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  1. surfsailor

    Corona Virus

    You can lead a whore to culture, but you can't make him/her think.
  2. Hahaha..tell me about, I lived the nightmare! The big bow overhang meant it was pointy as well. Didn't Scamp have a penalty pole? That was always good for some bonus excitement jibing in heavy air. At least the Stearns twinstays back then let you decide whether the hoist was going to be inside or outside when you peeled jibs. That domed deck line was a Charley Morgan design signature, straight from the Morgan 27, and I'm sure was the impetus for the Treadmaster on my dad's boat. It did make the Heritage amazingly stiff longitudinally, though - we could run the backstay tension way up there.
  3. The issue with the Heritage - and this holds true for most of the non-Kiwi IOR boats of that era - was that they were the final, extremely powered-up evolution of the Ganbare design paradigm. So pushed in every dimension - longer, wider, taller, heavier - and then having all the contortions necessary to still hit the 27.5 rating. This made these boats either very very good (upwind in any conditions from zero to hero, light airs downwind and some two sail power reaching modes) or very very bad (deep reaching or running in anything over 15kts and the rest of the power reaching modes). Scamp (with her deep custom keel from Brit Chance and custom rig) was the most extreme of all - so she was deadly when the conditions were just right, but as useless as any boat from this era when they were not. The very next generation (Imp is a perfect example) had much better stern shapes etc. and were much more pleasant boats because they were more balanced across the range of conditions and sailing angles. They were still nowhere near as nice as the Farr boats, but the ITC had basically banned those by changing the way the stern girths were located, which is why there are a couple extra generations of useless IOR boats despite the fact that boats like Sweet Okole were clearly better in every respect.
  4. Under the sweaters. Except for Don's, obviously!
  5. That's a guy named Don Schwatz, I had a great time sailing with him on his Morgan 27, I think he might've picked up a Heritage a few years later. Everyone had waldo polo shirts (and fucking corduroys )in the 70s. This must be just after the finish - the flag always went down with the main hoist, and then back up right before the line - so for sure the Heineken and Captain Morgans is flowing. I think that's actually a 130% reefable #2, the 110 blade had a low clew. The #2 was only for reaching, kind of an uprange starcut - upwind we'd go straight from the heavy #1 to the #3. This boat was a beast to steer in any direction below a close reach, and we'd have two guys on each side of the tiller for heavy downwind work, but it was still amazingly fast. Atlantic city was a bombed out shell back then, but from what I here it's worse now. IIRC, the first Atlantic City RW coincided with the last year of the diving horse on the steel pier, but it was the 70s so...
  6. I remember Vaduz. There was also Scamp up in Raritan Bay - the story was they had to break the boat out of the factory in the middle of the night because Charley Morgan was in full bankruptcy meltdown. That one had a custom Stearns rig, and later got a new keel designed by Chance.
  7. Me too - I lived and breathed that boat for 3 years, from the moment she first rolled into Atlantic Highlands Municipal Marina with all the deck hardware in boxes until my dad sold her. The first 2 Atlantic City race weeks - before they figured out what cheap bastards the sailing crowd actually were/are, and when the mob money was fresh and being laundered in copious amounts with our current POTUS as the front - were absolutely epic....free open bars on the dock after the racing, and the first year we got some kind of high roller passes for the casinos that led to some serious late night carnage. How long did they continue to run the event?
  8. Hahaha..tell me about it! I did a fair number of deliveries on that thing, so pretty much every part of the deck and interior were thoroughly 'tested' in that regard. But the traction was awesome even with that domed foredeck.
  9. Seeing this was like having an acid flashback! I was literally just talking about this boat (and wtf might've happened to it) with a buddy a few weeks ago, and we did a google search but came up with nothing. My dad sold it in '81 I think - the C&C 41 that came after it had nowhere near the same mojo.
  10. Ok - make that 100%. This is my dad's boat in 77 or 78 at the first Atlantic City race week - photo from the committee boat, pretty sure we won our class. That's me driving, with my brother the blond on the weather rail looking back and my dad just to his right in his beloved Peter Storm sweater. The treadmaster was a work in progress at the time (we added the additional pieces later on that summer), but you can see the seams on what's there exactly match the photos above, plus in the 5th photo you can see the yellow under the blue where the dock line has chafed it. We won a lot of races on that thing - it was a beast.
  11. Heritage one ton. I'm 99% sure that's my dad's old boat from the 70s - it not only has the blue Treadmaster (rubberized cork deck) that I personally cut and applied to the deck as a teenager, but I recognize the Swifter hydraulic backstay adjuster (unusual at the time but very cool). Those are the original Merriman jibsheet leads too. It was originally a color Charlie Morgan told us was called 'Armadillo Yellow', and had a 9" wide electric blue stripe at the deck.
  12. surfsailor

