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Flying Tiger 7.5m

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Check out our video from the San Diego Beer Can race 6/1/2011.

 

Flying Tiger 7.5 Video

 

(If it runs slow trying turing off the HD in the lower right corner of the video player).

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nice, looks like a fun race....can't imagine those lifelines are legal!!

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Tom,

 

awesome,

 

been wondering when the forum was going to be used to keep awareness up and exposure to the 10 and 7.5 happening. Good timing with the J70 drumbeat beginning to sound in the far distance.

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is the 7.5 selling? haven't heard/seen anything about anything more than a couple in SD...

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it's a good product but deserves some marketing, appears to have virtually none

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If the FT fellers would only open their eyes. GS marketing the 7.5 and GP the 10.

 

It's G world!

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There has been a recent surge of interest in both models and we are increasing our advertising budget.

 

One issue with these boats from the very inception was that they were priced so low there was little room for support and marketing. I can assure you that Mr. Stevens spent a tidy sum for all his efforts. He lost money on every sale and no amount of volume will ever correct that business formula.

 

Since taking over, we have tried to keep the sales price down while dedicating more resources to sales and support. I still get enquiries from folks who are shocked that the FT 10 price is not $39,000 as originally envisioned before the first boat was ever delivered almost 6 years ago. Time to refresh your cache people.

 

We are here for the long run and continue to field all enquiries. The yard remains strong and they have many other manufacturing interests outside the marine industry. It should come as no surprise that buying a boat is a difficult decision for today’s consumer but the fact is that labor and commodity prices have consistently headed up over the last 5 years and buying a new Flying Tiger will be a better economic decision today than tomorrow. Plus, we are not getting any younger are we. We have both the FT 10 and the FT 7.5 available for charter in San Diego. If you fly in for a view and buy a boat I will be happy to refund your expenses. If you are buying a model that is not represented in your area I will make a deep discount as a fleet starter. Those folks with earnest interest in either model will not be disappointed both on performance and price.

 

Live slow, sail fast. -t

 

 

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so what are the current regular prices?

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good Question strewn

 

link ?

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Has anyone sailed a FT 7.5 side by side with a Melges 24 and what were the performance differences i.e., upwind/downwind speed and point and in what type of wind strength?

 

Thanks,

John

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Has anyone sailed a FT 7.5 side by side with a Melges 24 and what were the performance differences i.e., upwind/downwind speed and point and in what type of wind strength?

 

Thanks,

John

 

Upwind the FT 7.5 will hang with the M 24 in medium to heavy air conditions if you can hike and have enough weight. Downwind lighter air the M-24 is faster as it breaks loose sooner. Heavy air downwind side by side is unknown but my hunch is it is pretty even with the FT being more stable. Last years SA regatta was probably a good test against a reasonably well sailed M-24 and a very well sailed Shaw 650. FT is heavier, a foot more draft and more SA than the M. The FT feels good with legs in but to climb with a M-24 you have to inflict some pain on your crew.

 

Class B

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Wait, so, there are 4 7.5s sailing? I thought it was only 2. That is great.

 

Has anyone sailed a FT 7.5 side by side with a Melges 24 and what were the performance differences i.e., upwind/downwind speed and point and in what type of wind strength?

 

Thanks,

John

 

Upwind the FT 7.5 will hang with the M 24 in medium to heavy air conditions if you can hike and have enough weight. Downwind lighter air the M-24 is faster as it breaks loose sooner. Heavy air downwind side by side is unknown but my hunch is it is pretty even with the FT being more stable. Last years SA regatta was probably a good test against a reasonably well sailed M-24 and a very well sailed Shaw 650. FT is heavier, a foot more draft and more SA than the M. The FT feels good with legs in but to climb with a M-24 you have to inflict some pain on your crew.

 

Class B

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Has anyone sailed a FT 7.5 side by side with a Melges 24 and what were the performance differences i.e., upwind/downwind speed and point and in what type of wind strength?

 

Thanks,

John

 

Upwind the FT 7.5 will hang with the M 24 in medium to heavy air conditions if you can hike and have enough weight. Downwind lighter air the M-24 is faster as it breaks loose sooner. Heavy air downwind side by side is unknown but my hunch is it is pretty even with the FT being more stable. Last years SA regatta was probably a good test against a reasonably well sailed M-24 and a very well sailed Shaw 650. FT is heavier, a foot more draft and more SA than the M. The FT feels good with legs in but to climb with a M-24 you have to inflict some pain on your crew.

 

Class B

 

Is the standard set up 3 or 4 man crew ? How about upwind performance in light air ?

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When I do a new design I don't "target" any other boat.

My image for the 7.5 came from my experience with the FT10m and while some people think I had a target in that design I assure you I did not. Part of what makes me at least think I am a designer is the fact that I think I can always do it better. I check out the current competition al the time. That's my job. But when I sit down to draw I don't have a specific target boat in mind.

 

With the 7.5 I was thinking about a boat that would be easier to sail than the M24. I added the chines for initial stability and because at that time I was doing some tank testing up in BC and the guys that ran the tank were sailors and I discussed chines with them and they agreed that chines would be the way to go.

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Upwind the FT 7.5 will hang with the M 24 in medium to heavy air conditions if you can hike and have enough weight. Downwind lighter air the M-24 is faster as it breaks loose sooner. Heavy air downwind side by side is unknown but my hunch is it is pretty even with the FT being more stable. Last years SA regatta was probably a good test against a reasonably well sailed M-24 and a very well sailed Shaw 650. FT is heavier, a foot more draft and more SA than the M. The FT feels good with legs in but to climb with a M-24 you have to inflict some pain on your crew.

 

Class B

 

Is the standard set up 3 or 4 man crew ? How about upwind performance in light air ?

 

The boat can be handled by three without much trouble, and downwind in light conditions you would do fine. Upwind a boat with 4 will beat you most the time.

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When I do a new design I don't "target" any other boat.

My image for the 7.5 came from my experience with the FT10m and while some people think I had a target in that design I assure you I did not. Part of what makes me at least think I am a designer is the fact that I think I can always do it better. I check out the current competition al the time. That's my job. But when I sit down to draw I don't have a specific target boat in mind.

 

With the 7.5 I was thinking about a boat that would be easier to sail than the M24. I added the chines for initial stability and because at that time I was doing some tank testing up in BC and the guys that ran the tank were sailors and I discussed chines with them and they agreed that chines would be the way to go.

 

Bob, you rock. Thanks.

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