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  1. 3 points
    If you are new to sailing and sailboats, then why on earth do you think that you might possibly have any ability to suggest alterations to a design?
  2. 3 points
    1. The RIg will need to be different as the IMOCA rig % loadings were not considered acceptable for the Super 60, or the 65. This is already in discussion. 2. Are you joking? Do you not realise that that the crew get woken up and moved to the most suitable position depending upon the wind angle? Downwind in the Southern Ocean, the crew all need to sleep as far aft as possible in order to send the boat as hard as possible; because if you don't do that, then you will lose out to a team that does. This sort of thinking is what I don't think some people are grasping. 3. Remodelling what though? Do you tell your sponsor that they need to wait for the end of the Vendee Globe to buy a second hand boat (assuming the one you have agreed to buy actually gets to the finish)? Because unless you are building new, then that is your only choice. Or do you agree to buy a boat now (if you had the money), knowing that any purchase now will require an agreement to let the boat do the VG with the current owner? Your only other choice is a new build. Don't get me wrong, I will be working to get a team to the start line given whatever rules are in place. I just don't think a lot of it has been thought through properly. At the end of the last race they were getting 1 million hits per minute on the tracker (on the last two legs). That will never happen again, because the racing just won't be as tight. There seems to be a thought that just
  3. 2 points
    Replacing a Bimini with a hard dodger is easy...the hard part is making it look good. Bulwarks, as an extension of the hull, would involve a big structural change to the hull-deck joint. If you're just talking extra-tall toerails it shouldn't be a problem. Adding 200 gal of fuel?...that's over 1200 lbs, plus the extra strength of tank and baffles needed. And it has to be placed in the right location and not require modifying structure. It would be nice if it can be removed for later repairs or cleaning. That's a big job. Cutter>ketch is more than just slapping on a mizzen. The rig has to balance, which may require moving the mainmast, which means relocating chainplates, bulkheads, and redesigning the interior around that. I doubt a designer would do that mod for free....it's a big redesign. Since you admit your knowledge inre sailboats is low, probably a good bit of what you think you know is wrong or misinformed. A much better plan in your case is to buy a production boat somewhat close to what you think you want, sail it for a few years, and then do the custom boat. You'll have a much better idea of what you really want and need.
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    $1000 won't get you very far either. It isn't trivial to add a pilothouse or switch from a cutter to a ketch rig. As a self-declared newbie, part of what you'll be paying for is an education. But if the designer is offended or put off by your questions, run away! Save yourself the frustration and wasted money by moving on to someone else who is more compatible with your vision and can quickly demonstrate an understanding of what you want. Better yet, just keep looking at real boats until you find one you love. Far better to be on the water sailing than squandering precious years and cash on an elusive dream.
  7. 2 points
    The whole "we have to have a boat ath the cutting edge etc." vibe comes from the sailors and designers. Their motives differ, but are aligned. But, if they thought about the sustainability of the event from a commercial perspective perhaps they'd be a bit more measured in their support for this aspect?
  8. 2 points
    Actually, she's doing quite well (up to 29%) considering: Guess there might be a bunch of netballers checking out Dee's website and what an MBE means.
  9. 2 points
    Wildly different opinions. Still trying to figure the crew into this. 1. Skipper (male/female, under 30 [possible]) 2. Navigator (male/female, under 30 [slim]) 3. OBR 4. Boat Captain trimmer/helmsman/fixit (male/female, under 30 [possible]) 5. Crew/bow/helmsman, medic (male/female, under 30 [possible]) I suppose there would be a tendency to load the boat up with all IMOCA sailors who are efficient at all roles on the boat. Skipper could also be the navigator for example. This might exclude other pro’s whose experiences are on fully crewed boats. It makes a lot of sense to merge the two races but the boat has always been a puzzle. Curious to see what they come up with. (A great white just breached right in front of me). Nature.
  10. 2 points
    I have a little trouble understanding : The priority of current IMOCA owners is the VG. And they will do the intermediate races. We will see what Alex Thomson will do but if Yan Eliès or Paul Meilhat manage to build a new boat, it will compete with Beyou's Charal and probably won't be made for a VOR . Will they sell or rent after the VG ? And harm the class by depriving the fleet of its boats for short-handed racing ? There is what, 8 months between the end of the VG and the beginning of VOR, less ... Do you think this's possible they will be able to transform the boat and train with ? Or the new owners of the VOR will put money on the table to finance new boats? But may be that's also why the VO65s are still needed ...
  11. 2 points
    Great, but there are no bunks either. SO you redesign the interior, redesign the cockpit, fit a different rig, carry more safety gear, why go IMOCA?
  12. 1 point
    Let me bring you back to your reality
  13. 1 point
    I saw at least one 914i at the start - these units just do not work on a rolling boat. The weight of the generator is not centered over the mast and centrifugal force and gravity mean that they flop to the low side as the boat rolls, get flicked back to centreline somewhere as the boat rights, then flop to the new low side. For small units they won the PBO great wind generator test but they were mounted on a tripod in a car park. On anchor they will work, if you anchor in very exposed bays. They can be dramatically improved by putting a larger heavier tail on them. But the one that I saw was not modded. They will work on a close reach but downwind the will contribute nothing but noise to the well-being, or not, of the crew.
