Snap- putting g10 blocks at fitting locations in a cored boat is pretty brilliant, actually.
When I rebuilt my viper I cut the outer skin and stuck g10 blocs in all the fitting locations with thickened epoxy.
It's pretty convenient being able to take a block off by just unscrewing it from the outside.
When you tighten down you don't compress the laminate / core sandwich. We've all seen dimples around fitting locations before?
If a fitting on a straight cored location leaks moisture will likely penetrate the core and make the boat heavier - or the deck soft. Balsa cored boats are famous for this. If it's a g10 block a leak will go directly into the hull and not into the boats core
I would suspect it is a more expensive way to build a boat. But so much better!
The Vx is probably one of the better though out platforms I've ever seen. From initial design to sailing.
Yes, I like the concept as long as it works. I'm familiar with dense foam, more like wood, being located within an FRP sandwich, to take compression loads in airplanes and sailplanes. The the ones I worked on all used blind nut plates to secure the fastener that get sealed when the wing or control surface is closed. No saltwater involved, however. This is the first I've seen something other than a metal insert or nut plate to carry the threads on a high load item.
What does the Viper use? It has fasteners that are unreachable on the backsides doesn't it? That was one of the aspects that gave me pause, and it prompted me to ask Brian about it.
Look forward to seeing that, and thanks to all of you for answering my questions.
That chute drop is slick, I see how the halyard and retrieval rig work and how you perform a windward drop using the system.
I asked Brian about access to the backside of fasteners and he said there is no need, because the deck has G-10 reinforcements (or core?) that can be drilled and tapped. Has anyone tried this, or is there another repair option if you have a fitting pull out or go bad?
I assume the trailer works for a standard ramp launch as well?
Thank you much. I took some reference photos and am trying to understand how the boat functions. How well does the spinnaker system work? No issues with hangups getting real big, real quick?
Looks like a damned fine boat, all things considered. I was surprised at the static stability too, just watching crew moving around the boat alongside the dock, or while barely underway.
Some people mock manuals and such as unneeded, but they do help people get up and running quickly, and lend a measure of professionalism to the class. The end message is that the boat is going to be around awhile.