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  1. southerncross

    Coolboats to admire

    I've only heard the name in passing. The broker description is original.
  2. southerncross

    Coolboats to admire

    Anyone know anything about this boat? Saint Barbara was designed by navel architect Eric Sponberg and custom built by Van Dam Custom boats in Boyne City Michigan. The build was started in 2004 and completed in 2007. The boat is designed with a fairly narrow beam and long water line with a narrow entry angle. The sail area, rudder, and keel are all high aspect ratio. Coupled with a long water line and narrow beam makes for an upwind machine! The mast is free standing and rotating with runners used for hard to windward in strong winds. The jib is sheeted out on a rotating jib boom. So, the main and jib can be sheeted together for any apparent wind angle. The main effectively pumps wind over the jib (upwash) and the sail plan is very powerful. The boat can close reach to broad reach achieving 10-11 knots on auto pilot. Because of the very low VCG ( 24 inches below the water line ) and hull geometry the boat maintains speed even with large angles of heal with next to no quarter wave build up. Water ballast reduces heal angle by about six degrees. The angle of positive stability is close to 180 degrees. There is no pitching rhythm (hobby horsing). Center of buoyancy and center of flotation are in near perfect alignment. Since there is no aft stay coupled with a free standing mast there really isn't much tendency to round up in a strong gust and the boat remains very docile. The reason is because the mast combined with full batten main bleeds off the energy. This same effect gives the boat very good acceleration. The most important feature is the ability to align the wind power resultant along the axis of the boat. An example is sheeting out the boom and jib on a broad reach past the center line. The boat is primarily designed for single handed or double handing. All control lines and hydraulics can be adjusted while managing the rudder. This is a one-of-a kind boat that really needs to be seen to be appreciated. She is a hoot to sail and surely won't disappoint. https://www.yachtworld.com/boats/2007/vandam-custom-38-2746063/?refSource=standard listing
  3. southerncross

    Route du Rhum 2018

    Interview with Thomo: 19knts on the rocks. "Not much damage." Wow. Took it all on the nose? Missed the keel and boards? Lucky is right.
  4. southerncross

    Coolboats to admire

    Clean. Hmm. Would you finish the transom off a little more elegantly?
  5. southerncross

    Route du Rhum 2018

    Damn. Just a few more degrees to his right and he might have sailed right past the island.
  6. southerncross

    Route du Rhum 2018

    Usually there is a battery indicator like on most devices. My Garmin is the same. But instead of a shock, a recorded voice of Monica Bellucci whispers "sono pronto".
  7. southerncross

    Route du Rhum 2018

    Looking and feeling fresh for the in dock interviews is critical.
  8. southerncross

    Route du Rhum 2018

    More like he forgot to charge it. How many electric shocks per charge?
  9. southerncross

    Route du Rhum 2018

    Just give the poor bastard the VG and call it a day.
  10. southerncross

    Route du Rhum 2018

    Le Cam!
  11. Russian fisherman off Norway pulling up some fascinating creatures.
  12. southerncross

    Coolboats to admire

    Mark Twain?
  13. southerncross

    Sydney To Hobart 2018

    The real reason these races are going to the dogs is because there's no real debauchery to be had at the end of it anymore. Look what happened to Capey!
  14. southerncross

    Coolboats to admire

    For what it's worth I have never experienced Pano as a troll. Hell bent French, maybe. But never trollish. Valiant was innovative BTW.
  15. southerncross

    Sydney To Hobart 2018

    Tightarse.
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    Strange Beasts From the Bottom of the Sea

    Y'all do realize if you click through to the Instagram page that there are a lot more oddities:
  17. southerncross

    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    Swallows the boat whole never to be seen again.
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    Stolen Boat. Culatra, Portugal

    If that's that's not the most conspicuous boat to steal? I guess the Beneteaus were in short supplying in that region?
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    Sydney To Hobart 2018

    Pity and a shame. Seems to be the case for most iconic events. Start with a few blokes, a simple idea and before long it becomes a corporate cluster.
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    VOR AUCTION - OPPORTUNITIES LOST & STILL THERE?

    Sorry missed that. I post new OD boats thinking about what could be scaled up.
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    I get that a lot. P.S. Just a screen shot.