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  1. Jaybird

    Voile de St Barth - Multihulls

    It seems to me that as the wind came up the MM boats outpaced Flow. Flash spent several races feeling the boat out and finally started to push her in the last race. Something about driving with the tiller makes me like that boat. All and all a good show by everyone involved.
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    Gunboat 68

    Well done Soma, she's a beauty. I 'll wait for more detailed drawings before asking questions, but I must say that you have a great foundation to build on, I look forward to seeing where it goes from here.
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    PLEASE SAY A PRAYER FOR RAINMAKER'S CREW

    Wess, Thanks for best wishes. I'm excited. Though I can't see retirement, a GB48 is my plan. I'd love to go around the world with my family on a 48. I'll keep you posted as events develop and feel free to come to the boat shows or PM me for details. Jaybird, I just retraced your footsteps across the Atlantic on the same GB you did (we hit 25.6!). We saw your painting on the seawall in Horta. We'll have you cheerleading for GB again before too long, too. There's no "us and them" mentality, just "us and soon to be us". Soma, I was a skeptic of the Gunboat concept until about a week into that Trans- Atlantic. Many uncomfortable ocean miles on mono hulls with bad knees at a 20 degree heel led me to believe that is how it was supposed to be. Sailing flat at high speed on a strong easy to handle boat changed my opinion. Turning off the auto pilot on a night watch and just driving the boat for a few hours gave me a great appreciation of what a great sailing boat they are. I am still a cheerleader for GB, just confused as to the new direction. I am also interested in finding out just what HH is offering, and seeing first hand the quality of their product. See you in Cannes.
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    PLEASE SAY A PRAYER FOR RAINMAKER'S CREW

    Soma, I wasn't calling you out although looking back it seems that way. I am happy for you in your new position. I am well aware of how strong the bonds are in the Gunboat family particularly with you. I think that it was a good move for HH to grab them up when they were available, and and it was a good move for them as well. Once again the commissioning captain is in the position of being the only person on the planet with hands on knowledge of a new design that has just been launched. I am not sure how he does that. I look forward to seeing you in Cannes as well, and to hear more about the future of Gunboat, they still remain close to my heart, and I wish you all the best. I feel fortunate to be able to occasionally hitch a ride on the deliveries of any of the luxury carbon fiber cats, GB or HH, beggars can't be choosers, I just like to drive them.
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    PLEASE SAY A PRAYER FOR RAINMAKER'S CREW

    Probably nothing to do with the fact that HH 6601 will be in Cannes in person for everybody to step aboard and be greeted by the former Gunboat marketing team. Gunboat " here let me provide you with our latest brochure, our new models will be awesome, honest." ..... HH "Welcome aboard, make yourself at home, let us take you sailing next week and show you what this yacht can do, we have a hull already built for you just let us know your layout requirements." I'm going to Cannes to check it out, I'll keep you posted.
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    PLEASE SAY A PRAYER FOR RAINMAKER'S CREW

    I don't think that there will be any more GB 55's built, so I doubt that there will be any changes in design and construction. Of the existing boats I know that one is going to go through a refit to lighten the hull and change the rig. There is a theory that Rainmaker was heavier than the rig was designed for, which could have been the root of the problem. I am not sure that they could really learn much from the hull. Somebody should make it into a floating coffee house - bakery in the anchorage. The contest for a name would be a hoot.
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    PLEASE SAY A PRAYER FOR RAINMAKER'S CREW

    Just saw a picture of Rainmaker being towed to a yard to begin restoration efforts, it was on PJ's facebook page.
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    PLEASE SAY A PRAYER FOR RAINMAKER'S CREW

    Not hard to imagine the forces caused by waves breaking over this boat for over year stripping everything away. I am sure there was easily enough pressure to blow the hatches out from below. The storm that hit her shortly after abandonment was said to be plus 80 K winds and 25 foot seas. Neptune can take whatever he wants off of a boat floating uncontrolled in those conditions.
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    PLEASE SAY A PRAYER FOR RAINMAKER'S CREW

    She has been found off of the coast of Bermuda, PJ posted a picture of her under tow on Facebook. I heard that Team Oracle found her. I couldn't get the photo to load, what am I doing wrong?
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    PLEASE SAY A PRAYER FOR RAINMAKER'S CREW

    Pics or it did not happen....another damn Clean tease !!!!!!!!!...........Anyone follow up on this statement !!. C'mon Clean ..did they find ( i'm guessing she was scuttled).... OH LOOK A BRIGHT SHINY ORANGE THING !!!!! THAT FLIES........ I just read in Latitude 38 that PJ stated in an interview in St Barts that Rainmaker was spotted 150 miles south of her last known position two months ago . They did a search of the area but could not find her.
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    PLEASE SAY A PRAYER FOR RAINMAKER'S CREW

