EarthBM

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  1. EarthBM

    Over the horizon

    5508 would be perfect, wrong price range? Schionning cats seem like the answer, Australia too far?
  2. In all fairness, the price is not close to where it can sell. Other similarly fast F40 type tris are around 35-40% of the asking price. (Eg https://www.yachtworld.com/boats/1992/custom-40-trimaran-3241807/) And Milti50s around 50%.
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    Route du Rhum

    Is there a good resource somewhere comparing the different Ultime trimarans (and/or Multi 50s)? IDEC is older and 3 tones more displacement than Macif (from the RdR recap), but what are other differences? Macif broke a few things because it was a shakedown race?
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    Route du Rhum

    Was hoping for a good Seahorse quality article summary rather than a thread with 311 replies.
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    Dragonfly 40

    + CF mast (already was) and boom (instead of alu). Dyneema waterstays (with smart splice or lashings to adjust for creep, or just a simple turnbuckle). And whatever else gets it under 3.5 tons
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    Dragonfly 40

    CF beams, plastic fuel tank (or some Oceanvolt system), synthetic stays, LiPo batteries...
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    Dragonfly 40

    They are pretty nicely made, like “yachts”. But weight = death in multis. I could identify at least half a ton of gratuitous weight in my df35. Can replace 90% of stainless steel stuff (incl the diesel tank, waterstays, etc) with hi tech synthetic stuff. Thick glass fiber everywhere, even in no-load areas. Quorning should offer a “light” version, with hi-tec cloth/synth interior instead of wood, CF beams, etc. I bet more of those will sell. I’d buy one.
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    GB5508 Rebuild - Soma's Project

    Was there any weight saving in the switch from diesel to Mastervolt? is there a genset to maintain range?
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    Dragonfly 40

    Changing the size and making ama bows look sporty by inverting them ever more is fake innovation. They need some radical changes to lighten the boats.
  10. The next step is sailing my Dragonfly 35 from LA to Panama and up to Miami (or selling it and trading up).

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    Caribbean 600

    How would the windward board help? (Edit: instead of lee board! Got it!) For the leeward board I imagine it’s an advantage of curved (edit: or angled) boards — they slip more at higher heel angles.
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    Caribbean 600

    another note to self: relocate the ditch bag to the ama hatch. With big multi capsizes relatively rare, any nuggets of info are gold. Thanks!
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    Caribbean 600

    Glad the discussion is still constructive, thanks Harryproa (Rob?)! About Elvis using Fujin capsize as new information for their racing decisions -- makes perfect sense. In multi races you optimize risk taken for the odds of gusts, not prevailing winds. And the capsize tells you that the outlier gusts are more likely (tails of the probability distribution are fatter). Hard to have the real time info on the gusts. Need careful evaluation of just how variable wind speeds can get in these conditions. That the pre-race weather report was prepared by the "former navigator for Vestas Wind" gave me a superstitious sense of risk even in my comfy sofa. Reminder to self (when single handing a 35' tri): finally install cam cleats next to winches to use instead of self-tailers; pull the trigger on the wider mesh trampoline purchase; make sure to hold the leeward main sheet.
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    TS42

    +1 Bring it to Miami 2018
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    TS42

    Looks like 10 minutes slower in elapsed than the all carbon fiber HH66 and 2 hours faster than the closest Dazcat http://www.rolexfastnetrace.com/results/2017/rfr-mocra-multihull02.html
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    TS42

    There was a TS 50 already I think. ... in 2017 Fastnet the TS42 was higher rated than in 2015, and the highest of all "cruisy" cats. Something special about it, or just adjusted rating based on prior race performance?
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    TS42

    Well this being a TS 42 thread, I'd note that the unified cockpit-cabin plan with a soft partition is kind of like what GB55 had, which I thought was a good compromise. SOMA, the original poster, is in the Caribbean I think. There seems to be a TS 42 (the red one) available for charter there, so this should have all questions answered. Looking at the Mocra website reminded me just how crap sail racing is in the US. Tried to see what cats are racing in So Fla where I just moved, only found 5 entries in the Ft Lauderdale-Key West race. Maybe I'm looking at the wrong race?
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    TS42

    So basically the same as Dazcats in rating and performance... For the same price you can have a 10y old 55' Outremer... Not saying I know which I'd chose, just that both would be in my decision matrix
  19. Ok, so I read a couple of pages here and amazed at just how clueless and lost half the commenters are. "Inappropriate" boat? "Wrong" equipment? For what? As if there were any sense of purpose in this. As if your life had any meaning. So many self-important pompous fools... He's already arrived to a place where most of us have no hope of arriving. I am guessing we'll understand him when we have 10 minutes left to live. But it'll be too late.
  20. Everyone calls him a Russian, but the name is Lithuanian. There is also Sven Yrvind in Sweden - a 74 year old building a 6-foot boat to circumnavigate in. I see a pattern here. I am sure this drifting about is how the Vikings got to North America in 1000ad.