June 9, 2005

Class Yahoo! Discussion Board is LIVE – 6/09/2005

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May 22, 2005

Mystere 4.3 North American Championship Complete Results 5/22/2005


March 1, 2005

Inaguaral Mystere 4.3 North American Championship 3/1/2005


January 1, 2005

Shroud Repair

Shroud Repair Contribution and Photos by Mike Fahle

These two photos show the rivet that came out of my shroud chainplate or tang where it is attached to the hull and what I did to reattach it. I used a drill, a thread tap, and a 5/8″ bolt to replace the 1/4″ rivet that pulled out, apparently because it was not long enough to bulge out of the other side of the aluminum plate that is on the inside of the fiberglass hull.


All owners could check for similar problems before the chainplate/tang pulls out and the rig falls down. This is an easy, inexpensive way to fix it if they find a problem before serious injury or damage occurs.

A rig fell down because one of the bridle bolts came out of the top of the bow. Another had a bolt that was too short to reach the (overly) recessed aluminum plate on one of his hulls and had to replace it with a longer bolt. Everyone should check this latter problem on their boat as well. This is an excellent place to apply some Loctite for bolts (removable with tools) or equivalent after they are sure the bolts are long enough to make good thread contact.

January 1, 2005

Rudder Improvements

Contribution and Photos by Dave Fort

Problem 1
Description: Rudders don’t kick up – even if spring tension is loose or even removed.

Cause: The black cam that retains the stainless bar in the locked position does not rotate back far enough to allow the bar to come out. The cam binds on the casting.

Other Symptoms: back bottom corner of black cam has chips out of it.

Solution: grind out casting in region shown in this . I also lubed everything and also wrapped the adjusting screw with many layers of teflon tape to make it more reluctant to turn.

Another Solution: On one of my kick up mechanisms, there is enough space surrounding the spring that the spring can get pushed sideways by the corner of the cam rather than depressed. This causes the cam to bind. I don’t know if it binds soon enough to cause a problem, but since it wouldn’t open as far as the other 3 rudders, i shaved the corner off the cam, and that seems to fix it. Note also that this problem seemed to only manifest when spring tension is very light. Cranking in the adjusting screw seems to keep the spring positioned better.

You can see if your rudder is having this problem by manually depressing the black plastic cam and look in the trailing edge to see what is happening with the spring. There was also a click sound when the spring snapped from under the cam to in front of it.

In any case, here is the old and new outline of the rudder cam:

Problem 2

Description: Gouging top of rudder head as in this

Cause: Many of the castings (3 out of 4 in my case) have a protrusion, which is probably not supposed to be there, which pokes into the top of the rudder if the blade comes up too high.

Solution: This solution comes from Joe Tracy. File or hacksaw off the protrusion as shown in this . On some of the castings, you can file far enough so that the 2 castings hit each other before the casting bites a chunk out of the rudder, but on some of my castings i couldn’t quite go that far. In any case, removing the pointy part will spread the force over a larger area, which will prevent taking a bite out unless you whack it really hard. If you are still paranoid, glue some rubber bumpers in there somehow (selection of appropriate adhesive and bumper left to the reader).

April 30, 2004

Class Rules Updated to reflect correct sail size 4/30/2004

Class Rules Updated to reflect correct sail size 4/30/2004

March 2, 2004

Newsletter March 2004

MYSTERE 4.3 OWNERS’ NEWSLETTER 3/2/2004 Mike Fahle

GREETINGS: Hi everyone, The temperature has flirted with 60 in Toledo for the last two days and the hard water (ICE, for you southern types) blew out of Maumee Bay yesterday – it has been so nice that it reminded me that it is time to get a newsletter out to help everyone plan for the upcoming sailing season. There are some very noteworthy news items to report and there is some “housekeeping” to do, so I’ll get started.

