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bamboo for boat masts and spars ... Oz Goose sailing dinghy

Bamboo for sailing dinghy spars – Oz Goose sailing dinghy

Is bamboo a good choice for small boat spars? As a professional designer I can’t specify bamboo because of a huge variation in density, wall thickness and diameter. However I can recommend some guidelines for bamboo for the Oz Goose to help with experiments.
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downhaul tension for light and moderate winds on lug rig - oz goose sailboat

Rigging details for the Oz Goose sailboat – and other lug rigged sailboats

What we have learned by sailing and racing the sixteen (now 27 as of last weekend) Oz Geese in the Philippines. Some money saving simplifications and some tweaks that will give a lot more performance to most lug rigged (and other boats). There is nothing unusual in these methods, just a translation of regular racing practice in more conventional boats. Don’t scoff – you can say “I’m a cruiser” – but there are times when everyone wants or needs to get upwind 10 or 20 percent faster.
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