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      A Few Simple Rules   05/22/2017

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Chris Maas

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  1. The concave top has been tried. It seems like it could be a good thing for keeping you attached to the seat. Arne Stahl's boat has it and I believe the new Morrison 3 does too. The curved bottom will get sucked down whenever it hits the water. Maybe you could incorporate a planing step? Or just don't let it touch down.
  2. Chris got any larger/better pics of this set up? Sorry B. I couldn't find any.
  3. I did use a wishbone boom on my jib at the last worlds. It doesn't do much on the windy reaches but it does help on the runs.
  4. Upwind it all strapped down to look like a normal rig.
  5. Though it wasn't widely covered by the main stream media I won the '11 IC worlds with a swing rig. Actually it was more of a swing jib - the jib swing was de-coupled from the main boom. It worked reasonably well. I figure it sped me up downwind a bit and slowed me upwind. I put a honkin' big window in the jib but when that got a little salt spray on it it was hard to see the waves downwind - which, surprise, is really important.
  6. That's very clever Stefan. I think it's worth a try. It would be fairly simple to make. Important details include getting it as low as possible and allowing it to swivel freely. I'd figure out a way to test it with your old jib first.
  7. Very cool. To me this is exactly what yachting is all about. I can see the beauty of raising that windward foil but jesus that would be dicey.
  8. Thanks Ian, What an interesting boat. I hadn't seen Chris 249's blog - good stuff.
  9. Does anyone recognize these boats? They look canoe like. I think they are called 20m. Cool rig.
  10. I've never heard of it but it seems like it might be good. I wonder if a spring temper ti wire would be best? I see the tensile strengths are up there with spring stainless. Have you found a source? So far I haven't had any luck.
  11. Explain yourself!
  12. Yeah he doesn't make many mistakes. I learned early on in the regatta that if Mike and I were on opposite tacks I was probably going the wrong way.
  13. Dave Clark warned us that Mike Costello was going to kick our butts at the IC NAs, and he was right. Well sailed Mike! Here are some great shots of the sailing from SailingShot: http://sailingshot.com/2016/ic-north-americans
  14. The UFO rig is a really clever, well thought out piece of work. Dave and Steve will have a better Idea of how well the concept would work on an IC but my guess is that plugging the UFO rig into an IC wouldn't work well. Because the IC has immensely more righting moment I wouldn't think the mast is strong enough. And you'd still have trouble with a saggy forestay, I think. That brings us back to a jib luff spar. Which is worth considering I suppose though weight aloft is keenly felt in an IC.
  15. Yeah, I get out of my depth in this thread sometimes too. I don't think you will get any reduction in drag for the same area. Even if the chord measured perpendicular to the LE is less the chord the water flow sees will be the same as the vertical board. Then there's spanwise flow introduced that probably is not a good thing. If you're thinking to move the center of lateral resistance by raising and lowering the board, that changes your surface area in ways you might not want. When my seat carriage is all the way forward it overlaps the TE of the board and is a comfy step from board to seat when righting. Hollow Log is probably quite different though? Keep up the innovative thought! It's just what we need. And for me it's one of the best things about this class.