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  1. It is a great little boat, as far as I am aware apart from a Mast down years ago the boat has not had any structural issues, yes it has been pushed hard but is a well balanced, well designed boat.
  2. Some of my favourite boats in no particular order. Seacart 30 All thre Multi 50's Formula 40's This thing Venom Grainger 42 Black Marlin Morpheus Gunboat Paradox Extreme 40
  3. Pil and Wess, Everything is a sliding scale with fast boats and around this size handling issues start to become very important. The Mid Girth of well designed sails is a great way to place them along the sliding scale of Apparent wind angles and suitable handling systems. Pil, when you say the "old external system" it is not old it is just what is required for a sail that has a mid-girth of 85-100% and therefore a soft luff, forward luff projection and can only be dropped by hand, with a snuffer or a external cable top down system. Venom would turn that sail into a flag with ap
  4. She is a beautiful boat and a credit to Tony Grainger and Jamie Morris the builder. This is the Hounds Code Zero, meant to be flown off the inner point on the bowsprit, at the time of this photo the boat was still missing two sails from the inventory, the Screecher off the same hoist and inner tack point would have been the sail for this hot angle. Attached is the design of the sail in this image, off the correct tack point the foot is not so tight. it can be used through the whole wind range, sail suits 55-90 AWA, so shy reeching in the light right through to being the sail for VMG
  5. 8.5-9 degrees is a good number, you just need to let it out wider once you are overpowered and trav down.
  6. I did the Nationals on Carbon Credits and the Lincoln Race on Venom. The short course racing for the Nationals suited us on Carbon, we had a fully dialed in crew, all the sails you need and I believe we sailed the boat well for a great result. We were able to get off all start lines well and had the sails and crew to continually change gears and get the most out of the boat. Venom was sailed quite well at Vincent but the short courses and lack of a full sail wardrobe played into our hands to make it possible to beat them over the line in all races. The long passage race fro
  7. If anything this sail could have been 50mm shorter on the luff, she can go full hoist, just a halyard that needs be be pulled up harder, great shots, she's a beast. Tack has a lashing.
  8. Chief I am sure your rig is thanking you every time you hoist the sail. The Main lock options are a bit harder, most have slots in the track and trip lines, I believe there is an Antal head car and track inserts that could work for your boat, but I remember a couple of boats in SA having ongoing issues with them. Any riggers out there that can suggest the range of Main Halyard lock options? The reefs complicate it as needs to lock at different heights unlike all the front sails.
  9. This is a very interesting development happening and all the majour brands have Multiple versions of this New/Old technology depending on the sails apparent wind sailing angle. There is loads of propaganda around and I am wary of saying too much here, what I will say is just my take, not a company policy or view and is quite possibly not correct or soon will be made inncorrect by the continual development happening. The use of the word Cabless seems flat out wrong to me, so far even if they were originally test sailed with no cable all rhe sails I have seen have ended up with luff cables,
  10. Hi Boys Hi Boys, Since the boat is a racer and cruiser it will have to modes. The Jib is way bigger than both of your boats have so will need to change down at some point in the wind range. The Staysail is on a Facnor internal Halyard lock, it has its own stay in the luff, vertical battens and also a UV strip, so this sail can be lowered in race mode or kept hoisted in cruise mode for easy gear changes. This halyard/lock/ base 3:1 arrangement then also accepts the furling Storm Jib, so you can switch these two sails out, the Jib must stay hoisted as it zips onto the
  11. Not really sure how to respond to this, have you seen the french boats with multiple headsails out the front... There will be no parital furling happening, in addition t the two Jibs this boat will have an Upwind Screecher out on the bowsprit furling on a torque cable to be lowered when not in use, used hard on the breeze up to around 10knots true, then used at wider angles from there as the breeze increases. The Furling Jib lives on a structural furler that is the forestay, the fabric and strength of the sail is engineered to cope with conditions up to a single reefed Main, then you furl
  12. We ended up with an overlapping Jib om a structural furler, final sail area is 42sqm. It has a second Heavy Weather Jib non overlapping on an inner stay that from memory would be around 30-32sqm. Add to that an Upwind Screecher (Torque Cable luff) out on the mid point of the pole for 0-10 knots n the breeze at 70sqm and all these points about under powered much surely go away.....
  13. Seagul, we ended up with an overlapping Jib, I will check tomorrow but pretty sure the final sail area is 42sqm. It has a second Heavy Weather Jib non overlapping on an inner stay that from memory would be around 30-32sqm.
  14. FYI, comparison between XL2 and Venom's working Sails, I believe Venom will be 3.2-3.5 T, Jamie's builds a light boat. I have sailed on XL2 plenty and she does have plenty of horsepower but really struggled for waterline length and with the big rig tended to trip over her fuller oldschool bows. XL2 is an awesome classic boat but Venom would be long gone on any racetrack. Rushour has performed very well is and is a super quick boat for what it is, but from where I stand if Venom is not well faster than Rushour I would be extremely surprised. Diagrams not to scale.
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