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  1. EarthBM

    C600

    In the $$$/speed/comfort trade off Allegra seems to have gone big for the latter two
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    C600

    Looks to be where it should be. It was outsailing its rating before, and looks like ghosting straight on the rhumb line near the island paid off, compared to soma loooking for more wind further west
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    C600

    all 4 race tris seem to have hit a wall in Barbuda's lee... 1-3kt speeds this should give the cruisers time to catch up when trade winds pick up in an hour or so
  4. EarthBM

    C600

    I just went by the rating... >2 = racer around 1.5 = racer-cruiser http://caribbean600.rorc.org/downloads/2020-media/rorc_caribbean_600_entry_list_230220.pdf
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    C600

    Pretty cool multi lineup.... an 80' Ultim, 3 MOD70s, Paradox/Shockwave, Fujin, Rapido 60, and the 8-digit $$ built Allegra cat that all but came 1st in the ARC. No Gunboats though -- I guess the era of cruisable boats in this race is over, it's went into the black hole arms race. Light winds... on one hand the relatively cruisy Shockwave, Rapido, Allegra, and Fujin might suffer due to weight. On the other soma's nav magic may prove more important.
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    Cat tails from over the horizon

    It was exactly what I expected, without any negative surprises. Just a bit old, like being in a 1950s movie, or like your grandpa’s home. The hardware is good, the engines look good, sits high in the water as I wrote. I can see it sailing well for the next 20-30 years. I think it’s priced above where it can sell, like 60-80% above, and there is a real life reason why the seller won’t budge. The standing dyform rigging looks good, but it’s from 1993! The mast looks heavy. Haven’t seen the sails.
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    Big Daddy 2020, March 7&8

    Love the rig humming in your vid! How many DIAMs are in the Bay?
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    Cat tails from over the horizon

    After visiting the 1993 balsa cored Razzle Dazzle 61 sitting very high on its lines n Simpson Bay I felt more comfortable with not all balsa cored boats being time bombs. This opens up Schionnings, which have the best lines of all cruising cats imho, and this one just popped up: https://www.yachtworld.com/boats/2009/schionning-waterline-52-3654391/ Talisker has been on the market for a bit, Hawaii is a tricky market: http://www.catamaransite.com/Schionning-50-catamaran-for-sale-1.html and of course Barrocka: https://www.boatsonline.com.au/boats-for-sale/used/sailing-boats/schionning-waterline-1480/242678
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    Used cat market

    Yep. Don’t want to derail the thread, but monetary policy just exchanges one type of collateral (treasuries) for another (bank reserves). Hasn’t worked in generating inflation in Japan or Europe either. Need a fiscal irresponsibility boost to spark inflation. A certain presidential candidate may get us here depending on whether hosing the rich offsets the spending. But in any case, Consumer price inflation will just make everyone poorer and cause the Fed to crush the stock market with tighter policy. Both of which will probably destroy the leisure sailboat market as we know it.
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    Identify this Boat

    I’m not sure how to interpret that. It comes from the same source as all other performance claims - the designer himself. The usual problem with having a single source of information is selection bias (which race attempts are not included) and context (what was the competition in the Heineken cruiser class in 2006 and those other races).
  11. EarthBM

    Identify this Boat

    Does anyone actually have real polars, or race results, for CW boats?
  12. EarthBM

    Used cat market

    Yeah, well, that’s not going to happen. If indeed inflation “re-surfaces” (unclear what specific catalyst, though, any ideas?) then the Fed’s hands will become tied for the first time in 12 years and they will be forced to tighten. This will crush the stock market and the expensive negative cash flow toys with it.
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    Identify this Boat

    Released. Maybe some lubrication could help. Or if they use bearings I imagine it’s hard to keep the alignment perfect at such distance with the three stays. Not a deal breaker, but FWIW.
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    Used cat market

    Have been talking to some folks about the long-in-the-tooth 11-year old economics expansion, coming recession, and the safe harbors for financial assets. It occurred to me that holding on to a boat here is directionally the same risk as being long the stock market, only without the dividends and the upside. These are the marginal toys that get dumped first in a crisis. There might be some real bargains ahead.
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    Identify this Boat

    I was on one of the boats in the pics above. The wing masts don’t seem to freely weathervane, maybe in 25kt+ (which is when you need them to). So you better have thick fenders at the dock. The wing masts without flaps (or better yet soft flap sails like in Eagle 53) felt inefficient — below pic explains why (thickness to cord ratio on the x axis). But like the others I’d love to be proven wrong.