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  1. I would find someone local to re-do the whole hulls. You'll save a good amount of change by sanding and fairing yourself, then re-spraying gelcoat. It also depends on how much damage there is. I'm assuming a typical older Hobie 16 that has been beach launched and landed hundreds if not thousands of times. For a newer boat that perhaps was always moved on wheels, just re-paint the damaged areas.
  2. This just up: https://www.thebeachcats.com/classifieds/catamarans-for-sale/p15231-1994-hobie-sport-cruiser-21-sc.html
  3. Depending on the size of the piece, you can apply with a foam brush a bit thick, I then like to use a coat of Partall PVA applied with a bottle sprayer, let cure, then come back and sand starting at 320 grit usually and working up to a mirror polish. The other option is to find someone local who can spray the stuff. Their time and effort is usually cheaper than yours.
  4. I've been lead to believe you can never get gelcoat to spray and NOT orange peel. I could have been lied to. It all polishes out easy enough.
  5. I missed the "self-contain" statement. I haven't used a turbine sprayer myself, but your description sounds about right from everything I've read.
  6. Panoramix, Yes and yes. Most 30 gallon compressors will get the job done and a cheap gravity fed HVLP gun will work fine for your job.
  7. True. Then as TN_kiwi points out, add an extra day for air freight. Generally speaking on something like this, it's preferable to have the design and build team right next to each other as the timeline is too short to generate detailed drawings for an overnight fab job. TN_kiwi, I agree with you, if they had a faster foil design already, they would have gone with it. If they thought they could have done better when they got up close and personal with the NZL boat, they would have had that in the pipeline already. My take on their asymmetric board choice on Sunday was they knew Sunday morning that they had a speed deficit in those conditions and by putting two different foils into the boat they would at least get the opportunity to test two foil configurations in one day, giving them valuable data in the off time. They now know which foils to run and can focus on optimizing the boat for that configuration. I also agree that the best Oracle can do now are improve their control systems, maybe move ride height off JS and work on their boat handling. Will these changes be enough? That's hard to say-I don't think NZL are going to fall into a trap this week and will be working to improve their boat handling and boat speed as well. It seems that Burling/Ashby are a pair of fast sailors in a fast boat and know how to get a foiling multihull downwind with better VMG than probably anyone in the world. JS/TS better come out swinging come Saturday or I fear its game over.
  8. Lets assume for a minute you have an industrial CNC mill and autoclave on site in Bermuda (not too far fetched). Lets also assume for a minute you have a new light air tip design ready to roll today. You need four molds-top left, top right, bottom left, bottom right. That is an easy 24 hours of machining time, likely more. Then you have the layup. That's where the real issue is, lets say they have the molds ready to go tomorrow AM. You have to debulk every 3 layers or you will have air entrapped in your pre-preg. I'm guessing these laminates are in the neighborhood of 30 layers of UHM uni carbon pre-preg in the 9 oz/yd^2 cloth range. That equates to 10 de-bulk sessions per mold at an average cycle of 2 hours (1-1.5 hour of debulking, 30 minutes to lay cloth into mold). That is 20 hours of time. Then you have the cure cycle in the autoclave, which is likely a ramp up ramp down cure cycle with about a 12 hour total cycle. So total time we are talking about 32 hours plus the machining. Again, this is all just for a new horizontal shaft, and I may be optimistic in my times (my shop takes 3x this for the same process but they are slow and working multiple projects and don't have everything they need on site). I'm guessing another four hours of de-mold and finishing time, again that could be optimistic but this isn't their first rodeo. So maybe, very optimistically, within 36 hours after tooling is available they can have a new set of horizontals on the boat and out on the sound practicing. That would be ~Wednesday, and again my numbers are rather optimistic and assume a full professional team working around the clock. I suspect the 3 month lead time is about right for an outsourced board build. Tooling alone takes about half that time to have produced at an outside shop (6 weeks ARO).
  9. +1 to the above. Here in the U.S you can get a good boat suitable for conversion like a Marstrom, Flyer, Evo or A3 for well under $10k, more like under $8k. The big thing to look for is a reasonably stiff platform in good shape with the front beam as far forward as you can get. Most used boats won't have new rigs-I'm not yet sure how critical that is, certainly for winning a major championship it is important, but for learning how to foil it is likely less important. Then it's another $5k for the decksweeper and Exploder foiling kit. This is pretty good bang for the buck, especially if you do the work yourself. I just caution those considering this about the work involved. Its more like 100 hours and that's if you are handy with composites. Folks that have done it before can likely do it in half the time.
  10. Windage is an issue if you are trying to pedal directly upwind for whatever reason (to make a tide gate). I agree with you Randy, its very hard to beat a fast multihull in terms of speed and cost. This would make a potential weapon if you could keep the foils in one piece: http://yachthub.com/list/yachts-for-sale/used/sail-catamarans/foiling-trimaran/168518 I'm not a huge fan of the Hobie Wildcat inspired floats or the price tag, but it is a 40' all carbon trimaran with top speed in the thirty knot range.
