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    Coolboats to admire

    Aramoana B23 is a fine classic and one of the last yachts designed by Arch Logan. She was built in 1938 by Bill Couldrey in Northcote, of kauri construction with three skin diagonal hull and double skin deck, with mahogany and teak used in the cockpit and cabin. Aramoana has an illustrious race record with RNZYS B class from her heyday and remains in great condition following major refits in 1989 and 2006 and a complete re-paint in 2013. Berthed with other classics at Heritage Landing, Silo Marina, Westhaven, courtesy of CYA. Construction: Kauri three skin diagonal hull, double skinned deck Dimensions: LOA 3810, LWL 27, Beam 86, Draft 56 Displacement: 6 tonnes
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    Coolboats to admire

    This? Masina was designed by Jack Brooke (NZ) for the builder, Noel Barrott (NZ). Actually designed as a 36' but redrawn to 38'.
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    Coolboats to admire

    Has Innismara been mentioned? 67.5' x 10.3' makes her very narrow. In New Zealand. Trying to find a picture under sail. http://classicyacht.org.nz/cyaforum/topic/innismara-2/ Bernie Schmidt began building his own design in a Penrose shed in the early 1960s. He had strong ideas of his own but in many ways this new boat was similar to his earlier Young designed and built 42 foot Shemarra. But the new boat was extremely long in proportion to Shemarra and yet light displacement - and became the 67 foot Innismara. Schmidt built it in strip planked, nailed kauri with convex edges but without fiberglass sheathing which was considered unacceptable construction by local wise men however despite criticisms of amateurism, he worked on and finally finished Innismara nearing the end of the decade. Innismara was radical, very long, thin and flat with a deep draft keel. Young when he first saw the yacht in the Penrose shed thought, Poor old Bernie, looks like this will bend itself in half, going to be a dog but I was wrong. And John Vause, crew on Millers Stewart 34 Pioneer, called her the long pointed tube with sails. The yacht was fast, designed for reaching and running and on these points of sail the long waterline and lightweight hull excelled. Schmidt wanted to take the yacht offshore but official criticism along with rejection of the design and construction destroyed his plans Innismara instead became a regular Gulf racer and performed far beyond what critics believed possible. Again retrospectively, the construction method and design, called dangerously bad by officials, has survived well for Innismara is still alive and has logged many hard miles under its keel.
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    Coolboats to admire

    Here is another about the lost art. This one is in Granada.
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    Coolboats to admire

    Colin Archer. A boat that shape could only be one of his.See there's a webpage. http://colinarcheremma.com/ Under sail Thanks for digging that up. She is lovely, splendid under under sail. Pretty sail plan too. Should I be surprised she moves so well?
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    Coolboats to admire

    This popped up on my radar. Maybe you've seen it. Sorry can't go back through 38 pages. DYI Dutch built double - ender, from felled trees to sailing on the water. 25 minutes of superb hand craftsmanship. I think the B&W picture in the beginning is the designer. Set to the Brandenberg Concertos. Bob, I think you'll like this one if you haven't already seen it. Hope not.
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    Random PicThread

    Conjures up so much. We're capable of remarkable things, beautiful creations, great feats and great atrocities. The duality of man and all that. I especially like the beautiful girl doing a wheely on the skateboard right before she wipes out.
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    Restoration Ron Holland IOR racer Flirt of Paget (2)

    "Neither art nor nature ever created a more lovely thing".
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    New imoca boats

    Not a new boat. Just Francois Gabart.
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    Radio Control Multihulls

    I think posting this on the front page has more to do with the shit storm Doug's threads produce ie traffic. Doug, congratulations on getting the model to lift. I appreciate your dogged perseverance, your tireless advocacy of foiling and the pride you put into your work. But I have to admit, I'm still stumped. Given the simplicity and effortlessness by which the above tri foils, tacks and gybes and the success you and your Dr friend had many years ago with foiling tri's, where does this current project fit in? Is it supposed to be an improvement on the above technology? What do you hope to archive in the end? Is there an end?
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    Radio Control Multihulls

