennatt
61 posts
17 Apr 2020 5:07PM
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askd same question one post below

Chook2
WA, 1220 posts
18 Apr 2020 9:42PM
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LOTS of sailing Lachlan, along with Greg we always have a ball.
We go out most afternoons if we can. It's only the wind that stops us.

Greg has helped me with his huge knowledge on sails and also composites with masts, to get me to where I am now. We made these rear wheels at his workshop. Greg is always arriving with sails he's been adjusting/modifying for a test run.

7.2m2 sail here on my mini and we run 4.5" x 26" fatbike tyres to get the floatation we need on our very soft lake. Change back to barrow tyres for racing. You can see how much we press into the soft surface in this pic.

Social distancing here.

Our yachts are now really suffering badly from metal fatigue and cracks are appearing in both ends of the mini chassis. I have done repairs on top of 3 previous repairs. Poor old girl is knackered. Mast mounts failing and my rear axle is laughable the amount of added steel bracing.

My current yacht above is now 5 years old so cant complain too much. Always had big rigs and carrying plenty of weight over really bad surfaces, it's stood up really well. (Your "Lake Lefroy Mini" design is a credit to you Landyacht )
Just hoping it will just last till the winter rains shut us down on Pink Lake.

Also hoping that our new 4.8" x 26" tyres arrive shortly in the post, as we are now running on air. This tyre has covered another 122 kms since this photo was taken.


I'm on the hunt for a 12.5m2 sail and a 2 piece 5500mm SDM mast (38 IMCS or better) for a winter project. Needs to be in West Aust as interstate freight is a killer and is almost non existent at the moment.

Stay safe everyone and catch you when the world staggers back onto it's feet.

landyacht
WA, 5859 posts
19 Apr 2020 2:59PM
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strange that you posted chook. I've just rung kiter john chasing pond liner for a floorpan. with a ll the clearing out i unconsciously left enough materials around for one last mini out of my shed

lachlan3556
VIC, 1062 posts
4 May 2020 1:27PM
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Great to see people still thinking and getting out for a sail!

lachlan3556
VIC, 1062 posts
4 May 2020 1:29PM
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Chook, I still reckon you're getting very good mileage out of your yachts!!!!

Hiko
1197 posts
5 May 2020 5:33PM
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Looking at those pics The mini has evolved a lot over the years !

landyacht
WA, 5859 posts
6 May 2020 6:04PM
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The yachts that the esperance blokart assassins sail are screaming fast. gregs mini just goes like a smoothie.. and the boys sail with massive sails

Hiko
1197 posts
11 May 2020 7:24AM
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Those big windsurf sails that twist off in the gusts take it to another level of fun especially for us that carry a bit of excess baggage

landyacht
WA, 5859 posts
11 May 2020 4:42PM
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gregs don't twist off its just goes faster. I don't think their chassis could handle even the smallest gulley or ridge, but thats not what they sail on

Squidley
4 posts
21 May 2020 9:30PM
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Hey, it's good to see a little bit of life on this forum. A friend made a joke about me sailing my kayak up a hill, which prompted me to look up land yacht racing and now I'm building a Lefroy Mini. Haven't yet figured out where to go sailing near Adelaide when it's finished though.

Hiko
1197 posts
25 May 2020 2:49PM
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Must be someone around Adelaide who can advise on this. Open area with reasonably hard surface is what is required.

Hiko
1197 posts
25 May 2020 2:50PM
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Must be someone around Adelaide who can advise on this. Open area with reasonably hard surface is what is required.

Squidley
4 posts
Wednesday , 27 May 2020 2:15PM
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Hiko said..Must be someone around Adelaide who can advise on this. Open area with reasonably hard surface is what is required.


Beachball's got a few posts on here mentioning Goolwa, and a bunch of salt lakes around Yorketown. Looks like there was an event on a salt lake near Wellington near a skydiving place

Squidley
4 posts
Wednesday , 27 May 2020 9:18PM
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Here's the crooked Mini I'm working on. Slow going; I'm a pretty bad welder and carpenter but we're getting there

sn
WA, 2677 posts
Wednesday , 27 May 2020 10:06PM
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As one dodgy welder to another ....... paint can hide an awful lot of dodgy-ness

Chook2
WA, 1220 posts
Saturday , 30 May 2020 8:32PM
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That is looking fantastic Squidley.
Well done mate!!!!

I'd add a seat belt too.

Squidley
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Sunday , 31 May 2020 8:15PM
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Chook2 said..
That is looking fantastic Squidley.
Well done mate!!!!

I'd add a seat belt too.


Thanks, and oh yeah for sure I will. Guy I got some sails and a mast from said he knew a farmer that built one and immediately put himself in the hospital! Should be easy to find a lap belt at an auto wrecker.

At the moment I'm figuring out a good way to attach the seat back (it's just resting on the rear sprit(?) in the photo). There's probably some pics on this forum where that detail's visible.



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