NEW WEBSITE: Mike Teets has updated the Mystere 4.3 owners website. The new address is: http://mystereowners.org/mystere/index2.html Please make sure you let Mike know your appreciation for his voluntary (that means that Mike pays for it and does all the work) efforts on behalf of the class. If it is not activated when you read this try again soon. Let Mike know if you want to post a notice and let me know if you want something announced in a newsletter. We both encourage owner input and involvement. (website note: the default site is now active at http://mystereowners.org/mystere)

OWNER CONTACT INFO: This is another “housekeeping” part. Please let me know about any ownership changes – if you sold a boat let me know the contact info of the buyer and if you want to be deleted from the newsletter list. If your contact info has changed (primarily your e-mail address, let me know that, too. I know that this is like asking who is not present at a meeting to raise their hand but maybe you will know of someone who changed their e-mail address and pass it on to me and also be reminded to do this yourself if your e-mail address changes. All newsletters get posted to the owners website thanks to Mike Teets but you will get it as soon as possible if I have your address. Also, having at least a loosely organized class should be a selling point for the boat if you are considering that so that should be a good reason to get the new owners to share their contact info. This is a good time to remind you that I use the contact info list strictly for this purpose (communicating class related info) only.

2004 EVENT SCHEDULE: One of the advantages of being a Mystere 4.3 owner is having extra event options compared to other cat owners, in this region at least. You can plan on attending the regular four OCRA regattas this year for one-design sailing along with the standard OCRA Portsmouth handicap fleet racing. Access the OCRA website for the latest info regularly at: http://www.sailocra.com/ Make sure that you pre-register ASAP for events to help the organizers plan better (I know this helps us a lot for the RTB race) and to let the other M-4.3 owners know to join you at the events you plan to attend!

A new event on the OCRA schedule for 2004 is the Green Island race regatta at Port Clinton Yacht Club in Port Clinton, Ohio on the south shore of Lake Erie between Toledo and Sandusky. It is nearly a perfect place for racing beach cats because it has a big sandy beach with a nice grassy strip between the access road and the beach. There are club restroom and shower facilities right next to the beach. The yacht club has all the usual amenities and even has a swimming pool that is open to guests. The club hosts many sailing racing events and we have one of the best Principal Race Officers in the Midwest to organize and run the event – Doug Young. If his name sounds familiar to you it may be because he purchased two of the boats from the initial 30 boat order. This event will be unique because it will feature buoy racing on Saturday and a “long distance” race of about 17 miles – the long running annual Green Island Race. I have raced that race on big boats for over 25 years and I can tell you that it is going to give you goose bumps to start the race and look back to see dozens of big boats chasing you around the course!! That Monday is a holiday (Labor Day) for you to enjoy the myriad other recreational opportunities in the area or just to relax back at home. This is one that you will definitely want to attend this year! For more info as it becomes available check out the PCYC website at: http://www.portclintonyachtclub.com/
We also have several other events that we can attend:
Staying at PCYC for another moment; we are invited back again this year as a class to the “Can” race in August with the Interlake class and have a cookout and picnic with them afterwards. We even get awards on the spot while the Interlakes have to wait until the end of the season. This is a laid back race out to the navigation buoy near the end of Catawba Island and back with plenty of time afterward for socializing and eating.

Here in Toledo we have the Jolly Roger Sailing Club annual small boat “Cat Tail” regatta the first weekend in June. It was changed to a one day event last year which was blown out but I suspect they will stay with that format again for this year. The cost is always low and we have a good time sailing out of the Maumee Bay Catamaran Club (aka Mike and Carol Fahle’s place). Anyone is welcome to stay here, save money and socialize before and after (first come first served). More info will be available at the JRSC website at: http://www.luckey.net/ayc/jrsc/

At the end of the season last year we were invited as a class to participate in the North Cape Yacht Club Fall Blowout regatta – another long-running class invitational event. This is the same venue as the RTB Race (another great site, facility, and good RC work) and it will probably be on October 16th. There will be more info in future newsletters.

