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Donovan GP26 starts production in Turkey

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We have started production on Jim Donovan designed GP26 for serial production. We are based in Tuzla-Istanbul, Turkey. We have plans to ship the boats to USA semi completed, and also complete boat as well. For any enquiries, please contact me or Jim Donovan.

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I love the GP26 rule. Anybody can read and understand the requirements. This is definitely a boat to look at for clubs that want to start a new one design fleet.

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Is this the same GP26 design as the one Kevin Farrar is building? any idea what it's going to cost?

 

Anyone on the east coast who wants to build a GP26 should have a long, deep talk with Kevin.

Same design but with production tooling for hull and some updates to the structures.

 

It's great to see the interest in this class gaining momentum.

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We have been busy with some other projects so 26 has gone a little slow these past few days. Now the sanding and fairing on wood plug is finished. We will start with mold taking next week.

In the mean time I had a chance to work out the numbers.

 

The Introductory Price:

It looks we will be offering the finished boat (without sails, electronics, engine and bracket, cushions, etc all the usual extras) with but with carbon mast, bow sprit, rudder, keel, harken or similar gear, lifelines for about 52,000 USD x works Tuzla, Istanbul Turkey

 

For interested parties I can share information on freight. There is possibility of sending two boats in a container which will reduce costs.

 

I will post new images as they become available.

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We have been busy with some other projects so 26 has gone a little slow these past few days. Now the sanding and fairing on wood plug is finished. We will start with mold taking next week.

In the mean time I had a chance to work out the numbers.

 

The Introductory Price:

It looks we will be offering the finished boat (without sails, electronics, engine and bracket, cushions, etc all the usual extras) with but with carbon mast, bow sprit, rudder, keel, harken or similar gear, lifelines for about 52,000 USD x works Tuzla, Istanbul Turkey

 

For interested parties I can share information on freight. There is possibility of sending two boats in a container which will reduce costs.

 

I will post new images as they become available.

 

And this is for a very high spec boat; epoxy with uni or biaxail laminates, Corecell M-foam, carbon rudder, etc.

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That seems very competitive price wise with the new Farr 25...keep posting pics as you progress!

 

 

Yes it is a very competive price. And as per Jim's comment this is a high spec boat. I will post the specs soon.

Meanwhile the plug is almost ready for paint. We have turned over the plug to check, and fair the hull and deck joint.

It looks like a nice boat?

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Looks stunning Jim.

 

Do you know how many they are planning for this first build? Just prepaid hulls or will any be built on spec?

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Looks stunning Jim.

 

Do you know how many they are planning for this first build? Just prepaid hulls or will any be built on spec?

 

Hi Herberito,

Jim, being busy with other projects, I think has not looked at the forum for a while.

 

I will take the liberty of answering you.

We are planning to build the first boat for ourselves. And the second one on spec. #3 and up prepaid.

 

The web site for the boat is

www.wraceboats.com

 

The site is still under construction as there are some parts not working yet. But we will have detailed pricing and sales conditions on web as well.

If any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me via the forum or pm.

 

 

The hull mold is ready.

 

Pictures:

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we started working on deck plug which sits on the hull plug.

new pictures attached

 

 

Any forecast regarding the IRC rating?

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we started working on deck plug which sits on the hull plug.

new pictures attached

 

 

Any forecast regarding the IRC rating?

 

Well, we all know that this is not an IRC boat.

This info is from the gp in aus threat there is a boat in US measured and it's rating:

 

WRAITH GP 26 1.035

http://www.phrfne.org/page/handicapping/asdg

if you have further questions, feel free to give us a ring...

 

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we started working on deck plug which sits on the hull plug.

new pictures attached

 

 

Any forecast regarding the IRC rating?

 

Well, we all know that this is not an IRC boat.

This info is from the gp in aus threat there is a boat in US measured and it's rating:

 

WRAITH GP 26 1.035

http://www.phrfne.org/page/handicapping/asdg

if you have further questions, feel free to give us a ring...

 

 

That phrf rating is 71, which at least in our area is approximately the same as for a J35 or Schock 35. With IRC, who knows.....

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we started working on deck plug which sits on the hull plug.

new pictures attached

 

 

Any forecast regarding the IRC rating?

 

Well, we all know that this is not an IRC boat.

