We will be listing information and pictures of the latest trends in the Paper Tiger Catamaran class on this page. Stay tuned!
We will be showing:
With the recent changes to the class rules, one of the greatest areas for experiment has been the vang spanner. Here's one example of a new style:
^ Viewed from underneath, you can see the three positions that the vang attachment
(a pulley) will easily sit in.
^ Here you can see the method of attachment of the vang to the spanner, via a pulley. This pulley
is able to move to the lower position on the reach. This position allows the vang to be still under
tension while also having the mast rotated. The boat pictured is "Mojo" (Ian Marcovitch, NSW, Aus).
^ Here is another style. The rope and double cleat controls the amount of rotation independent of the vang tension. If the rope is tightened
completely, the vang spanner operates as per the old-style vang spanners, where vang tension determines the amount of rotation. However,
the rope can be eased out to allow the vang spanner to rotate further (providing more mast rotation) while still having the desired amount of
vang tension. This is a New Zealand vang system (photo supplied by James Cairns). This is similar to a system developed by Jon Pinkerton
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