Jim Donovan

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  1. Jim Donovan

    hawaiian style - FP

    I was on the helm of Loco 2 during this video, so I can give you some first-hand insight. Before Diamond Head buoy (you see us passing within feet) we had been gybing down Oahu. to make the buoy we needed to go very deep, 140 TWA, doing a steady 14 knots in 20 knot TWS. We had a staysail up most of the 96 mile race, but had shed it prior to this last 4 mile leg in case we had to switch to a jib. The spinnaker is a massive "Amway" A2, that is definitely a runner and limits how high you can sail, especially in 20+ knot TWS, What you don't know is that we are in a complete cluster F__K with three crew forward trying to get the spinnaker halyard off lock, and I'm not happy about that at all. With the bodies forward the bow is stuck in and keeping the boat going straight with this huge sail up is getting more and more "interesting". The video doesn't show the TWS very well, and it's now a steady 20 with hammering 25 knot gusts. The speedo is pegged at 17 to 18 knots. The water is pretty flat; maybe 1 foot swell at most, so the boat is a like a plow in a field - totally dug in a NOT surfing. You can see me wiggle the boat at about 45 secs in the video to test how much control I have; 120 TWA was about max with the crew forward.. At 52 secs in the video we still have three crew forward, get a gust and hit 19 + knots; the bow digs with white water rolling down the deck. Post video, it's looking good to make the finish mark until we see the "Atlantis" tour submarine tender directly in front of us. I start heading up to pass to windward,and then Ian tells me a big blast is coming in about 20 secs. I had about a second to do the math and realize I'd be bearing off at high speed right into the tourist sub. So I pass to leeward and avoid making the evening news. We finally get the spinnaker halyard off lock about 500 yards from the finish and reached in with main and jib set. Aloha, Jim
  2. New spars are NOT needed to configure GP26 into D26. After review of mainsail designs for "Rattle N Rum" and the D26, the realization was that the longer boom doesn't produce as much extra sail area as simply making the square-head longer. So decision was made to keep original boom length. Many of the existing masts have already changed to twin topmast backstays, which is quite simple. Most boats left the original crane in case they ever wanted to go back to a pinhead mainsail. The D26 will be have a small deflector added so the topmast stays can act as runners to tension the forestay; major performance gain for a couple small slots in the mast and couple small fairleads. Again an easy retro fit to an existing mast. Moving the gooseneck down is quite simple for most the masts, and I expect Pauger could supply a "kit" for these. I will do the same for the masts I built. The biggest change is the lengthened sprit which will make the boat so much easier to gybe and faster downwind. Pauger could most likely supply a sleeve to extend the aft end, but I suspect most would opt for a new sprit as the cost is quite small. Any more questions?
  3. Jim Donovan

    20+ Footer - Building in Hawaii

  4. Jim Donovan

    20+ Footer - Building in Hawaii

    NOT sold! Buyer just backed out; various reasons. So still available. Boat is in Monterey Bay Area. Has a good little custom trailer and super easy to tow.
  5. Jim Donovan

    20+ Footer - Building in Hawaii

    Boat's in California currently and will be moving east.
  6. Jim Donovan

    20+ Footer - Building in Hawaii

    SOLD! (Not to Varan : Will let you know if anything changes )
  7. Jim Donovan

    20+ Footer - Building in Hawaii

    The realization that I do not have any free time available to actually finish this boat, has me thinking I should sell it as is to someone with the time and/or resources to get the thing finished and finally sailing. Anyone interested?
  8. Jim Donovan

    Donovan GP26 starts production in Turkey

    I received this email from Mike Beasely, skipper/owner of Hull 4 "Rattle N' Rum". Mike has been the most successful at extracting the performance from his boat, and he has verified all my expectations for this design: Compliments of the season to you all. I will keep this as brief and as simple as possible and will endeavor to explain more about how we sail Rattle and some comparisons against the boats we have sailed against. I just want you to know that I am not a salesman for this boat, only here to help on the technical aspect of the boat but these boats truly rock. They are so much fun and very quick! Upwind; Target boat speed upwind 6.30kts above 8kts TWS. A Farr 30 and C and C shoot for around 6.50kts. We can point much higher now that we have added in-haulers. The foils have no trouble handling the higher angles. We let the in-haulers off above 14kts TWS and drop to the transverse track but still hard against the coach roof. We Vang sheet and whale on the runners! Traveler at plus 1 all day in breeze and all the way up in the light. Generally upwind when we race against larger boats we sail smart upwind keeping our lanes and then pounce on them downwind. In medium breeze I have one person behind me (generally one of the girls that sails with us) taking on the new runner through a tack. You definitely don't want any more weight further aft as you start to have turbulent water hanging around the transom. Always have a clean exit of water! I trim my own Main so I am the only one with legs in which should be the case all the time. As for weight, we sail with 4 when it's less than 8kts, 5 people, 8-14kts, 6 people for anything above that. To be honest 5 average men (400-450kgs) would be a pretty good number for most conditions unless it's nuking. Downwind speeds are definitely compromised if you are overweight. Reaching; The boat has no speed limitations when you crack sheets. I am completely blown away by how fast Rattle will go when you crack sheets in any breeze. During the recent Storm Trysail event distance race at the top mark after an hour of beating the C and C's had put 4 mins on us and then on the tight two sail reach we pulled away from them. We have just purchased a FR0 to cover that gap from 70-120TWA for reaching legs. The water on the Bay is relatively flat so we don't get to go surfing much. The last day of KW last year it was blowing 38kts and we came in the channel sitting on 20kts with just a Main up! Downwind; Sail hot like a skiff! Put the bow up and send it, don't waffle around trying to VMG. Weight AFT quickly in breeze and get the chine and keel working for you. Clean up somewhere on the run but you do 12-14kts with your eyes shut but the extra speed comes easily when you wick it up. We passed all but one of the C and C's in the distance race downwind in the STC event. In flat water and 20-22kts TWS we were sitting on 16-17kts. Any wave action 20kts is easily achievable. Charleston was flat water and more breeze and I think we hit 18 or 19kts. In the last Wednesday night race we went around the top mark 20 secs behind a Tripp 33 and 2 miles later we finished 4:51 ahead of them and 40 seconds faster around the track than the World Champion Farr 30, Ramrod. In KW we were either ahead or just behind the Farr 280's and then blew them out of the water going downwind. They would beat us around the track of we had an average beat but we would smoke them by sailing hotter angles downwind. Sails; Jib, max it out. Main; I swear by the Square Top. We just bought a new Main that is 25% of E and I love it. The speed difference over the pin head is knots faster downwind, not tenths of a knot. Spinnaker; A2; 85m2 is too big, need higher clew boxes and maybe closer to 80m2. Gybing is painful, need to be able to skiff gybe like a Melges 24 which we can't do at present. Huge gains to be made in this area! A1; Sailmakers call. Overall, we are still learning but have a learnt a shit load over the past year. Not sure how you can improve IRC ratings but obviously a head can be installed in the owners cabin (down the hall way on the left) and any other items that may gain you a few seconds but keeping the boat light is absolutely paramount. I pulled all the wind instruments and crap out of the rig and only race with a Velocitek now although a simple B and G (speed/depth/temp) maybe advantageous for where you race. As I mentioned earlier I love the boat and sail with guys that race on the TP52 circuit (Greg Gendell) and on the C and C 30s (Will Van Cleef, Joe Gibson and Jason Currie) and they also love the boat and are very impressed by its capabilities.
  9. Jim Donovan

