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Vincent DePillis

Member Since 19 Jan 2005
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In Topic: Forestay tension/upwind performance

Yesterday, 07:09 PM

"is a slightly sloppy forestay actually a real performance issue upwind if the sail is cut for it?"


A little while back, I tried to get an answer to this on Boat Design.net.   I never did get a really satisfactory response.   My own conclusion (for my F31) is that a taught forestay, everything else being equal, is better-- but that the cost of retrofitting running backs(in operational complexity, windage, weight of structural reinforcement, and $$) of getting a really straight forestay would be too high.


I decided that it is more promising in terms of overall function (but probably no cheaper) to focus efforts on reducing weight and windage, and on optimizing foils.

In Topic: Sailcloth jungle needs independent review

06 September 2014 - 10:52 AM

So right.  I have spent a lot of effort overate years to try to get data on sail cloth, and found it frustrating.  I think it must be the result of a small market, with relatively few producers, and difficulty of getting apples to apples test results.

In Topic: Rope/knot/splice load testing

05 September 2014 - 05:09 AM

Are we still waiting to hear about NER break tests (round II)?

In Topic: Round Britain & Ireland

31 August 2014 - 05:10 AM

watching the concise vid,all i could think was, scow,scow,scow.  bet the scow would be a faster and drier

In Topic: Farrier F-85SR

06 August 2014 - 06:07 AM

Had the pleasure of sailing against Glynn's former boat, now owned by Wayne and Jannine Gorrie, at the Cowichan Bay Regatta on Vancouver Island this past weekend.  What a gorgeous boat.  The standard rig looks a bit conservative for our typical light air summer sailing, but would be great for a windy Swiftsure, or Round the County.  I was struck by the big floats, and refined hull shapes.  


There was also an F-22 lurking around the Bay, but not racing, so I did not have a chance to see my first F22 sailing up close.