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BlueWater

Long, Version A Long, Version B Short
Long, Version A Long, Version B Short

Overview


Long, Version A
(#382, 1498)

Front View Rear View Side View
Front View Rear View Side View

Technical Details

I acquired my BlueWater Long, Version A from L&S Sporting Goods in 1989. I acquired another in 2017 as part of Bob Thrun's collection.

My Nick Ross rack is 364 mm. tall, 73 mm. wide, 21 mm. thick, and weighs 719 g. The frame is made from 9.5 mm. stainless steel bent into shape, with an internal width of 35 mm. and a 26 mm. diameter coiled eye. There are six brake bars. The bars are 19 mm. in diameter and 73 mm. long. Allowing 45 mm. for the rope leaves 97 mm. range for spreading the bars.

There are no markings on this rack.

Comments

This rack has a purely classic design: a coiled eye, wide frame, and solid aluminum bars. The large gap between the nut and the eye is wasted length: either the rack should have been made shorter for the same control range, or the control range should have been increased by lengthening the nut side of the rack.


Long, Version B
(#1151)

Front View Rear View Side View
Front View Rear View Side View

Technical Details

I acquired this rack on eBay from S. Scott in 2008.

This rack is 360 mm. tall, 71 mm. wide, and 45 mm. thick. It weighs 684 g. The frame is made from 9.5 mm. stainless steel bent into shape, with an internal width of 35 mm. The 26 mm. diameter coiled eye is turned 90° from the plane of the bars. There are 5 brake bars. The bars are 19 mm. in diameter and 71 mm. long. All five bars have angled slots. Allowing 45 mm. for the rope leaves 90 mm. range for spreading the bars.

All five bars stamped "BLUEWATER."

Comments

The previous owner set this rack up with five bars, although it is long enough for six. The rack is actually shorter than Version A, so with six bars, it would have about 2 mm. less free bar motion. Someone filed grooves in the top four bars to help guide the rope, and engraved the initials "GSR" into the top bar.

The 90° eye facilitates using the rack with harnesses that hold the attachment maillon vertical rather than horizontal.


Short
(#1002)

Front View Rear View Side View
Front View Rear View Side View

Technical Details

I bought this rack on eBay from Vern Veer Jr. in 2005.

This rack is 274 mm. tall, 73 mm. wide, and 23 mm. thick. It weighs 607 g. The frame is made from 9.5 mm. stainless steel bent into shape, with an internal width of 35 mm. and a 26 mm. diameter eye. There is one 22 mm. diameter brake bar followed by four 19 mm. diameter bars. The top bar is 70 mm. long and has a factory groove cut to help center the rope. The other four bars are 71 mm. long. All five bars are solid aluminum alloy and have angled slots. Allowing 45 mm. for the rope leaves only 13 mm. for spreading the bars.

Comments

The previous owner set this rack up with five bars. Five bars barely fit on a short rack like this, particularly when no one has filed them to move them to the back side where they belong. In effect, this rack, as rigged, is a constant-friction device when used with five bars.