    Donovan GP26 starts production in Turkey

    The owner's of the current boats appear to prefer the ability to configure their boats to suit their local sailing conditions and crew abilities; and in regattas where the boats race together, the ORC rule handicaps the boats in their different configurations very effectively. Without the constraints of a strict class rule, the owner's have been at liberty to explore various sail sizes, which has allowed a clearer path towards optimizing the boats than if they had been constrained by the GP 26 Class Rule. The result of this experimentation has delivered a faster boat; that's a good thing. Spinnaker development has been very beneficial, and I think we have found the "sweet spot" in these sail sizes. I did get a message from a sailor aboard a C&C 30 at the STC regatta voicing a similar concern about the boat's identity: ". . . the 26 came out of that weekend looking good and seeming pretty hard to beat in today's sportboat market. But the boat seems to have a bit of an identity crisis. Is it a one design or is it a box rule? Square top mains vs. pin top mains? Lift keel vs. fixed keel? I think the C&C 30 owner might have bought a 26 after the STC regatta if the answers to these questions were a bit clearer." My opinion: It would be great for the owner's of the boats, and potential new owner's to start communicating about the probable class that will develop. I am happy to act as the conduit for this communication, although I believe it is very important that the class is lead by an owner's association. My intention, and to my knowledge, most of the boats would be able to compete as a "GP 26" with GP 26 Class Rule sails. We have one boat with an inboard diesel that makes the boat too heavy, and some added carbon in the hull/deck laminate; it would not qualify to race as a "GP 26" (these alterations were made per the owner's request). The boat definitely uses the power available in a square top mainsail very effectively, and I have always promoted allowing both mainsails aboard the boat. A "race" square top and "pin top" mainsail that would be used for beer can racing, practicing and could be used for class racing above 23 TWS". The same adjusters work for gybing and single topmast backstays, and the only changes to get to a single topmast is plugging in a flicker and shifting the backstay onto the crane. The GP 26 Class Rules have some "issues" that will not work for a proper one design class, and I set up the foundation for the Donovan Design GP26 Class Rule, that will address these boats built to this design, and give the class tighter constraints on rig, keel and sail configurations. Note that the lift and fixed keels use the same fin and frame; the first 4 boats had slightly different fins/keel frames. The differences are very slight and have no affect on the boats performance.
  10. Jim Donovan

    20+ Footer - Building in Hawaii

    I just retrieved the boat from my friends backyard in California and moved it up to my current "home" in Washington State. After a couple days of cleaning the boat shined up pretty nice, and I have installed the majority of the deck hardware. My "compass mount / cleat cover" in the cockpit is going to get a make-over so it fits better in the cockpit and solves an interference issue with the beer holders and cam cleats inside. Mast is inside the GP26 mast mold stowed on deck in the photo. Have a rudder to build and keel. This little boat is more powered up than the GP26 and should be incredibly fun to sail with all the good manners of the GP26; upwind speed/stability/great control downwind
  11. Jim Donovan

    20+ Footer - Building in Hawaii

    Buckets are the way to go; the only moving part is the handle
  12. Jim Donovan

    Donovan GP26 starts production in Turkey

    thanks Clean - skipped all but the last party. Was there for about an hour talking to the owner's and some new potential owners.Catch you next time.
  13. Jim Donovan

    20+ Footer - Building in Hawaii

    If I was ever in the same state as the boat, it'd probably get done sooner!
  14. Jim Donovan

    Donovan GP26 starts production in Turkey

    Not sure
  15. Jim Donovan

    Donovan GP26 starts production in Turkey

    Five GP 26s at CRW