This info is from the gp in aus threat there is a boat in US measured and it's rating:

 

WRAITH GP 26 1.035

http://www.phrfne.org/page/handicapping/asdg

if you have further questions, feel free to give us a ring...

 

 

RORC confimred they have one IRC rating for a "GP26" LA CAMORRA, ARG5222.

It is not on the current IRC rating list, but then there are no ARG boats on the IRC list.

 

I checked with Mike Urwin, and he did not know if the boat was in GP26 class trim when it was measured for IRC, so not very useful as a comparison.

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we started working on deck plug which sits on the hull plug.

new pictures attached

 

 

Any forecast regarding the IRC rating?

 

Well, we all know that this is not an IRC boat.

This info is from the gp in aus threat there is a boat in US measured and it's rating:

 

WRAITH GP 26 1.035

http://www.phrfne.org/page/handicapping/asdg

if you have further questions, feel free to give us a ring...

 

 

RORC confimred they have one IRC rating for a "GP26" LA CAMORRA, ARG5222.

It is not on the current IRC rating list, but then there are no ARG boats on the IRC list.

 

I checked with Mike Urwin, and he did not know if the boat was in GP26 class trim when it was measured for IRC, so not very useful as a comparison.

 

 

Found LaCamorra on a different RORC rating list; TCC 1.048

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Whoops.

 

They are actually calculating a PHRF number based on the IRC number. The IRC number is 1.035. That "converts" to a phrf number of 71. Typically, a J35 (as a ubiquitous reference boat) would rate from 69-72, it's IRC rating of 1.01 to 1.024, that converts to 78-87 PHRF. Another comparison is a Melges 32 actually rates about 30 sec/mile phrf, IRC ratings are 1.176 to 1.158 which converts to 4 to -4 sec/mile.

 

As you can see, IRC doesn't like light/fast or sportboats.

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Although it has not been designed to perform well under IRC rule (like most OD or specific class boats), an IRC handicap of 1.030-1.040 puts it just in the middle of IRC2 fleet (in Turkey), making it a real competitor of A-35's. Thinking of that Farr 25 with its relatively high IRC handicap can not compete in IRC1 fleet and again relatively low price of this boat, I have to tell i'm excited to see it on the water!

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we started working on deck plug which sits on the hull plug.

new pictures attached

 

 

Any forecast regarding the IRC rating?

 

Well, we all know that this is not an IRC boat.

This info is from the gp in aus threat there is a boat in US measured and it's rating:

 

WRAITH GP 26 1.035

http://www.phrfne.or...ndicapping/asdg

if you have further questions, feel free to give us a ring...

 

 

That's from 2008, and no boat called Wraith (at least not a GP 26) shows up on either the ussailing list or the ORC list for 2010. It's not a PHRF NE boat, or it would be on the 2008 phrf list and it's not on any from 2004 - 2010. The only Wraith in the US that shows up close to a GP26 is an Olson 30 and has no IRC rating. Since the PHRFNE list doesn't have a sail number, and USSAILING and ORC refuse to publish boat types, and even some of those most involved in the GP26s don't know of a boat called Wraith, this is extremely hard to verify. there are only currently two boats listed on the USSailing site with a TCF of 1.035, and that's a Beneteau 456 and an Express 37. the ORC site doesn't even list the GP26 as a "Boat Type" for which they have data.

 

Brooks Dees GP26 rates 75 on the left coast, so 71 is in the ballpark, though potentially a bit low?

 

I take it back, there is a Wraith (GER 5741) listed on the current IRC list - it's a Schock 40 and rates 1.269.

 

However, I think this makes the existence of a measured, unknown GP 26 extremely unlikely, or suspect to say the least.

 

We can wait another few months to get the boat measured but, I think we will get a trial certificate to satisfy everyone's (and our's) curiosity soon.

The boat is taking shape in the mean time (as a plug). Cabin top in place, food rests mounted... We have a huge cockpit, which I suspect will shrink a little after all the equipment.

I have to say overall it is looking very good.

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we started working on deck plug which sits on the hull plug.

new pictures attached

 

 

Any forecast regarding the IRC rating?

 

Well, we all know that this is not an IRC boat.

This info is from the gp in aus threat there is a boat in US measured and it's rating:

 

WRAITH GP 26 1.035

http://www.phrfne.org/page/handicapping/asdg

if you have further questions, feel free to give us a ring...

