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  1. Banque Populaire

    So Doug how much money did Gitana and BP5 pay you for the design of said 'Fire Arrow System'? Or did they rip you off? Have you filed suit yet? Or are you just in a virtual screaming match with strangers on the internet to ensure that you 'go down in history' as the guy that once tested a prototype idea on a toy boat but didn't actually follow it up and then some other real designers used something kinda like it on a real sailboat and it was marginally faster than the old 'real sailboats' and so you are a goddamned visionary and deserve your goddamned credit...?
  2. Banque Populaire

    WTF is a Fire Arrow? Some old maxi/ultim tri that prototyped foils once upon a time? Why does this guy keep harping on that shit? Kinda getting old.. Is he still selling/trying to sell it or just looking for kudos?
  3. US Watercraft receivership ? (Alerion etc)

    That was me to a T!
  4. TF10 foiler... what could possibly go wrong!?.....

    They do not. There is however, to my knowledge, at least one professional boat captain (from one of the owners' other yachts) involved in the build & spec. I'm not sure whether you'd call him a build manager, owners rep, or just a consultant. Its a far shot from a standard boat captain/build manager in a typical bespoke super yacht, presumably because the Holland peeps are keeping things pretty close to the chest on this one. I also can tell you that there will be some pro crew involved in the sailing, upkeep, and logistics of the program on at least a few of these. I don't know what the class rules & regs specify as far as racing, but these owners will not be turning their own wrenches.
  5. TF10 foiler... what could possibly go wrong!?.....

    I think you need to remember the difference between the definitions of 'amateur' and 'novice'. Just because someone has never received money to sail, doesn't mean that they are a novice and unqualified to drive a TF 10. I only know a little bit firsthand about the boat, and whether or not it will necessarily be appropriate for this particular class of 'amateurs', but I do know plenty about the conglomerate of owners who've ordered the first 5 TF10's: -All of them have indeed 'dedicated their lives to sailing' (quoted from someone above), albeit in a recreational sense of the word. All their free time, energy, and a great deal of their spare cash... and all have decades of racing and thousands of miles under their belt -All of them have owned/still own some seriously high performance race boats, and to my knowledge most of them have been at the helm of every one of their race boats for every regatta, for decades; boats ranging from beach cats to Melges 32s to Marstrom 32s to TP52s to Gunboats to Fast 40's to Maxis. -At least a few that I know spend tens of hours per week getting involved with their crews and being intimately involved with the boat and the race program, and are pretty 'with-it' as far as the design, the equipment, the projects/engineering, etc -Some of these guys would destroy many of my buddies (pros/boat captains/race 'mercenaries' ) in a match race in a dinghy, and some have gained a pretty good reputation as skilled helmsman behind some powerful wheels. Sooo.. again, not arguing for or against the boat and/or its 'fit-for-purpose' here, just trying to clear up the facts about who will actually be driving these things (at least the initial ones!)
  6. US Watercraft receivership ? (Alerion etc)

    Its not that it was overpriced, just a HUGE turnout of everyone in New England - machine shops, boat builders, contractors, armchair captains, etc. Big turnouts = more bids = higher bids = auctioneer wins.
  7. Found these boards at the US Watercraft auction today with the weights of each itemized component of the C&C 30's. I haven't sailed in this class so there is no real investment for me, however, I was intrigued at some of the discrepancies between hull #'s. Most noticeably, the keel bulb weights between some of the hulls; hull #18 = 1,379 lbs at the lightest, hull #2 = 1,404 lbs at the heaviest for a delta of 25 lbs). I don't sail enough small sporties to know or care how much that matters, but I know it definitely matters because I've heard stories of programs purchasing 3 or 4 entire boats (one designs - specifically J70's), stripping and weighing each component, then assembling one 'Uber-boat' with all of the lightest components.... I thought I also read somewhere that the Volvo boats came out of the factory within 3kg's of each other, which seems a substantially more difficult task given the size and complexity of those boats. Anyhow, interesting shower thoughts for me, and maybe a bit more than a shower thought for any C&C 30 owners out there.
  8. US Watercraft receivership ? (Alerion etc)

    Personally, the most interesting take-away was the boards with the weights of each itemized component of the C&C 30's. I haven't sailed in this class so there is no real investment for me, however, I was intrigued at some of the discrepancies between hull #'s. Most noticeably, the keel bulb weights between some of the hulls; hull #18 = 1,379 lbs at the lightest, hull #2 = 1,404 lbs at the heaviest for a delta of 25 lbs). I don't sail enough small sporties to know or care how much that matters, but I know it matters because I've heard stories of programs purchasing 3, 4, 5 entire boats (one designs - specifically J70's), stripping and weighing each component, then assembling one 'Uber-boat' with all of the lightest components. Pretty corinthian right :)... I thought I also read somewhere that the Volvo boats came out of the factory within 3kg's of each other, which seems a substantially more difficult task given the size and complexity of those boats. Might repost this in the Sportboat thread in case anyone in the fleet finds it useful. Anyhow, interesting shower thoughts!
  9. US Watercraft receivership ? (Alerion etc)

    the J22, 24, and 35 went for cheap, all but the 35 probably should have. The two Farrs went for a bit more, not in terrible shape. There were close to 600 lots of mostly workshop equipment. Some good deals to be had but more than a few blown out by the sheer volume of the turnout - often 10-12 bidders in on one item, plus the online faction = higher let-go's than most auctions (30-50 on the dollar rather than 5-20).
  10. All the Farr 36 rigs are now SOLD. Still have one brand new Beneteau 10R rig left - beautiful mast package with spreaders and all hardware, totally turnkey. $5,000 takes it. Will make a great stocking stuffer for Christmas if you have a 60ft stocking!
  11. Bare containers? Or already modded out?
  12. Why is that? And what are they up to? They outbid me on a vast amount (by far the largest buyer, by volume) during the Hall Spars auction. Their lot took 3-4 full size trucks to move everything.
  13. US Watercraft goes to Auction!

    If anyone is interested in the boats (in particular) or any of the larger items, but isn't local and/or doesn't have the time/resources/space to transport and store them, shoot me a PM. I have a climate controlled warehouse just down the street and can quote on transport & storage. Also might be interested in any creative joint bids or deals.
  14. Sorry Ras, can't find their number just their street address. They don't have a FB page either (that I can find). I can measure those spreaders more accurately for ya sometime this week. PM me and tell me what dimensions you're looking for.