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 Post subject: My Getaway Modifications
PostPosted: Mon Jun 24, 2013 2:07 pm 
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These are my personal modifications.

1) Trapeeze Ropes – These bad boys keep me from becoming a rope-swing missile, or simply loosing my footing. One rope goes from beam to beam, with another rope that connects the trapeze ring to this rope using a “Blake Hitch”. This allows you to custom lock yourself from moving forward or backward anywhere along the hull – but still allowing quick escape upon emergency. Downside is it takes some time to learn how it sets up and moves. You have to custom adjust it every time, but once you figure it out, the extra 15 seconds is rewarded with unmatched stability. I even use this solo. No more losing foot contact with the boat, no more being launched forward, no more slip sliding around! When you hit turbulence, the angle of the rope actually forces you into the hull, so you can absorb the shock with your legs.
http://s1294.photobucket.com/user/chris ... sort=3&o=6
http://s1294.photobucket.com/user/chris ... sort=3&o=5

2) Main Downhaul – nothing that hasn't been done before, but I hadn't seen it on the Getaway.
http://s1294.photobucket.com/user/chris ... sort=3&o=3

3) Forestay Downhaul – Ever have trouble getting tension just right? A must for solo rigging.
http://s1294.photobucket.com/user/chris ... sort=3&o=8
http://s1294.photobucket.com/user/chris ... sort=3&o=7

4) Beaching ramp – I imagined beaching her on this rock ledge. This is the result. The 60' winch line can tow her up on the dual cat trax/tiger trax even at low tide.
http://s1294.photobucket.com/user/chris ... sort=3&o=2
http://s1294.photobucket.com/user/chris ... sort=3&o=2
http://s1294.photobucket.com/user/chris ... sort=3&o=1

5) Cat trax cradles – These homemade cradles (Oatey 4 in. x 3 in. PVC DWV Saddle Tee Kit) cost $10 each. I put a 3” PVC pipe into the bottom to help guide a doorknob hole drill bit through to make an arch in the bottom. Then I use a dremel sanding bit to widen it to fit the axle. Even comes with the hardware, but it will have to be reworked when it rusts.
http://s1294.photobucket.com/user/chris ... sort=3&o=0

6) Cat trax rope extensions – this rope system prevents the cat trax axle from moving around under the boat. I used a “Carrick Bend” knot to attached a new line to the existing line. The two lines meet and clasp to a D ring I have around the wing seat hardware.
http://s1294.photobucket.com/user/chris ... sort=3&o=0

7) Sailtube – Corrugated sewer pipe. Get one. Make it long enough to store the tiller with the hotstick attached.
http://s1294.photobucket.com/user/chris ... sort=3&o=4

8) Mast Support – dreamed this up after a bumpy road. Use some old parts to keep the mast from bouncing/flexing during transport.
http://s1294.photobucket.com/user/chris ... ort=3&o=10
http://s1294.photobucket.com/user/chris ... sort=3&o=9

Post yours, maybe we can swap some good ideas!


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 25, 2013 12:30 pm 
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Nice.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 02, 2013 8:14 pm 
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Well done! Very inventive.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2013 4:19 pm 
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Hello,

Nice modifications.

Here are pictures of the modifications I've done of the past 10 years.
http://www5.snapfish.com/snapfish/fe/l= ... s%22%7D%7D

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 25, 2013 6:05 pm 
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thank you hobie1canobe.
May you develop a little more the usage of the trapeeze ropes? have you a picture wile using it ?

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 25, 2013 8:13 pm 
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I don't have pictures of it in use. But the key is in the “Blake Hitch”

http://www.animatedknots.com/blakes/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2h3AtQnykY

A short rope (3 ft? in TAN on my pics) is knotted in the center to the trapeze dogbone connection, with each end tied in a Blake Hitch in opposite directions onto a second, long rope (15ft? BLACK on my pics) that runs from either end of the wing seat brackets, with a D-ring.

The entire TAN Blake Hitch system can slide along the BLACK rope when not under tension. However, as soon as tension is applied, the Blake Hitch grips the BLACK rope and locks you in place.

To properly set, once you are trapped out, you must pull the BLACK rope through each Blake Hitch such that the slack is pulled in between them, and produces tension in either direction. You still trap exactly the same way, but the dogbone is ends up locked in 3 directions - up to the mast, forward and backward.

It can be a pain to get in and out of, since the trapeze wires are in the middle of the boat, yet you need generally want to move your weight to the back, and this needs to be reset every time. And there are lines running that end up in the way at times you don't need them. But I assure you, it is easy once you figure it out (a little tricky solo) – but provides stability second to none.


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