The first event of the year is the Spring Fever Regatta at Lake Hartwell near Hartwell Georgia. Several M-4.3 owners are already pre-registered. We had a class last year and already we have at least five boats registered to make a class again this year. For more info look at the website at: http://www.twinhulls.com/springfever2004/
An additional attraction this year is the recent formation of an F-14 class – a formula class for boats of a maximum hull length of 4.3 meters – what a coincidence for us, huh? J Well, not exactly. Several Mystere 4.3 owners “spoke up” in time and made sure that our boats fit inside the new rule. The Spring Fever will be the first time that we get a chance to race other 14 footers under the F-14 concept while still keeping our class results separate – sort of like we do in OCRA but Formula racing means the rest of the fleet will still be racing boat for boat instead of using Portsmouth Handicap ratings. It should be very interesting and you can read more about it on the Catamaran Sailor website under the new F-14 forum at: http://www.catsailor.com/ Mike Teets has added a link to it on the revamped owners’ website, too.

MORE INFO: What else do you want to know or to announce? Let me know and it will be in the next newsletter before May. Think spring and get ready to go sailing!

February 27, 2004

Formula 14 discussions at Catsailor Formula 14 Forum

Formula 14 discussions at Catsailor Formula 14 Forum 02/27/2004

August 3, 2003

Newsletter August 2003

Mike Fahle (Mikefahle) on Sunday, August 03, 2003 – 11:11 pm:

Mystere 4.3 Owners’ Newsletter – SUMMER 2003 edited by: Mike Fahle

Editor’s GREETINGS – Hi everyone. Since the last newsletter in the spring we have had two new owners join the ranks for the “Smart people” by buying a Mystere 4.3. Please welcome Jim Hickox from King of Prussia, PA. and Tim Tackett in Port Clinton who purchased Doug Blackburn’s boat. This is another reminder that the newsletter and website are intended to increase the owners’ enjoyment of their Mystere 4.3s by sharing information and good times. So if anyone has any questions, concerns, news, or events to share, please send them to the website and to the newsletter editor to inform and include all the other owners. I hope to see all the owners at an event this season and hope to see the Mystere class with the most boats at all the events also. Dave Fort has asked that all the Mystere 4.3 owners be notified to pre-register and attend the Stray Cat Regatta. He hosts this event and has two Mysteres so come out and support his efforts! Check the website often for news and for help and thank Mike Teets for being a good host! The Mystere owners’ website address is: http://mystereowners.org/mystere/


Stray Cat Regatta: Dave Fort has asked me to remind all the Mystere 4.3 owners to attend the next OCRA regatta which is the Stray Cat Regatta at Lake Pymatuning on the Ohio border with Pennsylvania. It will be held July 26-27 and you should pre-register at the OCRA website: http://www.sailocra.com

Catawba Can / Commodore’s Cup Race: The next event is by invitation only for the Mystere 4.3 owners and the Interlake class at Port Clinton Yacht Club on Sunday, August 17, 2003. Mystere 4.3s have been invited back to the Port Clinton Yacht Club’s Can Race. It is a race from near the beach to a big navigational buoy near the end of Catawba Island and back (about ten miles). This is for just a single race on Sunday so you get part of your weekend for something else (just like the RTB race) and it is a more relaxed event with a potluck lunch hosted by the Interlake class after the race. Go to http://www.portclintonyachtclub.com/ to access the Can Race NOR and SI’s. Click on ‘Commodores Cup’

Alum Creek Regatta – September 27th and 28th at Alum Creek State Park just north of Columbus: see the OCRA website for more info and to pre-register.

Stay tuned for an announcement about a regatta at Alum Creek a couple of weeks after the regatta mentioned above. Last year the Mystere 4.3s were invited to race in a local event there and had a good time in heavier wind common in the fall. Maybe we will get to do that again this year.

RESULTS: Spring Fever Regatta held at Lake Hartwell on the border of Georgia and South Carolina on April 18 –20. http://www.twinhulls.com/springfever2003/

Winona Lake Cup Regatta May 17-18 in Indiana. http://home.earthlink.net/~sailwinona/

May Day Regatta at Caesar Creek Lake and
‘Round The Bay Race results for both at the OCRA website at: http://www.sailocra.com/ The RTB race had 42 entries and for the first time in nine years since the start of this event, all boats started and finished! The weather was nearly perfect and the first Mystere 4.3 did the course in just under 4 hours and was the fourth boat across the finish line.

