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In Topic: ....got stung by the 'WASZP'?..OD foiler...

11 February 2016 - 09:15 PM

i though having a  road bike (carbon optional) was the only way you could stay fit enough to sail a moth if you had a job?  By that I mean an actual job where you go to an actual place of work, as opposed to the kind of work BPR claims to have.  
I.e work which involves needing transport to get there.  Hence a bike helps you squeeze in the 10 hours of mid week exercise required to build the thighs capable of surviving a 5 day moth regatta.  
 Plus, sailing could learn a lot about coffee from cycling.  Except in Italy.  The machiattas at Campione were well worth the euros.  Hayling island, strangely not so good  :P

Best way to keep match fit is to sail twice a week. IMHO it's more about weight control for most of us down the back, esp 40+. I try and do simple things like getting off the train one stop earlier and walking more as I only club race with the odd championship every 2-3 years.

In Topic: ....got stung by the 'WASZP'?..OD foiler...

08 February 2016 - 08:11 AM

Ok I have some questions for the people who are considering a Wazsp, in all seriousness, as to what is appealing about the boat...

Is it :

- A boat that is simpler and easier to sail than a moth, but still foils
- A boat that will hurt me less than a moth, but still foils
- A boat that is cheaper than a moth, but still foils
- A one design foiler
- A moth, except that that I don't have to maintain and constantly upgrade
- A moth that is slower, and less intimidating
- A foiler that I don't have to carry out into the water
- I would prefer a moth, but they just cost too much

Or any other reason that I have missed.

Thanks for those that take the time to answer ...

In Topic: ....got stung by the 'WASZP'?..OD foiler...

07 February 2016 - 12:18 PM

@gybeset it's not a class yet. Just like the promised Bladerider one design racing never happened.

@rohanoz my thoughts exactly. There are about 4-6 M2's and an Exocet available in Australia all at various price points.

The half price moth has happened before, anyone remember the assassin? How did that go?

I think the Waszp will do ok, but let's not count our chickens just yet.

In Topic: ....got stung by the 'WASZP'?..OD foiler...

03 February 2016 - 02:16 AM

I have been saying for years that a Moth costs too much. Whilst you can't stop people spending money, you can restrict the amount of gear that they are allowed to bring to regattas which lowers the competitive entry level, and forces "across the range" designs, and more focus on durability.

Removing the need for a second foil set, mast and sail is an easy way to reduce the cost of a new boat by $6-11K, and instantly makes life easier for the mid and back of the fleeters who can't or won't spend that money anyway as it levels the playing field.

Seems like a no-brainier to me, but history shows the majority don't agree.

In Topic: ....got stung by the 'WASZP'?..OD foiler...

02 February 2016 - 06:47 AM

So for comparison what does a fully optioned M2 cost now?

Dunno, but I would assume $35-40K Aud based on some used prices on Mothmart.