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  1. I wouldn't call not having a HF penny pinching. A modern Icom + tuner + backstay or aerial + modem = the cost of 2-3 satellite phones these days, and then if the boat loses power its not going to work. Satellite phones are portable, can be put in a waterproof case and contain their own battery. Most long distance cruisers have a healthy respect for mother nature and won't risk bad weather to keep a schedule.
  2. If you look at it this way, most of the primary load in a sail is running from the clew to the head. In a cross cut configuration this is taken care of by the fill fibers. The only place where you get a lot of off angle load is diagonally out of the clew. That is the reason why you see race dacron mains with a cross-cut body and radial clew. In a cross-cut sail the luff loads are on the bias of the fabric, this allows for more tuning ability via the cunningham. Radial or Cross-cut, its still dacron and its still going to stretch, I think the radial dacron has some applications, but the marketing has over hyped it.
  3. I'm sure there are some that specify cross-cut, but I haven't come across any so far.
  4. New Zealands biggest and most competitive keelboat class. North, Doyle all use cross cut body with radial clew. Seen a main on one of these made in Sri-Lanka from Radian and it was far more distorted at a age when the contender cloth would still be going strong. Have a look at the etchells class, most highly competitive one designs are cross cut dacron. Dimensions HTP dacron is another popular choice.
  5. You have to consider that most of the sail fabric and hardware is produced in Europe and USA so it has to be shipped to Asia or Africa and then the completed sail has to be air freighted back again. So the 10-15% is not to far off the mark.
  6. +10,000 It's the customer's choice how to spend his dollars. Sounds like your local sailmaker has adapted so they can cater to the carriage trade as well as the middle of the market. Kudos to them On the sails I've had them make the price difference to build locally has been a lot less than 40%. It might vary by type and size. Isn't the other reason big lofts went offshore was, in part, the obvious benefit of optimizing/centralizing the big, expensive equipment? That is only true in the case of string sails/specialized laminated sails etc. Regular sails don't require to much "big expensive equipment". They are labor intensive so it is mostly the low labor costs and cheaper overheads.
  7. Done about 1000 hours on our 1986 2003 Volvo with unknown hours before that. The holes where the water enters the exhaust elbow need to be scrapped out every couple of years. One injector sleeve failed which is apparently common. Water pump is leaking so probably have to buy the rebuild kit. Replaced all the engine mounts and the rubbers in the flexible coupling, rubber is apparently very expensive in Sweden! The lift fuel pump broke (only discovered when bleeding it as was gravity feeding). Got the replacement which is different and needed a new pipe which they didn't have so had to source banjo fittings and use a rubber hose. Thats all I can think of at the moment!
  8. Okay fair call, maybe they taught some of the staff all the steps but it is definitely not 240 skilled Sailmakers as per your first statement. And there must have been 20 of them in the office!
