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  1. I know what I've been missing: the owner must have a double glazing/conservatory business?
  2. Isn't there an award for the ugliest design of the year? This would surely be a top runner.
  3. Golden Cockerel was always referred to as the "Golden Rocking-horse" as I recall. I never sailed on it but watching it sail to windward the name was well deserved!
  4. Interesting earlier comment on French boat weights: much the same applied to French ULMs (Ultra-light aircraft). For many years these were 450kg all up weight, that's the aircraft, fuel and pilots (maximum two) so the formula was: A/C weight+Fuel+pilots+luggage= 450kg. This was achieved by building one super light example (for instance with thinner wing skins, no paint and minimal instruments), weighing this example then getting on with the production run.......the actual production A/C were never weighed it seems. Times change, good that real boats are now weighed. Especially important with
  5. The trimaran Bucks Fizz was a solid wing deck Newick, it was lost in the '79 Fastnet Race, all 4 crew members died. So 4 of the 19 crew lost in that race were from one trimaran (I think it was the only multihull competing). The skipper Richard Pendred had RORC permission to sail in the race though the RORC position in reporting the race casualties was less than clear. Whether any smallish trimaran would have survived the right way up is unknown. Luckily we (Lock Crowther Buccaneer 40) had a major engine problem in the Baltic and failed to make the start line; if we had made it I might not be w
  6. It used to be very common: the monohulls sank and the multihulls (mostly) washed up on some beach. Brian Cooke, Nat West bank manager (hence the boat name) lost from Triple Arrow, 50 foot trimaran, deigned and built by Simpson Wilde at Poole, designer Andy Simpson, lost mid 70's in the N Atlantic. This was pre GPS, so no satellite phones.
  7. And if you own/insure the boat then there are the "medical" issues. To go rowing on the river Lot (SW France) with a local Club needs a medical that is more rigorous than that required to pilot a ULM (microlight) aircraft.....
  8. My recollection was that the Charles Dennis Iroquios was a Mk2 (did it have the fatter sterns with engines) and that the failure was not caused by it hitting something. So failure due to fatigue/previous damage/repair or..... It was on route back to the UK from NZ so had seen some pretty rough conditions. Perhaps an extra thorough inspection of that area of the hull when next hauled out if you worry about this sort of thing? Pretty tough well built boats I thought, just not the obvious choice for a "Round the World" trip.
  9. Oh, forgot to say their Iroquis sank; that's why they were in the raft.
  10. Not sure the designer ever intended the iroquois to cross oceans? I think other similar major failures have happened. Pretty sure Charles Dennis (with wife, Sue (?) and newly born infant) lost their iroquois in the Indian Ocean somewhere, perhaps in the1970's? They spent a very long time in a liferaft and were lucky to be picked up by a freighter way outside any known shipping lane. All pre GPS & satellite days. I think they were on route Whitby, UK, Pacific, NZ, UK; boat might have been called "Snoopy & the Whitby to Tonga Express" but my memory might be a little faulty. I do cle
  11. Really? (Does that mean you've never seen it?) Happy New Year.
  12. Anyone have pictures of how the front beam structure (post no 20) was integrated into the main bulkhead? Surely not just glued on? How was it done? As shown in post number 20 it looks an engineering/structural nightmare. Give me an integrated beam/bulkhead design: easier to sleep at night.
  13. It probably sails well enough; I'd guess the engine choice is more to do with long Mediterranean days & nights with no wind.
  14. I'd rule out any bit of the French Med coast: from a sailing perspective the problem with the Med is that there is either no wind or much too much, this is especially true of the entire Gulf of Lyon area. Getting in or out of the Med can be hard work too, as a sailing base to explore any of northern Europe I'd give it 0 out of 10. Brittany (France) would be a good choice to explore N Europe Real estate is not cheap either (unless you come from a big functional city). French bureaucracy is a pain; the French know this and they loathe it but it cannot be avoided. France is a proper
  15. Well I know Canada is a big place but Spirit was a big multi in her day; any update from Canadian members? She can't just have disappeared!
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