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Major Tom

Member Since 05 Jun 2008
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In Topic: Helmsman or Crew... no matter! I won the Worlds in both roles!

28 July 2016 - 06:52 PM

Not quite the OPs initial request, Ian Walker, Olympic Silver as a 470 crew and Silver as a Star helm. Also a Volvo win etc

In Topic: New 2 handed boat from Rondar.

24 July 2016 - 12:51 PM

What the...? Something wrong with my "Quote" function. I was asking this question of Major Tom.

Sonnet scow, South African design, 4.375m long, 75 kg hull weight including all fittings and centerboard, 9.7m2 sail area main and jib, hull construction vacuumed foam sandwich, 10mm hull core, 8mm deck. A bit boring in light breeze but will do over 9 knots upwind in 22 knots in flat water and sails apparent wind angles off wind in big breeze. Optimum crew weight is about 135 kg, but our top speeds have been done with closer to 169 kg on board as the apparent wind moves foreward so far. As we often have over 30 knots in the afternoons during summer this is a great boat for our local conditions, would however be a bit boring up country, but saying that a mate of mine has put a 10m2 assym on his boat and is getting 16 knots in 12 to 14 knots of breeze on a reach.

In Topic: Holt Tiller Extension Joint

21 July 2016 - 07:44 PM

Allen Bros make a similar and probably better product, should be compatible with the Holt, (formally Holt Allen) product.

In Topic: New 2 handed boat from Rondar.

21 July 2016 - 07:25 PM

hey now, i didnt say i wouldnt try it, i said what we're used to. When you show to an event with chartered boats and no practice, it makes things a little more complicated when you throw new technology in. No experience with these boats, though. Personally i would never pay money for a two person boat without a spinnaker and trapeze, but thats me. i like going fast, not incrementally less slow.

Not that complicated really. Even a self confessed numpty like me can learn to use one pretty quickly. On the Icon I used it on all legs except upwind. I am sure Blaze720 will tell me it should have been in use upwind though ....

Try sailing a scow in a bit of breeze, in the boat shown in my avatar we have hit over 24 knots in flat water in 30 knots, 10 second average almost 23 knots. Not all 2 sail non trapeze boats are slow, and some excell in certain conditions

In Topic: Cape Racing Yachts

18 July 2016 - 04:58 PM

Check the emissions rating of the various engines, some of the Yanmars are not allowed to be imported into the US.