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  1. Poll: Next AC Boat

    Keep in foiling cats, and keep the wings but stipulate they must be lowerable/reefable on the water and hoistable within a minute. Then at least they become more relevant to the general sailing population and the trickle down effect can actually work because they become a practical proposition on other boats (Seascape and others are already close to this). Get rid of some of the computer assists, and make the boats a bit bigger...the current cats are just a bit small to have much presence.
  2. getting high

    New 'Offshore' toy paid for by tax dodger from somewhere else? - http://fortune.com/2012/10/10/jersey-the-richest-offshore-tax-shelter-of-them-all/ Obviously if the owner actually lives on Jersey and works as a farmer or in one of the asset hiding banks then I take it all back...
  3. what is it?

    Yates Yachts 27, Callaghan design?
  4. Whatever happened to the Classe 950?

    The one being built in the UK ( Dibley design) is progressing nicely, I'll ask the owner if I can post a couple of pics from his FB page. He's a very good sailor too (Musto Skiffs, Merlin Rockets etc) so when it hits the water it will be interesting to see how it goes. Maybe HPR would be a better bet for this type of boat in the meantime...hope they succeed!
  5. D Zero

    Still lapstrake - traveller on hoop works well. This boat has ply planks with foam sandwich internals and decks. Centre of buoyancy has moved aft a bit. Check out the fb link in the last post for lots of cockpit pics and some of the other 3 Merlins on display. Tweakers heaven!
  6. D Zero

    Here are some snaps of the D-Zero. FWIW, I had a good rake around both the Devoti and the RS. Both look good, with interesting detailing and seem well built. The RS seems scary light, although I was assured that they have put material in all the right places. The chap I spoke to did concede that you couldn't treat it quite like a Laser, which is only to be expected with thin skin foam sandwich. Apparently you can carry the boat to the sea - not sure I'd try it though as one gust and you will probably need a chiropractor (it's not the weight, but the windage of carrying a fully-rigged boat which could do this). The stacking feature is nice. The D-Zero looks a lot more contemporary, and I suspect it will be the faster boat (it has around 40-50cm more LWL) in many conditions, although in some planing conditions and angles the RS might be a bit quicker. It's also only 12kg heavier, but should be a little less 'worrisome' on the beach. Plus you get the Devoti build quality. Looking forwards to trying both! BTW there's a gallery here of a lot of the Dinghy Show for anyone interested, plus there are two pictorial show reports on my site (probably not best form to post links here though) The last 2 pics here are of my favourite boat from the show, the Jo Richards 'Deadline' Merlin Rocket design called Superfast Jellyfish. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.617496168320490.1073741835.157425264327585&type=3
  7. 59er XX

    Someone like Hartley Laminates would do a nice job of a reborn 59er, maybe in poly or vinyl. Their Osprey's are nicely built and a good price point too
  8. i550

    Didn't one of the Aussie ones start doing well in handicap events?
  9. DC Designs

    Well done that man! Gotta love experimental projects like this. 1/5th cost at 1/2 the time using DIY store materials materials for 80% performance = at least twice the fun I think. You may not be as fast as the other ones but the fun factor is mighty high. Like your Bach too - I've just recorded Prokofiev 7th Piano Sonata, the last movement of which would make a good high wind sailing soundtrack i think
  10. DC Designs

    Wee bump here. How on earth this has ended up on the 2nd page when that daft MX thing is on the first I'll never know. Any of you Europeans coming up here for the Euros? Any from across the Atlantic? And what's new with the boats? Is yours one of the kit ones Ian? I might try to get down and take some video footage of the event.
  11. Falcon, Tripp/Goetz 50 on Craigslist

    To be fair, I reckon the guys who are doing this don't give a rats ass what you think, nor do they have to explain to you their reasons why. They are doing it for their own reasons. And anyway, there's plenty of secondhand TP52 gear around that they can beg/borrow/steal.
  12. i550

    That dark blue and green one is farkin' gorgeous, amazing
  13. i550

    Waiting for those pics......!
  14. DC Designs

    Still the best dinghy dev thread on here (beating the XY Nxt best thing fo Shaw). Who all is going to Loch Lomond for the Euros?
  15. Lasers - Applying a Blow Torch

    He's had 40-odd years of revenue and by a plausible calculation here made north of $10M over that period. "Subvert the whole design industry" is being a touch dramatic, don't you think? By the way, do you think patents last for ever? That would be 14-20 years in the USA. Design copyright? 10 years in the USA. I never said anything about patents. That's a common mis-conception which even the ILCA lawyers fell foul of. Sigh. Yes we all know there are no patents related to the Laser. You claimed this could "subvert the whole design industry". My point was that most forms of IP have a limited lifespan, yet IP-related industries function. You've also failed to grasp the cake analogy. Clean made the same point yesterday. If BK has copyright which remains valid in the construction manual, it doesn't help him too much. If you buy a pastry cookbook, you can't copy it and sell the copy but you can bake and sell the cakes. If you have the construction manual, you can use it to build boats. The copyright is in the manual (cookbook) not in the objects it describes. It seems to me BK has a valid claim as to misuse of his trademark and is likely to get some compensation for that. But moving forward, its use can simply be dropped. As to his contract, that argument seems to rest on validity of novations as rights and companies have been sold and resold. I'm not sure anyone here either fully understands the facts in that respect and personally, even if I did, I certainly don't know how that relates to coRt. SIGH. Respectfully disagree. I said in another post that there is little in common between a cookbook which is destined and purposed for mass open sales with no requirement of a plaque to be attached to each cake sold as opposed to a manual which is of controlled availability due to it perhaps containing proprietary information, and the requirement of this manual and the information contained within to have been used in the building of boats in order for plaques to be issued. It also remains to be seen how the manual will be treated with respect to its use during the alleged breach of contract. I think it will be interesting how Kirbys lawyers approach this. But you carry on with your baking.