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    Origami Boat Thread

    What sort of speeds did they see during the race Brent? And how much of a difference in pointing ability did the bilge keel make? Just that I really don't have much of an idea what performance we're talking about with your boats.
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    Sailing around the world in a San Juan 24

    Yes, I take your point. I wasn't directing my comment at you or a lot of other people here, bar a select few who seem to take pleasure in throwing abuse at him. I'm mainly feeling sorry for the poor guy, but somehow I just can't stop watching... :rolleyes:
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    Sailing around the world in a San Juan 24

    Thanks Crabs! I've been following the thread for years. I just felt that if this sorry chap is potentially lost at sea some of the comments here won't seem quite as funny.
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    Sailing around the world in a San Juan 24

    The possibility does exist we are dealing with someone with a degenerative mental illness, or something like a brain tumour which can result in highly eccentric behaviour which gets worse over a long period of time. In which case, the whole jeering crowd thing would seem to turn a little sour...
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    Taleisen for sale

    Oh, don't be such a tease, tell us!
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    My newest project

    I seem to remember the 165 degree number was a bit of a joke on Tad's part (which you clearly didn't get), as it factored in the bouyancy of your sealed mast which you felt was an important part of the boats stability? It was the whackiest GZ curve I ever saw...
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    British yacht humour

    "Don't you know? Four Fastnets, a Yachtmaster examiner and City & Guilds in boatbuilding. She makes me sick." My favourite Peyton cartoon... The satire in the original video got pretty brutal towards the end... a bit too real perhaps!
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    a Gyre Predicament......

    I'm not sure how effective a bond would be. How much of this crap is from what we think of as 'fishermen' - experienced seafarers operating properly registered boats selling their catch under a national law - and how much of it is from ships whose operators know no law, who use casual labour...
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    My newest project

    What a lovely little boat! I think the subtle changes to the bowsprit and the added boomkin really bring out the Bristol Channel Cutteryness of the Carbon Cutter style hull. Damn, that works. Far be it from me, really, to make any suggestion, but the window seems a bit at odds with the classic...
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    My newest project

    Yep, and that was my point. ;) Very strong, which is great for making lightweight structures, or in this case a very stout structure of moderate weight. Hitting things, a bit less hot perhaps. I assume that's why the E-glass is being used in areas likely to sustain impact.
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    My newest project

    Because carbon fibre, although it is extremely strong and stiff, is relatively brittle compared to glass, about 1.2% strain to failure compared to 3.5% with E-glass. This leads to reduced toughness of the laminate. That's why it is often combined with Kevlar - the two materials complement each...
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    My newest project

    Oh, no way. Brent Swain on sailing anarchy? This is going to be fun. You've told the guys on Boat Design Forum how they're doing it wrongly, and now you've come over here do do the same to Bob Perry. Go Brent! Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not going to start being too nasty. I've always had an...
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    My newest project

    Thanks Bob. There must be quite a big offset between the original CNC cut frames and the hull surface I suppose, particularly in the cored areas.
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    My newest project

    Bob, a bit of a rookie question perhaps, but how does the plug take in to account hull thickess, as this presumably varies quite a lot between cored and uncored sections? She looks magnificent.
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    65- by 32-foot catamaran 3200sqft of living space

    All the lovely video and reports to gloat over are out there, it's just than no-one seems to be able to spell the name of the damn boat right. The CG could have filed it as Flyin Hawaiian, Flyin' Hawaiian or Flying Hawaiian, and as FOI requests are such a faff to fulfil they'll never admit which...
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