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  1. yes i would very much like to buy my old boat back but circumstances not right for me at present. Paul purchased her from me and sailed solo across Tasman to her new home in Aussie . Bruno i think we all were guilty of overbuilding especially the centreboards ! although Dick was a fan of strong cboard and crushbox in the case, not how i'd do it 2nd time around.
  2. ahh yes a lovely val those bow mods look pretty good to me. ruthless weight saving and newick dagger foils will be the best performance modifications you could do next.
  3. i am not sure if your boat you are describing is a wing deck Val 1 ? if so yes the leading edge is quite low and will scoop a lot of water over and into the cockpit. most of the vals are heavier than Dick intended hence they sit lower and are wet. the best thing for that is a fixed dodger if you can make it work around the winch and clutch layout. the newick design dagger foil is a low lift/ low drag foil and the plans should be available from Pat Newick as Dick had them drawn up and able to be purchased seperately the same as his wing mast plans. Dick said his foils were equal to the power of one reef in main, which would be about right, of course the faster you go the more lift they generate. at 18-20 knots the leeward float is barely pushed into the water but the great benefit is how stable the boat is in a seaway which in turn creates a more stable wind flow over the sails. we also liked to put them down in sloppy drifter conditions when racing for same reason which you cant do with high lift foils as they just create drag. the Newick foils dont really start producing lift until 12-14 knots depending on which yacht used on. some of Dicks boats he did a redraw and filled in the bows as you describe, the 36 ft Tricia was updated like that. i sailed on a particularly light, fast version built by Robert Russel called "woundup" here in NZ a very impressive boat, a much superior performer to her sister "mokihi" one of the original tricias which was an impressive boat in her own right.
  4. this is my old val 2 sailing off Whangamata NZ, Dick is actually sitting below with my friends Max and Chris, hiding from a rain squall that has just passed thru. It was such a pleasure to finally meet Dick and Pat and be able to take Dick for a sail after many years of corresponding regarding the design and building of my Val 2 "aihe" which translates to Dolphin in maori. Dick had high hopes for the Val 2 design but unfortunately it has slipped under the radar and only two, maybe three were ever built. If anyone did decide to build a Val 2 Pat Newick can hopefully find the revision that Dick drew incorporating all the lessons we learn't from sailing aihe.
  5. this is not correct, i have sailed on many wing deck newicks and in some pretty extreme conditions, also had many discussions on this subject with other newick sailors and corresponded with dick on the subject of the full wing deck. There were several conclusions : the older wing decks were lower and did take the odd wave hit but more importantly dick designed the wing very carefully to mimic an assymetric foil shape hence as you travel across the waves the flatter topside deck produces a downward pressure which tends to push the whole boat down onto the surface of the sea, the stronger the breeze or higher the boat speed the more this downward pressure works. Also an added bonus is the air being forced under the leeward wing deck at speed produces an effect similar to a hovercraft riding on a cushion of air enhanced by the assistance of dicks low lift dagger foils. The solid wing deck does add weight but more than makes up for that with structural stiffness, bunk room down below and as a last resort bouyancy in event of capsize. I have spent many hours sitting out on the windward float in 40+ knots of wind watching how dicks works of art travel thru the boundary layer of sea and air, a more beautiful thing is difficult to imagine.