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    Seascape D2 aka 14

    Not very heavy for a double hander. A windmill for example is 50# heavier and a Snipe is even heavier than that. The stopper is still no class association or critical mass of boats. Until it has that, it is just another Orphan to be.
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    Tracking the Lindenberg 28's

    We at one time had five of them sailing at Melbourne YC in Florida. From the results of the 2007 MYC Fall Regatta: #3 Fast Lane, pictured above owned by Sherry Beckett. Sail# 284 Starstruck owned by Steve Schultz, #5 Five Speed owned by Gary Smith, #12 Mouse owned by Jim Henry, and Sail# 32591 Bad Penny owned by Jim Yates. Sail #4 is now called Slippery Ghost and owned by Lachlan and Warrick Smith, Gary Smith's sons. They sail it in Melbourne.
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    do you think the melges 14 will catch on?

    As I understand it, there were a number of Aero Charters available in Florida and there was a fairly large push to get people in them and out sailing. I do not know if that was the case with the Melges or not. I know of four local people that chartered Aero's for the Jenson Beach regatta. Its a great way to find out if you like the boat, but does not necessarily equate to buying them. Those people are all still sailing their Lasers and plan to stick with them because they know they will have a fleet to sail against. If I were in the market, the Aero looks like the boat I would be more interested in, but it will be at least another year before I can get back in any dinghy again.
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    Can we save Portsmouth handicap racing?

    The problem at the local level is that you often have a rotating RC. When shorthanded and not used to doing it, its not so easy to record finish times as well as finishes, apply the wind adjusted ratings and so on. I can easily see why the data sheets don't get filled out and forwarded. That said, there are some clubs that do a good job of administering both Portsmouth and PHRF at the local level so it can be done. But many more just don't have the interest or people with the talent to administer it. While there are some paid employees at US Sailing, the organization is largely made up of volunteers who run races and perform various functions when they can. WE are all US Sailing.
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    Durakore vs Cedar

    We were only discussing the hull weight. And for the record, I am not saying that either laminate is or is not adequate. For that one would need to consider a lot of factors and do a proper panel study.
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    Durakore vs Cedar

    I think most of you are overlooking the fact than cedar strip planking is not a non-structural core like balsa or foam. It is a layer of unidirectional fiber (that happens to be wood) within the laminate stack. When engineering the laminate, one should be using unidirectional E-glass fabric in the 90 degree orientation and depending on the size of the boat, +/- 45 degree fabric to help with the torsional loads. The skins can be much lighter with thinner cedar planking than a foam/glass laminate. With your proposed cores, A 9mm Cedar strip with 200 GSM UDR skins @ 90 is 9.428 mm thick with a weight of 4.039 kg/m2. A laminate with 13mm Duracore and 400 GSM Biaxial skins is 15.980 mm thick and weightss 3.550 Kg/m2. Stiffness Properties are: Cedar with 200 GSM UDR 9.43 mm thick; EI 0.620 N/m2 and bending moment of 499.10 N,mm/mm 13mm Durakore with 400 GSM skins 13.98 mm thick; EI .500 N,m2 and bending moment of 375.22 N,mm/mm So your cedar strip planking ends up being considerably stiffer with only a 14% weight premium.
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    Can we save Portsmouth handicap racing?

    To play devil's advocate here; How many people racing in Portsmouth classes actually belong to and support US Sailing? My guess is that it is not very many. While many clubs will have a Portsmouth class at their annual regatta, it is usually just to give the orphan boats some fleet to sail in and they only use the DPN rating. I know of only one club in central Florida that routinely runs races under Portsmouth. However, they keep records of results and administer rating adjustments themselves. They have done this now for at least 10 years and the club always has a good turn out for club racing.
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    J 121

    One great boat for double or single handed sailing?
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    Can we save Portsmouth handicap racing?

