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  1. Membrane sails like 3Di will potentially have less bulk due to the lack of panel seams. Doyle's structured luff Stratis could allow you to reduce the gauge of the forestay too but you're getting into bigger expenditure to re-spec the entire set-up. As JL92S mentioned, any new sails including membranes will be very stiff when new, especially in the corner patches, which can result in a thicker furl at the head and tack but the centre mass will quickly soften enough to furl neatly. Some membrane sails have the option of painted UV strips which seem to be proving quite efficient at high UV
  2. Those brochure photos may be a bit misleading. AFAIK there is an allowance for a removable owners 'space' somewhere in that cavern of an interior but they are gearing up for super lightweight offshore racing. Apparently this 125 was the original design for the sliding C foil concept and then Juan K and Swan started scaling the concept down into smaller boats - the 125 just took longer to complete so the 36 hit the water first. The foil has already been scrapped from the new Club Swan 80 design and reports from the 36 fleet are very mixed - will be interesting to see how it works out o
  3. I wasn't, but none of it was complimentary
  4. This absolute monstrosity just turned up in Palma to try and claim the thread title win. I think it also claims the new 'forward windage to LOA ratio' prize
  5. I have a slightly different perspective on this; I agree the actual level of sustainability achieved is massively overhyped by the class and individual teams BUT it's these classes that can help drive the whole sport towards being 'greener'. Let's use sails as an example; it costs money to develop sails from recycled or 'bio-sourced' materials - your average consumer can't afford to foot the bill for this development so it has to be driven some other way, either by big money sponsors or through races that provide enough ROI for the manufacturer to do it themselves. The Vendee/IMOCA fleet
  6. Probably in the tender, keep them mobile.....
  7. It's out!! The 125 has finally broken cover and it is a beast, graphics have so far proven controversial but they're growing on me. There's more info on the Swan instagram page https://www.instagram.com/nautorswan_official/?hl=en This thing is an absolute monster and I really hope it does actually manage to go full noise across oceans like it's intended - getting to see this and Commanche face off would be pretty awesome. Some of the numbers coming out of this project are just insane - hopefully they release some more tech details soon.... As a reference I believe the bowsprit i
  8. It sounds like something is out of alignment or you're working over the SWL. I agree with the above comments about checking furling line entry is at the correct angle - this seems most likely cause and should be a fairly straightforward fix - maybe using a low friction ring on a strop go guide the line onto the furler similar to how it's done on above deck units but depends what you have down blow to anchor the strop to... If you're confident the furling line is correctly aligned and you're still getting issues then my next step would be disassembly - this could diagnose other alignment i
  9. New IMOCA rule updates for 2021-2025 https://www.sail-world.com/news/237073/New-IMOCA-rules-for-2021-25 Summary version; Increasing sustainability - recycled sails, favouring 'biosourced' materials in non-structural elements, proposing non-diesel power plants Limiting foil size - cost and safety considerations Increasing safety - increased buoyancy (110% up from 105%), relocation of crew safety gear, increased collision capability Increased mast rake allowance to 6º - aid 'deep south' performance and safety Cost control - any sensors +€10K must be commercia
  10. @mgs @estarzinger - this prompted me to look back at a few other pics I took and I beleive it was a braidback splice being used in this instance. Got to admit this was 'school day' for me, I wasn't aware of the braidback splice as all my splicing has been done on smaller diameter line where a long bury has been adequate. This is something to try and add to the roster - do either of you have a link for a 'how to' guide that might save me flaying around trying to figure it out myself...?
  11. It seems to vary but I think about 70 times the line diameter is overly safe (so a 6mm line has 420mm bury) - I think he often does less but wasn't specific about it. Taper the bury gradually from about halfway and then whip just under the eye to stop the eye 'creeping' when not under load. As I understood it the reasoning against the locking splice was just as you said - with the locks you're splitting the braid and creating load points whereas the long-bury is a smooth distribution of load. They're a whole lot quicker too... Here's a little one he was working on when I called by..
  12. The crewing set-up for Season is all over the shop; Aussies flying and trimming the Brit boat, Brit ginder on the Aussie boat, Aussie and Italian on the JPN boat, Brit wing trimmers on the US and French boats. Apart from the Kiwis, the 'new' nations of ESP and DEN have the most nationalistic team line-ups with just one foreign 'ringer' each, the other big hitters are all a mongrel mix of nations. It'd be very enlightening to know when the Season 2 contracts were signed and who makes the decisions...
  13. I'd suggest the long buried-eye as others have done - I've used these to create similar 'hobble loops' on a variety of boats. I was chatting to a professional rigger last week (multiple Volvos and new build superyachts so really not fucking about) and asked him if they ever used locking splices instead of long-bury... his response was always long-bury, for a locking splice 'you may as well just tie a knot in it'.
  14. Harken track is pretty common and AFAIK these use threaded inserts in the rig and then a bedding compound (Duralac etc) to prevent corrosion between the track and the mast. https://www.harken.com/en/shop/22-mm-a-battcar-system/ Using Sparbond will likely be strong enough but make it near impossible to remove if you need to replace part/all of the track.
  15. As a few others have also pointed out, I think this project has been mainly driven by the team in Oz and is aimed at cornering the 2 handed market in that part of the world (Oz, NZ, Asia). It's one of the Bar Karate guys, I think Brett Perry, who's been behind the concept. Whilst their may not be anything particularly ground breaking about it, I get the impression that there will have been a lot of thought put into the crew ergonomics/sail handling and sail plan. From what I heard on the podcasts it sounds like there is a lot of offshore experience from mini's up to VOR that have had inp
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