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Panoramix

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  1. bi-directional Proa

    Amati, an international canoe works quite well so there probably is scope for a small proa with similar performances. The only thing that would worry me is that the bow keeps digging in. Have you considered a way of trimming the boat longitudinally by moving your weight around?
  2. Radio controlled sailing

    This popped up on my youtube feed : I am really impressed!
  3. VOR Leg 2 Lisbon to Cape Town

    Yes Brunel seems to think that being further South is better and Mapfre that they should be between DF / team vestas and the finish line. Oh well... Being in the South is a bit risky as they might get swallowed by this light pressure area.
  4. VOR Leg 2 Lisbon to Cape Town

    I think that Brunel might well win it. Mapfre will end up to leeward of the fleet so Brunel might well end up in a better position in 2 days time depending how the weather pan out exactly.
  5. A modern twin keel should sail better than the equivalent centerboarder. Twin keels have a lot for them on a cruising boat, efficient, simple and no movable bits. The only drawback is that in non tidal areas darft can be an issue (in tidal areas, you wait for high tide and then dry at each tide).
  6. Perry Sliver Class Day Sailor

    You weren't much better than us at dealing with the Vietnam mess! We still have leftovers from our colonial past in the Pacific area, it's still a long way...
  7. Perry Sliver Class Day Sailor

    We call the bi-directional ones "Prao amphidrome" In greek amphi means "both sides" and drome means "running". Then we divide them between Pacific (ama to windward) and Atlantic (ama to leeward) TBH even if some of us are fascinated by proas it isn't really part of our maritime culture as the Pacific is obviously far away from France.
  8. Perry Sliver Class Day Sailor

    This boat certainly isn't bi-directionnal, in French we call these "prao monodrome" which means "uni-directionnal proa". It seems that there are different definitions of what a proa is. May be it is a French speaking vs English speaking divide or depend on location / people. For us a proa is a boat with an ama which may be to windward, leeward or either depending on tack and may have to be shunted or tacked. If it has to be shunted for you, don't worry I will understand!
  9. Perry Sliver Class Day Sailor

    I think that some people build proas which are either pacific or atlantic depending on the tack. In French we call these "prao monodrome". @Amati That sounds exciting, please tell us more.
  10. Cold molded boats, how have they held up?

    Do you know what kind of glue Gorilla glue and titebond are? USA woodworkers keep talking about these but in Europe we don't have these makes and we tend to refer to glues by family (epoxy, resorcinol, PVA, cyano etc...) and I would like to know what they are talking about.
  11. Cold molded boats, how have they held up?

    I think you mean resorcinol. It didn't necessarily had to be heated that much, it was also used to glue glulam beams which were manufactured in a workshop heated at 20ºC. But yes it did need pressure to work.
  12. La Semaine du Golfe

    Yes, in the 90s I used to participate in some casual races there and I can testify that there definitely is current. But it is good fun and safe waters, you soon learn to use it to your advantage. Sadly I've never taken part in the semaine du Golfe. One day may be...
  13. La Semaine du Golfe

    The boats are split in several fleet, I think that most of your photos are from the same fleet (probably called "voile aviron"). On the last day all the fleets sail together (it goes from tall rigs to small boats).
  14. What about a mini-transat style support with a windsurf mast universal joint supporting the panel at the top of a small mast? One can orient the panel and the structure doesn't look so heavy.
  15. ......another ferro-cement boat thread

    For the time being is better at tits than boats.
  16. ......another ferro-cement boat thread

    Somebody else nicked that title later!!!!
  17. Weather Helm

    Indeed.
  18. Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

    The dories that we have here in North Brittany (design was imported from newfoundland) are mostly built with some form of whitewood. You need to keep up with the tar or the paint to preserve them. Some that were built when I was a kid 30 years ago are still around though. Nevertheless as noted above, they seem to expose the end grain and they don't seem either to worry too much about orienting the grain in the right direction, they don't seem to steam bend or laminate the wood, that will weaken the boat especially using softwood.
  19. ......another ferro-cement boat thread

    If you want to invest in a money pit, at least do it in style. http://www.yachtworld.fr/bateaux/1939/Custom-Alden-Malabar--2982852/country.états-unis#.WfuGmYgzll8 Might not be the most practical and roomiest liveaboard boat but at least it can look good and it is wood and you won't freeze as much during winter.
  20. Which autopilot?

    NKE if you can afford it. Not sure what's wrong with shaggy's but IME once set up, they just work even if you are a bit overpowered in cross seas.
  21. Tanker hits Destoyer, how is this possible?

    Not a big surprise, I think thatmost of us here thought that it was human errors.
  22. Cold molded boats, how have they held up?

    A 30 years old cold moulded boat should last longer than the equivalent grp one as long as you don't abandon it. If it lasted 30 years, the chances are that it was well built. You may eventually find localised rot in some places, that can be cured with a few scarf joints. On the other hand you may find that the GRP boat become softer and softer and eventually it is hard to trust it.
  23. Wreckage from October 29th Storm

    Is it a cigale? Hard to say definitely from a photo on a small phone screen but I suspect that it is safe to sail as it is. If you want it perfectly fair, it might take some effort but fairly fair might not be that hard if done by the right person.
  24. There was that time when I screwed up...

    There is a French joke/say, "when seagulls can touch the bottom, it is time to tack"
  25. Renewable Energy-powered ocean racer

    That's already has been done for the mini transat. Hemp is a very strong natural fibre, there are already new epoxy which aren't oil based. Lot of exciting things happening if you are an engineer with an interest in environmentally friendly design.