Groucho Marx

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  1. Groucho Marx

    Emirates Team New Zealand.

    Frog's double leech mains move this far, no adjustments needed, slides on their own and attached only at the clews. The boom at clew is very slim, all carbon - because original snapped like a dry biscuit.
  2. Groucho Marx

    Frog

    Frog and traditional gaff rigged 22 foot Mullet boat Melita at Motions Creek. Closer shot of Frog.
  3. Groucho Marx

    Frog

    Couple of shots taken by Jacques at Motions Creek (no pun meant) a couple of days before the harbour (and most everything else here) was closed. The rig is way too small, almost embarrassing, hence the headsail talk.
  4. Groucho Marx

    Frog

    Groucho's rig is quite tall at 15.5 metres (on a 11.3 m platform) but Frog's D mast (for the experimental double luff mains) is only 8.8m (on a 7.2 metre long hull) and in light airs Frog's performance is not nose bleeding stuff. And yesterday was beaten in light winds by a vintage Armstrong tri with decent roached main and new large jib/genoa - and crewed by two stroppy women. Which definitely got my attention. So enough of this una rig fixation I've had for many years, bite bullet and order a flat light weather headsail from sailmaker Bill Barry. Having said that in winds above 6 knots Frog really comes alive ... but as mentioned not so impressive in the light stuff when sail power doesn't compensate for foil drag..
  5. By the way, ENZA's mast was fixed and of small chord.
  6. Steinlager's very large chord wing mast never rotated correctly; there was some Michael Mouse thinking involved because it couldn't rotate beyond 30-35 degrees either side (okay for beating close reaching, as in photograph) - but dangerous and incorrect aerodynamically in anything with wind aft of that -- and hence the problems with mast overpowering. Steinlager's side stays at the hounds attached to the wing mast sides and were not connected correctly at the leading edge. This was a well known mistake even in those times and asking for trouble. Wing masts need to rotate to 80 degrees or more either side.
  7. Groucho Marx

    Emirates Team New Zealand.

    Delightful and subtle humour; I'm sure Hunter would be impressed?
  8. Groucho Marx

    Frog

    Got Groucho's mast up a week or so ago, a few more small jobs and then sailing. Weather down here in the Southern Antipodes has been scorching hot - but not as incinerating as over the ditch with our Aussie neighbours.
  9. Groucho Marx

    Frog

    He drinks bargain tinned stuff.
  10. Groucho Marx

    Frog

    I wanted flat but sailmaker Bill Barry disagreed and played around with the top areas with a slight luff curve - but to me. looks dead flat. You can vary fullness/flatness by playing with mast spanner rotation. Well, that's what I tell myself.
  11. Groucho Marx

    Frog

    All quiet on western front, ..... so far. Have completed fitting all the running rigging, new blocks and so on. Here's an early photograph of Sid's D mast with Eric Eason adding scale. The long spanner has been reduced because it blocked deck hatch entrance.
  12. Groucho Marx

    Frog

    Well, it's not quite ready, have to connect runners, fit the rudder and so on. Because the boat has inverted T rudder, have to swim it in from the case bottom. But you are right, why didn't I think of that, offer the angry woman a harbour sail.
  13. Groucho Marx

    Frog

    Lifted Groucho's mast a couple of days ago, working carefully on my own using block and tackle high up in a pohutukawa tree; a natural gantry. (I back the boat under it at high tide) anyway the wing mast, now painted mostly light gray with a discrete yellow stripe, is 15.5 metres tall, over 50 odd feet. Today a close to irate woman (with bright red dyed hair) shouted down at me from the high terrace above the bay then came down the steps threatening to lower the mast because it upset her elderly mother from the above terrace house. I pointed out the mast was nowhere near as tall as a huge Northern hemisphere tree nearby on the same reserve, then discretely (for me) pointed out that boats have moored in Cox's for 200 years. Maybe I should have stood back and let her lower the 75 kilo mast? I wonder how she would have achieved this. PS: older photograph of Groucho (before it lifted mooring in a heavy gale and got smashed up ashore) in Cox's bay - but you can see the terrace and the tall tree.
  14. Groucho Marx

    Frog

    I haven't accurately weighed the double main, just guessed but having sailed today and then rolled them up, I believe the two of them including full length battens are only fractionally above the usual heavier cloth single main. maybe even lighter. Bill Barry did a nice job light building them and his pricing was very, very reasonable. Maybe because it was experimental and he knew he was dealing with someone crazy; this was a year before the AC75s with their very special sail rigs appeared.
  15. Groucho Marx

    Frog

    The clew attachments on Frog are very basic, just a couple of lines around the thin section of the boom. There is enough slackness to allow enough push/pull movement between the two sails. Works okay. Could be more sophisticated, as on larger boats but Frog is small so I get away with it being simple. Each sail is of lighter material than a single setup but the two together weigh maybe 20% more, have to live with that. What you gain from the D mast and the two sails curving off from the tracks is a very smooth transition mast/sail, an aerodynamic wing shape, superior to normal wing mast, soft sail. A conventional wing mast rotated to the correct mast/sail position for sailing has a dead area aft of the mast on the windward sail side. Photograph doesn't really show this but it is there.