I'm happy to coach students any time. I'm grateful for all the guest lectures, good and bad, that I've ever received. The rocket hull and deck are locked in enough that it's a matter for free time before the bag is built. Lots of discusion has gone into it. Tony and I are proud of the longevity we've achieved with the UFO bag (still running) but convinced we made it far too complex. We have a plan in place to make the Rocket bag virtually featureless in comparison. The big step up with the rocket tooling is 1. temperature controlled tools (nearly done being built up the hill) done via parabeam water manifolding in the exterior for cold water and hot water. This massively improves the cycle rate. 2. spinning the hull tool onto the deck tool to bond hull and deck before the first mold release (same as above parenthetical). This amounts to pulling fully assembled hulls from the one master tool on a daily basis. The massive difference is the cycle rate per mold. The difference is thousands of square footage in required floor space for output. See 3 in the above post. Essential.Great summary of a very tough spring, Dave. If I go back to teaching manufacturing management some day, I'll invite you up as a guest lecture to discuss 'Supply Chain Disruptions and how to Manage Them.' Its been a crazy year. The boats look great. Once you have dialed in your process, do you plan to apply your silicone 'Flying Spaghetti Monster' resin delivery system to the Rocket as well?
Dave,Thank you all for getting it. We are throwing our hearts and souls into it and it gives me solace to see my team leaning into it and the public at large equally understanding it.
NO NO NO, That will not do.Thanks Dave! Boat arrived last weekend. It’s exactly as advertised - a complete gas that is simple, stable, and fast. Tons of fun. Kids and I love it - we’re going to put A LOT of hours on it this summer. Congrats to you and the team. Home run.
The rule is -- footage from 5 GoPros or it didn't happen.NO NO NO, That will not do.
We need a full report - like everything. Pics of you sitting in it with other people at dock and water - to know how it looks w/people. Reports of exactly how the CB works and all that stuff.
Or write a country song about it.Just paint a watercolour of how you felt out there sailing it for the first time.
Hah , I'm a one GoPro guy. Or even a one Yi guy.The rule is -- footage from 5 GoPros or it didn't happen.
SLO Sails does a mast up cover for Phantom, have to check with Fulcrum if any of the changes to the deck might make it incompatible.First sail. Lots of fun. Xmas present for my wife who has been wanting a sunfish but I was just was not excited about getting her a sunfish. Saw this last december and jumped on it. So far so good. Only negative for us is when we launch from the dock the stern goes under and scopes up a bunch of water. What you don't see in the last picture is the stern is sitting on a roller so it is super easy to just roll it in and out of the water.
Dave a nice accessory would be a cover that goes over the boat and sail as it sits on the dock. One to protect the sail from the sun and two to protect the boat from the shells the seaguls drop on the dock.
Also I would ditch the plastic clam cleats and put in aluminum. Does anybody use plastic anymore for those items? They are hard to see in the pictures since we have a massive bow line around the mast but they are for the main halyard and boom downhaul.
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That little loop comes with the boat and is how you would attach the boat to the dolly. Dolly comes with the boat but we are not using it for storing on the dock.Is that little loop of line amidships just there for tying down to a dock, or does it have another purpose? Mounting holes for oarlocks, perhaps?
Nice tip. Hull is the same. Deck is just cutout. Only possible problem is if the mast is in slightly different position which I doubt.SLO Sails does a mast up cover for Phantom, have to check with Fulcrum if any of the changes to the deck might make it incompatible.
I'm quite certain it'll do fine, as will any Phantom cover. Below the hull deck joint all we did to the hull was fare it. That shape has many many merits, especially in light air. We've left the issue of covers for later to lower the burden on our friends at North. The high demand combined with material pipeline issues, as well as lockdowns and curfews in Sri Lanka (where the North OEM plant is) has left them very tight on capacity. So to increase the odds of our supply of sails running smoothly, we've pushed covers to the back burner.Nice tip. Hull is the same. Deck is just cutout. Only possible problem is if the mast is in slightly different position which I doubt.
Dave do you see any issues with this cover?