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  1. Doesn't that make lowering it rather tricky? Or are the rigid windows cunningly placed to still allow it to lower?
  2. Jackett

    This is Wing Surfing

    Am I the only one who thinks its mad that he's doing that in such close proximity to conventional surfers? We've all heard of the kind of injuries foils can case if hitting someone in the water. Here he is, coming in much faster than other surfers, from directions they wouldn't be expecting people to be coming from. Got to be a serious accident sooner or later.
  3. Each year, Yachting World magazine does a long article presenting the results of the survey of good and bad equipment which they ask ARC participants to complete after the crossing. It might be worth you ordering a couple of past copies including these answers. More boats are using parasailor chutes each year, and from memory they get very positive reviews.
  4. Jackett

    Coolboats to admire

    If you saw one in person you wouldn't be worried. Mizzen is tiny - smaller than most dinghy mainsails. Combined with the fact that Fishers are hugely overbuilt, no way is the mizzen sheet damaging the rudder, even if you crash jibed it during the height of a hurricane.
  5. Jackett

    Coolboats to admire

    I'm with you - I'm pretty sure those 'rub rails' are the lower bearing point for some leeboards. If you zoom in on the photo, you can just make it where the swivel for them attaches to the top sides, and also what looks life it might have been a fairlead for the tackle to raise them. Certainly looks Bolger. Raised topsides, bowsprit for anchor, rig etc are all very much his style. If it's not one of his, it's very much influenced by his designs.
  6. I've always liked the hard dodgers that HR produce - much nicer looking than many you see, presumably in part because they don't try and squeeze full standing headroom in under them. Out of interest, roughly what is the headroom at the forward end of the cockpit?
  7. I think that overlay is misleading - unless the Lion 870 has a transom that's immersed by about 300mm, you haven't lined up the waterlines on the two drawings - so actually the Lion 870 has significantly more freeboard than your composite drawing makes it appear to have.
  8. Jackett

    Piper OD .. dayboat

    The 500 hours is the life under an accelerated aging test (i.e. high intensity UV light). As with all tests of this trope type, it would be impractical to test under 'real' conditions, as it just takes too long. Also, what are 'real' conditions? UV varies a lot depending on latitude, but also longitude location (e.g. very different for west coast UK, with all the clouds coming of the Atlantic, than it would be for acentral location in north America at the same latitude, a long way from the coast). Also affected by your altitude. There are ways of converting the test life to a real world predicted life at different locations, but for most of us the best we can do is compare the 'test' life of different products to get an idea of how they behave.
  9. Jackett

    anybody board the First 53 at the Annapolis Show?

    You and I obviously have very different comfort level requirements. I could happily spend months cruising on one. (But then I did spend six months cruising a GK24 before switching to a Hurley 22)
  10. Jackett

    Melges 37 win

    Agreed. And I'm confused why anyone is even commenting on this. In my (admittedly limited) experience its pretty common for one design boats to have a separate set of IRC optimised sails for handicap racing. And surely doesn't significantly add to the cost in the long term - each set gets used half as much as it otherwise would, so last twice as long (assuming stored properly).
  11. Jackett

    Oh damn

    Weather like that and he spends his time filming, rather than getting the Bimini and spray hood folded down, and anything else he can do safely to reduce windage?
  12. Q, Not to derail the thread, but do you have any more details or photos of your keelboat? Sounds interesting.
  13. Jackett

    Keel Failure

    Not the same thing. Look how low Cheeki Radio is floating. With no weight of keel to support, she's sunk down until the buoyancy of the materials she's made of (plus possibly a few pockets of air trapped in lockers etc) is enough to keep her afloat. For typical yacht construction that results in the hull being almost fully submerged, if not sunk. The yacht in the opening post would need to be constructed off nothing denser than balsa to be floating that high with a hole that size in her bottom.
  14. Jackett

    Keel Failure

    Well, with a hole that big in the bottom out the hull, that yacht sure ain't floating. So either the rig had gone (hardly surprising once the hull rolls and the rig hours the bottom) or the rig is touching the bottom and the hull is balancing on top of it, which doesn't seem likely.
  15. Jackett

    Small modern boat that can be single handed

    I think you're confusing 'childish' with offensive and sexist. Or did the whole #metoo movement pass you by? As for cherished - maybe by the forum's (admittedly vocal) minority, but I'd be surprised if the majority viewed it with anything better than discomfort.