BOATS/OWNERS – There was a new listing of boat owners in the Fall 2002 newsletters. Please let Mike Fahle know if there are any changes in ownership so that the newsletter mailing list is kept current. The owners’ e-mail list is strictly for the use of the newsletter and contacting each other. Check out this list for the latest updates.

New ideas/ Commentary – Anyone who has tried something new in terms of rigging or trailering or anything related to the boats, please share with the other owners. The mast rake that Jamie Diamond initiated late last summer has been shown to be better than the initial rig set-up but John Williams definitely learned that you can have too much of a good thing when he raked his rig so far that he could not sheet the main tight enough to get a firm leech at the Spring Fever Regatta. I think that I have found the “sweet spot” but I have not measured the forestay length yet. If anyone is interested, let me know and I will give you the measurement. I do know that it is where the shrouds that came on last year’s boats are at the bottom hole of the adjusters and that required a long shackle added to the full length of the forestay but I do not know how that compares to the other boats out there, so a good measurement is needed before anyone tries to copy. The extra rake allows the boat to point a little higher and provides better control in higher winds.

SPARE PARTS – Two new spinnakers are for sale: one .75 oz (light) that is the original green color and one 1.5 oz (heavy)that is all blue. There are two new style (nylon spinnaker material) snuffer bags and some new dacron jibs available also. Other parts available include: spare battens, a few rudder springs and screws, and hull plugs. Anyone interested should contact Mike or Carol Fahle at: (419) 729-9965 and/or via e-mail.

FINAL THOUGHT – (Apply this to sailing more often or to attending regattas)
“If you think you can, or if you think you can’t, you are probably right!

October 6, 2002

Newsletter October 2002

Mike Fahle (Mikefahle) on Sunday, October 06, 2002 – 11:16 pm:

Mystere 4.3 Owners’ Newsletter – Fall 2002 by: Mike Fahle

GREETINGS – The racing season ends next week in Ohio which is actually a bonus since the Mystere 4.3 group at Alum Creek recently got our class invited to the “Alum Cup”, otherwise the season would have already ended. So if you are not ready to be done racing this season then come to Alum Creek next weekend for what could be billed as “the last chance regatta”, at least here in Ohio.

ALUM CUP – Dates: October 12 & 13 Location: Alum Creek Marina, on Hollenback Rd.
Times : Saturday 9:30 skippers meeting Saturday 10:30 first race Sunday 10:30 first race
Fees: I-LYA members $10.00 Non-affiliated individuals $15.00


CAN RACE – Last year the Mystere 4.3 class owners were invited to race at Port Clinton Yacht Club (PCYC) with the Interlake fleet there thanks to Doug Young. It is a race from near the beach to a big navigational buoy near the end of Catawba Island and back (about ten miles). This year they invited us back on Sunday, August 18th. The day was light –medium wind; just right for being between hiking and trapezing – usually hiking. The wind was from the Northwest so that each way was a very close spinnaker reach or a looser jib reach. The big surprise of the day was when Brad Culbert flew by everyone from back in the pack sailing just jib and main, establishing a nice lead almost out to the Catawba Can when he capsized. We learned later that he was well lathered with sun tan lotion and slid right off the trampoline when his boat started to heel. He had been laying across the tramp on his back looking at the sails and just fell in! He showed blazing speed on the whole class before swimming and this was his very first race. We have to get him out again to learn his secrets. After the race we had a great pot-luck lunch with the Interlake sailors and then the awards presentation by PRO, Doug Young. Results are posted on the owners’ website (http://mystereowners.org/mystere/).

