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  1. Waynemarlow

    Furling Spinnakers on beach cats?

    Recently a convert to a furling spinny on a small Tri I'm playing with, I have to say that I thought that the upwind penalty would have been too great, but on the water the convenience and speed of setting and furling just far out weighs any disadvantage, enough that I think the S1 from the same Outlaw Sailing is the way to go forward for the single handed sailors whilst racing. Its also interesting to see the SCHRS calculator now has a setting for code O's and the likes on the mid girth measurement. If you fire in say 65% girth instead of the more normal 75% of a pure spinny, it doesn't effect your handicap so much as to not consider giving it a go. Certainly next single handed Cat I have will be fitted with a furler.
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    F-16 Viper or Falcon?

    The HT had a consumer problem, it didn't have a jib and very few could understand the single main as a concept, great boats though.
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    F-16 Viper or Falcon?

    Pity the F18 doesn't weigh 135kgs instead of 180, it would be a stunning boat and would have moved on with the better materials and production techniques that now available.
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    F-16 Viper or Falcon?

    Do consider the Nacra F16 as well, a few more around at not too unreasonable prices, about the same weight as the Viper and the ability on the later boat to fit C foils.
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    DC Designs

    Is there a generally accepted hull shape which is suitable for us fat bottomed and more lardy types ( about 100kg ), thanks
  6. Waynemarlow

    A Class Worlds - Classic Division

    I'm not sure, my F16 had canted boards in ( and T foil rudders ) and although I had no direct comparison as it was a one off ( A Class shortened ) above about 10knots it was very noticeable that the hull was almost out of the water. I say almost, just skimming. At slower speeds if you could get enough wind to lift the windward hull excessively you could almost skim the hull again on its side. The other F16's about Nacra, Viper and Stealth were no faster and it always came down to skipper error rather than boat speed. It was only the Nacra F16 which was the first of the bunch with high aspect boards that seemed to be able to pull away in very very light airs.
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    Kleen Breeze

    Portugal and drugs, you're not looking hard enough
  8. Waynemarlow

    Competing at 150 kg

    Guys if you are not able to tack in higher winds and its not poor technique ( you must delay your crossing of the tramp until the very very very last minute ) then stand your mast a bit further forward at the top, it will make things a lot easier.
  9. Waynemarlow

    Competing at 150 kg

    If you let the mast rotate, the sail will still lay across the water with the mast at an acute angle, keep the mast centered and only the camber of the sail will touch.
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    Competing at 150 kg

    Having the down haul on nearly makes it impossible to right in weak wind conditions. I think its the way it allows the top of the sail to stay flat on the water as you get the tip of the mast out and the stiction effect on the water / sail material means that you cannot get enough leverage to break the connection between the sail and water. Let the down haul right off and the camber returns back into the sail top panel, as you raise the mast out of the water the sail ends up just touching the water surface at one narrow point which is easy to break off the water. I go through a routine of put spinny away from the underside of the tramp, lean around the front of the beam and let off the down haul and on with the mast rotation, whilst there look to see if anything needs tidying or will fall off once the boat rights ( dagger boards ? ), get the righting line out and in place, move to the back and release the travellor and release some of the main ( not all ), then move to the bow, sitting on it with legs dangling in the water until the hulls are in line with the wind. Now you are ready to put your preplaced knot on the righting line into your harness hook and get your self out on that righting line, bum only about 0.4m at most above the water, without that knot you will not be able to control that amount of leverage. Pull yourself hand over hand up the righting line as the boat comes up, at the last minute walk up the hull a bit, as it comes fully over, duck under the spinny pole and step aboard the tramp, get that bit right ( I fail most of the time but a friend does it every time ) and you are on the windward side ready to get everything untangled and on your way again.
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    Competing at 150 kg

    You shouldn't need to have a water bag at 80kgs, bet you forget to loosen the down haul or simply are not getting the bows in the right direction to the wind, my pick would be that you still have the down haul on ?
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    Nacra F18 infusion MK3

    Be careful with foils and replacing Gel Coat. Its not the repair that's the problem, its the change in shape that you may inadvertently do as you respray the units. the Gel coat is X mm thick, in your repair you have to end with same X mm thickness to maintain the foils shape, it can be done, but just be aware that its really easy to get a non uniform thickness.
  13. Wouldn't the hybrid hard / soft sail Randy Smythe is pushing solve a lot of the problems you are talking about and be cheaper. Also if you over rotate the mast it shortens the distance between the mast and the main sheet position giving a near wing shape between the two, allowing a lot of shape control just on the mast rotation position.
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    C-Class Little Cup news

    Add in an amateur element, skipper, team etc and you may get back to the grass roots ethos that was once there and it would keep costs down by the shear fact that amateur teams do not have the funds to really high tec the boats. The other big one that keeps racing in other sports costs down, is that the other competitors can buy your equipment for knock down set in the rules, prices at the end of the comp, which means that each wing for example has only a set value of materials otherwise you can see your wing being bought at a discount to fit to his or her boat at the next event. It works well in some classes in motor racing.
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    And how long did it take to consider and write that whole passage of how fuckin great I am, its been a long time since I've seen anything from you other than vitriol towards DL. In some ways I do agree with you but baiting as you do, does nothing but bring on the worst of responses from DL which just pollutes the thread even more. To be on the water 100 times a year puts you into the professional sailor category, perhaps you could enlighten us on exactly what you do and where as that sounds a lot of days in a year to me.