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    New Olympic Dinghy Selection

    Wasn't the World Sailing 2024 "decision" supposed to be released yesterday? I can hear the world sailing bureaucrats bending under the pressure of nostalgia and fear of change coming from the Laser Zombies all the way from here in Michigan. I am hoping the Kirby Torch gets put to pasture where it belongs. The RS Aero is so superior, and in so many ways, that it is amazing to me that a sail off was necessary. Below is something I wrote a while back after experiencing an RS Aero for the first time. At that time I had no idea the World Sailing "bake-off" was coming. I have sailed Laser's for many years (and got so tired of them I quit and moved on the better things in life) and I sailed the M14 a bunch as well. The M14 is also FAR better than the Laser but the RS Aero is way beyond the M14 (sorry) in every way. They should have built it much, much lighter. Instead, they went cheap and easy.
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    Foiling Monohull - what would it look like?

    This is hysterically funny. ROTFL And to think that Mr. Monohull Hutchinson thought the AC72 was dangerous (or so he said to the media after he was walked off Artemis). Mark my words: these absolutely ridiculous “monohull” boats (ROTFL) are DEFINITELY going to kill people. 40 knots of VMG! How incredibly stupid. They must have been smoking some good shit. These boats will be absolutely out of control in 18 knots of wind, let alone 25. Again, they are not monohulls by any stretch except when at the dock (drawing 25 feet lol, how practical) in “monohulls are cool too” mode with the pseudo ama (aka hull) foils hidden under the water. When they are sailing, they are obviously a trimaran except much easier to crash or capsize (think Moth but 75 feet with dozens standing unprotected on coffee grinder pedestals, etc.). These boats will also likely capsize all the time (spectacularly) and if they don’t capsize, they will be breaking from extraordinary loads and constant engineering failures. The loads on the boards will be incredible and a failure (or even a control problem) at high speed will be absolutely catastrophic. The engineers and designers will simultaneously be trying to thin the sections as much as possible based on predicted incremental performance improvements in 20+ knots of true wind speed (common in Auckland), and that will lead to inevitable sudden failures which also will result in breaking many other parts (and people) such as rigs, supporting structure, etc. It’s so incredibly ridiculous and unnecessary to try make a monohull perform “circus tricks” like controllable high speed foiling at 3x the total mass (and 3x the crew). Just dumb. A multihull is a far better high performance sailing/foiling platform. Mark my words, people will die from blunt force trauma, crush injuries and a folly of other issues and accidents. I’ll repost when it happens. This entire concept remains the biggest “me too” fail in the history of technology. The design thesis was simple: butthurt monohull sailors wanted to make a statemen that “monohulls are cool too.” Again, these ARE NOT MONOHULLS. They are simply not. Multihulls are cool. This simple, obvious truth just kills these poor monohull folks...but they must learn to deal with it. They are reckless and desperate. That is a very dangerous combination. Now let go monohull boys, it’s over. You lost. Evolve. Why not just focus on the J boat series? I have a prediction for this America’s Cup. To quote the immortal words of Clubber Lange (Mr. T)... “Reporter: Mr Lange what’s your prediction for this fight (Cup)? Lange; Prediction. (Long pause, pondering). PAIN!” Now keep building these 30 million dollar death traps and entertain me you circus clown acts! Lol!!!!
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    Lasers - Applying a Blow Torch

    Fucking lawyers!
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    Corsair Pulse 600

    Remember the piles of Corsair Pulse 600s everyone in the USA is buying and really excited about? Yeah, I know, figment of the imagination.
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    Corsair Pulse 600

    800 lbs would tell me that weight was a consideration. A heavy boat does not necessarily mean a durable boat. I would like to see the actual weights vs the published weights. They are usually much heavier than advertised. Specifically the mast weight, rudder and rudder assembly weight, etc. I'll bet 2 things, there is a massive range in actual boat weights and 2, the range is all higher than 1000 lbs.
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    Corsair Pulse 600

    Maybe true. But that does not change the fact that, for what it is, the Pulse 600 is WILDLY overpriced. Supply and Demand is an elastic and ever changing law. I simply see that as a market that is ripe for competition. Corsair is not impressive even though multihulls are very much so. Corsair will be beaten easily by any smart competitors. The world has finally realized (about 3 decades later than they should have) that multihulls are vastly superior sailing craft and that the small, pocket rocket 20-25 foot size range is a sweet spot. Corsair is raking in the cash right now, no doubt, because nobody else is smart enough to compete with them. But that time will soon be at an end.
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    Corsair Pulse 600

    The 20 foot tri market is going to explode but Corsiar is going to lose out. They have offended the markets intelligence in my opinion. I fully expect other builders to improve the value (price) and quality. The Corsair Pulse 600 is going to be a failure. They should have started with a much lower price point. I guarantee that Corsair is making a bunch of money on these boats when they are fortunate enough to find a buyer. We know the dealers are taking 20% of the purchase price (pretty good margin for the dealer). Do the math. Even if the builder is taking only another 20%, you already have $.40 on the dollar going to Corsair. Cha Ching! But we all know they are taking MUCH MORE than 20%. Probably 40%. Cha cha Ching Ching! So that's $.60 on the dollar to the builder/dealer. Probably more.
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    Corsair Pulse 600

    Just go to your therapist and tell them your suffering from denial.
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    Corsair Pulse 600

