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  • There does seem to be a miss understanding about chine runners. They only work if you have a lifting hull. From what I have read a flat bottomed hull say for example the micro or old shoe does not give you the benefits you would like to see. If you look at Matt Laydens boats they all have some form of curved bottom. I am not an expert, but others have tried - triloboats.com for...
    martin roberts Jan 10, 2011
  • Rod, On my micro the main cabin is separated from the main cabin my a board. This has made me much happier when at sea as the cabin can effectively become a buoyancy tank. If you leave the open step in cockpit you could put in some lockers in the sides to hold things back. I have loose boxes held back by diagonal ropes, not the best. Things do get wet but the things I want to keep...
    Martin Roberts Apr 26, 2010
  • Rod, I do not believe that the original mast would be strong enough to support a junk rig. The navigator plans give the size that Phil thought should be used. Martin On Tue, Mar 16, 2010 at 3:23 AM, rodcahill@^$1 < rodcahill@^$2 > wrote: Hi again from Canberra, Australia, My Micro is progressing well and now have all bulkheads, bow, transom, and sides framed and together plus all...
    Martin Roberts Mar 16, 2010
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  • Col hasler Steel boat for OSTAR: http://sports.webshots.com/album/203372942WjJNoW
    Martin Roberts Nov 25, 2009
  • Hi, I have noticed on my Micro that she can point like other boats but tends to drift off with leeway. When I have a decent tideway under me I get about 100 degrees. In other words the tide acts a leeboard/keel and really helps. When going against a tide I have on a number of experiences found my self worse off after a tack than when I started. In these conditions my Micro becomes...
    Martin Roberts Nov 24, 2009
  • Hi, didn't Phil design a small boat for the OSTAR that was made of steel. I seemed to remember it had a stepped hull like the Micro Trawler. Martin
    Martin Roberts Nov 19, 2009
  • Susanne, I was going to allow Stephen to view my plans but I would not allow him to build from them as they have ineffect been used and license is now expired. Hope you are feeling more yourself. Martin
    Martin Roberts Nov 17, 2009
  • Hi, Having a micro, I would prefer to see some of the flotation chambers currently filled with foam - Closed cell insulation blocks, replaced with sealed compartments that could be used as storage for things like fenders etc. I know the temptation would be to fill them with stuff that would not float,, but having them would be useful. The flotation upfront has taken a bit of a...
    Martin Roberts Oct 7, 2009
  • Hi, A friend called Dylan Winter has made a superb short video of my Micro called Applecross http://www.youtube.com/user/dylanwinter1#play/user/AB980A888C115173/23/IKprDvV7-po Martin
    Martin Roberts Oct 4, 2009
  • Are all us Micro sailer rather smug people? Or is it that we own such a strange looking boat that we are wary of admitting that we might be as odd as the boat we own? Martin
    mmer@btinternet.com Jul 17, 2009