Saturday, August 30, 2008

ultimate family daysailor

I'm very interested in comments about the concept as a boat and as a product. It is a dinghy with a small keel; it is not a sportboat. Closest to it is the Laser Stratus except that this is half the weight and the hull is much narrower. It only foils DOWNWIND, has manual controls and is built for JUMPING.
This be the ultimate two person boat/family day sailor.
LOA 16-17'
Beam 12' (easily foldable for trailering)
Hull+ rig ready to sail weight 160lb.(minus ballast)
Ballast in bulb keel-120lb(self-righting from capsize or pitchpole) only etc.
Crew weight nominal 320lb.(sliding bench seat)
Upwind SA 150 sq.
Downwind SA 300 sq.ft.
Mainfoil on keel strut(at bulb)
Rudder foil

----Idea is to provide a safe, very fast two person boat that would be designed to foil down wind: round the mark,pop the spin,deploy the wand and whoosh....
----Uses modern ideas from several different types of boat to provide a new kind of sailing experience. Could be configured in a number of ways-for instance single handed main + spin only. Four people (2 adults, 2 kids main+ jib daysailing only).
Design configuration for racing: Two people ,max 320lb (more or less).
----Sliding bench seat P&S-NO HIKING NO TRAPEZE.
---- Manually controlled 100% self righting
----Power to weight ratio off the wind better than a Moth.(W/SA=2.0)
----Small buoyancy pods on outboard of rack

Regular readers will note this is different than my other designs because the numbers are different and this one includes 100% automatic self righting with manual self riighting controls; and the buoyancy pods are smaller.