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  1. for anyone who may have missed this - this thread made me think of it somehow!
  2. you can watch this in VR with a google cardboard viewer + iphone / android and the youtube app. i hope theres more content like this!
  3. requires a pretty good pivot point! + like T foil rudders, they would be trouble to raise and lower at speed + you drag both the lifting and side force surfaces around whether foiling or not anyway.. what do you reckon the advantages are over the current setup? - that you get a more efficient daggerboard for upwind sailing etc?
  4. ha yep! we have not seen anything like that before! waste of materials and massive environmental impact etc. but.. definitely not like anything else..
  5. Sarah Gundersen!
  6. Your description of the structure would be accurate IF the bowsprit was a beam .. but it is NOT a beam .. The loads applied by the headsails are supported by the rigging while the bowsprit supports the eccentricity as a column . Round tubes are the most efficient shape for a column and this only changes if a bending moment is applied or if the member is required to serve some other purpose such as a walkway .. The triangular shape might also help in a pitchpole situation . Its not a column either. i.e there are no stays that support the tip horizontally. EDIT: ahh, maybe there are... ok you might be right. In a pitchpole, think about it. what is that angle of attack of that flat top surface to the water? -5 degrees? it will only help you go over faster. hence why the hulls are pointy on the top. Maybe its for spray / waves when sailing normally, or, as you say, a flat walkway
  7. smaller section size doesn't necessarily make a lighter tube. Wall thickness decreases as diameter increases, so there's a crossover point somewhere, I'm sure each team is pretty tuned in to that and have optimised their tube sections for the specific loads and target stiffness. The triangular section I imagine is stiffer in the important directions than a round tube of similar weight. The load at the front will most likely be similar to the other boats, though with a thinner 'egg shell' wall might, counter intuitively, make the tube a bit more fragile.