  11. It's pretty clear what works and what doesn't in this race. You need shelter and a fast boat that is easily pedaled. I will say that a very light monohull with high power to weight ratio and full time rowing/paddling capability likely stands a chance-much less windage when in rowing/paddling mode which certainly plays a factor in parts of the course. FYI, I know where a couple TP52's are laid up in ready to sale shape, might be able to get you a 2 for 1 deal.. Randy, I'm pretty jealous of your purchase, as soon as I saw what Tripp was taking to Alaska I did some digging then wondered if the boat was still for sale...seems like the right boat for a lot of good purposes akin to what Pete did when he owned the boat. Would love to see a photo of the below decks accommodations. One of the downsides to the SeaCart 30 is its very spartan and dark down below, it doesn't make for a good family cruising/glamping ride when you're not racing it.
  12. I've just been down this path. I still haven't launched my boat yet, but I'm getting close. I can wholeheartedly say that you are generally speaking better off buying a used foiler rather than working the conversion. I'm into my conversion for over $11k and I got a steal on the base platform. I'm missing the latest generation rig and sails, and my platform (an 05' Boyer Flyer) probably isn't as stiff as a newer DNA or Exploder, but I did end up with the latest Exploder 2017 foiling package (Z10's and 2017 rudders) on a lower volume platform (which seems to be the direction things are headed back) that is known fast upwind in floating mode. We will see how she goes as a foiler, as A Class Sailor points out this should be more than sufficient for learning how to foil and if I get even 60% of what I have in her back out in a year or two selling to another new class member looking to learn, I might come out okay on the $ side.
  13. Its going to be a nail biter for the finish. That forecast suggests going east of Duke Island might be the favored passage, but I have no idea what the terrain elevation is on Metlakatla vs. the main land looks like. Who has the better pedal drive system? The Nacra 20 was a balsy call for this race, as the Burd brothers found out with the ARC22 in the 2015 edition. Really fast when you can sail and push, but the lack of protection makes for a challenging ride to say the least.
  14. Interesting question. We are doing about windspeed, 9-10 kts, tacking through about 110 degrees on the Tornado in roughly 10 kts of wind (white caps just happening). In flat water I'm estimating we can do 16 kts upwind with 20 kts of breeze tacking through 90-100 degrees. Maybe not, but that is what I am estimating as we are easily pushing high 14 kts upwind in breeze with two on the wire and 2-3' chop. This certainly calls into doubt Toms Astus speeds, but I'm not claiming any doubt at the rest of his issues with the boat. Flat water is also a big difference from normal sailing venues. On the F18, 13.5-14kts is common upwind in big breeze and 3' chop with similar tacking angles, though in high mode we can tack through under 90 degrees and maintain speeds in the high 12's upwind. The non-foiling A-cat has about the same speed and tacking angles in these conditions, and I am comparing against very well sailed A's (one of the fastest sailors on the Chesapeake and on the u.s east coast in a Boyer Mk. V). Keep in mind these are conditions where downwind we are pushing 22-23kts relatively easily and can blast reach into the 25 kt range. I have little doubt about the upwind foiling A cat speeds, which are a good 4+ kts faster than my top speeds reported here, and the same angle or higher. Where the A really shines is going upwind, the tacking angles are small compared with most cats and the speed is high even in lower wind ranges because the boat is soo light. It takes a very good crew and conditions where it is double trapezning and active mainsheet trimming pay big to catch an A cat upwind in a sloop rigged high performance beach cat. I don't think the Astus would manage, but I haven't seen one in person, nor have I seen it line up against an A cat, F18 or Tornado.
  15. This is somewhat old news. Its pretty much the same setup that has been tested in the U.S by a top A cat sailor several years back. Increasing the wheelbase is the point, the drag delta is low but the moments imparted are worth looking at for sure. My interpretation of the rules prior to the 2017 re-write(which simplify things, and I don't intend to turn this into a rules debate) is that anything on the rudders was legally as long as it was 6" or more below the transom. Several boats at the last worlds had non-compliant rudder systems that required marking the blades such that the non compliant overhanging, i.e t-foils, were 6" or more below the transom at all times. Also, rudder gantries are specifically banned by the A-class rule. This approach, again per the 2016 rules, is one of only two methods I am aware of to extend the wheelbase in a class legal manner. It would be entirely possible under the 2016 rules to extend the rudder winglet some feet behind the boat. With the 2017 300mm rule I don't think this is possible. Scheurers concept isn't that radical and the extra wheelbase they show may not be worth the drag penalty, and most of their gains are likely driven from other modifications to the boat. However, I'm not yet sure their hype is over-rated, we won't really know that until Worlds. ALL the feedback I have heard is very positive and the design changes they made make the boat a more practical upwind foiler. That being said, I don't believe they were sailing against the very latest from the Exploder team so the Aussies may be on different equipment+skill level that have them upwind foiling more successfully and with higher boat speed than the G7 has shown thus far. Very little in terms of video footage showing Brewin or Bundock foiling upwind, and I suspect the cat will remain firmly in the bag until Sopot.