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Old 08-03-2015, 09:57   #781
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Re: GUNBOAT Dismasting

I kind of like the graphics. Might cure (or cause) seasickness. I was more surprised to see that they put submerged transoms on a go-fast cat.
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Old 08-03-2015, 14:45   #782
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A rad design of a new GB. I like the color.

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Old 08-03-2015, 21:57   #783
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It's a vinyl wrap like on cars. Wonder how it will hold up.

Catamaran Racing, News & Design: Gunboat 55: Launching 'Vandal'
That makes sense, I too wonder how vinyl wrap holds up.
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Now that's more like it, similar orange to my old Mac 36 cat and my current P cat 19.
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It's a vinyl wrap like on cars. Wonder how it will hold up.

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Is that really a wrap? The hulls on GBs are sprayed (no gelcoat). And the yard is very particular about weight and such. I'd be shocked if they put vinyl on one of their boats. Gobsmacked.

Looks to me like they had an artist come in and have fun with an airbrush. I could be wrong, of course. Just can't see them putting a wrap on a GB.
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A rad design of a new GB. I like the color.


"Search & Rescue Orange" ?

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Is that really a wrap? The hulls on GBs are sprayed (no gelcoat). And the yard is very particular about weight and such. I'd be shocked if they put vinyl on one of their boats. Gobsmacked.

Looks to me like they had an artist come in and have fun with an airbrush. I could be wrong, of course. Just can't see them putting a wrap on a GB.
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"Search and Rescue Orange" ?

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That's funny

All future GBs to be painted in SOLAS Orange to help with future salvage operations!
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Old 09-03-2015, 08:44   #789
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"Search & Rescue Orange" ?

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So funny Jon.
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Re: GUNBOAT Dismasting

Oh my, a capsized monohull.
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This book contained a lot of reports from actual users of parachute sea anchors if I remember properly (and not just pleasure boat user, but also commercial fishing vessels). I would recommend you find a copy and see what your response might be



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.....This conclusion on my part was reached was as a result of 3 occasions of actual experiences at sea in storms, but never with a sea anchor onboard. It was following these experiences, and upon reading of others’ experiences with heavy weather tactics that I ran across one of the original books dedicated to the subject, “The Parachute Anchoring System” by John & Joan Casanova, Victor Shane, Daniel Shewmon. I also reviewed Victor’s original “Drag Device Data Base”. These books, and others on heavy weather sailing, combined with my previous practical experiences convinced me that in the ultimate situation the ‘anchor-at-sea’ approach was the best approach as long as it could be attained.

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“Every form of warfare involves a defense as well as an offense. There are times when the mariner can fight the elements and, with good seamanship, prevail. But there are also times when he must, in all wisdom, cease all offense and place his vessel in a defensive mode. Going with Mother Nature, and trying to keep up with Mother Nature are two different things!”
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I just found a website link to a lot of the contents of that book
Victor Shane's Drag Device Data Base | Using Parachutes, Sea Anchors and Drogues to Cope with Heavy Weather – Over 130 Documented Case Histories
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Of all the fears that creep into the minds of people who venture out of sight of land on a small vessel, the fear of storms is the most difficult to lay to rest. You can practice almost any other aspect of seamanship close to shore. You can try out methods and gear you might use in each theoretical situation. You can simulate the conditions, practice your moves, see what works, what doesn't, then go back into port, change your gear and upgrade your skills. But storms. How can you go out and find safe ones to practice in? Who can you talk to, to get real information?

The average yachtsman, like ourselves, tries to avoid storms by choosing the best seasons, the best routes, for any passage he makes. Sailors with less than 25,000 miles of experience who encounter a gale or storm at sea may be unreliable sources of information, as they will probably not be able to judge the true wind force, true sea conditions, having little to compare against. I know my first encounter with cyclonic winds offshore, in the Bay of Bengal, made me sure I was in the ultimate storm. Then ten years later we were caught in a non-cyclonic storm with far less wind, but, due to currents, encountered seas that could have been catastrophic without the parachute anchor.

Even the most experienced amateur will have probably encountered less than two dozen gales at sea plus, maybe, two real storms in every 50,000 miles he sails. Some delivery skippers may have upped these averages as they move boats to suit owner's schedules and not their own. But even so, the accumulated storm experience will grow so slowly that I'd safely say none of us will ever see a majority of situations which could pop up in a storm. Veteran fishermen, such as those who work the West Coast of the Americas and the Southern Australia Bight and must lie offshore for two or three weeks at a time, winter or summer, would be a better source of information. For when we have met and interviewed them, the parachute sea anchor has often come into the conversation. But they rarely bother to write about storm seamanship.

The Drag Device Data Base being compiled by Victor Shane seems one solution to this problem of finding answers to quell the fear of storms, fears that should be in every sailor's mind. By looking objectively at the method and results written by each boat owner, answers may be found. But in the end, each storm will present different problems, different situations. The size and stamina of your crew, their condition, the currents, the duration of the storm, the proximity of lee shores or reefs, each will affect the decisions you will be called on to make. To be prepared to carry out these decisions means having the proper gear on board before you set sail. It means knowing how to use it.

A para-anchor has always been part of our sailing equipment. We've had to use it only half a dozen times in 150,000 miles of voyaging. Each time we learned something new about it. But in each case it did cut our drift down to less than a knot, did keep our boat in an attitude so that no heavy seas came on board, did help create a slick to windward that upset and sapped the power from the breaking waves.

How exactly to rig a parachute anchor on your own boat can only be learned by trial and error, as each boat rides differently to each wind strength. Studying some of these files will give you ideas to try the next time you are in a gale. Our suggestion is do try these ideas in any gale you encounter. This practice, and the procedures and gear that evolve, will smooth things out when your real storm arrives.

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That makes sense, I too wonder how vinyl wrap holds up.
That's what racing boats have and it can take a full circumnavigation at speed without going away. Some French brands use partial vinyl wrap designs and there is at least an Italian company (probably more in other countries) that does that as an option regarding painting boats.
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That's funny

All future GBs to be painted in SOLAS Orange to help with future salvage operations!
Since most salvage operations regards cruising sailboats maybe that should be an universal color mandatory to all boats They are just ahead of their time innovating and on this case a useful inovation
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Oh my, a capsized monohull.


That is what can happen when you take away the ballast on sailboats, monohull or multihull
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A rad design of a new GB. I like the color.

Should make it easier for the Coast Guard helicopter to find it.
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