[MHml] Cat vs. ?
BillG at GibbsCAM.com
Sat Nov 4 02:30:51 EST 2006
There is something intriguing about an open rule, like just sail area. But I suspect you'd never get past the details.
A Claiming class? Lose something I'd worked my ass off on?
Courses? Buoys or offshore? Short, day, or multi-day races? Windward-leeward? Triangle? All makes a huge difference to the
What sail size? Smaller is cheaper, but you run into designs that benefit from precise human interactive control like Windsurfers.
A little bigger and you're competing with beach cats. Bigger yet and it starts to get interesting, and expensive.
Still fun to think about.
From: multihulls-bounces at steamradio.com [mailto:multihulls-bounces at steamradio.com] On Behalf Of Jesse Deupree
Sent: Friday, November 03, 2006 3:47 AM
To: Informed discussion of multihull issues
Subject: Re: [MHml] Cat vs. Tri
On Nov 3, 2006, at 12:01 AM, Rob Denney wrote:
The J24 rig would be a challenge due to the stays, although not an insurmountable one, and if that was the rule, I would certainly
design and build a boat to race under it. However, I (as both a proa fan and an interested person) would prefer the rule to
stipulate just the sail area, including spars. This would help answer the sloop vs una rig question as well as the hull size and
shape questions. Perhaps a maximum of 20% of the total to be the spars to keep it relevant, cheap and easy to handle.
Fair enough- rule is modified to just require sails fit inside triangles made by class rule forestay and backstay, and certainly
shunting would be fair. This particular rule is designed to test boat design, hence the one-design rig and sails. A Rule that just
said xxx sq. feet of sail tests sail design and boat design
The idea of a J24 rig is just to pick something easy and obvious and possibly cheap. The idea of a $5,000 claim is to keep someone
from trying too hard (show up and win with something too fancy costing $20,000 and someone will buy it. Show up with a winner that
cost you less than $5,000 and someone might buy it- your choice.)
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