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Old 13-10-2010, 16:53   #1
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New Twin Mast Design

Has this been discussed?

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Old 13-10-2010, 17:15   #2
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Silly. Tooo complicated. And, modern boats have no need for sailing with the apparent breeze aft.

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Old 13-10-2010, 17:26   #3
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Way too much windage aloft, Never be able to keep that thing anchored in a blow. Not to mention the drag. Fun to look at new concepts though.
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Looks mickey mouse to me. Pretty ugly, too.

Sure those long booms will not catch waves?

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Just a "concept yacht", to catch the eye of possible customers for the naval architect and generate some buzz (it worked).

Not intended to be built. If a yard were to quote a price for this, it would be in big trouble.

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Old 14-10-2010, 14:01   #6
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Ratsey and Lapthorn IIRC, experimented with something like this years ago to assist tugs towing oilrigs over long distances .
The triangular rigs boomed out sails for downwind assist.
Guess it didn't work back then either.
so many projects--so little time !!
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Looks like something I would see in a Final Fantasy video game. Not so much something I would see in real life.

Then again, I saw this one concept yacht that had a funky mast mounted to two points on the starboard/port aft rail, rising to merge into one single mast about fifteen feet up, where it went on to something like 50' (on a 42' boat, if I remember correctly). The angle of it was forward a bit, but not overly severe. There was one large roller furling jib mounted to it. There were no spreaders, no boom, no secondary sails. The guy who designed it said it was a beast on a reach or downwind (20+ knots), and the hull design appeared to be a standard fiberglass model.
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Looks like someone crashed a baby super yacht into a suspension bridge. Very ground-breaking.

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