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    May be I should have present things differently, I admit it was bit caricatural AFAIK, people working in composite , are quite pleased with infusion & pre-peg compare to what they used to do some years ago. Composite dealers/makers also prompt composite boutiques to move high tech with...
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    Working environment regulations could be another driver of progress. In Northern Europe, when managing a composite boutique, you need to comply with a lot of regulations which prompt you to move toward "infusion" or "pre-peg" technologies, because safer for the working staff, and less expenses...
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    SC65, Very Smart pproposition, you are able to reconciliate all divergent opinions with just one post, hope your suggestion will be considered seriously by the rule-box comittee. One point remains : which rules for the "restricted A" ITA16: Yesterday, I almost had the opportunity to phone...
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    ITA16, You are blind, you are in the best position to start a cheap A-Cat alternative. The market demand is here, and as long as the catsailors have the opportunity to race with similar "guns" It will make it. A 100% polyester/foam sandwich/alloy spars affordable will trigger the creation of...
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    Dear Michele, You know how Aussies are fast sailing A-Cat, dominating the A-Cat world and it's has been a "No Brainer" for the last 20 years. You know that many young Aussies cannot afford a 25000€ A-Cat. Your A-Cat presented on your website @ 14990€ before 20% VAT, but is actually sold @...
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    Hi Simon, Sorry for my bad English, what I meant was that a L foil with 2 straight parts put at 90° would involve a much cheaper tooling than the multi-curved board we can see here or there. If ETNZ go another way it was to comply with the rule prohibiting moveable parts on the foils as...
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    Why do not reconsider another rule change, in order to be consistent with the technological progress while maintaining A-Cat affordable. a global approach is necessary to achieve a consistant result. Just change the weight limit to 80 kg in order to have a reliable boat with stiff carbon board...
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    May be we could allow another perspective: Is it really necessary ro remove the cennterbboards from the boat platform, one could probably find a cost-effective solution to have the boards staying in the case even when on the road trailer. You just need to lock the boards and have some...
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    Thanks MontainCats for posting Landy text It s a very interesting point to be addressed and probably would deserve its own thread. Wether it is in tax laws or boat box-rules, the more rules you have the more you spend money to search and exploit the loopholes. Technologic development is no...
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    Thanks for the pics Big volume and "junk in the trunk" , really a fat a.. TIERRY is the large transom stern not a problem at heel windward ? I mean: I would be afraid when the boat fly a hull, that the hull remaining in the water would be on a line between the bow and the outside corner of...
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    Rawhide Knobby Scarecrow, This cleat story remains an ancillary problem compared to other facinating issues that can be addressed regarding the A-Cat, enough has been said about it, so we can drift to something more interesting. Thanks for your analysis and remarks Cheers Everybody W Good...
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    Scarecrow, I used to mimic GOODALL/BOYER as they always had the smartest fittings for A-Cat, last time I saw a Flyer 2 (2007/8 vintage?) the cleat was in the middle, don't remenber for DNA or F18. For the boat builder it's always cheaper to have it on the car, so may be production standards...
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    Knobbly.... you are right, when you have a cleat in the middle of the rear cross-beam, you have a 2:1 which is not the case when put on the traveller, and (Scarecrow, sorry to disagree) in both case the lines have pretty similar lenght, looking at the Paradox video you can see that the...
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    Hi SailingKid, Thanks for posting the pics, Just one remark, the cleat for the circular track is on the "kart" (don't know the name) Did you already try the cleat on the rear crosss-beam in the middle of the circular track ? Any good reason for this option: (ie:more space on the tramp for...
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    Surprisingly, the most obvious credit Raphaêl deserves, is not mentionned: With probably a tiny fraction of "Paradox"'s resources, he achieved roughly the same resullt so far. Sorry Raph if my info regarding your regattas results were incorrect Cheers W
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    Thanks USA230 for blowing the end of the bigotery, AFAIK, his hull shape is made of 2 bottoms of a bimare javelin or xj, one for the hull, the other one for the deck. It is a plain vanilla carbon fiber epoxy technology, no sandwich, but probably some omegas. Before being transformed for...
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    At the origines, the box rule used tu address only 1)Lenght, 2)Width, 3)Sail Area Later, around 92/93, a Minimum Weight limit (75 kg) was established Later an anti-foiling rule was added (1.50 m inner limit, insertion from the top..) Just cancel the latest, and go back to the simplicity of...
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    Each time I go sailing, I have to "capsize" the boat on the beach to hook the sail at the mast top, so it will not add any problem to insert the L centerboards from the bottom. Along with removing the 1.50m rule, this is the best solution to preclude a singlehand18 Cat to appear with full...
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    Congratulations to the Paradox team, thanks SL for posting video, very convincing stability and no significant pitching, for sure it will add to the rig efficiency. I am a bit surprised by the figure 20knts boat speed for 12 knts TWS ? Could you please disclose the TW Angle ? Sometimes I...
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    new stuff in the a-class

    Hi Everybody, It should be recognized, that all the efforts to achieve foiling within a box rules deliberatly written to prevent foiling, is not the best approach to achieve a foiling cost effective solution,, instead it creates extra costs. Weither A-Cat rules must be changed or another...

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