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    Building an A-class Catamaran

    If you wanted to start with something more than foam shaping, you could get in touch with Steve Clark who I think has DK17 molds in Newport or these folks for some help: http://www.openwatersyachts.com/A-Class-Cat.php. Could also reach out to Matt McDonald at Falcon Marine in Florida who may still have some things from when he built A-Class. OH Rogers likely has some molds as would Ben Hall. Tony Arends is a master of the Lindhahl method. His last custom boat is very innovative, but he has moved back to Australia.
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    Buying rigging-quality low diameter dyneema?

    Reach out to Lamorak here on the forums. He has quite a bit of the best soft standing rigging materials for small boats and can probably sell the line to you or splice it for what you need.
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    14' Stunt S9 Foiling Cat

    A friend sailed by himself in Santa Cruz, CA on the A which is open ocean. He used a carabiner in his harness to attach himself to the loop of mainsheet / traveler just to be sure he didn't get separated from the boat. I'm not sure that is ideal but the risk with a boat that doesn't turtle is that it can be blown downwind on its side a little faster than you can swim if you aren't quick to get back to the boat. It can be managed, but it's a different risk than sailing a laser that turtles and stays put. A lot of good sailors train by themselves so it can be managed, but worth thinking about how you don't get too far from the boat if it is windy. With less breeze, there is less risk as the boats are easy to right and typically don't go too far from you before capsizing. Still, best to go out with another boat if you can.
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    DNA vs. eXploder - buying new A Cat

    I believe one container of DNAs and one container of eXploders will be coming from Europe shortly to the USA. If you want to get either one, I would talk to Mischa or Emmanuel respectively and see if there is room to include another boat. More differences: The DNA has more rounded surfaces at the water line and the eXploder has more flat surfaces. I'm not sure the speed is that different but the sounds and feelings in waves will be. The DNA F1 is probably a stiffer boat with its central beam in the middle of the trampoline and pre-preg build. I have heard good things about their flywheel main sheeting system now as being lower friction. The eXploders, once they got to the AD3 design, are the most easily upgradable / customizable boats with daggerboards that are interchangeable in the trunks since the Z10 and retrofit kits for on-the-wire adjustable rudder systems. I've been told an early DNA F1 will not fit the latest DNA boards but know that an early AD3 eXploder that is several years old will fit the latest Z27s. A custom colored F1 looks the sexier of the two in the boat park, but will be a bit harder to repair I imagine if something goes wrong with its curved shapes. Both can use either popular mast, the fiberfoam tapered designed by DNA originally or the fiberfoam straight mast. The tapered design has gotten increasingly popular. Either way, you will enjoy a much improved foiler compared to your 2015 and either boat can win the Worlds. Both makes offer a classic version now too. We have a few of each in classic mode now here in the USA.
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    Buying an A-cat after NAs

    while not a standard boat like an eXploder, I was very impressed with the quality of work and effort that has gone into this boat. https://usaca.info/awpcp/show-ad/?id=228. Great price for what it is. It might be a little complicated for a first time owner. This would be a simpler one: https://usaca.info/awpcp/show-ad/?id=231 though it likely needs some updating and might not have all the parts if a non-profit owns it now. Guck built boats are very nice.
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    Cat tails from over the horizon

    re steering stations only on the hulls: from what I have seen, most people are not able to beat the autopilot on cruising cats. Are these exposed steering stations designed to be used infrequently and therefore not really an issue for exposure?
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    C-Class Little Cup news

    The North American A-Class Trophy is one given by Tony DiMauro. He visited Lake Hopatcong, NJ in the early 60s and the story is that he was so impressed that he had his wife go get a silver cup in NYC to make a trophy that we have used ever since. She must have indeed been a very Patient Lady.
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    A-Class foiling sailors

    hi Cramer, You have to ease to fly but as soon as you do fly, you need to trim on to keep from rolling to windward. The boat accelerates and now the eased trim is really eased. Have you gotten Matthew to try the boat to rule out anything especially unique there?
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    A class helm weight

    Pease Glaser, a very talented female sailor, won the North American championship some time ago at probably about that weight. A german woman is competitive at not much more now. Matthew Smyth is sailing an A-Class at not much more. He is 16 though and growing still. Another person in the USA is about that weight and races. Even with the A-Class, at that weight you will need to think about a righting bag to help turn the boat back over if it capsizes. There are people at lots of different sizes sailing the boat as it is so customizable.
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    Inward vs Outward AMA lifting foils

    Box rule boats like the A-Class have kept requirement to have the rudders inside the beam, even if they are Ts, but many "pure" foiling classes are building them substantially outside the beam. I agree, that doesn't seem very safe to me.
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    Inward vs Outward AMA lifting foils

    For multihulls, I believe it is box rule driven for box rule classes. I do think it is safer to have foils point inward with any tight racing so some classes have adopted because of that. I personally think rudders are better inside the hull width but some multihulls are doing the rudder horizontals beyond the beam even though the daggerboards face inward. The IMOCA class makes the most sense to me as outward facing foils given the long distances they race very far apart from each other.
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    New Hugo Boss Spotted

    Looking at Lurker's post made me chuckle as we had different interpretations. I suppose that is the beauty of the C board. Depending on the heeling of the boat, different parts of the board do different things. Roll the boat over enough, and the could be horizontal and purely lifting.
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    New Hugo Boss Spotted

    Should work just like any other C boards. Normally, vertically oriented C boards have area near the tips providing more lift and the area nearer the boat providing leeway resistance. These are flipped since they are aimed outside. The primary leeway resistance will come from the tips with more lift coming from the more horizontal forces. Most fast boats have immersed transoms. As the boat speeds up, the stern will have dynamic lift. For real light air performance, I wonder if Alex has a tank in the bow he can load up to get the stern clear of the water.
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    New Hugo Boss Spotted

    Good old C boards. Used on ORMAs, Mod 70s, A-Class and many others. Proven performance for skimming boats and that is what these boats do. Cool to see. The ability to retract seems like a major plus for light air performance. Perhaps doesn't give away much in the high speed skimming area. Less righting moment lift is needed with the lowered center of effort for the sail. Everything works together to get easier rather than harder with this design it seems. Does the sail have a smaller head than some of the other boats? That would be another sensible step. The boat is narrower, the boom is lower, the boat has less less form stability, the sail plan doesn't have to have the huge head to get some early heel to reduce wetted surface, the foils have to work less hard so they can be smaller, the sailor can maneuver and trim more easily, the boat is more wave piercing and steady in pitch, etc. Life is getting easier and quicker!
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    SailGP 2019

    Are there details published of the settings the boats are using? Rudder rake and rudder differential up and downwind?