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MY RAPTOR

Discussion of my own Raptor experiences and modifications. Click here to see a list of gear (clothing and equipment) I've bought for my Raptor. Solway Dory deserve a special mention as they have helped me with repairs and improvements to my Raptor on many occasions. My Raptor 16 review.

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Jun 12

Forward iako damage and repair.

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Apr 12

Solo sail with passenger from Blackness on Forth estuary.

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Apr 12

Install passenger seat on sidecar & modify anchoring system.

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Apr-May 11

Loch Ken Meet over the Royal Wedding/Monday Bank Holiday long weekend. My first visit to this loch.

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Apr 11

Loch Lomond Local Meet. Mini-expedition to north of loch.

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Aug 10

Loch Lomond Meet. Solo sail to northern end of loch with one night's wild camping. Most challenging sailing conditions so far.

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Jul 10

Ullswater Meet. Hull and ama repair. New Solway Dory carts.

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May 10

Five Lochs Expedition. Damage to main hull and ama by carts.

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Apr 10

Rutland Water Meet. Ama flying practice.

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Sep 09

Coniston Water Meet. Rudder cable improvements, rudder stops installed, rudder pedal hinges replaced (again).

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Aug 09

Loch Lomond Meet. Difficult lee shore launching, rudder cable failure and emergency repairs.

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Jul 09

Ullswater Meet. Sail repairs, seat backrest strengthened, boom fairlead repositioned, external rudder cables fitted.

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Jun 09

Coniston Water Meet. ama flying, escaping from the "irons", limitations of the foil.

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May 09

Tayvallich Meet. First extended portage, sail, seat backrest and rudder cable damage.

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May 09

Bala Meet. Sidecar modifications, Molly cart improvements, POV camera first use, Hobie hatches installed, stern ferrule fitted.

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Apr 09

Rutland Water Meet.

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Nov 08

Article written for The Gossip, describing rigging modifications.

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Oct 08

Windermere camping expedition. Problems tacking anti-clockwise.

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Sep 08

Bala Meet. New boom, Cunningham and leech tensioning system installed, new mast step bushing, rudder and Molly cart improvements.

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Aug 08

Loch Tummel Meet. Prototype leech tensioning system trialled, loose mast step bushing, Molly cart improvements.

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Jun 06
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Jul 08

Purchase process, roof rack system, garage storage system, delivery, shipping damage, portage system #1, foil bracket damage, daggerboard failure, mast step leak, wooden daggerboard purchased, larger (6") hatches installed, SS rudder pedal hinges fitted, sidecar modifications, leaking hatch, christening.

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