Groucho Marx

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  1. Groucho Marx

    Emirates Team New Zealand.

    If Hunter was still around he'd sue your flabby arse, smackarse. Or maybe just shoot your with his .357.
  2. Groucho Marx

    Frog

    Some more information on the ahead-of-its-time Knaggs' foiler: Knaggs turned to the trimaran/aeroplane configuration for his new design – a boat he drew in 1986: 18 feet long and including the angled inverted T foils set outboard of the floats, 30 feet wide ( 5.5 x 9 metres) – an elegant, low and wide craft. He built a wing mast that bent sideways when rotated to flatten the mainsail as speed increased."Deep camber was required for power at low speeds as no headsail was carried, but once flying the main had to be flattened. Adjustments needed to be automatic so the new foils were combined with a sensor (in appearance two foils per side) mounted outboard on a neatly designed mechanism that actuated a shaft set inside the strut – this altered a small flap on the foil trailing edge and this provided more or less lift and kept the boat flying at a regular angle. Knaggs warned: “You must keep everything simple. If you’re not careful you can find yourself going berserk with complex answers that just load the boat down with junk. But find yourself going berserk with complex answers that just load the boat down with junk. But this was a revelation. Now I could scream down the face of a wave without worrying about the foils washing out or the boat burying.”
  3. Groucho Marx

    Frog

    Frog originally was 6.5 metre now lengthened to about 7.2 or so. Just imo, you need overall platform width approaching square on a trimaran foiler. However out facing foils lets you reduce the overall platform width so that beam counting the foils also approaches square. Saves weight and reduces beam flexing. On one of my old tri foilers had angled in 45 degree foils that could be lifted like normal conventional daggers. Photograph is of David Knaggs designed foiler with foils that swiveled up. There are many alternatives and there are no rules.
  4. Groucho Marx

    Frog

    It is a French 12 metre design from an owner/builder (will find out his name and post later) who sold it to David Armstrong who lives on waters edge of Cox's Bay. He (designer) is building a slightly smaller version for himself. The wing mast is also his design.
  5. Groucho Marx

    Frog

    11.3m overall length x 12.4 m overall beam, counting outfacing foils. To get platform to fit in restricted area had to let the after main hull overhang the wall. Hence the weight on bow because the platform is near tipping backwards into sea. Will skid it aft when there is next large tide.
  6. Groucho Marx

    Frog

    New box main beam for Groucho; later will be made into air foil shape.
  7. Groucho Marx

    Gougeon 32 Roll Call

    Tension ply Frog, Cox's Bay Skimmer, Frog main hull, Misguided Angel.
  8. Groucho Marx

    Emirates Team New Zealand.

    The far right Herald is "left" - you exist in beyond weird la la land?
  9. Groucho Marx

    Frog

    Couple more images with Freeship plus early print of Sid; Devils is a more conventional version of Sid.
  10. Groucho Marx

    Frog

    Getting the new main beam box section fitted to Groucho's main hull has taken some time, hence lack of news. Beam is in 4.5mm ply and although it looks large at moment in box shape form, once the forward and after wing shaped sections are attached will shrink visually. The box beam in cross section is slightly less in depth than the original strip planked paulownia so I've mounted it a little higher in main hull - which radically increases crawling below the structure comfort. Compared to cramped Frog, Groucho is pure luxury. Tongue in cheek. Here is a two beam version of Sid with full length floats, named 3 Devils. Just playing around with lines drawings. Not serious. Copy of New model 3Devils_Linesplan.bmp
  11. Groucho Marx

    Emirates Team New Zealand.

    Remember the Murray Ross 45 M1 monohull that had lifting foils on the Waitemata; all the local "experts" hated it, especially Brett Bakewell-White and OK, the concept wasn't completely successful but we crossed tacks with it and it was doing what it was supposed to do, sailing foil stabilized; that has to be 20 or so years ago. Later M1 was returned to original design - to the relief of the offended ones.
  12. Groucho Marx

    AC75 vs F50 and Maxis

    Muckdaddy, I'm sure if Hunter was around he'd he'd be pissed off with your sacrilege ... and hunting you with Winchester pump with birdshot.
  13. Groucho Marx

    Frog

    That was on the late Sid Vicious, which lived up to its name; wind was maybe 4-5 knots and we're moving in excess of that. Speed was effortless on Sid. Should replace that foiler (with lesser chord wing mast) but am too busy building new box beam for Groucho. Also I'm getting too old for this sort of craziness. My 94 year old friend and famous NZ designer Jim Young died a couple of nights ago. Sobers a bloke up. Talked on phone to him for probably a couple of hours the morning before; didn't realize that would be last communication.
  14. Groucho Marx

    Frog

    I didn't get my head around Gopros; (am an old classic still photographer from way back) didn't like the extreme wide angle distortion and didn't persevere with achieving longer videos using less memory - so the little camera sits in a box. What I have are all around 30/60 plus megs - and maximum here is 9 something - so the very short piece I've posted here will just annoy. sidsail5.mp4
  15. Groucho Marx

    Frog

    Old farter (as Jacques says) steering Eric Eason's modified (very tall rig) Crowther B24.