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    Travel,Boats and Sailing,Making all manner of stuff go faster, more efficiently.

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  1. boardhead

    Caribbean 600

    Exactly the same method employed on the Supercat 20 but works better because (a) the upper shroud is extended by a greater amount and (b) the taller hulls on the Firebird place the (capsized) center of buoyancy in the lower hull such that the platform rotates away from the rig and yanks the rig up/out of the water. In waves, offshore, the whole process is brutally stressful on both the rig and the platform, boat needs to be very light and strong to stay in one piece, the Firebird was. Lots of windage and added weight aloft with the masthead flotation impact performance, Mike Henderson added ballasted keels for his early OSTAR entry. Just seems like unnecessary baggage inshore and wrong boat offshore.
  2. boardhead

    Caribbean 600

    So when we did the Bermuda race on my 40’ tri over twenty years ago with a crew of four I screwed up getting beat by a 40’ tri with three aboard, the weight of the extra body and required safety gear made the difference. Similar length race, similar speeds. I found out the hard way that to win you need fatigue free drivers and light weight, three guys can deliver on a fast, stable boat, I don’t see the progress in the boat if speed comes at the expense of lower stability and higher manpower requirement.
  3. boardhead

    Caribbean 600

    Multihulls owe a huge amount of their early development to inherent form stability and speed providing more easily handled vessels - read OSTAR. The footage was not that clear but did I count eight crew on Falcon - and then they got tired - is this progress?
  4. boardhead

    Caribbean 600

    Upwind into the shadow?
  5. boardhead

    Caribbean 600

    Maybe Argo held off a hair at the end after Giovanni delayed their start for a match race, sure did reel Maserati in on that last gybe and final beat. Be interesting to hear if both boats were 100%
  6. boardhead

    Caribbean 600

    Hope so
  7. boardhead

    Caribbean 600

    Something broke on Maserati - she is slow on port - foil damage? Argo looks like she is gonna win
  8. boardhead

    Caribbean 600

    2.2 miles rhumbline difference and Argo pulled back 5 miles in the last 15 - nail Biter!
  9. boardhead

    Caribbean 600

    Maserati is slow - something broke?
  10. Oh, and the galley is palacial!
  11. Building and racing multihulls might be the easy part, same goes for for a whole bunch of other solitary pass times. Involvining your wife and kids without trashing you marriage and estranging what ought to be the most important thing in your life - that’s the challenge. Tims daughters are 18 and 21 and been sailing with him on Transient since they were babies. They are both excited about sailing up to their summer home in Goose Cove on Arcadia in May, as they have both done several times. Tough lot, the Ross’s, Finnish and Scottish extract they cross country skied with the girls in sleds behind them in the arctic circle, I met Tim and Deb in Hamilton, Bermuda after Transient finished the 1996 Newport-Bermuda, Tim won the Moxie Trophy in NEMA that year in recognition of his continuing to a 74 hour elapsed finish after he fell from the collapsed sprit and was dragged under the bow, tethered, luckily he had an Olympic judo monster in his crew who dragged him aboard. Everything cut out and replaced in the deck/wing/mainsheet beam mod was weighed, there was no net weight gain and the boat is a hell of a lot stronger and torsionally rigid. The scruffy deck paint finish is contrived - Tim is probably the most hair shirt individual I have ever met. He sought and bought Transient after he encountered Skateaway off Montauk in May 1992 aboard his Rogers 40 one tonner that he raced competitively with a huge crew. We absolutely blew him away, intrigued he sought a trimaran and to this day considers himself lucky he found Transient. Together we made her stronger and faster so Thanks, Joe, for building her, it has been a delight to enjoy being around that boat and current owners for 27 years. I hope you were joking rasp!
  12. Built strong and pretty light, the main hull has a higher prismatic than many of her predecessors so she does not pitch as much, relatively beamy overall at 35’ x 27’ with decent volume amas out there set well foreword makes her very powerful for her size with excellent diagonal stability so she can be driven hard upwind and down. There were some shortcomings where the aft beam was discontinued around the companionway that were addressed when Tim modified the deck into a smooth blister that blends into a structural ring frame in that area. Transient sports a big, strong daggerboard very robustly incorporated into the foreword beam/mast step structure, the cassette rudder assembly was built to last, we filled the tubular stainless shaft with 6061T6 bar some years ago so all in all a really tough little bugger that has proven very dependable. With a 51’ carbon rig she is quicker than the Transient that served you and Joe so well on your Atlantic tour. Has a much more spacious interior and the torsional rigidity picked up when the wing berths were added. A special boat.
  13. boardhead

    Caribbean 600

    That’s Fabulous - There you go - nice tall rig prevents a 180 - was wondering how the hell there could be enough float in that spar to prevent a total inversion! Thanks for the update.
  14. Still holds the record for the fastest 35 footer E-W Atlantic Singlehanded crossing with Brian Thompson in 1992.