Charlie P Mayer

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  1. Charlie P Mayer

    C-Class Little Cup news

    Re: Rocker I wonder if Rocker influenced Michele's design of the S9. Wand, foil and flap are remarkably similar to the S9. Would be interesting to see how Rocker's hinge is built and how it works. S9 cants rudder and main foil outward - but at different angles. Is this dihedral or anhedral? Why? I don't understand when a fence (end plate?) works and when it just adds drag. S9 has limit of 22 knots - would it be faster with shorter span and end plates? S9 has little rocker and a square stern. Seems immaterial when foiling, but seems draggy in very light displacement conditions, even with body weight forward of the front beam. Tow testing: tried it a few times. Thrilled a couple of young Laser sailors last week - we now hand-hold the the tow rope - easier to bail out.
  2. Charlie P Mayer

    14' Stunt S9 Foiling Cat

    I started with two S9s. Port hull on one was crunched by an F18 last May 11. Starboard hull on the other one was de-bowed by a motor boat last June 21. A little hull-swapping and I ended up with "Lucky" - the two good hulls. Been sailing that one in Texas and in Miami since last June. Seventeen months later the double-crunched "Phoenix" is re-born - first sail Saturday!
  3. Charlie P Mayer

    Whisper Foiling Catamaran Sailors

    Martin: which one should I bring?
  4. Charlie P Mayer

    Whisper Foiling Catamaran Sailors

    vaplaya: Yes, I prefer slide-up rudders like in my old Sprint 750 or Martin's new UFO - as long as a "fuse" is included. The Sprint had nothing like that. The "fuses" in the S9 rudders are bendable rods pushing back on the top of the rudder and frangible plastic "landings" for that rod to "nest". Michele sent me replacement parts for both - but I haven't had to use them. So far I've not broken the plastic landing, but I have bent the rod. Just bent it back and went on. For coming ashore, the old cat sailor trick that works best is to sail upwind of your landing spot, raise the rudders and boards, sit well forward, then sheet in. Works on any cat I've ever sailed. Drift backward until you can get your feet on the bottom - rudder damage not likely unless you are in big waves. The S9 "fuses" described above are only in play for groundings. It seems that both the Whisper and S9 hulls are okay with rudder groundings. I think high speed foil groundings will be traumatic in both boats, but not any different than floaters that ground at speed. I saw an F18 that sliced its boards into the hulls about 6 inches after a good grounding, so no difference there. I think a grounded A cat would be about the same, but I have no direct knowledge of that. Launching: I think there is a video of the S9 beach launching in Miami with rudders and boards fully up, steering with main/jib sheets - no different than floater boats. Pretty sure the Whisper acts the same way, but I didn't get a chance to experience that. What is great fun is experiencing this foiling thing with different design philosophies and observing quite similar results. Why is no one mentioning the wand positions on the various boats? My apologies to all the designers who spent many hours of analysis, but perhaps, just perhaps, it makes no difference in practice vs theory? Hell I'm just a hack, I just report what I observe. Please watch the videos - maybe you'll see something I missed. vaplaya: come down and sail with us in Miami in January - I think you can sail on at least three different foilers - would love to get the Roberts guys back to actually sail instead of just looking - fascinating dudes!
  5. Charlie P Mayer

    2018 Texas Centerboard Circuit

    Wurstfest: if anybody knows MARSHALL MCKENZIE would you please have him correct his WF registration handicap? Zero is probably not correct. Thank you!
  6. Charlie P Mayer

    14' Stunt S9 Foiling Cat

    Need comments please: considering keeping the S9 at “shake a leg” and I know nothing beyond what the website says. Comments?
  7. Charlie P Mayer

    Steve and Dave Clarks Unidentified Foiling Object

    Martin: great to see such high quality sailing videos with Alessandro! I sold “Squirt” because she just wasn’t the right boat for light-wind lake sailing. (ask Dave!). Amazing how alive she became in your Miami winds! Keep the videos coming - we all learn from them. My 2 cents: when your butts drag, keep sheeting in! You will likely pop back up and haul ass - don’t give up! Dave?
  8. Charlie P Mayer

    14' Stunt S9 Foiling Cat

    One S9 will be moving to Miami - PM me if you want to sail it there.
  9. Charlie P Mayer

    AC75 vs F50 and Maxis

    Tornado-Cat: I had not heard about Michele's "dangerous above 22 knots" statement, but it does make sense to me. Thank you for posting that. Call it close-coupling, foil-base or whatever your heart desires, but when the main foil and the rudder are only about 52 inches apart, you get a pretty sensitive helm at speed (we have videos). The Whisper's much longer R-F distance feels quite different in comparison to the S9 - analogous to the driving feel of a 4-door Jeep to a 2-door Jeep. Probably wrong thread for this - my apologies.
  10. Charlie P Mayer

    AC75 vs F50 and Maxis

    ...........or an S9, sailing with a Whisper in Miami last month: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48W8y8sfWXo
  11. Charlie P Mayer

    Steve and Dave Clarks Unidentified Foiling Object

    Champlain Sailor: I think Martin can steer you to really comfortable and convenient lodging.
  12. Charlie P Mayer

    Steve and Dave Clarks Unidentified Foiling Object

    I did glue a metal protector on the main flap to prevent the rod from piercing the flap. Multiple tries - all glues failed. Would probably be better to add a "foot" to the rod - perhaps the end of a bicycle spoke? Martin: great videos! Those coastal winds really wake up the UFO! Our Miami event was so satisfying in many ways - people, venue, food, drink, you name it. What a great place to sail. I am seriously considering bringing one of the S9s down to stay there. Is the rowing club interested in another tenant? (would work great for a future owner, too)
  13. Charlie P Mayer

    14' Stunt S9 Foiling Cat

    Martin: yep. About 300 posts ago the A cat crowd couldn't believe we were sailing the S9 without foot straps. The videos show they are not needed.
  14. Charlie P Mayer

    14' Stunt S9 Foiling Cat

    Martin posted a good video of the event: https://youtu.be/s7se26iVoUo?list=PLoO1STST8XYTq6zh2qfXKZ1QV7TzAUd-3
  15. Charlie P Mayer

    14' Stunt S9 Foiling Cat

    Everyone: sorry for all drivel on here, but we were pretty pumped. Will take awhile to process everything. Our group included a Psychiatrist from Minnesota, a businessman from Austria, a software guru from Argentina, a Mechanical Engineer from Italy, an enthusiastic and helpful 8-year-old boy, and a wordy old retired fart from Texas. The exchange of ideas on land was great (really good bars and restaurants down there), but to actually transfer to other boats out on the water was the highlight of the trip. Sailing another boat for five minutes gets you an education that you just can't get through words. We need to do more events like this - collaborative, not competitive.