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Bill Gibbs

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  1. Thanks for thinking of me, but I was just looking at my piles of MM magazines with similar thoughts to your own. I have the issues you mention, so no thank you. But thanks for thinking of us.
  2. No disagreement with most of the comments here. Dumping sheets is always a solution, even in the zone of death. I've researched a lot of capsizes, and being unable/unprepared to do so is a common thread. Afterburner's capsize was with the previous owner. In my 15 years with her, my scary events had similar causes, sudden stops followed by rudder overpowered roundups leading to lateral capsize risk. We had winches with unused self-tailers, no cleats. We handheld sheets all the time on the winch, which wasn't a hardship for racing. At the tiller I held the main sheet in my forward hand, j
  3. Da Woody is right, it isn't fair to Cougars. But after all, not every sailor is looking for a Cougar. After a year of Covid, a lot of boaters are looking to get out on the water. We should have over 100 boats on the N2E course alone. Sitting at 117 total for all 3 courses today, with plenty of time left to enter.
  4. Covid restrictions are easing, people are getting vaccinated, and evidently some people still want to go sailing. The 73rd N2E IYR event is up to 111 entries today with a bit over 2 weeks to go for entries, and another week with late fee. 87 are going to Ensenada, 21 to San Diego, and 3 to Dana Point. We picked up 20 entries in the last week alone. No, these are not the glory days of SoCal sailboat racing, but coming out of a pandemic, they aren't half bad numbers either. We've even got a dozen multi's going. ULDBs are in their own group, as are the CRUZ classes with motoring. We c
  5. I think Sailing Anarchy needs a GCOTW [Gyrocopter Chick Of The Week]
  6. Hi Billy Bob, long time. Afterburner (52x30) had a single 20 hp in a center pod. Motored at 7.5 knots in flat water no headwind. Maneuverability was ok as long as you have flow over the rudders. But she ventilated terribly going into waves. Bows pitched, trough passed under motor, and you listened to the rev limiter, on every wave. Didn't take very big waves to cause this. We tried the longest shafts to little avail. We day dreamed about a floating sled, hull side pods, or in hull placement. Anything to keep the prop in the water. Good luck with your project.
  7. Yes, probably 2016 until she left this year for NZ
  8. Well since you asked, Afterburner isn't all that miserable at sea. 6' headroom in the hulls, 4' wide taper down to a narrow sole. A forward berth pretty unusable at sea due to pitching. An aft berth that was favored. We'd sleep 6 (full race crew), 1 in the aft berth, then 2 on the cabin floor, single file. Same in both hulls. Sleeping bag pads on port, sails on strb. Narrow enough you didn't get thrown around. Wet sails were a bummer, but spin bags were soft. Single burner and sink on strb. We boiled water for freeze dried, which was quite good. It was wet out on the fishnet. The c
  9. The boom, mainsail, and bowsprit are missing in the picture. Looks like Cyclone preparation.
  10. Afterburner is a 52' x 30' Tennant racing sail catamaran I raced in California from 2001 to 2015. She was sold a couple times before the current owner decided to sail her to New Zealand this year. I heard she arrived Fiji with a broken beam, just as a Cyclone hit in April. Anyone know what has happened to her since?
  11. The complete answer is lengthy. Isn't there an Aussie authority that puts out Safety Equipment Regulations (SERs)? You can look at the US Sailing SERs, breaking down into Near Shore, Coastal, and Offshore races. In the US they are the minimum to race, and also seem like beyond the max to some people. I just bought new harness pfds with strobes & whistles. Added AIS beacons, man overboard is a risk. My Schionning GF1400 has AIS which is comforting on night transits in shipping lanes. Added a LifeSling and a John Buoy MOB module.
  12. Way harsh! And neither fair nor accurate.Raw Nerve was the fastest boat in Australia for some years. Probably faster than any boat you've sailed. As fast as an ORMA 60? No. But Raw Nerve is half the size, less than half the cost, etc., etc., of an ORMA 60. Why does it need to be faster than an ORMA? An ORMA isn't as fast as Gitana XIII, but it doesn't make an ORMA a "brick" either. THere's always a bigger faster boat for enough money. Compare the "new" costs and annual operating costs to appreciate the huge price of an ORMA 60 vs. Raw Nerve. And I didn't mean to sound too testy. R
  13. Way harsh! And neither fair nor accurate. Raw Nerve was the fastest boat in Australia for some years. Probably faster than any boat you've sailed. As fast as an ORMA 60? No. But Raw Nerve is half the size, less than half the cost, etc., etc., of an ORMA 60. Why does it need to be faster than an ORMA? An ORMA isn't as fast as Gitana XIII, but it doesn't make an ORMA a "brick" either. THere's always a bigger faster boat for enough money. Compare the "new" costs and annual operating costs to appreciate the huge price of an ORMA 60 vs. Raw Nerve.
  14. That looks like a New Nacra 36. The old Roland/Nacra 36 got shipped back to Tom Roland himself in Ventura Californa.
  15. Interesting book, never seen it before. More on Sundreamer on page 120 by control (116 on page) Even faster Kiwi cat is discussed on control page 122 (118 on page) one of my personal favorites, Afterburner :-)
  16. Are you sure you should be saying nice things about a Kiwi boat on this thread?
  17. Roland 36 After Tom Roland the designer
  18. Hi Bill, Remember me, the Florida visitor?

    I have been racing A-cats regularly, and before in the Worlds 2007. Now we are seeing nifty new stuff like Ben Hall's all-carbon Barracuda, Randy Smyth's new Bimare V1R, both with curved boards- the new hot thing. Dave Carlson, USA196

  19. You're welcome Mark. But it's the "Palace Grill" :-) And its still great!
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