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    Carbon Spin Pole Choice Selden vs. Forte

    I'd go with the Selden pole, the end fittings are so much nicer to use. Probably not far off for size, I think there is a guide somewhere on the Selden website for this though.
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    Harken windward sheeting car

    Easy mod to do, although not done it myself. If I remember rightly the plate that slides to leeward to release the cleat does so by pushing on the pins on the cleat that the springs hook round to close it. By taking the cleat off you should see this mechanism and with bit of work with a dremel, or even some disassembly you will be able to deactivate it.
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    Farr 30 on Yachtworld

    I've already done a full restoration on one, albeit an Ovington build. Most of the issues are there on both, just take a little longer to show through on an Ovington because they are better built. The main issue being that the whole deck is foam cored, apart from the areas where there are fittings. In these areas the core is all end grain balsa, normally sopping wet. We dug all of this out and replaced most of it with solid laminate. I disagree strongly on the sprit, the boat is far quicker with a sprit, as long as you go big enough and over 100m on the kites. I don't understand your point about the aft sections diving? I don't see how that could happen unless you were going very quickly sideways or backwards.
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    J/99 vs. J/111 for DH racing

    I'd certainly be looking at Sunfast 3600s, 3200s, 3300s, and also JPK options. Mostly European boats but by far the top performing double handed boats in this category at the moment, and should be within budget if you look carefully.
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    Line winder/reel for small diameter dyneema

    Just throw the tail over the side before you go to drop, the water will do the untangling work for you 90% of the time. A fairly well known trick for spinnaker halyards on sports boats, and bigger stuff too.
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    Lutra 30

    I meant more in terms of the projects not being related to each other. Very different lines and as far as I know were marketed completely separately.
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    Lutra 30

    As far as I know the Lutra has absolutely nothing to do with the Extreme 25... Perhaps other than looking faster than it really is
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    Death at Cowes week.

    It was seriously windy out there, we had won our class with a race to spare so by about 1100 we turned around and went home. Black group were sent around 5 or 6 miles west from the bramble line. By the time we started at 10.40 (I think) it was good visibility and about 18-25 knots of wind. At the point that we turned around there was so much rain and wind that I could barely look forwards, boats 100 yards away were disappearing. We were reading 30-35 knots and the biggest gust we saw before turning back was about 42 knots. At Hurst the weather station was reading over 50 knots. The sail home was a lot of fun, the owner took care of communications with the race officer to radio in our retirement and I took the helm. It's very sad to hear of the loss of a fellow sailor, I'm sure the conditions didn't help things, it was a very unstable wind and for the Solent the waves were quite big, but I wouldn't have called it dangerous out there. Mistakes happen and sadly in this case the consequences were not pretty. I don't think any blame can be put on the race officer, the safety teams, or the crew on that RS Elite.
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    how fast is it?

    Well it isn't slow, it just won it's first ever competitive race in the Fast 40 Class... Rebellion second, GOF third. Carkeek seems to be leading the way in the class now. How long will the 100% record last!?
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    J 121

    Yes, having raced against it that weekend I have to say it seems very slow for its rating. Not good at all in fact! Perhaps it's not ideal for inshore windward leeward racing, but you'd expect it to be able to beat a 111 around a course...
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    RS 21 - Fugly or just a different genre

    The staff changes are pretty clear. Their salesman is now selling J boats in Hamble, for example. The marketing team are new. I've had boats from RS in the UK for years, I'm on my fifth boat in 10 years. There's something very different about dealing with them now than there used to be. You seem to have ignored all my points other than the staff issue and the mainsheet hoop. The fact that the motor is optional makes this a very expensive boat for what you get. It's tiny when you see it in the flesh. I'm a huge fan of RS but this is so far off the mark, particularly when you sit it next to something like the Far East stand at Dusseldorf. It looks seriously expensive. There was a boat featured on the front page for 18,000 euros with a retractable electric engine. Every bit as nice as the RS for less than half the price. They've made it too complicated to fit in the market that they are targeting. That's before you look at the issues like the fact that you wont be able to tack with the mast that is fitted on it, the rudder isnt removable and the details were designed by someone who had no thought to making it simple to build (read cheap). I really wanted to like it, but I don't. It could be a very expensive mistake for what is still a very small company. I hope I am wrong!
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    RS 21 - Fugly or just a different genre

