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by albacore43
Sat Jul 05, 2014 1:34 pm
Forum: Otter Dinghy
Topic: Question about rigging an Otter
Replies: 3
Views: 4676

Re: Question about rigging an Otter

Welcome Andy! I have a similar rig on 158 and have found the following procedure to be satisfactory. When fully rigged, adjust forestay so that mast is upright or very slightly raked back when boat is level. Shroud tension is then adjusted to allow boom a maximum swing to just before shrouds. Readju...
by albacore43
Sun Feb 09, 2014 10:03 pm
Forum: Otter Dinghy
Topic: Cruising an Otter
Replies: 2
Views: 4208

Re: Cruising an Otter

Not wishing to pry but if you let us know your "rough" location, you may be able to liaise with an Otter owner on this forum to see an example first-hand.
by albacore43
Tue Dec 31, 2013 10:19 am
Forum: Otter Dinghy
Topic: NEW YEAR
Replies: 0
Views: 5177

NEW YEAR

Can't let the year end without a post being added for six weeks!
So here's wishing all members and guests a happy and healthy 2014 with as much enjoyable sailing as time and tide allow. (That includes you Cweed!)
by albacore43
Fri Aug 30, 2013 8:13 pm
Forum: Otter Dinghy
Topic: Rudder angle
Replies: 4
Views: 5578

Re: Rudder angle

Yes, as vertical as it was designed to be; the stock will determine that. It is designed to give directional stability as opposed to the lateral stability generated by the centreboard which you will find is directly under the centre of effort acting on the sails. Whilst on the subject of rudder func...
by albacore43
Wed Aug 28, 2013 7:29 pm
Forum: Otter Dinghy
Topic: Rudder angle
Replies: 4
Views: 5578

Re: Rudder angle

Fossil, get some stronger knicker support!!
by albacore43
Wed Jul 10, 2013 6:21 pm
Forum: Otter Dinghy
Topic: Capsize
Replies: 3
Views: 4920

Re: Capsize

Torchy, you are right not ot consider transom flaps.
You have already appreciated the uselessness of self-balers if you are not underway, and you certainly will never be that with a hullful of water. Transom flaps will merely have you baling for ever and ever and ever.....
by albacore43
Sat Oct 13, 2012 9:07 pm
Forum: Otter Dinghy
Topic: Otter Mast needed
Replies: 11
Views: 11171

Re: Otter Mast needed

How is it going with you Cweed? I hope that are not encouraging Fiona to pay a nocturnal visit to my sailing club!! I also thought that the Mirror warranted a mention but discovered that the bermudan mast length is a mere 4.75m. Probably have to lower the gooseneck to accomodate all the sail and end...
by albacore43
Sat Oct 13, 2012 3:45 pm
Forum: Otter Dinghy
Topic: Otter Mast needed
Replies: 11
Views: 11171

Re: Otter Mast needed

Fiona, thinking about the required mast, I hope that I will be proven wrong but you are going to be very fortunate to acquire an original one. It might be wise, whilst you are looking, to consider buying a redundant mast from another class of boat. If you go down this road, be sure to get the stays ...
by albacore43
Sat Oct 13, 2012 1:59 pm
Forum: Otter Dinghy
Topic: Otter Mast needed
Replies: 11
Views: 11171

Re: Otter Mast needed

Hello Fiona and welcome! I cannot help with a mast but will relate what I did to enliven two very neglected Otters that I acquired, both of which had been left uncovered in boatparks for a number of years. The woodwork had turned to a grey colour and become very hard. I initially used a fairly coars...
by albacore43
Mon Oct 01, 2012 11:04 am
Forum: Otter Dinghy
Topic: Just bought an Otter.
Replies: 12
Views: 12216

Re: Just bought an Otter.

Nice one "915" but you are not really that tight are you? Cannot add much to that except that if Alant attaches a long enough piece of small diameter rope to the end of the forestay and feeds this through the stem fitting, bringing it back to where he is when about to raise the mast, he will be able...
by albacore43
Sat Sep 29, 2012 12:52 pm
Forum: Otter Dinghy
Topic: Just bought an Otter.
Replies: 12
Views: 12216

Re: Just bought an Otter.

Alant, if you are not having to travel too far to launch or return home, have you considered simply releasing the forestay, tilting the mast back and lifting slightly until you can remove it from the step, then as you lower it to a horizontal position, LEAVING THE SHROUDS AFFIXED, slide the foot for...
by albacore43
Thu Aug 09, 2012 6:10 pm
Forum: Otter Dinghy
Topic: Mainsail Foot
Replies: 4
Views: 6402

Re: Mainsail Foot

Well, I have what appear to be the original spars (and perhaps sails) for 158.
Main has bolt-rope at tack and foot and boom has slot to accomodate the latter.
Sorry for tardy reply!!
by albacore43
Mon Jul 16, 2012 8:10 pm
Forum: Otter Dinghy
Topic: Gunter Rigging Dimensions
Replies: 5
Views: 7677

Re: Gunter Rigging Dimensions

Springer 5, If you are going to fit a gunter mirror rig then I can help with dimensions. I also have Otter 530 to which I fitted the same. Using a standard alloy Mirror mast, I ordered 2 No. shrouds from Jimmy Green Chandlery with the Mirror "top-loop" one end and talurit eye at the other. From the ...
by albacore43
Tue Mar 15, 2011 6:57 pm
Forum: Otter Dinghy
Topic: Otter for sale on e-bay
Replies: 0
Views: 4356

Otter for sale on e-bay

I saw this boat for myself a few weeks ago when I was collecting Otter 158 and it did appear to be in very good condition.
The seller was very helpful and genuine.
Just thought it was worth mentioning in case anyone was interested.
by albacore43
Mon Feb 28, 2011 7:54 pm
Forum: Otter Dinghy
Topic: Gunter Rigging Dimensions
Replies: 5
Views: 7677

Gunter Rigging Dimensions

I have just acquired another Otter, an early gunter-rigged no.158. It has come with all original fittings and sails (in surprisingly reasonable condition) but with one exception; the standing rigging. Whilst I can have this made-up by one of the usual suppliers, I am not in a position to let them ha...