A lot has been happening on RebelCat 5, and the
happenings will soon appear here and on the RebelCat 5 Updates
page. But first... I'm going sailing on my cat for two weeks,
finally. Here's what's new...
Five new sails: Main, Jib, Small Main (storm
sail), Storm Jib, Huge Jib (goes past the mast, so it might be
something else). I wasn't completely satisfied with the
performance of the two original sails.
Two new centerboards, using a new design
Two rudders - one new and the other is the old
one facelifted, both based on the new CB design. (here)
Mast Cam mount - video from above (hasn't been
Fore Spreader Cam mount - for video of what's
ahead (update: new
video has some of this)
Aft Spreader Cam mount - for video of who we're
leaving behind. These are in waterproof housings I made,
hanging below the spreaders, just above the water. (update:
some footage here)
Boom Cam mount - not the actual sail boom, a
new boom like a spinaker pole which bolts to either the fore or
aft spreader and holds a camcorder to the side and can film in
any direction. (update: This cam mount got spectacular footage
from front and rear. Check the new video.)
I've been asked for video of RebelCat 5 MOVING,
so that's what I plan to do in these two weeks. The DVD has
video of RebelCat 5 sailing in low wind, but cats are fast, or
supposed to be, so I hope there will be enough wind to show
what this cat can do. (update: If you haven't seen it, the
new video shows
Oh, and another waterproof camcorder hanging
from a kite, and another tiny camcorder on a smaller kite.
(update: with both hands on the cat, it was impossible to fly a
New cargo nets aft. The hooks were there but I
never made the nets.
A handful of new cleats in places where holding
rope is nice.
For those interested to know about the sailing
event, it's the Lake Powell Messabout, this year at Hite, UT,
followed by the Kokopelli Cruise - a one week trip downstream
towards Good Hope Bay, camping along the way. Info: http://www.duckworksmagazine.com/06/calendar/powell.htm