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About MultiThom

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  1. Here's their vid from the nationals. Let's just say they had fun. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwFZEX1Mm6c
  2. I was thinking more along the lines of daggerboards/keels, but lots of stuff on boats could be improved with a little less rigidity.
  3. https://www.flxsys.com/ Seems to me that these sorts of things might have applications in sailing--
  4. The UC would also be my choice since the interior layout is arguably the best of the 31s. But it is the heaviest typically of the 31s so generally not a good boat for racing unless you get a favorable rating. Right now they are scarce since folks with family getaway boats are keeping them and others would like to getaway themselves. Good luck in your search...you might have to wait a year or more.
  5. You were speaking of getting rid of the bridle for the jib...a good piece of gear from a windrider 17 is a bow chainplate with a hole built in for a sprit to go through. If you were planning on a deck mounted sprit, this might be something to consider...https://www.nickelsboatworks.com/products/windrider-17-reacher-chainplate It is a bit pricey for a chainplate, though.
  6. I think the applicable elements of this are "particularly arrogant" and "inadvertently started sailing a lot higher". In normal beating the windward boat keeps clear, so he should have tacked away; but being particularly arrogant, he demurred. Then he hit you with his stern; but the collision may have been avoided had you not inadvertently started sailing a lot higher (probably because you had to keep from capsize, being trimmed for 5 kts). Next time, tack earlier (or just head up to slow) to avoid (I know, the wind was only 5 kts back then--how could you possible know a gust would hit--you
  7. When you are ready to try out a spin; I have a spare 30' luff with furler you can use (even has sheets and ratchet blocks). Only 55% SMG, so more of a reacher than a deep vmg spin. But it should help you figure out rigging and other stuff. You should ask other owners how they supported the sprits on theirs.
  8. Point is, people have seen what they can do. The America's Cup races have been done on multihulls for more than a decade but--folks have gone back to one hull this year; The olympics used to have a multihull class, then they got booted (they might be back, I haven't paid attention). The consensus for yachties is still that strange folks sail those strange machines. If you want to go fast you can do it just as easily on a Melges 24 as a Corsair 24. But you can't single hand a Melges 24 (at least not competitively). Multihulls will always have a small niche, but ornery free thinking out of
  9. It is nice if you can manage it. Corsair's 6m boat turns out to be about 3/4 ton in actual displacement. My 5.8 meter boat is shy of half a ton - despite manufacturer claiming 200 pounds lighter (Humdinger is not a production boat, but still amazing that it was made so light). Cost as well as weight seems to inflate when going from prototype to manufacture (look at F22s for example). And Viet or China manufacture requires CONSTANT supervision otherwise you will get crap to sell. You probably won't see more SeaRails because of this. You already can't see more Triaks because of this. But
  10. A Pulse is a nice boat that meets most criteria. Easy to trailer, easy to set up, fast enough except in lighter breezes where owners say that they stick to the water, only problem being it is built by Corsair so it is heavy for its size and expensive for what you get. Of course, you could look at those drawbacks and say it is built by Corsair so it is durable and high quality so you have to pay more. As an aging boomer, my wants in a boat are: Light so I can trailer with an SUV Easy to single hand but can take a couple passengers Points well (needed where I sail)
  11. Weta is a good sailing machine. It points pretty good for a trimaran, it is fast for its length. The sailplan is well sorted out. It is easy to trailer. Drawbacks are few, but for me, the biggest drawback is how wet the ride is. Watch the last 7 minutes or so of this to see me get firehosed. A weta is a sailboat meant for fun sailing...has no other purpose. My current boat is of similar genre although it pretends to have a cabin. But my current boat is a much dryer ride which is why I don't have a weta. Aging boomers (topic title) typically aren't "balls to the wall" s
  12. Here's one video showing triak speeds. That close to the water, you feel like you are going faster than what the speedo says. I ended up putting bigger floats on the triak eventually since I had to reef most ever outing and then pointing suffered.
  13. Can only hope it points better than a Windrider. It's planned displacement is really light so it (as seen in the sea trial) can move with very little wind. I had a similar boat (Triak) but it could not carry passengers and was limited to foot pedal steering. While you could fit a jib on it, with no backstay the jib luff was never tight enough so you are better off sailing just mainsail to weather. This one appears to do the jib hoist from the stern which might help that (but will compress the mast through the bottom if you are not paying attention). I don't know why the boom is needed sin
  14. Lowgroove has said, "So most Farriers and Corsairs and most Grainger's, Dragonflies and so on are at a point along the sliding scale of speed and apparent wind angles that they require a soft luff spinnaker for light to medium wind VMG running, with a mid girth between 85-95% and a generally flatter cut than a mono sail, but almost all of these boats if choosing to furl that kite would only be able to use a top down furling system but it would need to be an external cable." I have been experimenting with a external cable with a bottom up furler on my boat. It works very well (but my luff
  15. From the side, my current trimaran looks a lot like these 19 footers. But it weighs double or more. Little doubt which is the more exciting ride.
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