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  1. Miffy

    VOR Leg 9 Newport to Cardiff

    And a good lad too. Ought to be in a better car next year.
  2. Miffy

    VOR Leg 9 Newport to Cardiff

    With all the talk about the 24 hr records - funny how in the end Scallywag and TToP might be the first to get past the ridge by Fastnet.
  3. Miffy

    Weather Map Definitions

    Not exactly the same circumstance here - GPS deployment and open access has effectively boxed out other competitors' commercial viability, ensured continued funding for future upgrades without relying on the DOD budget, while retaining US control should the need arise. GFS doesn't have the same value - and the highly specific weather reports used by the USN is much more tailored for the vessel's operating region. Like I alluded to above, the biggest enemy to NOAA are coming from folks wanting to privatize its organizational mission of distributing safe updated nautical charts, studying climate and weather and oceanography & developing the best weather forecast system it can. If the NOAA scientists were funded and asked how to best improve GFS and global weather forecast - they'll say, more data, more sharing - better results.
  4. Miffy

    VOR Leg 9 Newport to Cardiff

    Ian Walker has never been one to sour grapes. I didn't hear what he said but I'm almost certain it was just him being methodical and evaluating what made the boats fast.
  5. I wouldn't let Green Marine or Perisco do any more work. The Volvo "family" isn't paying for it. I'm still struggling to understand how building hulls in northern Italy makes any sense.
  6. Depends on where the work can be done. Redoing a deck is a lot easier than doing a huge new carbon hull. There's no reason why it can't be done in China, Vietnam or Philippines if the price is right. If you plan to do it to a fleet, you can almost basically keep a boatyard busy for a couple of years and that won't be an insignificant negotiation leverage in these times.
  7. If I had the cash and was interested in competition in classics, I wouldn't buy the 65s without a budget to modify them. But you can work with the hull. It won't foil but it'll bash upwind better than most and manage the heavy air. You'll want to remove the deck and redo the deck plan and see if it were possible to move the mast back. Lengthen the keel, de-regulate the angular limits and reduce the mass, add more water ballast, swap out the engine to make it a bit smaller and take out all the reserve due/equipment.
  8. Do you not understand the meaning of asset that could be liquidated vs liability? Or did someone turn down your request for a boat tour in Melbourne?
  9. The record probably makes the VO65 fleet more of an asset that can be liquidated than a liability. If someone wanted an Artemis Academy extension on big boats. You can cross the Atlantic multiple times without dooming the hull on the hard for rebuild. There's still too many of them tho. I'd have to think the goal of competition in classic circuits, all weather performance and robustness + foiling pretty much means we'll be looking at small crews, autopilot - and really expensive hulls weight optimized and not vacuum bagged infused carbon but prepreg.
  10. The 65s being good in these heavy downwind conditions doesn't change their performance figures in light and medium air. You can still hang on to the memory of the 5 ft waterline and more aggressive weight reduction without being completely removed from reality.
  11. Miffy

    VOR Leg 9 Newport to Cardiff

    6 bunks per side. But since stack weight management in key, yah basically you are hot bunking.
  12. Miffy

    VOR Leg 9 Newport to Cardiff

    Yep. But IMOCAS won't be there at all. Ppl like to think of boats in rigid terms. But like cars, diff strengths and compromise. The other fast monohull records look for conditions that suits them. None of which are in 30 knot sustained with gusts to 40+.
  13. Miffy

    VOR Leg 9 Newport to Cardiff

    Some folks were doubting what I said earlier in the day about near Gale/Gale conditions. Not a lot of monohulls can be driven harder in rough condition. They're slow on light and medium air. But a bus can ride those conditions all day.
  14. Miffy

    VOR Leg 9 Newport to Cardiff

    Meanwhile MAPFRE just seems to lag behind.
  15. What if someone built a boat with an IMOCA mold - left the deck on shore, pulled a removable modern synthetic rigid material over the foredeck all the way to the back? Open boat or decked?