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#1 Blackjack2

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 12:47 PM

First new boat completed wins big. Eleven starts / eleven wins. Of course it was in the capable hands of Ethan Bixby but still an impressive first outing.
Hull 5700 and upward being built by Mark Johannsen of Johannsen Boat Works in Vero Beach, FL.
It will breath new life into the class.
http://windmillclass...ide/?gallery=90
Mark also builds Trinkas and Raiders
not paid pimp'in.....just a fan of the boats
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#2 Doug Lord

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 02:03 PM

Raced a woody back in the 60's-loved it! This looks good. Is there some rules restriction(don't remember) on the inside deck edge radius?

me years ago, single handing in a breeze:

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#3 Major Tom

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 02:24 PM

The daggerboard case top looks very under engineered, I would expect a lot of flexing at the top of the slot

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 05:40 PM

Looks OK to me. I sailed one in the 60's in Mich.

#5 Ethan Bixby

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 02:16 AM

The 2nd boat had a thwart/dagger board trunk that flexed a little at the main cam, but that has been minimized on the latter hulls, and replaced on that hull. Mark has done a great job on the boats, and I think it is to the point where he can start adding some weight back in to further strengthen critical areas. The class intends to keep one hull in stock at all times. These are really fun boats to sail, and the new high aspect rudders are a pleasure, especially in a breeze.
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Posted 26 December 2012 - 06:08 PM

That's a great class, and I am very happy to see a new builder try his hand. I had two: a 'glass Newport that was heavy as sin, and a home-built woody. Wonderful boats and some great people.

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 07:53 PM

The first Johannsen Windmill out of the new molds came in really stiff and fair and slick.
But a bit heavy.
That hull is for sale at a really great price.
I'd tinkered with the idea of grabbing it and fitting it out with old left-over Windmill stuff from decades of sailing the boat.
But it seemed heretical on such a fine hull.
This would be a great boat for a Windmill owner with a decent rig and sails who wants a new hull.
Dave Ellis

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 09:49 PM

Dave, how much heavier than the minimum is it?

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 10:26 PM

Dave, how much heavier than the minimum is it?


30 over, according to ad for sale.

Good to see Johanssen boats hanging in there, I'm sure Mark will get the weight issue sorted out.

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 11:06 PM

Just under 30 pounds over minimum.
The chief measurer says he often sees older hulls 20 to 30 pounds over.
I had a Windmill hull that was 20 pounds UNDER. Terrible hull. Had to unload it for the price of the rig, sails and foils. Then the boat was dumpstered, I understand.
In my opinion, this hull is so stiff that it will be very competitive, especially in waves. Some weight could be removed the same way Mark J.,the builder, got the subsequent hulls down to below minimum (198#), besides a slightly different layup program.
There is reinforcement under the seats not needed. The transom cap is larger then needed. (Has to have 1" of crown shear to shear.) Overall weight can be controlled by judicious rigging.
A little over a half inch of water in the hull is more than 4 gallons, 32#.
For $2500, it is a good option.
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Posted 27 December 2012 - 03:30 AM

There is a windmill in Austin home built by a now dead guy. it was his second build and it was very very well done. Unfortunatly, it is all rotted to hell. The rig and sails are not roted.

if anyone is interested in having teh rig and stuff or even rebuilding the boat please send me a message so I can hokk you up with the family with the boat.

Use a link on my regatta website. i generally never notoice SA PM stuff.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 02:52 PM

Windmill, one of the best ever. Me thinkin better to Windmill than Laser.




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