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  1. Just wondering what has happened with the Classe 950. Seemed like a good size for short handed racing, but appears to never have got traction.
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    Hydrogen fuel cell generator

    Apparently the most efficient way to transport hydrogen (in terms of energy density) is as ammonia. No compression required. Lots of work being done to real time extract hydrogen from ammonia, so maybe done the track, this is the way to go. Now however it seems to be too many tanks and to hard to refill. Kudos for the concept.
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    Sailors Powerboat

    Halvorsen 36, or for those with a bit more $$, her big sister....
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    Sydney to Hobart 2017

    Comanche still going?
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    Sydney to Hobart 2017

    Does anyone know if the finish going to be live?
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    AC36 Auckland NZ

    You ever think this is getting a bit out of hand? This is a frigging boat race of limited interest to 99.9% of the world, not the Olympics. Time to go back to boats you can moor off the yacht club...
  7. and they all like to anchor up in the same frigging spots
  8. I had not heard that there were missing sailors, so I retract this comment as inappropriate.
  9. Seems like the John McCain was hit up the rear. What was the name of the tanker? - the Donald Trump?
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    Whatever happened to the Classe 950?

    Is this the only 950 currently racing? Interior doesn't look much like the racer/cruiser interior envisioned by the rules. Contrast the Akilaria 950.
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    Is this the Figaro III?

    One thing people generally forget is that for inventions like DSS, the patent is only part of the story. there is a lot of know-how surrounding the patent and as much as anything, this is what the licence fee is for. Challenging patents is also a very expensive exercise. The decision becomes a commercial one. You either pay the patent holder or take your chances and develop your own solution and see if you get sued or not.
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    Sydney to Hobart 2017

    I think the only way Mulits will end up in the S2H is not top down, but bottom up, where (or if) a strong local offshore racing fleet of smaller multis (cruiser racer types) has developed and a fair smattering of CYCA members are racing them. Other than that, can't see it happening.
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    Sydney to Hobart 2017

    Yes, but RTW you get to choose route and angle and dealing with deep ocean sea states, not coastal swell. Not sure that a big tri would be that much faster point to point in a Hobart. Probably faster, but not so mind-blowingly faster that there would be any groundswell demand from the locals to allow multis. You may be able to attract an overseas marquee boat from time to time, but it is a huge investment in time an money for one of these teams to be the trailblazer. It's not like the Fastnet, where the big tris live near by.
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    Sydney to Hobart 2017

    If anything, I think that this year's race makes multis less likely in the forseeable future. The sustainable speeds of the 100s is getting closer and closer to the multis and there is a growing contingent of very fast "mini maxis" that can achieve similar speeds. These guys would be very loathe to have the focus shift to the multis and I cannot see that it adds much to the event. This coupled with no large multi scene in OZ makes me think that multis are a long way off. My prediction is a growth in 60-80ft mono foilers
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    Containers at sea

    what about some kind of slowly dissolving hinge or release mechanism on the doors? Let the container fill with water and the cargo eventually float out.
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    Is this the Figaro III?

    Whatever. I still think the Figaro foils are not going to be that effective. Their effectiveness is proportional to the square of the boats speed and the polars don;t seem to demonstrate the speed capability for therm to make a big difference, particularly given their relatively small size. We shall see.
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    Is this the Figaro III?

    Try this for one - believe they topped 26 knots that day.
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    Is this the Figaro III?

    Polars are showing highest speeds of around 14 knots. Not exactly ripping it so the foils seem of limited value. By comparison, the classe 950 has shown that it is capable of well in excess of 20 knots with old fashioned water ballast.. Seems to me a case of style over substance to be using foils.
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    Is this the Figaro III?

    So Deadpool sails a Figaro 3?? ^
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    new Pogo 36 - any intel?

    Google translate is wonderful - "The boat which cannot swallow "
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    Construction of a Pogo 12.50

    I suspect SWMBO may be more easily convinced by a Pogo1250 with a nice interior and standing headroom as opposed to crawling around on hands and knees and shitting in a bucket....
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    Whatever happened to the Classe 950?

    depends on the build. It seems that most of the recent classe 950s and those under construction are home builds, which to me seems to confirm be the main point of distinction between a Classe 950 and the Figaro. From what I understand, the Classe 950 is not aimed at those on the way up from minis to Class 40s and beyond, but more at the corinthian who wants a cheaper, easier to handle alternative to the Class 40.
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    Dave's perfect sailboat

    That's exactly what we have Semi but when sailing we typically roll it up and pull the spectra lazy cradles forward. We made some modifications to it, we use a continuous loop for the zipper so we can zip/unzip from the back of the boom and the main halyard lives on the headboard, we pull it back at sails end. It's literally a 2 minute job to set or strike the main. We also added hayracks/boom wings to support the sail when, striking or reefing. The sail weighs a couple hundred pounds so this is a very important feature for us. Having that damn thing spill over the boom is not a good thing, it's very bulky, hard to get to with the dodger and bimini in the way and 6 foot off the deck. It's imperative the sail stays on the boom. Here is a good picture of the boom wings and the lazy cradle (AKA ugly skirt things). With the big frac rig Dave is going to have and a sizable main, I highly recommend hayracks or a park avenue boom from Offshore. Thanks for that picture Joli, I have been pondering adding them to my boom. Kim Kim, an additional reason that we added the boom wings was for our mooring covers, they require clear real estate above the mainsail to deploy. The lazy cradle and lazy jacks were in the way but when we loosened them to clear the area the main would flop over the side of the boom. With the wings the main sits nicely on the boom and the mooring covers can be used. The lazy jacks are simply pulled forward. If you split your mooring cover into 2 pieces those being port and starboard, you can run a bolt rope along the side of the cover and epoxy a track along each side of boom. The result being you do not have to touch the lazy jacks or actually anything at all as they would all be above the mooring covers. Pulling a smaller cover along a track is much faster and easier than climbing over a boom especially when knees don't work all that well in an advancing age. You can also simply run a zipper along the bottom of the lazy jack cover on each side and zip the covers on.
  24. Agh the days of white welded PVC gear and the Aust/NZ dollars were both fucked so no one could afford anything but NZ's Line7. That thing bloody quick off the breeze for its day but fell over on its arse pretty quick when anything other than going deep downhill when it was fresh. Probably the reason in all that time the stick never fell over. A flash cruiser now that would have cost a bomb Love it - about 34 mins in - "22 fucking knots [under mainsail only] - better start thinking of doing something mate.." GOLD