This is the reply from Angello
Congratulations on ordering a St Francis 50. Everyone I know that owns one
is delighted. I was at the Sydney
Boatshow last week, and met Dave Wakeman,
the owner of Sirius which was on the show, having sailed her from South
. He is delighted with the boat. A couple on months back I
sailed to Tonga
and saw Tom Walker before leaving Opua, owner of Quantum
Leap (St F 48 no 1) who is still enjoying the boat hugely.
You have been misinformed. I am credited as designer
of the African Fastcat
435 and 455, with my agreement. In addition to the acknowledgement on my website you can see my name credited on the Fastcat site also.
So it is clear that Angello does back the products of Gideon and that to me carries a lot of weight. It gives a lot of credibility to the Polars and performance claimed by Gideon. It also means that what I was told was totally untrue.
So I am left perplexed as to why the real world data that I am seeing does not back up the FastCat performance and why Gideon gets himself into so much hot water
by also providing misinformation such as his St Francis dealership and using figures and claimed facts very loosely.
Surely the solution is to have real world verified data on the FastCat? The data I have seen from the latest owner and the Norway
trip do not show a very fast boat. I would have expected to have faster trips with a St Francis.
trip from Africa
does not make sense either - it was very slow. How about the owners of the other two FastCats giving their verdicts and performance figures?