 

 

That's from 2008, and no boat called Wraith (at least not a GP 26) shows up on either the ussailing list or the ORC list for 2010. It's not a PHRF NE boat, or it would be on the 2008 phrf list and it's not on any from 2004 - 2010. The only Wraith in the US that shows up close to a GP26 is an Olson 30 and has no IRC rating. Since the PHRFNE list doesn't have a sail number, and USSAILING and ORC refuse to publish boat types, and even some of those most involved in the GP26s don't know of a boat called Wraith, this is extremely hard to verify. there are only currently two boats listed on the USSailing site with a TCF of 1.035, and that's a Beneteau 456 and an Express 37. the ORC site doesn't even list the GP26 as a "Boat Type" for which they have data.

 

Brooks Dees GP26 rates 75 on the left coast, so 71 is in the ballpark, though potentially a bit low?

 

I take it back, there is a Wraith (GER 5741) listed on the current IRC list - it's a Schock 40 and rates 1.269.

 

However, I think this makes the existence of a measured, unknown GP 26 extremely unlikely, or suspect to say the least.

 

 

Ryley: Wraith was to be the name of my little boat. As both my partner and I like jazz and the boat's kinda small, irreverernt and fun we changed the name to Salt Peanuts. It's the name of a little tune written by Dizzy Gillespie. I just never got back to updating the IRC cert as there is no IRC racing in that size range out here (San Francisco). I also just hate paperwork and I'm an Olympic caliber procrastenator. I also can't spell. Pic of the litttle boat during the dramatic prestart manouvers on the Berkeley Circle last Sunday.

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Brooks Dees GP26 .... on the left coast....

 

Not to hijack, but any pictures of this boat?

 

Looks much narrower in the stern than the Donovan, with more rocker. The differences are interesting. Just in general, these boats look like a great box concept and look really fun to sail! Thanks for the videos.

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we started working on deck plug which sits on the hull plug.

new pictures attached

 

 

Any forecast regarding the IRC rating?

 

Well, we all know that this is not an IRC boat.

This info is from the gp in aus threat there is a boat in US measured and it's rating:

 

WRAITH GP 26 1.035

http://www.phrfne.or...ndicapping/asdg

if you have further questions, feel free to give us a ring...

 

 

RORC confimred they have one IRC rating for a "GP26" LA CAMORRA, ARG5222.

It is not on the current IRC rating list, but then there are no ARG boats on the IRC list.

 

I checked with Mike Urwin, and he did not know if the boat was in GP26 class trim when it was measured for IRC, so not very useful as a comparison.

 

 

Found LaCamorra on a different RORC rating list; TCC 1.048

 

 

Well, there is a custom made GP26 in Turkey named "3T". Photo attached. Searched for the IRC rating and found it. IRC TCC: 0.952 (certificate no: 36635)

Different trim level?

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Dude!! We need your info for the GP26 site! www.grandprix26.com. Send me some photos and stuff. Send them to Brooks Dees, class president. email: bdyd@comcast.net

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3T is a nice cute little boat. But it is not a GP26 class boat. I know this because I helped him getting his rig 2 years ago. It will be unrealistic to expect a similar IRC rating.

this boat has an inboard, I do not know its weight but I amsure it is over the class limits.

 

So the IRC rating dilemna finally solved. We have the Salt and Peanuts rating in USA, and other Argentinian Boat's rating. We can expect a similar rating for our boat. As for local racing, the boat will be in IRC2 in local fleet. Going against A35, Beneteau 40.7, x35, Farr 25 and likes.

 

We are also planning to launch sportboat racing with our friends at ODYACHTING (Farr25 producers). So any locals interested in this kind of action, give us a ring or drop an email.

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Other photos of "3T":post-49289-073496400 1293042731_thumb.jpgpost-49289-077906800 1293042743_thumb.jpg

 

3T is a nice cute little boat. But it is not a GP26 class boat. I know this because I helped him getting his rig 2 years ago. It will be unrealistic to expect a similar IRC rating.

this boat has an inboard, I do not know its weight but I amsure it is over the class limits.

 

So the IRC rating dilemna finally solved. We have the Salt and Peanuts rating in USA, and other Argentinian Boat's rating. We can expect a similar rating for our boat. As for local racing, the boat will be in IRC2 in local fleet. Going against A35, Beneteau 40.7, x35, Farr 25 and likes.

 

We are also planning to launch sportboat racing with our friends at ODYACHTING (Farr25 producers). So any locals interested in this kind of action, give us a ring or drop an email.