ALUM CREEK – This is always a fun regatta just north of Columbus, Ohio, counts as one of the OCRA season counters, and is held on one of the best inland lake venues available. The wind was from the SSW and light each race and often pretty frustrating, especially when the wind would take a break. One sailor lowered his jib while sailing downwind on one occasion to try to get the spinnaker to fill when it temporarily became nearly a drifter and that worked to see the spinnaker better, too. The RC was able to get two races in before lunch and when they tried for more in the afternoon, the wind puked! So they sent us in to prepare for the party at (Mystere 4.3 owners) Anne and Duncan Spillman’s new house. The excitement that evening was when the kids found a swarm of bees that attacked them while they were playing in the woods! The next day, the wind was very light in the morning with fog and the racers needed to be coaxed out to race. Then the wind did about a 120 degree shift and settled in from the NNW with a little increase, making the weather mark placement closer to shore and causing some real “swirlies” there at times. It required being able to “keep your head out of the boat” and handling the boat well without too much attention which was needed to look for the wind on the course. Results are posted on the OCRA website (http://www.sailocra.com/).

SNOW FLURRIES – This is a long running regatta that used to have a large one-design section to go with the large “big boat” section on separate courses. The one-design portion was not held for a few years, then started up again with mostly just Interlakes. Now it is open to beach cats and is an OCRA event. It is also another one day event and was the last OCRA event this year. The Mystere 4.3 class was seven boats out of fifteen total cats, so our class is dominating OCRA and allowed for some nice one-design racing. With two more boats we would have been awarded the trophy for the class with the most
boats. The racing featured trying to sail the Mysteres through large waves on the Lake Erie south shore
that were left over from a pretty brisk Northeasterly that was rapidly easing into the hiking only stage and then, for the third and last race, into the “please keep blowing!” stage. Mike Fahle tried to get out early only to just get into the trapeze, sheet in, and promptly pitchpole upwind! The boat just drove right into a big wave, probably amplified by the Jet Express ferry boat or something similar, and when the wave hit the main beam the boat slowed so fast that he couldn’t uncleat the main before being launched toward the bows. Working to redeem himself for such an embarrassing episode, he led the Mystere 4.3s at every mark but one in the three races. Jamie Diamond was shamelessly conducting head games on Bob Everson between races but he did show significantly better pointing ability upwind, right after working on his standing rigging to increase the rig rake (see article below). He finished second each race and Bob would have been third for the regatta if he had not been over early one race. Instead, Lou Young (Doug’s brother) took third. Lou owns a Corsair F-28R that has won the Nationals and routinely wins the PHRF multihull class in distance races on Lake Erie. The results are posted on the OCRA website. Carol Fahle provided the scoring and RC services needed to pull this “extra” regatta off for OCRA.

BOATS/OWNERS – The new boats are all sold and two boats in Port Clinton have recently changed ownership. The mailing list reflects the changes but here are all of them for this season for your information: (Please let Mike Fahle know of any others not listed here)
Owners of new boats: Todd Hart – Manteo, N.C., Jon Britt – Duck, N.C. , Phillipe Ritter – Fort Worth, Tx., David Rain – Lutz, Fl. , Bob Everson – Liberty Township, Oh., Tim Pickering – Delaware, Oh., Jim Higgins – Charlotte, N.C., Paul Hubbard – Cleveland, Oh., Eric Farnsworth – Madison, Wi., Mike Fahle – Toledo, Oh., Jamie Diamond – Columbus, Oh., Paul Steed – Glen Ellyn, Il.
New Owners of 2001 boats (whose boat they bought): John Williams – Pensacola, Fl. (Mike Fahle) John Knight, Cleveland, Oh.(Lou Young), Matt Lescohier– Indianapolis, In. (Paul Steed), Tom Houston – Cleveland, Oh. (Jamie Diamond), Bill Holt – Toledo, Oh. (Larry Logsdon).

SPARE PARTS – We have two spinnakers for sale: one .75 oz (light) that is the original green color and one 1.5 oz (heavy)that is all blue. There are two new style (nylon spinnaker material) snuffer bags and some new dacron jibs available also. We also have spare battens, a few rudder springs and screws, and hull plugs. Anyone interested should contact Mike or Carol Fahle at: (419) 729-9965 and/or e-mail.

