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  1. I've seen everywhere from boredom to off the scale. At 80+knots, I have to sit on the upwind, wing to keep my Swift turtled. The cats tend to tumble down the lake no matter what you do. Not a pretty sight afterwards. Seen 80+ a couple times in a leadmine as well. Took a knockdown with bare poles once. A bit concerning.
  2. When I had my 505, I sure noticed a difference. I tried to make one for my Swift but couldn't get the gasket to stick and gave up. The only drawback I saw was when going down wind, the board would gybe when I didn't want it to and the boat would jump out from under me. I've heard of I14's with them and they have a lever that locks the board in place when the kite is raised. I just didn't want to spend time in the shop and opted for more time on the water.
  3. We have a similar issue with the Swift masts. A couple things, everyone has had issues with the track. Over time, the PVC hardens and starts to crack and we have had issues with the lamination failing. I haven't had the track open up and let the bolt rope pull out though. We generally hoist with a lot of halyard tension to take the stress off the track at the tip of the mast. Too much tension on the battens will put extra stress on the track. I'd only tension them until the vertical wrinkles are removed. Most of the sail shape comes from the mast bend, not from the battens. They are there to s
  4. What's on my mind? Absolutely nothing. :D

  5. On the up side, collar bones heal very well and ofthen without need for surgery. I've been told that broken collar bones are the most common injury for children and that they heal by themselves quickly. It doesn't change the fact that it sucks big time when you get winnged. My son broke his playing soccer and then I had to put up with a rabbid soccer player that couldn't play for six months. I think my hell was worse than his. Best of luck on a speedy recovery. I've done the 0 mph roll before but so far it has been into bushes and flower beds.
  6. Not that I have a dog in the show because I don't, but I thought the prefailing thought was to build wave piercing bows so that you went through the wave very easily instead of traveling the extra distance up and over the wave as well as the added drag of having so much energy being spent lifting the boat over the wave. Then your biggest drag will be the hardware on the deck, easily dealt with, and then the plank.
  7. OK how about some real R&D testing. Make several similar boats and try out a few of the discussed ideas. Find out what is really happening and let everyone know. Then the resulting hulls could be sold to people who want in on the DC life and you pay for your R&D as well as grow the class. Once you have it all sorted out, sell kits.
  8. Or it did it just to piss you off. Kind of like the frustration detector they put in copy machines where their ability to perform the assigned task is inversly proportional to your need.
  9. My guess is that there is something about one side having less surface area than the other. I've never seen a vacume bag deflated that vacumed out flat. Even putting a vacume on the odd air matress so I can get it into a smaller space left me with a crinkeld mess. The bottom side would stay flattened out while the top would have folds and creases that would cause the whole to curl. One way to maybe control this more would be to add a rail to the form and clamp the rail of the boat to it. You shouldn't require a lot of pressure from the clam. Just something to hold it stable. Most applicati
  10. FWIW, using foam bulkheads is a plus when you collide with something between the stations. If the station is very rigid, then the skin has a greater chance of failing catistrophicaly by sheering where a foam bulkead will deform allowing the skin to flex more. It seems everything has its plus and minus. Too bad it is hard to find something that comes up all plusses. But then this is a mute point if you can keep from hitting things. A very good idea no matter what you choose.
  11. Steve For now I'll take your word for it but that doesn't quite square with my limited experience. As long as the foam can keep the carbon from deflecting too much and will transfer the load over a wide area, it probably would work. Kevlar is messy stuff but it also transers the load in the skin better than carbon as well as having a better puncutre resistance.
  12. You'd probably be better off using Kevlar cloth for the skin on a foam cored seat than okume. It will have a much better puncture resistance and maybe a bit lighter. Down side is the cost and lack of user freindliness. Carbon is a wonderous product but should never be thought of as a skin material.
  13. What if you were to fit a wing mast like an A has with diamonds. The shrouds can be loose so you don't have to counter so much compression and a square top main. The thing I have to get my head around is getting the kicker to let go durring a tack or gybe so that the mast will rotate easliy. Cats have the advantage of the sheet controling leach tension because of the wide sheeting angle. Maybe you'd set something up like you guys have for the jib on the kicker so you can release it just before the tack and re tension it after the tack. Since you don't have to have internal haliards, you mi
  14. The big reason that the I14's turn the gybe off down wind is that having to fight the spinnaker and keep the boat on its feet is quite enough without having the boatd gybe suddenly and then have the boat jump one way or the other. You also like leeway if it is a W/L course. Going to weather there is always presure on only one side of the board so it stays to one side or the other. I remember the way my 505 would feel going down wind with the board gybing. It made keeping the boat on course a little interesting at times. You can stop a lot of this in a 505 by pulling the board up a bit. On an I
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