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Major Tom

Member Since 05 Jun 2008
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In Topic: Is this a beautiful boat or what?

21 February 2017 - 08:02 PM

72, no kids, lots of cash........
You can't take it with you.

In Topic: new laser sail - availability

19 February 2017 - 02:34 PM

Roelof Bouwmeester has a nice video on his website about his observations between the new and old sail.
*Not affiliated with them, but I did purchase the video and found it worthwhile.

Watched the vid, another example of a sail that you would take straight back to your sailmaker and demand a refund if it wasn't sold by Laser.

In Topic: What's happened to the C&C 30?

15 February 2017 - 05:26 PM

Cape 31

In Topic: What's happened to the C&C 30?

14 February 2017 - 08:53 PM

The Cape 31 was launched last week in Cape Town, also a Mills design it is not limited by any towing restrictions and therefore has far more potential. The first boat was built in Rhode Island and shipped over to Cape Town, the tooling is following shortly. The project is financed by Irvine Laidlaw.

In Topic: Changing Gears (Point mode, foot mode, vmg)

13 February 2017 - 07:33 PM

Forestay sag increases the angle of attack of the rig.
If you aren't at the stall point that will create more lift.
If you where already at the stall point you need to turn the boat towards the wind to reestablish a none stalled angle of attack. You've just increased and angle of attach of the keel so you may scrub the benefit in leeway or cause a keel stall. Alternatively you could ease the mainsheet or drop it down the traveler a bit.
Decreasing the halyard tension pushes the draft forward. Decreasing forestay tension adds sag and pushes it aft. Letting the backstay off decreases forestay and luff tension. Whixh wins and by how much depends on the exact set up of the rig, elasticity of the halyards etc etc etc.
The only way to find out it to try it on your boat.

Probably the most incorrect statements I have ever seen in one post.