PLANNING – Mystere sponsors a National Championship series each year in Canada. We can offer incentives again next year for regatta attendance as was done last year (read previous newsletters) and hold our own U.S. National Championship series at locations around the eastern U.S. where there are owners willing to host such a regatta. We would have at least five regattas – the North Carolina group wants us to come sail on the Outer Banks for a regatta and John Williams wants us in the Florida panhandle for a regatta. The owners near Lake Carlisle could choose an event for that location and we could have two in the OCRA season counters, such as Ceasar’s Creek and Alum Creek. We could score the events like we do the OCRA season results with a throwout. Please provide your input on this plan to Mike Fahle and/or throw ideas out on the Owners’ forum – Note the new website address: http://mystereowners.org/mystere/ – and discuss this at the upcoming events so that we can plan for next year in time for vacation schedules. Last year the incentive was based on the BOAT’S participation which worked well and helped new people try it out, so we should keep that. Let’s hear your ideas!

RIGGING MODIFICATIONS – Look for more details about rigging changes on the owners’ website. All owners are encouraged to share their ideas and developments with all the other owners to keep making the boats faster, easier, simpler, better! Meanwhile, Jamie Diamond has been experimenting with rig rake. Early results look promising. We will compare boat performance at the Alum Cup and if his changes work, we will report exact shroud and forestay lengths for everyone to copy easily if they decide. Here is Jamie’s rationale and description of what he is doing:

I don’t know what length shrouds I ended up with. I didn’t touch the forestay and I really need a longer one. Here is my rational: My goal when setting up the Mystere 4.3 is to give it us much mast rake as it will stand. By that I mean that I rake the mast back until, if I went any further, I would not be able to get adequate leech tension when sheeting hard. This is determined by raking the mast until the mainsheet blocks just touch each other when you have cranked in on the mainsheet as hard as you ever will. To get close to that I made the following changes:
1.) Replaced the existing chain plates with the 11-hole chain plates all the way around (forestay and both shrouds).
2.) Shortened the shrouds by one swage. i.e. I cut the shroud as close to the existing swage as I could, and then re-swaged it with as little additional length loss as possible.
3.) For last weekend (and the upcoming Alum regatta) I added a really long (approx. 2 inches) shackle to the top of the chainplate on the forestay artificially adding an extra 2 inches to the forestay length.
4.) At this point the shrouds are pinned in the top holes of the 11-hole chain plates and the forestay is pinned 2 inches above the top hole of an 11-hole chainplate.
5.) I changed the knot at the standing-end of the mainsheet from a bowline to a stoppered half-hitch (saving about an inch of mainsheet stack-height)
6.) After all of that I was still not quite going block to block on the mainsheet. (So I need to add a little more length to the forestay and take the shrouds down perhaps one hole before Alum, probably by adding a second chainplate to the forestay.)

The boat went upwind awesome. The rudders had a reasonably aggressive angle of attack and yet were not stalling out. The boat tacked quickly. The only bad news was I probably had between 5 and 10 lbs of apparent weather helm which meant steering upwind was a pain, or maybe even painful. I will rake the rudders forward significantly between now and Alum to relieve some of the apparent weather helm while preserving the angle of attack of the rudders. After Alum (over the winter) I will probably make a new forestay that is at least 5 inches longer. I may switch out my bottom triple mainsheet block to one without a becket. Removal of the becket and moving the standing-end of the mainsheet to a fairlead bolted to the top of the camcleat will save another 1 inch of stack height allowing even more mast rake if I want. If the boat still seems happy with that much mast rake then I would then pursue getting shorter shackles to hook everything to the mainsheet saving perhaps another half-inch or so.

The reason I do this, the reason I want as much mast rake as I can, is that the boat is a skeg boat. The best underwater foil the boat has is the rudder. The second best is the skeg. So I want to put as much of my sail area (center of effort) over the rudder as I can making it take as much of the underwater effort as is possible (observable via it’s angle of attack), and letting the rest of the boat drive through the water straight, minimizing form drag. I will stop optimizing in this direction when the rudder starts stalling too often or when the boat gets too underpowered to make up for the reduced underwater drag.

Editor’s note: BTW, this is what we learned about the Hobie Wave as well. People were even changing the tiller connector from on top the tillers to on bottom so that they could rake back even further (the sail would hit the tiller connector before the sheet was double-blocked). We shall see if the boats behave similarly to rig rake.