 

Oh yeah I didn't notice the inboard. So close. Well for handicap racing it'll be good to have similar boats in the area.

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I got a very nice X-mas present from Turkey this morning - photos of the deck plug complete for the GP26.

This is the first look at what the boat will look like put together (Kevin's boat is still missing some parts)..

I'm extremely pleased with the product and excited to get aboard for some sailing next summer!

 

You are looking at a male plug built on the hull plug - the surface of this plug is made with plywood with a purplish wood-like Formica surface.

The color is a bit jarring, but it will be very slick when it comes time to release the deck from the plug.

They will build the first deck on this plug and after faring and putting down all the hardware plants, take a mold from that deck.

It's also a little difficult to see, but the surface off the deck plug is also set down from the sheer by the deck thickenss - quite nice boat-building going on here.

This a very good plan that will insure exact fit of the deck and hull parts from the molds.

 

In the transom photo the cockpit foot braces shown are the lower (inside) surface, so these expand by the thickness of the deck (about 17mm).

You need a healthy size foot brace so you can use your legs to pull on the sheets.

With a small foot brace your foot will slip off the top and you end up on your butt in the bottom of the cockpit!

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Sorry but that second photo looks horrible. Arse up, bow down like some nightmare of an IOR boat.

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Sorry but that second photo looks horrible. Arse up, bow down like some nightmare of an IOR boat.

In all fairness, the crew looks somewhat out of position . . .

Excuse my quick sketch w/Photoshop; here is the anticipated crew stack for sailing upwind on my GP26 design.

In Medium air, the helmsman can have a mainsheet trimmer sitting legs in.

In heavier breeze it will be faster to have all legs out, so the driver will need to trim main. In the heavy air the mainsheet usually is parked at "max in", and adjustments can be made with the traveler and fine-tune mainsheet - both controls set up for the helmsman to easily reach.

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We have started the deck production on male mold/plug.

Foam is cut, and eased to place its place.

Next: inner skin lamination

It's fantastic to see the boat taking shape- looks great!

 

Judging by the looks so far, it will be a gorgeous boat. Hard to believe it won't be fast too.

 

How much of the deck structure will come out of the mold, and how much will have to be bonded into place after popping the deck off?

 

FB- Doug

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We have started the deck production on male mold/plug.

Foam is cut, and eased to place its place.

Next: inner skin lamination

It's fantastic to see the boat taking shape- looks great!

 

Judging by the looks so far, it will be a gorgeous boat. Hard to believe it won't be fast too.

 

How much of the deck structure will come out of the mold, and how much will have to be bonded into place after popping the deck off?

 

FB- Doug

 

 

for the production boats almost all of the deck structure will come out of the mold.

We will have a race cockpit for our boat that, and with an option price this cockpit will be tailored for other boats as well

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First Deck out of the mold. #2 in in progress now.

soon we will start hull #1. First boat expected launch in April.

 

Now we have a clear understanding of materials, equipment and labor involved. I can post the kit boat price.

The Kit boat: Hull and Deck joined together, Keel, Rudder, Jeffa Rudder Bearing installed.

32,000 USD x works Factory.

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First Deck out of the mold. #2 in in progress now.

soon we will start hull #1. First boat expected launch in April.

 

Now we have a clear understanding of materials, equipment and labor involved. I can post the kit boat price.

The Kit boat: Hull and Deck joined together, Keel, Rudder, Jeffa Rudder Bearing installed.

32,000 USD x works Factory.

 

have you decided how you're going to handle the spars yet? build them yourself or outsource them to someone else, and what will that add to the 'kit' price?

 

 

Mast, boom, bowsprit made by Pauger Carbon.

This does not add to kit price.

price above is without mast, boom, bowsprit.

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First Deck out of the mold. #2 in in progress now.

soon we will start hull #1. First boat expected launch in April.

 

Now we have a clear understanding of materials, equipment and labor involved. I can post the kit boat price.

The Kit boat: Hull and Deck joined together, Keel, Rudder, Jeffa Rudder Bearing installed.

32,000 USD x works Factory.

 

have you decided how you're going to handle the spars yet? build them yourself or outsource them to someone else, and what will that add to the 'kit' price?

 

Mast, boom, bowsprit made by Pauger Carbon.

This does not add to kit price.

price above is without mast, boom, bowsprit.

