Archive for April, 2001

April 24, 2001

Newsletter 4/24/01

Mike Fahle (Mikefahle) on Tuesday, April 24, 2001 – 03:48 pm:

THANKS ALL AROUND – Hi Everyone, WOW! What an event the delivery day was! Thirty boats delivered, unloaded, and assembled in only 8 hours inside a building while it rained outside. Out of the hundreds of individual parts involved with thirty boats with a main, jib, spinnaker, and trapeze, only one beam end cap was missing! I am so grateful to Yves Sansoucy, President of Mystere, for coming to the delivery and bringing Denis and Patrick to make the day a success. I am also grateful to all of the owners who worked in teams to get the job done, help and socialize with each other, and cooperate in less than ideal conditions. Now, can you imagine what it would have been like without having Park McRitchie’s facilities available at QuikSpray? Thanks again, Park. In addition, eight trailers were assembled and many trailers were modified. Carol and I really appreciate the cooperation of everyone and the show of thanks from several of you.

BOAT SET-UP – SNUFFER BRIDLES – There are several important changes to make to the spinnaker system that we have learned about already. First, the end of the snuffer should have bridle lines or wires attached back to the jib bridle wire tangs to keep the pole from bending and to keep it attached to the pin on the main beam. The pole can pull off the pin and possibly bend or break without this modification. Any decent line can be used for this. The spinnaker is significantly larger than what has been made for the boat in Europe or in Canada, so this was not needed before.
SPINNAKER HALYARD BLOCK – A recommended change is to drill out one rivet on the spinnaker halyard eyestrap so that the spinnaker block can be removed. Then re-rivet the eyestrap back into place and either tie the original block to the eyestrap or shackle on a swivel block for the spinnaker halyard. This will prevent the spinnaker halyard from jamming in the block or between the block and the mast making it difficult to raise or lower the spinnaker. I tied the block on with high strength, small diameter line using two loops between the block and the eyestrap about 4″ long to allow the spinnaker some separation from the mast and to swivel with the spinnaker away from the mast.
SPINNAKER HALYARD / RETRIEVAL LINE – Mike Teets and others are working out the best way to make the spinnaker halyard and retrieval line continuous. This will make everything work better, especially while single-handing the boat. Look for more info in future newsletters, at the Caesar Creek MAYDAY regatta (best), and on the Mystere 4.3 website that Mike Teets maintains.

PHOTOS – Please send any photos you have of the delivery day to Mike Teets for posting on the website. Hopefully we will have many to view there soon.

REGATTAS – As an incentive for all of you to “come out and play” with your new boats, Mystere is going to award owners with new sails for their boat’s participation in regattas. Provide proof of attendance in five regattas during this year and you will get a new jib. Do the same thing for seven regattas and get a new spinnaker! We will post a list of “approved” events on the website and this will be decided for sure by the MAYDAY regatta (which WILL count), so plan to get your boat there – it will not matter who sails it at any given event – we want to encourage the use of the boats, so feel free to share it with others. Other counters for sure will be all the OCRA events (see: ), the Jolly Roger Sailing Club’s Cattail regatta ( the club Carol and I belong to here in Toledo) and Doug Young’s informal “Can” race at Port Clinton Yacht Club. I will administer this program so if you have an event you want to have considered for a “counter”, call, write, or ply me with good beer at the next regatta! Mystere will underwrite the cost of this awards program as visible support of our new class. I suggested it be based on participation rather than race results to encourage everyone to participate regardless of their experience or skill level. I have never even heard of another sailboat manufacturer doing this for a class – come on out and take advantage of this great offer! Let’s have fun together this season…. often!

ORDERING MORE BOATS – More boats will be available after thirty days as Mystere has order commitments to meet that preclude producing anymore 4.3s before then. After that, Yves told me they can make 2 to 3 boats a week. He is checking into delivery options for varying numbers of boats – obviously the more that are ordered and shipped at one time, the less it will cost per boat.

ORDERING PARTS – It has been an interesting experience organizing all of this and I will remain very involved but I really am doing this as an unpaid volunteer and want time to go sailing! So today Yves gave me the green light to have you order parts directly from Mystere via e-mail to: I would like for everyone to continue helping each other out and we will continue to develop the boat during the season. So please use this just for parts or warranty and use the website or each other for help about rigging or sailing the boat. That is another reason to attend as many regattas as possible, also.

GOING SAILING – Do this as often as possible! 🙂

April 16, 2001


Mike Fahle (Mikefahle) on Monday, April 16, 2001 – 12:12 pm:

Hi Everyone, We are only four days away from taking delivery of our thirty new Mystere 4.3s. This is just to provide some guidance about what to bring along and what to expect. I am eager to see all of you this weekend and to have this responsibility end. I am even more eager to go sailing!

