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  1. WetnWild

    High speed foiling mainsail control

    Was that the boat that was a complete nuisance at the Weymouth A Worlds? Clogging up the ramp regularly and pestering the sailors all the time. Two hulls and goes in the water - yes like an A Cat.
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    Nacra 15 FCS for fun

    It might be a power to weight ratio thing. That happens in C board A Cats versus straight board boats. At or below about 7 knots the straight boarders rule but as soon as the wind increases the greater flow over the C boards gives lift and they take off. The extra weight of the Nacra would mean that performance payoff occurs a bit higher in the wind range.
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    Foiling F-Boats

    Yes dumb idea. Corsair/Farriers are designed and built as cruiser racers. That means hull shape, weight and build schedule/ strength are at the opposite end of the spectrum to foilers. The serious attempts at generating lift and not even foiling were strongly advised against by Ian Farrier. He reluctantly agreed to build some float C boards for the 85/82 crowd with the express instructions to lift them progressively as the wind increased. I’ve seen the results of that advice not being followed. Foiling requires a whole range of new sailing skills and a much higher level of expertise than most F boat crews possess. Better off starting from scratch with a purpose designed boat, a large bank balance you are prepared to lose and a willingness to crash a lot and break a lot of gear. COVID dreaming is good but probably better directed towards mermaids on deserted beaches.
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    Strange Corsair question

    Ah get it now. You don’t have the Farrier folding system. It is very user friendly.
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    Strange Corsair question

    That’s interesting. I wouldn’t think there’s much weight difference between the Colligo lashing setup and an 8:1 cascade with decent size shocks. Maybe I’m not understanding your setup and also I only need to lengthen by about 60mm. No strength required also as the halyard on a winch does the work. Got a photo of the setup?
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    Strange Corsair question

    The plan built F22 requires the rig to be eased to fold. Not sure about the factory boat but there aren’t too many of those around. Plywood had one so he would know. the procedure with Collego rigging is to tension the rig with a halyard attached near the end of the rear beam and loosen the lashing just enough only on one side and re-lash. Only takes one or two minutes.
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    A-Class foiling sailors

    What you’re suggesting is all soundly based and has been done over the evolution of foiling A’s and remaining within the box rule and general engineering issues. Rigs have moved forward slightly but much further introduces twist issues in the platform and sailing balance factors. The dagger boards have moved significantly forward to gain separation from rudders. The rudders have been moved back a little bit within the limits of the box rule by using longer gudgeons. Not to say there isn’t further development available. That’s the essence of the class.
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    A trimaran daysailer foraging boomers

    But back to the topic. IMHO the F22 is the best day sailor money can buy. But good luck getting one at the sort of prices mentioned above. When they were still in production in NZ I costed out a top of the range on the water with all racing gear and electronics on trailer and landed in Aus at around AUD$150k. There was a big waiting list though - over 100. I got a plan built one new and haven’t looked back. Best boat ever even with my bias showing!
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    A trimaran daysailer foraging boomers

    Yeah I used to think foiling wasn’t sailing quite a few years ago until I tried it and decided it is crazy fast sailing! Then I got too old and just do fast sailing!! The mid fleet A Cat fleet foilers don’t go quite as high as floaters but those further up the skill and equipment range do. Differential rudder lift and better boards have changed the game.
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    A trimaran daysailer foraging boomers

    Not sure what foilers you’ve seen but contemporary A Cat foilers go upwind at over 20 knots as high as floaters.
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    A trimaran daysailer foraging boomers

    Plywood will tell you I don’t often agree with him but on this occasion I do 110%. If do it yourself builders are really honest with you they will admit building a boat costs about the same as buying a good second hand boat especially after buying all the things you can’t build like fittings, rigging winches motor trailer etc. And they will tell you it also cost them at least three years. Being completely brutal a high proportion of people who say they want to build a boat are dreamers and never complete the job. The really vital question to ask is do you like sailing or do you like boat building. If the answer isn’t definitely the former, but what is around. Footnote: I agree with Plywood on most things but don’t tell him that!
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    Strange Corsair question

    Agree 100%. Mine is rigged on the hardstand at the marina. Launch, have coffee and chips all in half an hour.
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    Strange Corsair question

    Ah sorry I quickly used the euro rate. so on current usd rate less bank cut it works out at $50aud. Add on a 40 footer from there to here at about 15k then duties at about $4k then whatever it would cost to get someone to pull the boat apart and load it in the container and arrange the export - maybe $5k. No change out of aud$74k for a sight unseen old boat.
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    Strange Corsair question

    Mmmmm. $68kaud. Not exactly a bargain for that age.