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About NormanHMartin

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    Cape Cod, MA, USA
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    Double handed racing, cruising to the race and cruising home. Caribbean racing. Ocean sailing.
  1. We didn't find the big 150 to be helpful except in really light air. Since we were interested in DH, the sail didn't make sense. The former owner used the 150 with great success
  2. A couple of Aphrodite 101 war stories from DH racing. First, we bought the boat because we liked sailing Solings at Boston Sailing Center and we'd ocean delivered a fat boat. We had a pretty good idea about our target shape, narrow and cozy. Narrow works. We raced against a J29 in a New England Solo Twin. In light air upwind she led us out of the harbor. Wind increased, chop, too, and she slowed way down to change from #1 to #3. We only have a 102%, #3, so no sail change. They stayed heeled over and side-slipped off to leeward as the chop was too much and they needed more rail weig
  3. yoyo: good points and you are right. I should have checked the dates. I do know that the A101 spawned the T10 since Charlie Britton went to Europe to check out the new design with an idea about licensing it in the USA. He didn't care for the design as it was, he felt, not appropriate for the North American market. The T10 molds were built at Handy Boat in Falmouth Foreside, Maine by Walter Green. Hanging out there I heard some stories. Certainly on the US East Coast, the A101 and T10 were ground breakers. I recall racing IOR 40 footers and seeing what became my boat on Long Island Sound
  4. More Aphrodite 101 chatter: Paul Elvstrom and Jan Kjaerluff (sp?) collaborated on the design. As I understand it, the idea was to design a boat to win the Round Denmark Race and 10 meters was considered the optimal length. Rumor is PE asked for a "Soling with a lid." The A101 did win until the X99 arrived on scene. About 450 A101s were built and are distributed all over Europe and Scandinavia. I think about 50 were imported to the USA and Canada. They are popular as short-handed racers. I suspect that the fact a big crew is not required is a selling point. A few years ago, I w
  5. Hey Aphrodite guys: We sometimes race pretty casually without sliding back in the fleet. The red boat pictured looks like it might be owned by my old friend John of red boat fame. The remarkable thing about the A101 is how easy it is to sail well. We have jib tracks on the deck having removed the self-tacking assembly. A benefit of the deck track set up is that I use a 102% jib with battens which is amazingly fast. Anyway, I love the boats. Norm, Harwich
  6. The gaffer is the boat we lived aboard in the Bahamas in the 1960s The Aphrodite we own now.
  7. I have an Aphrodite 101 that is in great shape and falls within your budget. Let me know if you are interested. Norm on Cape Cod
  8. My Aphrodite 101 is for sale on the East Coast. They are terrific SH/DH racers as easily sailed to their rating (Mass Bay 144). My wife an I cruised from Boston to DH races in Newport or Maine, raced, and cruised home comfortably. Now, we are a bit long in the tooth for that sort of thing and relocated to a place with thin water. Boat is hauled and in renovation. Lots of sails and good gear. You can see some of the activity at www.averisera.com. Solid boat, very seaworthy. BTW: If this post is way out of line, let me know. Our racing results were pretty good. I never felt ou
  9. Interesting and helpful thread. I have pretty much the same criteria. My Aphrodite 101 ticks all the boxes until you get to head room. Two weeks is OK buteach successive day is just more painful than the prior. I like the Hughes 35 (S&S Design2166 which is also a SHE 36 I am told) There is one in Ontario and maybe one in Stamford CT. Not expensive and can be converted to tiller plus end-boom sheeting. For me, a skeg helps as it sheds debris and lobster trap warps.
  10. Interesting. I think that I'd prefer building one to racing one but then, I'm 70. Maybe? What makes this really interesting is the idea of fitting the yacht into a twenty foot container. Hold that and maybe a few other dimensions as standard and it would be fun to see what other design tweaks would come out. At the outset, a one design event makes sense since the racers will come back with good information about suitable modifications. Best and keep well, Norm at Averisera.com Harwich MA
  11. Averisera in Provincetown, MA harbor Now for sale.. .
  12. Will get our Aphrodite 101, Averisera, ready for launching soon and maybe even a new owner.


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