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    Is anyone else concerned that Kairos seems to be slowing down? At today's forward progress he won't beat the Sweeper to Ketchikan. I hope something isn't wrong. The good news for the Dock Rat is that based on his past 12 hours, he now could make it to Ketchikan in time, as long as he doesn't stop to sleep for the next week. At least his forecast finishing time, based on the past 24 hours progress, puts him in the right season now. It will all depend on how consistent he can be, and how slow things are going up to Bella Bella. Past history says even with diligence, he and the Sweeper might share a beer on that most excellent looking patio in Shearwater. Ravenous is back making good progress again. With sustained progress they might even catch some of the paddlers by round about Prince Rupert. And the remaining leaders are all stopped now. Matt is certainly making TRAC's and based on today's progress (at least) would arrive in Ketchikan pretty much in a dead heat with the Oaracles! But a lot can, and undoubtedly will, change before Saturday. Crushing news about Torrent. But listening to the phone interview today it sounds like his body has been on a slow death march for a while. I am unable to imagine the toughness he has to have made it this far. Impressive and inspirational. I also tried to figure out the %Comp. and distance remaining (DTG) in the leaderboard. The percentage lines up directly with my straight line numbers (ie. based on te 515nm great circle from Victoria to Ketchikan), but the DTG seems to be the % left x 750 miles. So given the path of boats once clear of Bella Bella is pretty close to the rhumb line I'd say that those numbers are pretty overstated. My To Go is in nm, so multiply by 1.15 to get statute miles. And finally, that Trinado is one slick looking boat. I remember stumbling over the website a few years ago. cheers, Andrew
  15. 1 point
    In 1971, I used a sextant on the Transpac. Pain in the ass back then with all the mechanical watch hassles and reduction tables, especially for moon sights. Now you just punch it all into a calculator. I've even used a sextant back then on coastal races for triangulated distance-off calculations. Go off shore, take a few sights, find out how hard it is to balance and pull a sight, look at the sky and memorize a few navigational stars, and enjoy the experience. Definitely plugs you into the cosmos. Just get a Davis plastic sextant, they are perfectly good for learning and putting you within a few miles of where you are. Fun. But we have moved on for good reason. Frankly, on that Transpac, we zeroed in on Hawaii using the jet contrails and a transistor radio that nulled out when aimed at the Honolulu pop music station. That was also fun.
  16. 1 point
    Well, the higher the temperature the less they wear.
  17. 1 point
    Any actual ME's in the crowd? The suggestion strike me as excessive. Take a look to see the size of the beams that support the deck (and carry the twartships compression load of the stays).
  18. 1 point
    I think the answer is in my signature..
  19. 1 point
    Better brains than mine too Potter on how a proven bullet proof crewed 65 footer at 12 tonne suddenly sheds 5 feet and 4 tonne and the bow doesn't fall off. I feel really comfortable JK is part of this design input group being a specialist in the field of you don't need a keel for RM :-)
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  21. 1 point
    That would be a great boat for the R2AK... beautiful boat and really well built. Sailed on her once and she is very easily driven. The main hull is is very skinny and thus didn't seem to have the speed hump at lower speeds that most of the F boats have. A trade off of interior volume for low wind speed performance. If I remember it right, the boat was originally built with tornado amas. They didn't have enough volume and thus the owner somehow convinced Nigel Irens to draw up some amas...last I checked Russell still has those molds. Someone has to take that boat next year.
  22. 1 point
    At the post race presser's conference, the skippers were given the opportunity to respond to the question , set up by Dee and Witty ( who stated that he had women in his crews on maxis) whether, if there was no mixed crew rule, would they hire a woman. The unedited version of this part of the conference is posted by Jack Sparrow in the Gothenberg to the Hague thread at post # 1663. (My summary is at #1664). The response of the skippers was totally silence, with them looking down at their shoes and Dee, well, smiling knowingly it seemed. Disappointed, I am.
  23. 1 point
    Please don't use the McLube Sailkote on anything with ball bearings. The balls need a bit of friction to spin and recirculate in their races. Liquid soap and water followed by McLube 1 Drop should be all you'll need. See the link for: Midrange Non-captive Bearing Car Rebuild Kit http://www.harken.com/productdetail.aspx?id=19071&taxid=1611 contains balls, a loader, plastic end caps with fasteners, locktite and a loader. It even has instructions. Not that anyone reads them. SYF
  24. 1 point
    The biggest difference between them is that if they are trapped with you when you die a dog will starve to death beside your dead body while a cat will eat you.
  25. 1 point
    I'm not going to hold my breathe for you to educate me on how a sharp multi-bladed piece of metal revolving at thousands of RPMs is safer than a stream of fast moving water. Then again you are a canadian, who's been around here for 10min... you can go back to your 2 month long boating season and cursing at people you don't know on the internet

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