    For a new (or unrated) boat, one can always derive a rating from the formulas. I have done it several times in the last few years. There is a table to convert between Portsmouth and PHRF numbers, and tables to adjust the ratings of boats in non standard configuration. For example, a boat that is rated with a spinnaker sailing without one. Some of the multi-hull fleets adjust for crew weights. Your fleet just has to do a little leg work to make it happen.
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    Can we save Portsmouth handicap racing?

    The "problem" at the local level is that you usually have a rotating RC in which the sailors take their turn. So there is very little consistency in using the wind range handicaps or reporting of results. And then you still have the issues of rating the boat independently of the ability of the persons sailing it. That is the same issue PHRF faces. The places that I see using Portsmouth successfully only use the published numbers as a starting point and have one or two knowledgeable and fair minded people making adjustments as needed. There are guidelines for some of the adjustments on US Sailing's website.
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    Craigslist Finds

    OK, not a sailboat, but I found this little boat on Craig's list and rescued it to use for umpiring team racing and helping out with the local sailing program. She was designed and built in Norway in 1982 by Jan Herman Linge, the designer of the Soling and Yngling. The Musling was his smallest powerboat design and has several larger sisters, the Vesling and the Fordling. As I researched the boat, I found out that they are still in production in Jan's original shop. As near as I can tell, this is the original engine or is at least the same vintage. I did have to build a new center console and reinforce the transom along with a lot of fiberglass repair.
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    The raider's only real problem is that there has never been enough promotion. The builder has been around for years and does a great job on all the boats he builds. There was an update to the hull and rig a couple of years ago which improves speed and also makes it more friendly to take a second person along. There are quite a few of them around, but many of the owners do not race the boat and just enjoy sailing them.
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    Lasers - Applying a Blow Torch

    Back when ISAF started their combined worlds for Olympic classes, the Star Class tried to hold out as the qualification system for entry was being turned completely upside down. If you recall, the class initially refused to award the GOLD STAR for the event. Paul Henderson slapped the class down pretty hard while waving the contracts under their noses. The boats were/are "used as equipment" and neither ISAF nor the Olympic committee is bound in any way by the contract to the class rules. In this case, some company will agree to supply boats for use at the regatta and then take them away. As an alternative, they could also require that competitors supply their own boats as they do in other classes.
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    For an object that's service life is to hang from the bottom of a boat at all angles, I've often wondered how much weight is too much on the keel. I can understand the studs/bolts and root would be adversely affected by it dangling from the hull at highway speed and vibrating at harmonics. However I've also seen boatyards rest the full weight the boat on the keel and then rock the boat as they adjust the poppets to keep the boat steady, apparently oblivious to the deformity of the keel sump area. The ISO 12215-9 Load Case 3 for vertical pounding considers the stress on the keel and its support structure in those conditions. The requirement is to support the maximum loaded displacement of the boat minus the weight of the keel, multiplied by the acceleration or gravity which is 9.81. You can put the full weight of a J-88 and then some on its keel.
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    Just want to say a couple of things on Sprit Design. Hall engineered this sprit, not I, but I have engineered a lot of boats. The mechanics of sprit design are very similar to a rudder stock. Simply a lever with the load countered by inner bearing point with the sum of those loads on the exit bearing point. It is pretty easy to figure the sailing load at any given wind speed. However, loads increase with the 4th power of wind speed. All sails have an effective wind range and one hopes that the crew knows that range and stays within it. The problem is that, particularly with Code Zero's, you can overload easily. How many times are you on the edge of keeping the sail full trying to make a mark that is not all that far away? Wind builds and you keep the sail up past the point where you should have changed sails. AWA goes forward and the sail collapses and fills again with a bang. How much extra as a safety factor you allow for? A rudder is a very critical component whereas breaking a sprit is less serious. Where do you draw the line on an boat for coastal or inshore use? Do you make the pole way heavy or let those who want to fly a code zero add a bobstay? I am fairly confident that with an added bobstay, the sprit will function well with a code zero. There are several fairly simple inexpensive ways to anchor one in the stem. Your dealer can certainly work it out with or through Alan. Mark may come back and report that Hall engineering says you don't need one, but there is little weight or cost involved in adding the bobstay so why not do it?