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  1. The person I know who knows the most about this stuff is very optimistic about printing metals, but a bit less so about composites in demanding performance applications like sailboats. Composite printing can do a lot, but it can't match even home hobbyist vacuum bagging for strength to weight, or apparently even come close.
  2. Yeah, that looks like it. Interesting idea.
  3. I actually just talked to a rigger about this last week. We're getting new synthetic shrouds for a Discovery 20 trimaran. We were going to use some kind of small lever on each shroud to tension the rig, but the rigger I talked to said there was a new prototype fitting that would let you pull a stopper knot through a keyhole-shaped hole, then pull it up to the narrow part to jam it. I'm not entirely clear on how it works, but he said it was intended for beachcat-sized boats and he thought it would work for our boat. I'll post some details when he gets back to me.
  4. I'm not entirely clear on the beach setup; you show a small spot with bushes to one side of a fairly narrow path, what appears to be a boardwalk, etc. But if there's a spot with a rocky shore and a mild uphill slope, I'd think about making a cart with three wheels, not two. Let the cart carry all the weight of the boat. Big balloon tires. Then plant a big post 100' or so above the high tide mark, and put a winch on it. The hard part here is pulling the cart up the beach on the rocks. So let the winch do that. Now to launch all you have to do is push the cart downhill, a much easier task.
  5. Graham Byrnes sailed on a Texas 200 I did in my proa a few years ago. Nice guy, nice boats. I helped build one of his CS20 designs, it's a good boat. Big open centerboard sharpie type thing with a cat ketch rig. It's got a clever stitch-up origami bow that makes a nicer shape than you usually see on stitch and glue boats. On the T200 he sailed a hopped up version with freestanding carbon masts and a little cabin. It was very quick downwind. To windward my proa was faster, but not by much and it was mostly a downwind trip
  6. I wonder how a 14 would do with a downwind sail on it...
  7. The H14 is a dated design, but I bet it would still blow any of these little boats away. It was actually a pretty fast boat in the right conditions. One of the years we did the Texas 200 in my proa there was a kid on a 14. That boat was fast, he was at the head of the fleet every day. Much faster than a Wave, not even close. I've never seen a Weta, maybe it would be able to keep up, but it looks like a lot of wetted surface to me compared to the 14. Of course they were a bit tricky to tack...
  8. They look really sane and reasonable to me. Like, why isn't there more choice in decent looking cruising multi designs between the Wharram boats and the half million dollar composite wonders? I'm not slagging on an expensive boat if someone can afford it, that's great, and if you love your Wharram that's great too, but Woods boats seem like a very sane, cheaper, somewhat lower tech answer without devolving all the way back to v-hulls and gaff sails. I watched a great hour long video years ago about them taking three of their 28 foot cats on a cruise from the UK to the Baltic. Three people
  9. Gary Dierking's T2 is asymmetric. Chris Grill built a larger version of it, sailed it all over Mexico, lived on it for over a year, and wrote up a long article on what he changed from the plans, what worked and what didn't: https://grillabongquixotic.wordpress.com/2011/07/02/a-report-on-my-version-of-gary-dierkingĀ“s-t2-pacific-flying-proa/ Very nice guy, he dropped by my house on his way from NY to Mexico on one trip.
  10. None of that looks very confidence inspiring to me, honestly. Not trying to slag on anyone having fun in boats, but I wouldn't buy plans from them.
  11. You're still listed as an "advisor".
  12. A bit more detail, from the yahoo group archives: From proa_file message #1917: hi everybody, Here we have the picture i have promised about a very strange monoxil proa. That boat is atlantic on one tack and pacific on the other. She wins all the races in mediterranea during twoo years, especially because of a very high speed in low wind and no tactics problems. She was destroied in the 1982 Rhum by an accident with a buoy at high speed, she breaks the akas on the obstacle. The sponsor was the company of the skipper himself. From proa_file mes
  13. This feels like an endless argument, but two way foils are not a problem. Tom Speer drew some nice two way profiles that work great. I have a 6' Speer profile leeboard on my boat. Works great. It's not complicated, it's a board. It sticks down in the water, you go to windward. Very simple.
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