 

Maybe someone from Pauger could be persuaded to describe them here?

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First Deck out of the mold. #2 in in progress now.

soon we will start hull #1. First boat expected launch in April.

 

Now we have a clear understanding of materials, equipment and labor involved. I can post the kit boat price.

The Kit boat: Hull and Deck joined together, Keel, Rudder, Jeffa Rudder Bearing installed.

32,000 USD x works Factory.

 

have you decided how you're going to handle the spars yet? build them yourself or outsource them to someone else, and what will that add to the 'kit' price?

 

 

Mast, boom, bowsprit made by Pauger Carbon.

This does not add to kit price.

price above is without mast, boom, bowsprit.

 

Hi,

Example :Roussel Coutts RC-44 paugercarbon.com

Gina

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Sorry but that second photo looks horrible. Arse up, bow down like some nightmare of an IOR boat.

In all fairness, the crew looks somewhat out of position . . .

Excuse my quick sketch w/Photoshop; here is the anticipated crew stack for sailing upwind on my GP26 design.

In Medium air, the helmsman can have a mainsheet trimmer sitting legs in.

In heavier breeze it will be faster to have all legs out, so the driver will need to trim main. In the heavy air the mainsheet usually is parked at "max in", and adjustments can be made with the traveler and fine-tune mainsheet - both controls set up for the helmsman to easily reach.

 

I suppose it's wrong of me, but I often used to drive with my legs out and hiking. Then we were often massively short-handed.... You get used to it though!

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First Deck out of the mold. #2 in in progress now.

soon we will start hull #1. First boat expected launch in April.

 

Now we have a clear understanding of materials, equipment and labor involved. I can post the kit boat price.

The Kit boat: Hull and Deck joined together, Keel, Rudder, Jeffa Rudder Bearing installed.

32,000 USD x works Factory.

 

have you decided how you're going to handle the spars yet? build them yourself or outsource them to someone else, and what will that add to the 'kit' price?

 

 

Mast, boom, bowsprit made by Pauger Carbon.

This does not add to kit price.

price above is without mast, boom, bowsprit.

 

Estimated price for mast, boom and bowsprit? Tough to sail without them! ;)

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First Deck out of the mold. #2 in in progress now.

soon we will start hull #1. First boat expected launch in April.

 

Now we have a clear understanding of materials, equipment and labor involved. I can post the kit boat price.

The Kit boat: Hull and Deck joined together, Keel, Rudder, Jeffa Rudder Bearing installed.

32,000 USD x works Factory.

 

have you decided how you're going to handle the spars yet? build them yourself or outsource them to someone else, and what will that add to the 'kit' price?

 

 

Mast, boom, bowsprit made by Pauger Carbon.

This does not add to kit price.

price above is without mast, boom, bowsprit.

 

Estimated price for mast, boom and bowsprit? Tough to sail without them! ;)

 

 

Ok Herberito. Now I understand what you and Ryley are asking...

The introductory price for the completed boat does not change from the one mentioned some while ago.

The introductory price is set at €40,000.

I am keeping the exchange rate fixed at 1.30 for non € countries (US, NZ, AUS etc) to compensate higher freight costs. So 52,000 USD exw.

If interested please pm me so I can send a detailed price sheet as well as sail quotes.

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Thanks! It looks like it is coming along very well and is certainly attractive at that price.

 

A lot of boat for the money.

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Hull lamination completed.

Last weeks picture shows foam installed, just before innerskin lamination.

I have ordered the first mast to Pauger Carbon after seeing the revisions to class rule. It is expected btw mid and end June because they are making a new mold.

Subsequent masts will be delivered in 6 weeks. (just about the same time as the boats)

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Since the expected delivery of the mast is end of june. We figured we can have the boat ready beginning of June.

And shifted our attention to other projects at the yard. So the 26 is going relatively slow these days.

We have the bulkheads ready to be fixed into the boat. Keel reinforcement, and bunks still needs to be done...

 

In the mean time for those of you following this thread from Turkey, we have set up a yahoo group (it is Turkish) to promote sport sailing in Turkey.

To subscribe send an e mail to:

 

SportboatsTurkey-subscribe@yahoogroups.co.uk

 

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Bulkheads under vacuum and then fitted into the boat.

we are now working on the keel frame support structure. next week hopefully the bunks will be in the boat.

All the equipment minus the rig is in the shop.