SCHEDULE – FRIDAY; We anticipate starting on Friday morning at 9 A.M. by unloading the truck. This should take less than an hour since many of you plan on being there by nine. After the truck is unloaded we will gather around with Yves who will demonstrate how to put the boat together. It is easier than most boats and will not take long with at least three people working together. So then we will split off into groups of three or four and start assembling boats on the front lawn. This should allow us to be finished with all the boats by noon. Kathey Clark has graciously agreed to acguire lunch for all of us and have that ready as soon as the boats are done or by noon, whichever comes last. That way we can stay “on the job” together and have a little more time to get to know each other. After the boats are assembled we will raise the rigs with the same procedure – watch Yves do one and then work in our groups to do all the boats. That should go even faster than the boat assembly. Then we are free to raise the sails so that everything can be checked out before they are taken away.

We will have a number of short, informal seminars at this stage. For example, we will have people try on their harnesses to see if they fit correctly and so that they know how to do that and then let them practice trapezing so that the experienced sailors can show them how to do it and coach them until they have some confidence. Yves will explain the way the boats are made and how that affects the way you handle them and care for them. I will explain about how to set batten tension, how to trim sails, and proper care for sails. After all the boat related work and information, Doug Young has agreed to explain the new race starting sequence that we will experience under the revised rules. If there is time, I will offer a synopsis of the rules including what was changed from last year. We expect to finish around 4 P.M. Quite a few people are staying overnight and may want to gather together for dinner.

SATURDAY; We will get started again at 9 A.M. and leave by 1 P.M. to go sailing at PCYC, about two miles from the delivery location at QuikSpray. Everyone MUST be there by noon on Saturday to pick up your boat or arrange for someone else to get it by then. We will plan on sailing at PCYC in the afternoon. Anyone who plans to sail should plan to dress accordingly – preferably in a drysuit or heavy wetsuit with appropriate PFD (lifejacket).

BOAT ASSIGNMENT AND PAYMENT – I have previously e-mailed everyone what their balance is which must be paid upon delivery. When the balance is paid and the boats are assembled, you will receive the Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin (proving ownership) that Mystere has already printed for your boat. Each boat has hull numbers and each document has a hull number – you will find your boat when you match the number on your owner’s document to a corresponding hull number. Think Easter egg hunt but with boats instead of eggs! So before anyone claims a boat, we will assemble them all, assuring that each receives the care from each assembler that they would give to their own since any one of them might be their own! This is also the fairest way to randomly assign the boats without regard to any potential or perceived bias.

WHAT TO BRING – Basic tools such as a measuring tape, screwdrivers (standard and Phillips) an adjustable wrench, socket set, vice grips, pliers, electrical tape, duct tape, spray lube, Loctite for bolts (prevents fasteners from loosening but can be undone with tools), sharp knife, tie down lines and/or straps, and padding for the boats and trailers. Foul weather gear for you for working in the rain, and/or sailing. PFD, appropriate footwear (sailing boots), sunglasses, sailing gloves, etc. For those of you picking up a trailer there, you should also bring a drill and bits and an extension cord. Bring something to drink and/or eat if you do not like Subway sandwiches, potato chips, and soft drinks. Anyone with digital cameras, bring those, too!

RECOMMENDED – I know that some of you new to boat ownership have had a lot thrown at you in a short time but there is one more thing to do that I recommend which I hope is never used. Can you guess? You should arrange to insure your boat before you leave to pick it up. For some guidance, I arranged for mine last week for $4000 coverage for $53/year. The price varies depending on the level of coverage you elect and this one is excellent. I have paid boat insurance premiums for 25 years and have made only one claim. That one convinced me what a bargain insurance is and I hope I never make another one. Your agent should be able to give you coverage starting on Friday even though you will not know the hull number before then. FWIW, my independent agent is nearby, is a sailor, and can be contacted at: Bill Sommers Sommers Insurance Agency (419) 729-9965 in case you want more info.

CAT TRAX – For those of you who ordered Cat Trax they will be available for assembly also. They are shipped in parts so you will have a choice to assemble them there or take them home in bits.

LAST MINUTE REMINDERS OR NEW INFO – The Mystere owners website will be used to communicate to all between now and Friday so check it at your convenience and before leaving. It also has directions and maps at: See you soon.

