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  1. onepointfivethumbs

    How scalable is 3Di?

    I ask because I can nowhere near afford those development costs Interesting. One of the big factors in Finn sails is hours of UV exposure, technora seems to be the most susceptible to the mylar shrinking in the sun-the leech gets noticeably shorter during long regattas and the seams get baggy. If the mylar is eliminated entirely that could be a game changer even if you have to make a crosscut sail, something like RAW330 would be great as long as the panel weight was really light
  2. onepointfivethumbs

    How scalable is 3Di?

    poking around Big Blue's website and noticed that they were building 3Di sails for boats as small as M24's, M20's, and Moths, and I remember seeing a picture of a 5O5 with a prototype 3Di main as well as Aussie 18' skiffs. My understanding of the process is that they can just put fewer layers of filament on smaller/lighter sails and the fabric retains its integrity and the same unflappable flying shape. I've used 3Di sails on bigger boats and was impressed with the material, sans batten pocket/luff dimpling and being a little stiff to flake. Could North make, say, a Finn sail out of 3Di, that would outlive it's tri-radial technora offering while maintaining a similar panel weight? Any issues with shrinkage or is it already built in with the thermal molding process?
  3. onepointfivethumbs

    Grand Prix Mast Partners

    Curious what the cool guys are currently doing to keep water from coming into the interior when going offshore. Is stepping the stick, tuning the rig, and pouring SparTite into the hole still a valid method? I seem to remember seeing cuben fiber skirts and full carbon plugs at some point. a latex boot with hose clamps isn't going to cut it
  4. onepointfivethumbs

    ILCA gives LPE the boot... seeking new Laser builder

    Perhaps worded poorly.
  5. onepointfivethumbs

    ILCA gives LPE the boot... seeking new Laser builder

    Meh. How many MC Scows are in Britain? here in 'merica we trend toward consolidating OD classes; the venn diagram of Finn vs OK vs Laser sailors is a circle
  6. onepointfivethumbs

    ILCA gives LPE the boot... seeking new Laser builder

    complete, sailable boats that aren't garden planters? Maybe five?
  7. onepointfivethumbs

    Finn rigging

    keelband (the strip running from the bow knuckle to the centerboard trunk) is the likely culprit, 5200 the bejezus out of it regardless. (and take off the strips on either side and behind the centerboard, class rules say you don't need them and you're just adding wetted surface) You can also put a layer of glass around where the CB trunk goes into the floor, wouldn't hurt. Often fun surprises under the gunwale as well. Make sure your autobailers are seated correctly and put vaseline around the edges. You're welcome to do it, although the water over the bow is so negligible I wouldn't bother; same reason new boats leave the inspection port open behind the mast. More important that the mast ring and the partners are a close fit so you aren't bleeding free horsepower. Negative; no carbon or aramid allowed in the construction of hull panels. Devoti (et al) make the deck aft of the coaming, the side decks and the entire floor out of one piece and there are lateral stringers to support your weight. I have never put a hoof through the floor of a Devo and I'm heavier than you. However there is sometimes cracking at the joint where the floor meets the bottom of the hull around the centerboard trunk. Waterlogged floors are a big to-do item on boat diets, see previously linked article re: Marcus' Vanguard. Carbon sticks are supposed to have a lead corrector weight about halfway up to negate the CoG gains from being carbon; 30 years of development has widened that gap and iirc the minimum weight was reduced sometime in this century. Having a balanced spar (and lots of practice Iwo Jima'ing) probably contributed to their ease. As far as sails go it's a balancing act between cloth weight, longevity, cost, and durability. A new North Technora main is going to be REALLY fast for about 15 hours of UV exposure (per former Team Canada member), you can flog the thing half to death and it'll work up to 40kt, but the shrinkage and weight make it cost inefficient. Contrast this with the white poly Dieball or Karlo Kuret/ONE Sails, which have a fantastic panel weight and hardly shrink at all, but if you take it out over 15kt you're going to put holes in it. At the Club level you can really get a couple years out of your sails, rotating regatta->heavy air regatta->practice and you can stretch out that $1500 bill from really hurting your wallet.
  8. onepointfivethumbs

    Line Honors folded?