    I made a spelling error. That's your comeback? Let's try it again, but this time with some visual aides... "Heavy is good, heavy is reliable. If it does not work you can always hit him with it." - Boris the Blade This clip would be a good tag line for the Corsair Pulse 600. Why not make it 1500 lbs? 2000 lbs? Just fill it with sand maybe? Yep, step right up and buy the 1000 lb. Corsair Pulse 600 with a cheap, heavy aluminum rig for 40k! It's dramatically overpriced in my opinion. In fact, the Corsair Pulse 600 is, in many ways, no more sophisticated than a Hobie 18. The only real difference is that Corsair Pulse 600 weighs half a ton and costs you 40 large! Say it, thousand pounds! Incredible. Good luck pulling that up on the beach kids. Back to the price. $40,000 for a boat that is worth around 20k. Lots of fat profit here for your dealer (20%) and to Corsair (building this boat for 10-15k total cost most likely). And of course the buyer pays the shipping fee from Vietnam or wherever the hell this thing is slapped together. Fourty thousand dollars! Reminds me of the judge and his special "billy baru" putter from Caddy shack! Again, a visual aid for those stuck on spelling errors: Bottom line: There is little more tech on the Corsair Pulse 600 than a Hobie 18. I believed that this boat had some real potential but, now that we see its specs, and price, it is clear that the boat is way too heavy, too expensive and too cheap. On top of that, it's supporter here is a whiney little spelling nazi. Who can stand those people? Not me. I hope another builder (a US builder) will improve on the small day sailing/racing trimaran concept. This kind of boat has real potential. Corsair is trying to cash in on it unfortunately. These boats should be 25-30k tops. If they had much higher quality carbon rig, hardware, etc they "might" be worth 40k, but the Pulse 600 does not have any of that they are NOT worth 40k. Not even close.
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    Corsair Pulse 600

    The Corsair Pulse 600 is too expensive for what it is (fairly cheap rig, sails, build quality, finishing touches, etc) and is WAY to heavy at 1000 lbs, unlaidened. No concern to weight seems to be given. Needs a carbon rig. It should cost no more than 30k as it is currently delevered, complete, IMO.. But with their dealer model, when you buy the boat you're paying the dealer 20% money on your purchase price and the factory is making 100% on a 10-15k build cost. They charge the buyer shipping. But I hope it's successful. J70s and legacy one designs have more bored to death with sailing. J70s are 70k in comparison complete. Also utterly ridiculous.
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    The VX Evo

    Looks nice but we have seen this all before, what, 20 times? I still like the weta trimaran better than this. Yes, Americans still don't understand the value of multihulls. The Weta has a simple Asail which sits hoisted on a fuller, ready to go. You simply pull out the sheet to set or pull on the furling line to douse. This EVO will be all about crew weight, physical conditioning and circus tricks of launching and dousing the Asail in strong winds. Also, the EVO is going to cost at least 15-20k ready to race. Just watch... It looks large enough to be a double handed boat to me. I'll give it a try someday but would have rather seen a multihull. Maybe a smart builder out there is working on a next gen weta type design that is comfortable to hike on. At least the EVO looks comfortable to hike. The Weta literally has 3" square bar with sharp corners. Not kidding.
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    The VX Evo

    Like! My only single handed options in the Midwest is the tired old Laser or an MC scow (all 400 embarrassing lbs of it). Not very excited about either. On paper the VX EVO looks like great fun. The VX One is IMO by far the best sportboat on the market. It's not even close. Unfortunately people are afraid of true performance and want to sail with 2 handholders in the J70 (shaking my head...). I really like the Weta trimaran, but most Americans just do not understand multihulls. If the Weta doesn't take off in the Midwest, maybe this will. I'm amazed the Weta has not grown faster in the US. Americans just do not get it. It's here now for the same price (12k). It's stable, easy to push hard and forgiving for beginners. It also has a fairly wide competitive weight range. It is very fun to race and sail, even in light air. Anyway...
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    rs aero

    Jim, The point is that there is no video backing up anything at all. Lets see it sailing. Heavy air, light air, upwind, reaching, downwind, small, middle and big sail..... Lets see it in various conditions vs. other boats in the segment Lets see it being rigged. Lets see it being lifted up on a car by a young woman It is incredible to me that there is not more video as RS is supposedly a proper marketer of their products, etc. Someone please post a few video's of this thing...OR...are there literally no video's? Might not be the best thing to do...To my mind there are two suitable downwind speeds for a singlehanded boat - at least if you sail inland in gusty conditions like I do. The first is to sail downwind at the same speed gusts travel, so that if you are in a gust you stick with it, if you are not they catch you. The second is to sail downwind fast enough to catch gusts, so that if you aren't in a gust you can catch one If you are between those two speeds then when you get in a gust you will sail out of the front and get into the lull and be stuck there, with the raggy unsteady front of the gust just behind. Not nice If you are slower than gust speed then you will tend to fall out of the gusts and back into the lulls. The laser is about gust speed downwind, so that's actually a sensible target to aim for. With the ICs we are starting to nibble at gust catching speeds, and of course the Moths do catch them, but no mass market boat will be that quick.
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    rs aero

    Why is there almost no video (I actually could find none on YouTube) of this 10k next generation single hander "phenom" sailing circles around lasers and leaving them behind? Perhaps a video of a lady lifting the boat on top of a car by herself? Hey RS? Some (actually LOTS!) video please.!? I think is is weak to have zero video on a product website. Really, really weak.