April 5, 2001


Mike Fahle (Mikefahle) on Thursday, April 05, 2001 – 08:37 pm:



DELIVERY – Delivery day is only two weeks and two days away. Everyone should either be there or have someone in their place. The balance owed on the boats is due on delivery. If anyone cannot be there on Friday or on Saturday morning, then you should arrange for someone else to deliver your check and pick-up your boat. If that cannot be arranged for some very important reason, then you must contact me AND Park McRitchie ASAP to make arrangements and to get your check to me before April 20th. Park is being very gracious with the use of his company’s facilities; please do not abuse his hospitality. We will get started at 9 A.M. on Friday and work (and socialize) until around 4 P.M. We will start about 9 A.M. on Saturday and leave by 1 P.M. to go sailing at PCYC. If you cannot make it there on Friday then you must arrive BY NOON on Saturday. I am aware that this may require an overnight stay for some of you but remember that no one will be driving further than Yves Sansoucy from Montreal. There is all the information you need posted on the Mystere 4.3 website thanks to Mike Teets, webmaster (see below). The company name is Quik Spray or Quik Stir, no letter c in the Quik.

CAT TRAX – Twelve sets of Cat Trax were ordered and will be delivered to Quik Spray by the time the boats arrive. If you ordered Cat Trax, please send me money now!. I can accept checks, or plastic. There is a 2.5% fee for using plastic but that might still be very attractive to some (e.g. the GM card pays back 5% of purchases towards the purchase of any GM car or truck). Please call me ASAP to confirm how you want to pay. (419) 729-9965 The amount due is $362 per set. Checks can be made out to

BOAT TRAILERS – Please call Park McRitchie ASAP if you have not paid for your trailer yet to offer your apologies and explain how you will make it up to him. In putting together deals like this where savings are passed directly to the buyers, Miss Manners says you are expected to act courteously and expeditiously to the coordinator and not to add to his hassle. Miss Manners does not accept excuses for not staying abreast of developments when so many forms of communication are available to today’s buyers. (My apologies to the real Miss Manners)

TRAILER SET-UPS – I have secured ten foot long 10 inch diameter smooth inside wall corrugated drain pipe for making trailer cradles. I will cut these into thirds (about ten inches across – 1/3 of a circle) and can offer two of them to anyone who wants to use them on their trailer for $20. You mount these between the trailer crossbars on each side to support the hulls of the boat along their length. This provides excellent support and protects the bottom of the hulls from road debris and helps guide loading and unloading. All this and it is maintenance free and easy to install. Check out the photos of my big Mystere and my home made cart using this material. My Hobie 18 trailer using the hard white plastic drain pipe lined with carpet is shown there as well. I consider this corrugated pipe to be better and I will modify our Hobie Wave trailer with it for the Mystere 4.3. I strongly recommend using some kind of full length cradle like this for the Mystere due to the skeg ending in front of the rear beam. It would not set well on a standard cat trailer set-up (look at the photos on the web site). Contact me ASAP if you want the corrugated pipe sections for your trailer. Reminder: the distance between hull centerlines is 79” and the height of the main beam is 27”.

BALANCE DUE – I will need the balance due at delivery. Yves expects to go home with payment in full for all the boats. You must have the money at the delivery or to me before then. Personal checks or equivalent (bank checks, money orders, traveler’s checks, etc.) are the permissible form of payment. Rather than list what everyone owes here, I will separately e-mail each of you with your “account” status.

MYSTERE 4.3 WEBSITE – ( Mike Teets has done a wonderful job of updating and organizing the website that he provided just for all of us buying, and interested in, the Mystere 4.3. You should take advantage of its features. We expect you to visit it regularly as that is where we will post all the newsletters and other information important to you about the boat. Directions with maps for delivery day are already posted. Boat specs and other good stuff is posted. Make it a regular place to look while on-line. Mike is very receptive to suggestions for the website. Let him know you appreciate it, that’s his only “pay”!

EXTRA TRAP WIRES – This is to confirm that the extra trap wires come complete with wires, trap handles, trap “rings”, line, and shock cord – ready to use. The trampoline has the two extra grommets already in place, ready to receive the extra set of trapeze wires for two people to trap at once. Many of you have already ordered these at $65 per set of two wires (one each side) and this offer is still available.

FIRST SAIL – We intend to get the boats wet at PCYC on Saturday afternoon about 1 P.M. Anyone is welcome to join us. I still plan on capsizing the boat to determine its capsize characteristics and “right-ability”. For those of you traveling a long way, there is room to stay with Carol and me in Toledo on Saturday night. Others may offer lodging in the PC area if the desire was expressed. This would be one great use for the website .. hint hint. Carol and I have always preferred to stay with people when we can because (besides being cheap) we have made some great friendships that way.

SURPRISE – Yves has clued me in to at least one big surprise he has in store for you at delivery. Can you keep a secret? Yeah…. me too! Hey, is anybody else getting a little excited? Did I miss anything here? Let me know. Make plans to be there to get your boat – we really want help on Friday morning to unload that truck and assemble the boats (bring a 9/16” wrench for the 3/8” bolts). We could be done pretty quickly with a good attendance – like by noon, and then we could just put on a seminar on the lawn and socialize!