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  1. EarthBM

    Older fast Aus multies

    Does anyone have any first/second hand accounts of how Ave Gitana's electric propulsion working? As well as any other comments about Ave -- why was the mast replaced, how decent/cruisable is its interior, where is the extra ton of displacement compared to Bullfrog comes from?
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    Race to Alaska best boat

    And this is also the dirty secret why, $ for $, a 60' mono might be a better cruising choice than a 45' multihull. R2AK is a less than a week-log race... How many cats do better than hull speed on long RTW cruising voyages?
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    Rolex Middle Sea 2020

    Did something break on Shockwave?
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    Race to Alaska best boat

    Does anyone have pictures of the bicycle pedals setup on Mama Tried?
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    Rolex Middle Sea 2020

    Just via modeling it in software? Or actually trying things on the water? Is there a VPP so good that it can model waves, foil and sail drag/lift trade off, etc accurately? Or are those just paper gains so far?
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    Assy vs Sym

    Okay, what about same size a) assy+jib vs b) symmetrical? VMG downhill? Is there an established truth? Big$ ocean racers seem to use a), but they are reaching, short handed, and not in displacement mode (even without foils).
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    Assy vs Sym

    As large as it gets in both cases. Or, put another way, what relative kite sizes might result in a similar PHRF rating (I know, cue rating committee jokes).
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    Assy vs Sym

    Is there a chance that a bowsprit + asymmetric spin + jib might outperform a poled out symmetrical spin downwind? A displacement 40’ cruiser/racer (Bene First40). 10-15kt TWS.
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    Rolex Middle Sea 2020

    O55 light, 2 MOD 70s, Paradox/Shockwave, a Multi50 and an Ultimo. O55 rating seems optimistic, Paradox’s rating seems favorable, MOD 70 match race should be fun, and the Ultime doesn’t even have a rating. with not much else going on, should be moderately interesting
  10. You’re right, was looking at the nearly identical pic:
  11. You’ve got to give them points for the tiller, no wheel on a 57’!
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    Last of the Gunboat 55’s

    Hadn’t realized they were so narrow - 25’ beam vs say 28’ in A55/57 that is a similar size and configuration. And 2 of those flipped. Could it have contributed to Rainmaker’s crew feeling unsafe and abandoning an apparently intact vessel?
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    Last of the Gunboat 55’s

    Vb 55 #9 STARR is on YW for $1.65m offered. Surprised about it being fitted with centerboards, but looks pretty high on its lines in the water and not stearn-heavy.
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    Boat 4 sale; not mine

    Why do you think that is? because you can push them more on a mono, given no risk of capsize?