 

Trying to catch up with Kevin...

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Progress(ing)

 

the keel frame is laminated. With multiple and multiple layers of carbon...

here is a picture.

 

also work on bunks has started.

 

we will have the boat ready in about a months time. Of the 120+ viewers of this thread, still no one interested in stealing hull no:2 at 52,000 usd or 40,000 € (boat without sails and electronics)?

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Can I ask a loaded question? Was it always your intention to do the keel sump in carbon? Or did you decide to do that after the rule clarification, or... was there another motivation? I like it - looks sexy even if it's gonna get painted and no one will know. I'd be tempted to paint everything else white and leave that clearcoated, but.. I'm perverse like that.

 

There were some wording in the GP 26 rule that was unclear as to what materials could be used for the "keel support structure".

 

When it came time to build this on Kevin Farrar's boat, Kevin who is an international measurer and I read the rule over and over, and finally came to the conclusion that carbon was an acceptable material for this structure within the wording of the rule. It als made good sense to build this high load part in carbon; an e-glass keel frame is actually quite difficult to build with it's very thick laminates.

 

Then the next question was "what is a keel support structure?"

 

So quite a lot of discussioin occured over a few months with the ORC technical committee and other GP26 owner's/builders.

The 2011 rule was modified to more clearly define this keel support structure.

We also defined what a carbon keel fin could be at this time, as there was some "gray areas" in the rule that could potentially allow this.

 

Along with these mods, it was decided to allow 2-spreader aluminum rigs, which would help make these more competitive against carbon spars.

 

Additionally a keel bulb was made mandatory, and the weight would be controlled within a reasonable tolerance.

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The build is going fine but slower than anticipated. We shifted one worker to our other project in the yard. So it is taking twice the time for one worker to finish the boat.

Latest Update:

All the interior structure is in.

we will paint the interior this week and then take the hull out of the mold.

The rig is expected in 1-2 weeks time.

The rudder stock is ready.

Keel bulb plug is CNC machined expected to be delivered friday.

 

Still tobe finished are:

Composite Keel fin

Composite rudder blade

Top coat

equipment installation.

 

I would say we are pretty close to launch and looking fwd to it...

I am waiting for some nice pictures of the boat to post without the dust etc.

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The build is going fine but slower than anticipated. We shifted one worker to our other project in the yard. So it is taking twice the time for one worker to finish the boat.

Latest Update:

All the interior structure is in.

we will paint the interior this week and then take the hull out of the mold.

The rig is expected in 1-2 weeks time.

The rudder stock is ready.

Keel bulb plug is CNC machined expected to be delivered friday.

 

Still tobe finished are:

Composite Keel fin

Composite rudder blade

Top coat

equipment installation.

 

I would say we are pretty close to launch and looking fwd to it...

I am waiting for some nice pictures of the boat to post without the dust etc.

 

I thought composite keel fins weren't allowed under the rule?! only steel plus fairing?

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I thought composite keel fins weren't allowed under the rule?! only steel plus fairing?

 

 

The GP 26 rule for years allowed 10mm thickness of fairing material that was completely unrestricted. It was obvious that someone was going to make this faring out of carbon (if it hadn't happened already) so the class discussed what made the most sense. I pointed out that the Melges 24 had used carbon keel fins for almost 20 years, and there was little reason to force the GP26 to use only steel fins. To minimize the advantage of one type of fin over another, the max. carbon keel weight (including bulb) is 20kg lighter than a steel fin max keel weight. Fins need to be sealed so they cannot flood - no lead allowed in the fin - bulb weights for either type of fin construction are identical.

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What's wrong with lead in the fin?

 

-jim lee

Absolutely nothing wrong with it.

 

But at the start up of the GP 26 class we thought it would be good to add some rules that control the number of keels a competitive campaign would need.

The way the original rule was written, there was no requirement to even have a bulb on the keel, so you can see that this would generate some venue specific keel designs, and cause most top campaigns to have at least 2 or 3 keels in the quiver.

 

By not allowing lead in the fin, and fixing the bulb weight within a 60kg tolerance, there's not a lot of room to "play" with keels, other than with foil & bulb shape.

Note that the GP 26 rule has minium foil thickness defined at the top/middle/bottom of the fin, so this does a lot to constrain the practical minimum plannform of the fin.

 

As the class progresses and if the owners desire, there's no reason the keel rules couldn't change to allow more options.

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