    Placed an order with Line Honors September 15, server must've been paid for that month, had no problem taking my credit card. Fast forward October 5th, I have a receipt that they billed me, an order confirmation telling them what to send me and where, and an order status link. Click the order status link, says my stuff is "being processed". Send an email to request clarification (since radio silence for three weeks), immediately get "undeliverable-rejected" auto response from email server. Did they go under cause of the 'rona? Was their store burned in riots in the affluent neighborhood of Lake Geneva? Google Business says they're open, then why won't you answer my fucking email and send me my shit...
  9. onepointfivethumbs

    Why do you race?

    Sarcastic answer: I enjoy pain and I hate money, see the old quote about standing in a cold shower tearing up bills Genuine answers: Yachting is a lifelong sport. Little kids can and often do share the racecourse with 90-year-olds, depending on the class men compete on an equal footing with women, and it is so complex and dependent on so many different factors: boat preparation, helmsmanship, sail trim, weather, strategy, tactics, other boats' actions, and sheer dumb luck. You can be young and strong and still be beaten by old salts who have forgotten more than you know up to that point. You get to see things that 90% of the world will never see, the stars on a moonless night in the middle of Lake Michigan or the phosphorescence in your wake in the North Pacific. It's adventure, it's fun, you get to pit yourself against yourself, other competitors, and God's unrelenting sea. A prestigious regatta would be one where there is a deep field of competitors and a good venue-challenging but not frustrating, I am a big fan of middle-distance offshore stuff (i.e. Fastnet, Bermuda, Mackinac, Hobart, China Sea) and continental-level inshore regattas (i.e. CORK, Miami OCR/Bacardi Cup, Kieler Woche). Having a lot of competitors on the line raises the level of competition, and having more people angling for a spot on the podium keeps things interesting. I am not a world-class sailor, but I leave every regatta having learned something new from someone who is better than me, and I try to apply that to my sailing so that I can get better the next time I go out. When I coached my admonition to my kids was always "Don't be over early, don't go to The Room, and finish every race", everything else seems to fall from there as far as a successful regatta. An ideal regatta is at a seasonally appropriate venue for pleasant temperatures, reliable breeze, an international flavor, a deep field of competitors, a communicative and active race committee, enough races to fill out a scorecard but not enough that you're dragging, with a good party ashore, free t-shirts, cheap booze and friendly company. The international yachting community is healthy but not comparable to soccer, tennis, or basketball; I think that sailors are aware of the importance of nursing our oceans back to health, most of the regattas I've gone to lately have had reusable water bottle filling stations and have tried to avoid snacks with lots of cellophane which is a good step, international racing is far from carbon neutral but in the vein of jet skis, powerboats, motorcycles, and ATV's I think that we are doing much better than them for the environment. Being scalable from singlehanded dinghies up to dozens of crewmembers on maxis is unique as well as the opportunity for both age and gender parity, as well as closing the gap for different sized people and paralympic/disabled/mentally ill sailors. Not everyone is going to be sailors, not everyone is going to like it, and it takes a certain combination of mechanical knowledge, seat-of-your-pants attitude, and mental flexibility to be a good racing sailor. Einstein said that "all the smartest people sail", and I think you'll see that there are quite a few very sharp people at the bar at the end of the day. Maybe it's self-selecting, but I know a lot of very dull Golfers but I have always had fun conversations on the rail with sailors.
  10. onepointfivethumbs

    Finn rigging

    Ask Rodney Cobb at Suntouched or look on the Finn Buy/Sell/Charter Facebook Page
  11. onepointfivethumbs

    Finn rigging

    Kevin This is how it's set up on the Devoti's: blocks on the side of the centerboard trunk, bungee goes around the front and back through the block and hooks onto the crossbolt. You might have a 2:1 setup, if you go around and hook it back to itself
  12. onepointfivethumbs

    Finn rigging

    There's a slot milled in the centerboard trunk that the bolt can slide fore and aft, it's only a few centimeters Measure from the corner of the transom to the trailing edge of the foil with the boat on a crane, it's hemispherical so the length doesn't change. Not all boats had it until pretty recently, it's not terribly hard to modify as long as your measurement is accurate
  13. onepointfivethumbs

    Sunfish Speed Blog

    minions in the background?