Chimp

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  1. Chimp

    Is this the Figaro III?

    And it gets around the DSS patent. Any hole in the hull, whether near the static waterline or higher up is an issue, so I don't buy that one myself. It seems that many designers are trying to avoid paying the patent at any cost. Everyone wants to have thought of it first!
  2. Chimp

    Is this the Figaro III?

    Fixed keel and use DSS to increase RM, so a light bulb and therefore light all up weight.Only one extra appendage.
  3. Chimp

    Is this the Figaro III?

    Why the moustache foils though? They are only on the IMOCAs because the rule only allows 5 appendages. Given freedom they wouldn't be a first choice.
  4. Chimp

    New imoca boats

    Schakel, How about "One Way Back" makes the paint job simple to alter. And when he starts heading back up the Atlantic he could put a white sticker over the "e" and change it to "On Way Back"
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    New imoca boats

    Sorry Shakel, don't they go back up the Atlantic and back in to Sable?
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    New imoca boats

    Since the idea of the Vendee Globe is to go around and come all the way back, isn't calling a boat "No way back" a bit silly?
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    New imoca boats

    With normal daggerboards and rudders it is possible to engineer them so that if they do get struck by something, or get overloaded they will fail outside of the hull rather than take the hull with them. The problem with these is that they are taking so much load that you can't creat a weak link without compromising their purpose. The dynamic loads are clearly massive on these boats. and the slamming is immense. Maybe going down this route needs a complete rethink on the design rather than what looks like new foils on a fairly standard looking IMOCA. Look at the Welbourn Mini with DSS and you will see it is a completely different design from the standard Mini. Maybe that is the way to go?
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    New imoca boats

    I hear rumours Safran is already modifying back to straight foils.
  9. Chimp

    New imoca boats

    With that approach, if you want a hard chine you are still going to have to do a lot more fairing than with a split mould. No way of avoiding it.
  10. Chimp

    New imoca boats

    Cool video of the Gitana build. I know that Green Marine are really kean on this same process of joining at the chine. I don't get it myself and would rather go for a split mounld if there is tumblehome. The reason being that you cannot avoid having secondary bonding along the chine in this method. Doing that you can't avoid havign to fair the chine. Going the split mould approach you avoid the secondary bond on the topsides and thus get a nich sharp chine without any fairing.
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    New imoca boats

    ^^ Hug Welbourn actually got to the final two in the tender for the design of the original Kingfisher IMOCA boat with his original idea for DSS. Apparently it was very close to happening but considered too big a risk.
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    New imoca boats

    What the titanium keel that they said went through more fatigue cycles than they expected? Someone put waves in the ocean!!!
  13. Chimp

    New Rambler

    Looks like new daggerboards rather than DSS to me
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    New imoca boats

    Looks like a chine join to me. probably because of some severe tumblehome above the chine to reduce windage etc. Never liked that approach as that means there has to be some secondary bonding on the hull surface, which needs fairing. Green Marine have tried it a few times as have others. If these boats have the chine half way up the topside and then severe tumblehome then I can see a reason for doing it though.
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    New Rambler

    LIstened to Juan at the WYRF last week. He said that draft was the initial controller. With that limit he suggested to the boss that the best size boat for that draft was 88. This also allowed the build to be lighter but you get the righting moment you want and the platform for the rig you want. Makes some sense. Will be interesting to see if it holds together and the theory works.