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  1. Not very heavy for a double hander. A windmill for example is 50# heavier and a Snipe is even heavier than that. The stopper is still no class association or critical mass of boats. Until it has that, it is just another Orphan to be.
  2. We at one time had five of them sailing at Melbourne YC in Florida. From the results of the 2007 MYC Fall Regatta: #3 Fast Lane, pictured above owned by Sherry Beckett. Sail# 284 Starstruck owned by Steve Schultz, #5 Five Speed owned by Gary Smith, #12 Mouse owned by Jim Henry, and Sail# 32591 Bad Penny owned by Jim Yates. Sail #4 is now called Slippery Ghost and owned by Lachlan and Warrick Smith, Gary Smith's sons. They sail it in Melbourne.
  3. As I understand it, there were a number of Aero Charters available in Florida and there was a fairly large push to get people in them and out sailing. I do not know if that was the case with the Melges or not. I know of four local people that chartered Aero's for the Jenson Beach regatta. Its a great way to find out if you like the boat, but does not necessarily equate to buying them. Those people are all still sailing their Lasers and plan to stick with them because they know they will have a fleet to sail against. If I were in the market, the Aero looks like the boat I would be more inte
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    One great boat for double or single handed sailing?
  5. OK, not a sailboat, but I found this little boat on Craig's list and rescued it to use for umpiring team racing and helping out with the local sailing program. She was designed and built in Norway in 1982 by Jan Herman Linge, the designer of the Soling and Yngling. The Musling was his smallest powerboat design and has several larger sisters, the Vesling and the Fordling. As I researched the boat, I found out that they are still in production in Jan's original shop. As near as I can tell, this is the original engine or is at least the same vintage. I did have to build a new center console and
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    The raider's only real problem is that there has never been enough promotion. The builder has been around for years and does a great job on all the boats he builds. There was an update to the hull and rig a couple of years ago which improves speed and also makes it more friendly to take a second person along. There are quite a few of them around, but many of the owners do not race the boat and just enjoy sailing them.
  7. Back when ISAF started their combined worlds for Olympic classes, the Star Class tried to hold out as the qualification system for entry was being turned completely upside down. If you recall, the class initially refused to award the GOLD STAR for the event. Paul Henderson slapped the class down pretty hard while waving the contracts under their noses. The boats were/are "used as equipment" and neither ISAF nor the Olympic committee is bound in any way by the contract to the class rules. In this case, some company will agree to supply boats for use at the regatta and then take them away. As an
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    For an object that's service life is to hang from the bottom of a boat at all angles, I've often wondered how much weight is too much on the keel. I can understand the studs/bolts and root would be adversely affected by it dangling from the hull at highway speed and vibrating at harmonics. However I've also seen boatyards rest the full weight the boat on the keel and then rock the boat as they adjust the poppets to keep the boat steady, apparently oblivious to the deformity of the keel sump area. The ISO 12215-9 Load Case 3 for vertical pounding considers the stress on the keel an
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    Just want to say a couple of things on Sprit Design. Hall engineered this sprit, not I, but I have engineered a lot of boats. The mechanics of sprit design are very similar to a rudder stock. Simply a lever with the load countered by inner bearing point with the sum of those loads on the exit bearing point. It is pretty easy to figure the sailing load at any given wind speed. However, loads increase with the 4th power of wind speed. All sails have an effective wind range and one hopes that the crew knows that range and stays within it. The problem is that, particularly with Code Zero's, yo
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    Love the sense of humor here! I know that there was never really an intent to have an "anchor" locker. J- started cutting away part of the pole tube on previous boats so that the bulk of any water drained to the anchor locker rather than to the forward cabin. The Harken furlers are not waterproof either so you need to contain the water. Note that a J-70 has a "floor" even though there is no locker hatch. The J-70 furler carries the forestay load, but on the 88 the forestay passes through the furler with the chainplate down in the stem. Having a deck hatch makes sense when you can acces
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    No matter what the model year, the month and year of manufacture are always right there.
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    3.27 Navigation Lights (see OSR 2.03.3) 3.27.1 Navigation lights shall be mounted so that they will not be masked by sails or the heeling of the yacht. ** 3.27.2 Navigation lights shall not be mounted below deck level and should be at no less height than immediately under the upper lifeline.
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    One thing many seem to forget is that today's boats all have more electronic stuff and like to use larger alternators to recharge batteries. The smaller hp engines will not run more than the stock 55 amp alternator. I see that the spec sheet lists the optional 80 amp alternator as standard on the boat. Most engines burn about 1/3 lb of fuel per HP developed per hour. One can run a larger engine at a lower speed and get the same economy as a smaller engine running flat out. Can you guess which engine will last longer? The sail drive will never go out of alignment or get its shaft bent which
  14. As I see it, ISAF is using Kirby's forming of the Torch Class with identical boats to the Laser as a breach of contract by Kirby. ISAF has positioned itself to lay the responsibility for issuing plaques that bear the Bruce Kirby trademark squarely on the ILCA. LP will do the same saying that they did not violate the Kirby trade mark, the ILCA did. All they did was build boats with the Laser Trademark, which they own the rights to. ILCA said they were approved to race in the Laser Class and issued the plaques which they required LP to apply. So........ Ultimately the members are stuck wit
  15. I would imagine that this will get brutal because:1) Rastregar has already started his LP United organizations to go around the class associations. 2) The Laser is one of 14 boats that they build and they have dealer agreements and a distribution system. I can easily imagine that the dealers will be put on notice that if they support the Torch, they will will loose the other boats in the line up. A dealer that, for example, sells a lot of Sunfish and/or other boats in the line up may have to make a tough decision. 3) Are club level sailors, many of whom do not belong to the class going to care
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