[MHml] Cat vs. Tri
billg at gibbsCAM.com
Sun Nov 5 03:21:43 EST 2006
Might be a bit small of a boat at 400 sq ft sail area, for crossing oceans
and all. I carry 2,000 sq ft working sail on a 52' boat, 4,400 sq ft max
downwind. This has me picturing 400 sq ft as a 14' long boat. Then there
are supples. This is going to take 2-4 weeks at sea. Hawaii isn't that
close to California and little boats aren't especially fast. And solo?
You're placing a pretty heavy seamanship requirement on what is supposed to
be a boat design competition. The guy who can go 3 weeks without sleep will
win regardless of boat. This is all pretty far outside of my comfort zone.
Of course I could hire Ross to skipper my design....
An in harbor buoy course may be more appropriate, you know, the kind that
takes 1-2 hours, and you do 3 races in a day, with time for repairs in
between. I expect these boats will need lots of repairs. Little boats are
trailerable and shippable making multiple venues possible.
Or did you mean 400 sq. meters? :-)
You guys go right ahead and spend weeks in a little untested boat solo in
the Pacific dodging hurricanes, squalls, and really big waves. I'll host
the class party in Hawaii, after all finish :-)
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[mailto:multihulls-bounces at steamradio.com] On Behalf Of Rob Denney
Sent: Saturday, November 04, 2006 6:55 AM
To: Informed discussion of multihull issues
Subject: Re: [MHml] Cat vs. Tri
IYRU "D" 500 sq ft no other restrictions. The original OSTAR.
Singlehanded across the Atlantic. First to finish
Suits me, although let's make it a bit cheaper at 400 sq'. OSTAR is an
expensive race (more safety gear, longer distance), Transpac is a much
easier, faster and more pleasant ride and is in 2008, not 2009.
So it doesn't get bogged down in discussion and vested interest, and to see
if we can actually get something happening, I will put up a trophy for the
first boat built to the "400 sq' sail area, no other restrictions" to finish
the Solo Transpac (San Francisco - Hawaii) in June 2008. Maybe a cash
prize as well if there is any left over in the budget and the committee
Dave, put the popcorn down and start sewing a kite.
Intriguing enough, Bill?
Sorry to end your retirement, Len. ;-)
Jesse, I can't speak for the others, but my boat will be for sale for
$30,000 at the end of the race.
Brian, a low cost opportunity to prove the mast aft rig really is the way to
Dan, maybe a sloop?
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