  9. Seriously? It's obvious you have never set foot inside the Hyde Loft in the Philippines. There are indeed sailmakers at the Hyde Loft who can recut a sail and do quality repairs. And other wonderful and highly skilled technical workers who operate sophisticated CAD-CAM software and machinery, do inventory managment, procurment, global shipping and all the other tasks needed to operate a global business. Sorry, but it sounds to me like you're spewing political propaganda. Maybe racist propaganda too. The hidden message is this: Filipinos/Asian worker couldn't possibly be as talented, as skilled and as smart as the non-asian sailmakers in non-Asian countries who work in one-man lofts. I find those comments to be inexcusably disrespectful towards the 250 talented and skilled Filipinos who have been working at the Hyde loft for 10 or 15 years. They're not lacking lazy or uneducated or unambitious, you know. Actually I have been to the Hyde factory in the Philippines as well as several other large scale sail production factories I'm not saying a Filipino work is in anyway inferior to a worker from a western country The workers at big sail production factories are trained single tasks in a factory environment, they do not do a sailmaking apprenticeship and are not trade qualified sailmakers or sailors. You should read the following definition:
  10. Quote: Hyde Sails has been in business for 50 years and is one of the world's largest production lofts. Our designer team is world class and our production facilities are world class as well. We have 240 full time skilled sailmakers at our production loft in Cebu, and a team of managers with decades of experience as sailmakers. The workers at these big factories in Asia are "factory workers who manufacture sails" and not skilled sailmakers. The process is broken down and the worker is taught a small part of a big process. In most cases these places aren't capable of re-cutting a sail or doing quality repair as they have never been taught that. No actual sailmaker would work for $12 a day
  11. For downwind only the lighter the boat is the faster it will be. The heavier boat might keep up in sub planning conditions but once the breeze it up the lighter boat will plane away. This is presuming you can have the same amount of sail area, which you can downwind as all the bulb is doing is preventing a capsize. On a 26fter you can get a lot of RM from crew weight which is more effective than bulb weight and size dragging though the water. This boat would beat all of the boats you mention easily upwind and downwind Sure its a sportboat with racks but I still believe a light 28fter with less bulb weight and provision for crew hiking will keep up upwind with a heavy bulb boat and provided you can pack on enough sail area downwind (long bowsprit) will eat the other boat downwind and be much more fun boat to sail. The problem is the light boat will get killed on rating in most countries. IRC promotes heavier, tall rig boats with big bulbs and may have more influence than it deserves.
  12. Head down to Changi sailing club, that seems to be the only regular club racing in SG. Very friendly and social racing. Sure its like sailing on a lake with ship traffic! But that is all part of the game. Talk to Edwin the club manager, very nice guy.
  13. I'm sorry but in your link I can see one big canter and no sportboats, unless you call a Ker 40 a sportboat. It did exceptionally well in that race compared to the races it has entered in since then, must be the Mr Clean factor. Looking at the overall results in racetrack in my opinion if I was looking to spend big bucks buying a new 35fter to race in the NZ fleet(no measurement rules), the J-111 isn't much of a step up in performance for the extra outlay. It is competeing against similar size boats from the 80's/90's, and is below boats like the Ross 10.66 higher ground which was built in 1989. If you really want a step up in peformance I suggest you look at the new Elliott 35SS which is sailing about 15% faster than the J-111
  14. The D6 design is aimed to balance high performance with ease of sailing. The size, construction, layout, rig and keel are all sized to give exciting sportboat performance in a package that doesn't require the entire crew to have a lot of experience sailing high performance yachts. I want to be able to take my friends out yacht racing. The base design will carry a reasonably heavy keel bulb that will provide stability exactly when needed; when it's windy and things are starting to get a little bit out-of-control. This keel configuration will also work well for anyone who sails solo or double-handed. That said, the D6 design has been designed to accommodate higher performance, and can be easily "turboed" with a few modifications: Lighter weight bulb Longer sprit Large spinnaker My boat will have the long sprit and big spinnaker, and retain the heavier bulb for Hawaii's strong breezes. The winches are the smallest available and are there primarily to hold the spinnaker sheet in big breeze so the trimmer gets some relief. They will also serve to adjust the forestay and halyards, and just about any other line on the boat. You don't have to have a bigger spinnaker with a longer sprit, you can have the same size spinnaker and make jibing easier and gain speed with the same size spinnaker. I guess we have the benefit of sportboat evolution in NZ, every boats different in search of speed, and get modified on a yearly basis which the performance based handicaps here promote. The disadvantage is no one design racing.
  15. 600lbs seems alittle overkill, E6.5's etc have 220kg and they never fall over, E7's have 250kg. That said you can't sail shorthanded one of those boats all that easy. The hull form looks pretty good, speed wise I don't think it would touch a shaw but it looks alot more forgiving and a good reaching boat if it will plane heeled. I wouldn't have thought you would need winches on a boat this size or weight and the short prod will have a negative effect on performance and make gybing a pain in the ass. But apart from that excellent work and looks great!