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Member Since 08 Feb 2008
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In Topic: My newest project

22 December 2016 - 02:26 PM

My comments were relative to a Pogo style boat vs heavier and rounder boats.

 
In light air on a wide boat, you get the feeling of being "stuck", then suddenly the boat becomes alive, IME rounder hulls don't show this behaviour, they just accelerate smoothly and thus initially are at an advantage. If you aren't convinced take part in an IRC race where there is a mix. I hadn't realised that the carbon cutters didn't have that much sail area for their weight, so yes may be it will hard to exploit their "slipperiness" in light air.
 
Upwind in confused seas, I've seen heavier boats of moderate beam, barely slowed as they charge upwind going "through" waves, on a lighter and wider boat it can soon become a "stop and go" scenario which obviously isn't very efficient, hence my comment.
 
In others conditions at a similar length, the rounder and heavier older designs can't compete. There is a reason why their TCC is lower LOA for LOA.
 
It is mainly observations while sitting on the rail during semi offshore races like Cowes-Dinard where you can witness stuff like a Swan, a J boat, a X a Pogo and a JPK racing each others.
 
I don't think that I've said or inferred somewhere that the cutters were designed to plane, VPP may not have a column for "confused sea" but when you are out on the water it matters a lot whether waves are coming from several directions or not.
 
Bob, you are doing a poor job at pretending to ignore me.  :rolleyes:

 

 

 

What on earth does a POGO have to do with these 50'+ cutters?? It's like comparing the handling on my new Maxima with those of the 90' Kenworth I just passed on the highway.

 

I gotta find the ignore button.


In Topic: Headed to the BVIs for the First Time; Looking for advice

22 November 2016 - 02:45 AM

 

Through a very very odd series of events I am flying out Dec 3rd to Beef Island Tortola to sail on a charter Ben 52 for 2 weeks with a couple of good friends...I didn't even know this opportunity existed 24 hours ago. 

 

All it's costing me is air and my share of food, booze and fuel.

 

 

Sounds like you hit a bit of a BVI lotto.  Enjoy!

 

 

 

No shit...then I'm back for 15 days and off to Jamaica and a 4+ star resort (Couples CSS) for 2 weeks.

 

God I love being retired!!


In Topic: Headed to the BVIs for the First Time; Looking for advice

20 November 2016 - 11:05 PM

Through a very very odd series of events I am flying out Dec 3rd to Beef Island Tortola to sail on a charter Ben 52 for 2 weeks with a couple of good friends...I didn't even know this opportunity existed 24 hours ago. 

 

All it's costing me is air and my share of food, booze and fuel.


In Topic: Lewmar winches - not happy with plastic parts!

11 November 2016 - 09:55 PM

Sloop

 

For a transmission tech even that winch is beginners stuff...really basic and not tight tolerances. I doubt it gets spun at a couple thousand RPM very often  ;)

 

But likely very pricey to get parts for.


In Topic: Lewmar winches - not happy with plastic parts!

11 November 2016 - 04:29 PM

I owned a transmission shop for 25 years and worked on extreme HD transmissions that were designed from the ground up to be tortured...yet many thrust washers, spacers and bearings were made of plastic. These were NOT transmissions built for the masses and saving money by using plastic rather than metal would not have entered into the equation...sometimes, despite our prejudices, plastic can be a better choice than metal.

 

When broken down to the basics a winch is nothing but a compact two speed transmission.