    I also wrote this in another thread but I have added some points now... I really wanted to like this boat but I think it could be a very expensive mistake for RS. I didn't get to speak to anyone about it at dusseldorf but there were a couple of things that stuck out to me as being very wrong. 1) The price, I think it is still too expensive. Why does this boat need a carbon mast? Why does it need a custom coloured lewmar forehatch in the bow, the hatch alone adds about £500 to the price rather than using a plastic floor hatch like they use in the cockpit. 2) The mainsail. It might be because the mast is a prototype and is missing it's crane but even with the flicker I can see no way that the head of the mainsail can pass through in a tack. The backstay will need to be let off fully on every tack, and even then I don't think it will clear. 3) The looks, it's seriously ugly. It's not wide enough to pull off the chined hull, the boat feels very small. The cockpit ergonomics also look questionable, the side decks looked quite narrow and a little bit low. 4) The rudder, it is bolted to the transom. I am assuming that a lot of these boats will be trailer sailed. In which case you really need the rudder to be removable while afloat. Couple this with a fixed motor pod and you can't steer. I think a cassette rudder would be the best option for the boat rather than the fixed stock. Surely it has to be ramp launchable? With a fixed rudder that really isn't an option. 5) The non slip on the side decks is basically non existent. It looks like a badly finished area of gel coat rather than non slip. The granny bars look clumsy and the narrow side decks will make this boat very hard to sail in any wind. 6) The sheet leads are very awkward. The kite sheet comes from the floor. It's nearly very clever because it means nobody will be sat on the lazy sheet, but in reality it will feel odd pulling the sheet from beneath you. The mainsheet swivel also looks too high, it should probably be on the floor rather than that turret. Also why not have a traveller? That mainsheet hoop is very ugly and can't be easy to engineer, the loads on that will be very high. There have been a few changes at RS recently that have made me feel that things are about to go a bit wrong. Some questionable new boat launches, interesting staff changes and some strong competition coming in from other companies. I hope it's not going to end badly, I own one of their boats myself and have always been quite loyal to the brand.
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    RS 21

    I really wanted to like this boat but I think it could be a very expensive mistake for RS. I didn't get to speak to anyone about it at dusseldorf but there were a couple of things that stuck out to me as being very wrong. 1) The price, I think it is still too expensive. Why does this boat need a carbon mast? Why does it need a custom coloured lewmar forehatch in the bow, the hatch alone adds about £500 to the price rather than using a plastic floor hatch like they use in the cockpit. 2) The mainsail. It might be because the mast is a prototype and is missing it's crane but even with the flicker I can see no way that the head of the mainsail can pass through in a tack. The backstay will need to be let off fully on every tack, and even then I don't think it will clear. 3) The looks, it's seriously ugly. It's not wide enough to pull off the chined hull, the boat feels very small. The cockpit ergonomics also look questionable, the side decks looked quite narrow and a little bit low. 4) The rudder, it is bolted to the transom. I am assuming that a lot of these boats will be trailer sailed. In which case you really need the rudder to be removable while afloat. Couple this with a fixed motor pod and you can't steer. I think a cassette rudder would be the best option for the boat rather than the fixed stock. Surely it has to be ramp launchable? With a fixed rudder that really isn't an option. There have been a few changes at RS recently that have made me feel that things are about to go a bit wrong. Some questionable new boat launches, interesting staff changes and some strong competition coming in from other companies. I hope it's not going to end badly, I own one of their boats myself and have always been quite loyal to the brand.
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    J/88

    Apparently it's a common fault on the UK boats because the masts are inverting downwind and causing the spreaders to fail at the inboard end. Is that the fault you are referring to?
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    Beneteau First 27.7!

    One thing worse than shite, and thats shite from every angle possible! Buy a fucking advert!