Daniel Holman

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  1. Daniel Holman

    49er learning curve

    I’d say you have to be pretty classy at sailing for a four to six grand boat to be holding you back. Pretty robust too unless they have been tinkered with by non tinkerers! Personally I think a £4-6k i14 would be a far better class racing proposition than a similar value 49er which would have old rig, and I would venture be softer. Either way great to see these guys going at it in a boat that excites them.
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    49er learning curve

    Good work all. For something for similar tastes and reasonable supply of decent used kit and a friendly class with plenty sailing locally for amateurs consider i14. Used boats are phenomenal value for money. Rs800 will also be easy to get hold of kit new and old and a good amateur fleet just a less ahem stimulating / punishing sailing experience most of the time.
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    2018 I-14 Worlds

    Tacks are always expensive in i14. Most of the week was a right hand track anyhow, and often windy enough to be in manoeuvre minimisation territory upwind and down. Last few days were moderate and I was not alone in starting to look at shifts / lanes etc and throw in more tacks and gybes. Nobody came good out of the middle tho so tacking more about clearing air if necessary, ie top guys in r5,6,7 still didn’t tack or gybe much, hammering out to the side that paid off on first beat for them.
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    Whoa - Classic 1947 International Fourteen

    Cheers Paul. Delighted with pace just had a few too many errors and sail issues causing retirement. I hope that in 60 years time a nice bloke spruces her up! Catch you guys soon I hope! Dan
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    Whoa - Classic 1947 International Fourteen

    Cracking ship Paul thanks for bringing her down!
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    RS800 Video

    Well done champ! I think I did say your boat handling looked well slick. And the pace Cant Be shabby either! :-)
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    2018 I-14 Worlds

    Mozzy, Berkely circle we are assured is less brutal. Minimal current, and less wind that st Francis. Us fleet has had successful 14 nationals etc there recently. Think 15-20 most afternoons south part towards Oakland. A lot less in the Lee of Angel Island. Dan
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    2018 International 14 Worlds

    Sounds good chaps looking forward to it also. Dan
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    The Future of One Design

    Sounds cool and agree that avolunteer is worth 16 pressed men but where is class assoc revenue coming from? High fees?
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    The fine balance of Family and Sailing

    Fair play!
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    Backwards Skiffs?

    That’s the case on all boats less so on most “wave piercers” whatever that means. Waves come over the front quarter or beam not dead into bow irrespective of bow rake, and any skiff type boat on non flat water will be perpetually wet on deck.
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    Backwards Skiffs?

    A lot on any i14. Various mitigations, from flaps over hole... to half length socks which prevent the water going in sock.
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    Backwards Skiffs?

    Accept all of that - was just playing devils advocate! In most cases the big downsides would outweigh the marginal at best benefits.
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    Backwards Skiffs?

    Dare say the reverse bow least of their issues commercially / technically.
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    Backwards Skiffs?

    Less windage, less added resistance and motion in waves. On flipside Less bowman real estate less reserve buoyancy in big conditions downwind. Less fwd cabin space.
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    Backwards Skiffs?

    Conor, I drew the yellow one and built a white sistership. Considered rationale as follows: the i14 in particular benefits from VCG aft - its a long story. Also, any opportunity to reduce windage is taken as a development class. So, I knew what "J" measurement" I wanted and decided to make the top half of the stem a continuation of the forestay to reduce weight and windage at this point. This extension of the forestay meets the vertical part of the stem half way up so you are never losing WL length. Any gains are frankly immeasurably small, also it forces your hand into an aft mast position all things being equal, and also split moulds down centreline, both of which have some downside. The lord giveth and the lord taketh away and all that! Not sure if my rationale holds true for other applications, the downsides / compromises probably do though! :-)
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    Moth for sale

    I'm too superstitious for green. :-) Yes it seems like the production offerings are super refined alright. Yep if that boat were in the UK you could fetch double or triple the money as long as it was functional. Good on Dave C tho! He will have fantastic pride of ownership and a great ride.
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    Moth for sale

    I think (or I thought..) that $6k would be the absolute bottom for clean and functioning. Not any Mach 2s for that are there? Even dirty and broken. Does the exceptionally attractive / realistic price reflect the novelty of this craft, and that you maybe don't get the comfort blanket of off the shelf parts and knowledge base of users from M2 or Exocet etc
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    Moth for sale

    Good man! Protecting precious engineering capital!
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    Moth for sale

    Such a cool boat. Colour aside. Why are you selling? And what would you do differently given your time again that would make it the fastest moth in the world? Dan
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    Do Laser hulls deteriorate with use, or with time?

    I'm with JB on this. I owned around 10 lasers and as an engineer I can say that, unilke say the stayed boats he mentions i.e tasar, 29er, when purely sailing lasers are very understressed i.e. the low tech construction basically doesn't see much stress so doesn't degrade materially if being used as intended. So I would be happy (well, as happy as one can be to own the most heavily overpriced / marked up dinghy out there) to own a hull and as long as I looked after it and it didn't leak, I would expect it to be as good after say 500 sessions as it was after 50. The thing is its tough to decouple the hull from all the other things that go wrong / wear out on lasers. The spars are wildly inconsistent in wall thickness due to sloppy tolerances on the extrusion process, and further they are sh1t, bend and break if the rivets don't pull out first. The sails last a week of solid usage. The foils go porous / aerate. If your boat is a leaker it will absorb some water. Gudegeons loosen up. I could go on. Many aspects afflict all boats to one degree or another to be fair. Then you consider wear and tear - scratches on bottom, wear to mast step, damage from collisions / unintended usage / sitting in nettles for 20 years etc that will accrue on a boat that isn't looked after, and these things will cumulatively reduce performance slightly. Trade in deals meant it was convenient to chop mine in regularly in my tenure, as you get the fresh spars, sail and foils that you need, but if that didn't exist I'd be happy enough as a former national champ to keep the same hull as long as it was in good condition in the first place.
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    Which way the wind blows

    Gustavo Lima won the 2003 laser worlds from Robert Scheidt, one of a heap of laser glories he had particularly in the light. All that without using telltales, let alone a wind vane. I’d be a tail end punter without tell tales unless windy. Some bastards just have the knack. Dan
  23. That a moth mast tang? Gurit 345 has better shear strength than 340, is quite rubbery and challenging to mix well, but get it warm and its good, also ideal thickness for secondary bonding straight out of the tube. Its tougened with rubber particles or something like that so doesn't pick up shock like neat or filled conventional epoxies which are relatively brittle even if postcured. - Like Russel (who is a guru!) says, way to get all of the secondary bond shear strength is in surface prep, and rubbing the surfaces with the glue before adding the majority of the glue and clamping if app / necessary. Make sure if its a big part (unike this one) you have holes drilled in such that you can ensure that all air escapes and you get glue issuing from all edges. Get a tube of that 345 and a gun you will need it for mothing! I believe West do a similar product .
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    Kiwis lead JJ Giltinan

    Quite interesting all this and I reckon will act as a stimulus to the fleet. Certainly far more compelling to watch / understand than "Superfoilers!"
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    RS800 Video

    Ha I'm actually a southampton water person, but 14ing takes us to chi harbour a lot