    I guess I'd be reluctant to call those Bene "Sense" models with the huge cockpit leading down into the boat a viable candidate for Cat A on that criteria (amongst many others, to be sure.) I understand that racing boats frequently have open sterns, and that many production boats have followed their lead. I suppose by this criteria VOR60s are suspect, so the rule needs tweaking, but those are race boats crewed by professional half-man half-beasts who sail with hair afire while eating nails. (And their cockpit has many more handholds.) IMO, a family cat should really have more protection if intended for extended offshore use. Not sure who is "hating"... I love Gunboats! I am not a pro or in the market for one, so my opinion doesn't mean a thing, but I am interested in how design choices should impact routing decisions. Compare the Atlantic yachts (or the GB60, or 66) with RM and pick which one you'd prefer for a crazy mid winter storm. It's a no-brainer. But pick the one for 99% of the rest of sailing, and you would likely pick the GB 55. It's awesome for a group of friends, tearing around St Maarten during the 'round Island race, or screaming around the Chesapeake, out of Miami to the Bahamas. Phenomenal for 100% of the sailing I'd like to be doing right now. Philly, I guess that I really don't have a problem the routing decision. Rainmaker was moving along fine until hit by a freak storm and dismasted. If they had left and hour earlier, or an hour later, they would have missed that squall and would be drinking dark and stormies at the Soggy Dollar in Jost with Pyrat right now. It was not a design flaw, it was bad luck. I think that mother nature can conjur up something that will kick the shit out of any boat almost any place and leave it disabled. As captain Ron said, "If it is going to happen, it will happen out there." If you don't cast off your lines you will never go anywhere.
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    PLEASE SAY A PRAYER FOR RAINMAKER'S CREW

    What I garner from this is that the sea state was extremely confused, and driven by powerful winds. Combined with the GS current, I can only imagine the freakish wave conditions. All the more reason for a stout cabin that buttons up tight, can handle tons of water arriving from unpredictable directions, and for watch standing stations providing ample protection and handholds. Note how little this describes Rainmaker. That vessel was designed for different conditions. EXCELLENT, even an amazing boat, mind you, but not the one I'd choose to ride out a gale in midwinter in the Gulf Stream. Philly, Rainmaker was over 100 miles from the Gulf Stream. I don't think that the Gulf Stream had much affect on the waves, it may have affected the system moving offshore causing freakish conditions like a water spout which could have ripped off the mast. The boat can handle the 25 to 30 knots and even the squalls just fine, especially on a broad reach with limited sail up. The boat is moving with the waves and the helm station and line handling area forward of the helm are very secure. Moving about the salon may be a little tricky, but the motion of the boat is such that timing your move is important, and you get used to it pretty quickly, you don't spend much time standing around in the middle of the salon. Once the mast was gone I am sure that the motion was much different, but I don't know of many boats that are designed to be sea kindly while floundering after a dismasting. I have sailed through gales in the north Atlantic on monohulls and Gunboats, give me the flat ride in the protected salon over the heeled motion out in the elements any day.
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    PLEASE SAY A PRAYER FOR RAINMAKER'S CREW

    Don't berate somebody's skill level because of age. Soma and Pyrat are pros in my book, age doesnt mean anything. Knowledge of GunBoats can't be gained by any other means than sailing on one. I have been sailing for 55 years and recently sailed trans Atlantic on a Gunboat 66. It was far different than any other boat that I have sailed. After 5000 miles I was still learning the nuance of sailing the boat. Recalling a tight reach at 22 knots for mile after mile still makes the hair stand up on my arms. These guys know what they are talking about, unlike most of the speculating trolls that have been posting here.
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    PLEASE SAY A PRAYER FOR RAINMAKER'S CREW

    I think that most posters here are making assumptions that do not hold water. Speculation as to the condition of the boat folowing the dismasting and contact with the cargo ship are just that, speculation. Rumors that there was an attempt to board the cargo ship are just that, rumors. I have heard that they were actually hit by a water spout with wind speeds to 100 mph causing the rig to fail, I don't care what weather window is chosen getting hit by a water spout is a pretty rare occurance, it happened to me one time in the Bahamas on a pretty nice day, roughest 45 minutes I've encountered anywhere. I have heard that some debris has been recovered, but no boat found. If the boat sank, then all of the bullshit about jury rigging and riding it out, or that people pushed the Epirb to quickly is just that, Bullshit. They got off when they could, waiting would have moved them further off shore and out of reach of the chopper. Five alive, I'll take it.