control systems

Discussion in 'Boat Design' started by zeroth, Nov 24, 2010.

  1. zeroth
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    zeroth New Member

    Does anyone know of any informational sites or can tell me how an A-Class Catamaran control system works? I feel as though I am not looking in the right spots and keep coming up with very little information.
  2. messabout
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    messabout Senior Member

    Please exapand a little more about your meaning of of the words; "control system"

    I take your question to mean what control items are involved. Start with the rudders with tillers, crossbar and a hiking stick long enough to handle while on the wire. Then the main sheet, vang, outhaul, downhaul, and traveler. Those are the basics but there may be some other do-dads that the A cat sailors are using these days, like Barber haulers, cunninghams, shroud tweakers, luff strings and other complications that are more frequently distractive than practical.

    I might remind you that in a serious blow the control system is practically non functional on an "A". Been there done that,(more than once) and miraculously survived.
  3. Fanie
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    Fanie Fanie

    Hi zeroth,

    Are you referring to a hands free steering ?
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