...This guy has more discipline than I have; he has been building this boat for 37 years, and it was launched yesterday.
Would it be out of line for me to point out it is a ferro
Im glad im not stubborn ( ferro-cement) ...
is too vulnerble , cement too thin ,
ask any one who owned a F'C' hull
They look great , new ...
So whats the secret to the billions of tons
that IS covered in cement ?
Really thick cement !
So merely build your boat 4" thick , and
it will outlast anything . But it wont float ..
is low cost , but not too low !
Steel is work ! But is repairable , if thats
the kind of sailing you do ..
And if you really know structure and can do
your own hull
, F'G' is far ahead !
I know structure . Full keel
great in a blow , just dont sail them otherwise
They irritate me for the short coupling is pain
to make way .
They must be always underpowered and
over ballasted ( >40% B') .
ppl in Gulf MX , are often in a hurry ,
a fast TRi-hull with folding floats can outrun
hurricanes , but its always a bumpy ride !
If i got hooked into building a hull , i could
do a tri-hull in 6 months .
Notice i have strong oppinions on hardware
ppl want displacement
hulls , cause its an
easy "out" , works for all occasions , so
they say ..
They can read a book to sail it ....
It heads up by itself !
Now pay the piper .. 200 miles/day , tops .
Its NOT the journey , its the destination
so why not get there faster ...
No ! , you can't own a submarine ..
Every sailor that says he enjoys water
than land has an excuse .
....about sailing rules !! Who needs em...
The good old days ..
ha ha ...
I was not entered in the race
, i dont race
didnt care ,,
"two spars on same side , foul "
but i beat the group by poling out
the 170 such that i could sheet it in and
pull clew straight down toward the water
Beam reach , with no stall at the foot
and no luff at the top ,,,,
every inch was pulling
Paste woolies on the lower part , near the foot
and see if you can unstall a 170 .
IMPOSSIBLE without battens .
Even Cats suffer here .
They were angry !! Maybe even jelous ...
Is there a law , cant have 2 main sheets
one on a center traveler ? ha ha ha ...
They boys would laugh ...
and more ...
....I have stared at that silly
for hours and it isnt right ..
hulls use 2 rudders , balanced
and far aft , for long coupling , to not scrub
off speed .
A smaller R' has more effect than
a larger one, heeled .
In a blow , there is nothing mo clever than
2 articulated rudders . Imagine all that leverage.
after all , you cant easily balance center of effort
in bad WX . I hate a reefed main , its faster
to use a storm main .
You can sail faster , to weather
, on a 50% storm
main at 20 knot wind
, than a reefed main .
Whats new ! No one likes to de-power .
But ya go faster to weather
Ask questions , demand clever answers....
He's a better man than me
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