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  1. There are several Gen 1 Prostart units listed for sale on eBay. My guess is that they can be bought for about $300. The intended use is basic club racing. Is the Gen 2 worth the price delta? How reliable have the Gen 1 devices been over time? Any advice would be welcome.
  2. Hitchhiker has it exactly right. For years, on the prior boat, we used to go through the entire pre-start exercise with a full compliment of instruments, then armed with all the data setup for a start at the preferred end and upon making the final turn for the line in many cases find another boat to deal with so that time to the gun became the most critical parameter. For the current boat, I have applied the KISS principle and considered a ProStart but wonder if it is worth it given the baked in proclivity to rely exclusively on the countdown.
  3. Looks like a. bird feeder on the stern, just what every sailboat needs. What a total embarrassment. Willard Bond knew how to draw boats in action. We have this one titled" Two's Company" proudly hanging in our house.
  4. Understand the domino effect once the first one tipped over but, why weren't these boats strapped to there cradles at least to prevent shifting? On the GP 42 the cradle frame strut went through the hull like a knife. We store our boat on its trailer, mast in, and the first step is to strap it down which also adds "ballast" .
  5. winner of the short rudder design contest.
  6. Running Tide pulled into Annapolis this morning after a 40 hour trip down from Newport. She is back in her old spot at Arnie Gay’s. They had 27 knots of wind and pouring rain coming down the coast. Doing 10-12 knots with a reefed main and a staysail. Nothing broke, just a few leaks. New engine runs fine. She will race to Newport in a vintage class (she is 52 years young) that allows electric winches.
  7. And here is a video during sea trials a couple of weeks ago: https://www.facebook.com/107751427455980/videos/171292378248442/?__so__=permalink&__rv__=related_videos Interestingly, in her original state some 30 + years ago, they tried a new taller aluminum mast , the boat became very tippy and the experiment failed. Now with a carbon mast and the weight reduction in the spar, she appears to be very stable. Of course, it is sailing sans genoa.
  8. Will check with one of the crew scheduled to do the race. Here is a video from last November of restoration, still in progress. facebook.com/107751427455980/videos/678439982871365/
  9. The boat has a new carbon mast (+10ft.), new sails, electric winches, AC, bow thruster, new electronics, etc. Nothing spared. My dear late friend Ray Brown was the navigator for many years. He was a heart surgeon and set up clinic onboard the boat for the wounded worriers of the fleet after ocean races. Understand that last Friday as the delivery crew was departing NEBW the new engine (Nanni) failed (crenkshaft) and has delayed the trip to Annapolis by about a week. The boat is scheduled to compete in the Annapolis - Newport race on 6/5.
  10. Here is another video of the zipper system used on a larger boat. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0bReWK_vsg I wonder if on a smaller boat (under 30"), light Velcro ties would do the job just as well and would not be sticky as a zipper can be at times? Here is a UK video on the Velcro system: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJ6DteTOZ7I&feature=youtu.be On our little boat we use this bag but it is mounted under the forward hatch and keeps the spinnaker out of cockpit. Also, no issues of the chute not filling on launch, especially in light air. https://www.youtub
  11. The image in SA shows two boats setting up for what appears to be a bear away set on starboard. In both the tack has been preset but the chutes are not packed and are hand held on deck to weather and aft of the jib. We make the hoist out of the forward hatch to keep the sail under control. In this SA posted image it appears that both boats are setting up for a bear away set on starboard. The tack has been preset and in both cases the sail is loose and hand held aft and to weather of the jib. We generally launch from the forward hatch or a bag to keep the chute under control . Query, when
  12. The boat landed flat on the port foil. The hole is obviously an impact blow, nice and clean, as opposed to a weight (battery) shifting and the skin could not bear the load. My guess is that upon impact and submersion of the port foil one of the rams or arms for that foil failed and pierced the skin.
  13. Have had a lot of experience with this type of sail and there are two axioms [1] you will inevitably want to use it to close reach and then point higher and [2] the sail will get trashed and wind up as raw material for crew duffle bags. We always ran it up the headstay foil, using either genoa or spinnaker halyard depending on circumstances. Running up the headstay provides greater stability. The key is maintaining flow across the sail and anything that maintains sail shape is a must. Even in the lightest chop the sail wants to collapse and it worthless unless it is flying. The time
  14. Classic Med -moor gone wrong when the Meltemi is blowing. This guy did not even have his anchor down!!! We chartered in Greece and went to Emioni for the night, a beautiful village but a crowded anchorage. The wind funnels into the harbor and the quay is dead downwind. Standard docking drill is to first align stern to at some distance, drop anchor and back straight into the dock, gently snugging anchor line whenever the bow starts to wander . You generally get only one shot when it is blowing . We saw a guy unknowingly drop his anchor into the dinghy that was was "trailing" and back h
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