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  1. F18 Sailor

    Another Pipedream to take on Buckos Foiler

    Sailrocket would suggest otherwise, and 50kts on water in an open frame is a lot different than in the comfort of your 4-wheeled air-bag equipped vehicle.
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    Heavy duty sewing machine

    I don’t have one so can’t say; to your point it probably will, given my White machine CAN run it (issue is not enough upper thread tension with the stock tensioner); this machine has the same internals as the Sailrite but lacks the power of the large fly wheel and I don’t have it mounted in an industrial table, both things that would make it much more useful for doing canvas and heavier duty work. To be fair, I think V-92 thread is just find for a lot of repair work or canvas projects.
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    Heavy duty sewing machine

    V92 is about as big as most home machines run-it’s the max limit for the Sailrite LSZ1 as well. The difference is the sailrite has a fairly large under foot clearance and is a walking foot machine. I’ve been searching high and low for an industrial zig zig machine and have come up short....I would like to be able to run V-138 thread on occasion.
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    Another Pipedream to take on Buckos Foiler

    From what I’ve seen, these are produced in aluminum tooling. It wouldn’t surprise me if the tooling has water channels to allow for precise control of the mold surface temperature during layup, cure and post cure. My estimate is the tooling is half the cost of the project, between design and machining. Sourcing high modulus carbon is probably 10-15% of the cost, maybe more during COVID. The rest is layup labor. The end result is NOT warrantied, more than likely... Other people outside Presico can and have done this (several shops in the Anacortes, WA, USA come to mind), but Presico is certainly the most experienced for the IMOCA style foils.
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    Another Pipedream to take on Buckos Foiler

    Exactly, and that data is fed into the autopilots. I’m skeptical The Ocean Race guys can push the boats harder; what they can do is trim constantly (exhausting!) and keep the average speeds up.
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    Another Pipedream to take on Buckos Foiler

    Yep, build costs for the IMOCA60’s were reported to be well north of 6million euros...a set of foils is $500k...my take is this is 2/3rds the boat, 2/3rds the cost, not 1/6th! Whats a new Class 40 go for these days?
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    Tramp Fabric

    You can get new Dimesnion Polyant Liteskin, which is somewhat like 3Di (close enough for a tramp!) and build your own.
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    Easing loaded beachcat cunningham

    Most of the U.S Olympic N17's, the ones actually going to Tokyo, are in Long Beach. That being said, I took a look at one of their old boats and the Flying Phantom, both using PXR's. The setup I've used successfully on an Infusion had the bottom screw of the PXR attached to the mast base itself.
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    Easing loaded beachcat cunningham

    If you go to PXR's, you have to move to 5mm line or even 5.5mm; they are 6mm max. 4mm line slips in the PXR's, at least in the last 4x I've had with max spring force set. I tend to use the stock swivel cleats and get them as low on the mast as possible.
  10. F18 Sailor

    Tramp Fabric

    Not an issue, put some 3mm EVA non-skid on the tramp.
  11. F18 Sailor

    All-New Velocitek ProStart

    Copy that! This was with a wall cube. The in-use battery life is fantastic!
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    Speedo transducers (again)

    And there is no easy way to solve that with our current understanding of physics. The best bet is two well calibrated sensors as RIMike calls out. The other issue with the Triton2 system is without a central processor (the H5000) there is no way to store calibrated data on the bus, unless you have a more advanced speed sensor that can be calibrated independently with a direct interface so only calibrated data is pushed to the bus.
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    All-New Velocitek ProStart

    Just posted mine for sale in the classifieds, can ship tomorrow!
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    All-New Velocitek ProStart

    I left mine plugged in for over 36hrs and it still said charging, never got to full...I think that may be a software bug. The battery indicator never got off full after 10hrs of use on the water. I agree that it is a quality unit with a quality display and the data is pretty accurate.
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    Tramp Fabric

    I built a replacement tramp for my Flyer with 10oz Supercruise Dacron. Sealed for a decksweeper. Glued to the front beam with G/Flex or 5200. Tenara thread is really expensive, so I used the next grade down and keep the tramp covered.