    Foil Kiting Anarchy

    The difference is that a boat still moves in the direction it's pointed (minus leeway angle), whereas the kiteboard can be pointed in a wide range of angles relative to the direction of travel. So using the board -which can be rotated at will by the rider - as a frame of reference for right-of-way makes no sense. They're going to need a different rule to avoid chaos. Another way to look at it is to unpack the lift (in the z-axis) coming from the foil mast. Lift increases with the square of velocity, so even the smallest foil wing produces more than enough lift at kite speeds. This means that - even with 45 degrees of cant - you will never need to to generate positive lift with the foil mast, and in fact probably need some downforce to keep the whole system from flying out of the water (don't forget here is a vertical component to the thrust coming from the kite as well. To create downforce with the foil mast, you would change the AoA by rotating the board nose away from the kite, which creates the appearance that the kite is 'behind' the board.
  13. surfsailor

    Foil Kiting Anarchy

    The force (thrust) from the kite can only act in the direction of the kite lines - they are strings, and cannot 'pull sideways' obviously. So that sets the direction of the thrust vector, and the magnitude is equal to the total pull from the kite (combined tension of all lines connected to the kite bar). When you draw your freebody diagram, you can treat the rider, board etc as a single component (there's an old joke about this that ends with 'assume a spherical chicken', but I'll spare you). This component has drag, as does the foil - both act inversely to the direction of travel, so the kite thrust vector must have a forward component relative to the direction of travel. Since that vector is parallel to the kite lines, those lines must point forward to the degree that the component of the thrust vector parallel to the direction of travel equals the drag. This means the kite also must fly forward (relative to the direction of travel). But here's where it gets tricky - the kiteboard moves in 3D space, and can easily be rotated around the axis of the foil mast - which means that the centerline of the board is not coupled to the direction of travel. So if you use the board centerline as your reference rather than the actual direction you are going, the kite could appear to be 'behind' you. Hope this helps.
  14. surfsailor

    Super foilers for sale

    Hahaha...but hardly 100K per boat. Foils, rudder geometry and fine tune the ride height electronics. Hulls and rigs are built, sails tweaked, and I'm sure they have enough data at this point to know what it would take to get dry laps. Mind you, this hinges on the idea that more consistent foiling, and closer racing would make it more attractive to a wider range of top sailors (more stories), and more interesting to watch for non sailors (better viewer experience).
  15. surfsailor

    Super foilers for sale

    I think the WSL model is very good - but sailing is obviously exponentially more diverse than surfing, which has just a few pro tours (men, women, longboard, big wave) plus the QS and Junior Pro. Having said that, I still think something similar would work - a single global sailing site with live streaming etc of every top tier event as it happens, with the depth of coverage etc matched to the level of the event. In the case of established international events that already have a real web presence like the AC, ex Volvo, Vendee Globe etc etc, you would have a dashboard that linked to them, similar to how the WSL has event sites. Of course WS would need to seriously get their act together for this to happen.