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  1. Airwick

    Single mission or multiple mission boats

    Just to add to the discussion: the choice to require the shroud to be loosened for folding on the earlier designs was a conscious decision by Ian (or rather a side effect). Basically it means the rig tension keeps the boat unfolded, and there is a story about prospective customers questioning the strength of the beam holdown bolts and Ian would remove them during the test sail to convince them of the safety of the design. Once proven and accepted, the folding geometry of newer design was made to allow folding without releasing the shrouds, which also means it would fold if you took the bolts out wile sailing!
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    Back in the day

    Doesn't seem super useful on the main as you should be able to see under the boom but I wish my jib had one of these! There's a huge blind spot to leeward when sitting on the ama, if you don't have crew looking out you have to keep going to the cockpit to check if you are on a collision course. It should be easy enough to do as entire sails are made of transparent material these days. You probably would still need some reinforcing strings going through, especially on "loadpath" sails so it wouldn't be perfectly clear but it would still be useful! You probably could even get away with just a number of small "portholes" so you would at least see if there's "something" there. My screecher is even worse: completely blocks the view to leeward, I have to be in the cockpit and duck my head down to see!
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    Corsair Pulse 600

    It's not just about volume, but high volume floats usually mean it takes a bit more to get one out of the water, having 3 hulls in the water is slow but as long as you can lift one hull a lightly immersed high volume ama doesn't have to be draggy... The MK2 sprints have a flat spot on the hull from starting from the old F-24 floats moulds so that was probably not ideal in light airs...
  4. Interesting to see that out of the 5 leaders, the ones further South have more speed. So Sam is gaining quite a few miles on the 3 Northernmost boats and is in a really good position and looks like she might be back on the podium soon! Apivia is also extending on Charal right now.
  5. I'd expect them to jibe and head North to get in downwind conditions. To go further South they have to cross a lighter patch and then end up going upwind so I'd be surprised if they did that...
  6. Amazing compression of the fleet: top 6 within 6 miles! There's some lateral distance though and presumably the boats further W will have a better angle and should pull ahead but still...
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    Reefing a Multihull

    For what it's worth I have found that I can keep moving under jib only by bearing away a bit on the F24 but your jib is smaller relatively so probably worse. I found the key is to keep the main drawing at least partially as much as possible during the reefing process. I really only let out the sheet completely for taking in the clew line and then trim the sail a bit (to keep/build up a bit more speed) before lowering the halyard and then I trim again to keep going while I setup the cunningham and deal with the belly of the sail in a more relaxed manner (knowing I am back up to 90+% of the speed). With crew you should be able to take up the clew line and lower the halyard at the same time so that you only have the sheet "off" for under 30s. You may need to temporarily let the sheet out again to adjust the outhaull at the end.
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    The Future of Propulsion

    It's also a bit of a self fulfilling prophecy: if cars makers weren't constantly telling the masses they need more power, more doodads, more "everything", or else be totally uncool, people would be a lot more willing to drive smaller simpler "slower" cars that use a lot less fuel! It's interesting to see that car fuel efficiency isn't getting that much better but power keeps increasing over the years. The speed limits and "need" for power hasn't really changed in the last decades so there is literally no need for those bigger engines other the marketing arms race. North America is the worst for this, and it's not just fuel cost either. Here in Canada fuel isn't that cheap and because the distances are so much bigger people end up spending more on gas than most Europeans, and yet you see "starving students" driving big trucks or old crappy "sports cars" that get horrendous mileage and cost them a ridiculous amount in gas when they get out of town for the weekend (driving 500+km) because it's "cool". Students in Europe who have a car drive tiny POS transportation because it's way cheaper and end up spending way less of their income on transportation, and you don't have the whole "road trip" culture in Europe either. And don't get me started on towing (boats or other things), you regularly see a giant pickup truck at the ramp with a tiny trailer behind because "you gotta have a big V8 truck to pull anything" around here. It's comical how the wheelbase of the truck is 3x that of the trailer and the boat isn't even visible behind the truck so it takes them 10min to back down the ramp! I drive a 91' JDM diesel van and pretty much anything I replace it with when it dies (that has comparable functionality: 4WD to get up the slippery ramp, 7 seats because I'm used to having the, and the ability to fit a 4x8 sheet of plywood inside) will most likely get worse mileage, even if I give up on some of these features, which seems insane! Granted they will burn the dino juice a lot more cleanly and be more comfortable but won't use any less of it! Something like a Toyota Highlander hybrid would probably get better mileage, but it's going to have to be pretty new and therefore stupidly expensive (and still won't fit a 4x8 sheet inside)!
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    Is this what we have come to?

    Maybe they just misunderstood what the "end plate" effect is: someone needs to tell them it needs to be at the bottom end of the sail, not the aft end!
  10. These things seem pretty painful to be on board though, here's some onboard footage of practice:
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    New Corsair 880

    It might be a bit optimistic, but remember the towing capacities are much higher outside of North America... The Mazda 6 "sport" is rated for 1600kg (3500lb) in Australia so if you don't put stuff inside the boat and the trailer isn't too overbuilt it might actually just fit within the allowable limit. EDIT, ok that leaves just 100kg for the trailer and stuff so that's not going to work... Something like an Subaru Outback is rated for 1800kg (4000lb) over there, which would do the job!
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    Is this what we have come to?

    Just because it could be worse doesn't make it ok!
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    Is this what we have come to?

    Yeah, from the pictures I am not a fan... I understand the convenience of the upper deck but there are "half up" options under a hard dodger like the HH seem like a much cleaner option. What troubles me about the design is the "back porch" going literally right up to the transom with nothing between it and the large glass back doors. This thing is just waiting to get pooped going over a bar or any steep following seas!
  14. Airwick

    Pacific Northwest cruising

    That map looks about right... The best part is when race results sheet have a "wind speed" and "wind direction" box: sometimes the most accurate way to fill these in is with "yes" or "no"! That's how you end up with tracks like these: Or this:
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    The Future of Propulsion

    Agreed, especially the "tough nut to crack" part... I' not seeing a lot of avenues for addressing the inherent drawbacks, and there's been a lot of people working on this for decades with only limited progress and no big breakthrough. The energy density is ok but only because it's very light, the amount of space required is the problem (plus the expensive/dangerous tanks). There was the idea of using Hydrogen "sponge" material that seemed promising but I haven't really heard much about it lately and it only makes sense to produce H2 if you have excess energy you don't know what to do with (i.e. if you can't find another more efficient use for it). Pumping water up a hill in off peak hours still seems like like a simpler way to store energy in industrial quantities. H2 fuel cells are a bit like Fusion energy... They've been "10 to 20 years away from commercial viability" for decades! But fusion has much bigger potential for producing large amounts of "clean" energy, although probably not on a small scale so won't help with recreational vehicles...