Mike Fahle (Mikefahle) on Tuesday, March 27, 2001 – 11:32 pm:


# 30 is sold – Congratulations to all of us! We have sold out the first truckload of thirty Mystere 4.3s that are being introduced to North America. The last smart person to join us is Uwe Eickert of Fremont, Ohio who will be sailing out of PCYC, increasing the size of that fleet! Welcome Uwe (pronounced OOV, I think) to the newest, largest one-design class in Ohio and maybe the entire Midwest! More boats will be available at the price for the last five but delivery will be up to the buyer unless a quantity order can be arranged.

DELIVERY – Friday, April 20, is only three and a half weeks away. Hopefully the cold weather we are having now will allow it to be unusually warm then! Yves Sansoucy, President of Mystere, is planning to travel here Thursday so that we can be at Port Clinton ready to unload and assemble boats with us on Friday morning. He will bring along an assistant and the plan is to have the truck arrive and get the work started by 9 A.M. We are planning to have all boats assembled on Friday and to have instruction on rigging and sailing on Saturday. Obviously, anyone who is there on Friday to help assemble boats will get valuable rigging experience. It would be best for everyone to be available both days but that is not required. We plan to go sailing off the beach at PCYC on Saturday. Boats will be available for pickup, with the Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin after the balance due is received. An address and map will be included in the next newsletter and further details will be communicated as they become available. Plan now to take that Friday off work and join us if you can!

CAT TRAX – I am ordering Cat Trax at the end of this week, also. I have spoken with the owner of Florida Sailcraft who makes Cat Trax and he has a narrower cradle available that was made for the Hobie 20, so we will specify that one. They will make these Cat Trax to fit these boats. The Tiger Trax which have hard plastic wheels are $292 (not recommended). The Cat Trax which have black rubber tires and aluminum rims cost $362. These prices are with shipping free if we order at least six and have them shipped together to Port Clinton. Shipping separately would be pricey. So far I have three orders:
Young (2) and West . Please contact me by the end of the week to order.

TRAPEZE WIRES – The following have ordered an extra set of trapeze wires:
Newbury, Diamond, Tracey, Young (2), Attard, Steed, Blohm. These are $65 per set of two. Anyone else who wants another set (one set comes standard), please let me know by the end of the week. FWIW, 18 harnesses were ordered last week.

TRAILERS – Park McRitchie has placed the order for trailers. I think that five trailers were ordered which allowed for the first quantity price break. Everyone else should already have a trailer or can borrow one or make some other arrangement to get take their boats from Quick Spray, Inc. NOTE: Take a good look at the photos of the boat on the website. You will see that the skegs end farther forward than on the Hobie Wave, in front of the rear cross beam. This will not work well with the standard trailer crossbar set-up. I recommend placing a section of drain pipe or wood between the trailer cross bars on each side to allow the hulls to be supported along their length between the crossbars. I am purchasing several sections of black corrugated drain pipe with a smooth interior wall at a manufacturer in Findlay, Ohio at the employee discount (just another connection). My plan is to use ten foot long 10” diameter pipe cut in thirds to use between the trailer beams to cradle the hulls. If anyone wants me to get them some, let me know. I will try to get some photos of my trailers posted to the website.
The specifications for setting up the trailers and any sail/gear tubes or boxes is as follows: It is 79 inches between keel centerlines and 66 inches minimum distance between the hulls. The beam is 27 inches high so any box should not exceed 26” from the height of the trailer cradles. Other measurements that may be useful are:
It is 70.5 inches from the bows to the center of the main beam and 75 inches between the centerlines of the main beam and the rear beam.

SAIL SPECS – Some of you may have noticed that the sail area specs posted on the Mystere 4.3 website have shrunk. These are the confirmed sail areas for the Mystere 4.3. Apparently the French have grossly exaggerated the sail area on the Sonic model and we were using their figures until Yves sent the accurate ones determined by the sail making software and confirmed by tape measurements. The spinnaker has been set at 15 square meters which translates to 161 square feet. The other change is the color. It will be what is shown in the latest photos that have been posted on the website. We had asked for “Aqua” with blue spinnakers and as you can see in the photos the sail material supplier provided a color that is more green than aqua. Yves told me that green spinnakers would look better with that mainsail color than blue ones would, so that is what we are getting. Probably more than you wanted to know but there are some details that I thought you might be interested in reading about.

WHAT ELSE do you want to know about? We are getting pretty close to having all the issues settled and the details complete. Let me know how else I can serve you and I will endeavor to comply.


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