    Eh, I still think part of the problem is the length and volume in the ammas. The point in the video at which the the nose starts to pitch up is exactly the point the amma ends - nothing there to stop it from pitching up. And it pitches up quickly. Why it's pitching up is described above. The length and/or volume of the amma provides the foils stability long enough for the foils to begin to generate lift. Since you bring up the AC boats, look at how stable they are before take off. Dead flat. With the boat pitching up and down, P and S (sailor error), the foils had no chance of generating enough lift for take-off. Lift was insufficient. The lee amma would have submarined had the main not been blown. I understand the logic behind the middle foil but I'm not sure it's necessary. More wetted surface. More drag. More fragile foils in the water ready to crack into something.
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    Radio Control Multihulls

    Is it possible there is not enough volume in the amas? Just by looking at the video, the amas didn't seem to counter any heel at all for the amount of sail area you have. To my eye it looked like they would have completely submerged if you hadn't popped the main. With the amas digging in and pressure released too quickly, is there enough time and boat speed to allow the foils to generate any lift? Possible?
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    Coolboats to admire

    Was always fascinated with little steam engines as a kid. I remember building a simple one in science class. The web site has a cool little tug boat as well.
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    Perry Sliver Class Day Sailor

    Did you happen read the article in the latest Professional Boatbuilder about carbon spars? On the cover: Lightweight custom hardware and hand-painted faux wood grain at the head of the new 96′11″ (29.5m) carbon fiber mainmast built by GMT Composites (Bristol, Rhode Island) for the classic Alden-designed schooner Summerwind. Story on page 40. http://www.proboat.com/table-of-contents-146? Looks a lot like wood at a fraction of the weight (but a big bump in cost).
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    Perry Sliver Class Day Sailor

    Geez, Bob! To say you have a boat booty fetish is an understatement. Fine example by a master draftsman by the way.
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    never fuckin' mind

    So, eleven hundred men went in the water;
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    Uglyboat Admiration Society Hang Out

    The little bugger's for sale.
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    Uglyboat Admiration Society Hang Out

    The beast. Talk about slack bilge. What happened to the keel. It's like a big fat gut hanging over trousers. It also has a center board!
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    Uglyboat Admiration Society Hang Out

    Oops. I was mistaken. The owner also worked for McDonald Douglass. Not JPL. He told us a story about how they used to use wood for templates to create the bulkheads for the DC10's but still come within a tiny fraction of an inch tolerance. Good chance they knew each other. Never got around to talking about the boat. Maybe next time.
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    Uglyboat Admiration Society Hang Out

    Met the owner this weekend. Retired aerospace engineer, weapons specialist and advanced composites and materials. Worked for Skunk Works and JPL. His wife worked for NASA. Go figure. Maybe he doesn't give a damn what anyone thinks. Maybe he knows something we don't.
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    Uglyboat Admiration Society Hang Out

    Met the owner this weekend. Retired aerospace engineer, weapons specialist and advanced composites and materials. Worked for Skunk Works and JPL. His wife worked for NASA. Go figure.
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    Coolboats to admire

    Not so cool but similar idea
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    Uglyboat Admiration Society Hang Out

    Forgiven. Music. I don't want to high jack this thread but I could go on and on. I regularly went to the LA Philharmonic under Esa Pekka Solonen and the NY Phil and the Aspen Music Festival, Santa Fe, Sydney Opera House, La Scala .... Can't play anything worth a damn though. This was all on a budget too by the way. I'm no benefactor.
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    Uglyboat Admiration Society Hang Out

    Thanks. I didn't know that about the Late Quartets. They have always been my favorite. I heard them played in Vienna in a small venue at one of the palaces. Locals sobbed openly. It was really something.
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    Random PicThread

    That looks like Temescal Canyon?