Sunday, August 30, 2015

GITANA OPEN 60 ON FOILS: BEAUTIFULL

I am convinced: the foils do work even on very nasty weather and the Open 60's (IMOCA) continue to lead in what regards significant technological monohull advances as they have been doing for some decades. Just beautiful the movie, some of this year's best sailing footage.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

XC 45 MKII, test video.

 If you are thinking in buying a Halberg Rassy, have a good look at this one. It is not properly cheaper but it is a superior boat in many counts if not in all. This is not the racer (XP line) but an heavier stronger cruiser and a boat with an astonishing sail performance, giving its weight. If you don't believe me go to the results of the last editions of the ARC and you will find these comfortable heavy cruisers among the fastest boats of their size, among cruiser-racers.

 I have already posted about the XC45 MKII:
http://interestingsailboats.blogspot.gr/2014/11/xc-45-mkii.html

The sail test is by Toby Hodges from Yachting world...and his opinion is not very different from mine ;-)

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

FIRST REALLY FLYING MONOHULL: QUANT 23

Well not really, the first one was the Moth but those can only be sailed by very skilled athletic sailors, kind of an equilibrist work all the time, like on a bicycle with only one wheel. Not so on the the Quant 28 (a scow) that goes on foils (also) but completely different type of foils, this ones an application of the DSS system developed by Hugh Welbourn.

Some amazing information regarding the boat sail performance:

... In the beginning in maybe 4-5 kts of breeze. When sailing upwind in conventional mode (boards up) with just two crew light like Roger and me (2x70kgs) You need the trapezoid from lets say solid 5kts. The boat with the right heeling angle goes 6.5 and more upwind Easily, in 8kts of true it is starting to plane upwind .. and we went on the foils doing 14kts Easily and later when breeze got up to almost 10tks we had 18.3 kts max on the counter and constantly over 16kts. 

The boat does fly steadily and it is not even really difficult to sail it on the foils with the right heeling angle....

...The task this time what to sail downwind as deep as possible fully out on the foil but with just main and jib. ...We clocked phenomenal - and more or less steady - 17.5 kts - with not much power in the sails anymore so thanks to much flatter profile i guess. We had a run of about 2km and maybe 700 m we did not touch the water once -...the scow shape Exactly does what it is supposed to do - little bump in the front section of the boat, loosing around 3kts of speed and back up again. 3 seconds later you are up on the old speed level again. Acceleration is therefore something you have to get used to - incredible.

Truly great and comparably easy to handle, we sailed just the two of us the whole day. So And we saw that this boat may be used in many different configurations - with the same amount of fun as the platform is so stable and it is leaving hull speed in almost no wind...

People looking at the boat sailing from a distance came to talk to us When back on the mooring. It was a surprise for them to see a monohull - They expected a catamaran.

Chapeau to the guys on Quant sailboats, they are doing a well of a work developing and applying DSS and pushing forward the sailing boundaries. :-)


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

FIRST IMAGES OF AN OPEN 60 SAILING WITH THE NEW FOILS

An the honor comes to Banque Populaire Le Cleac'h's boat that seems very fast even running with a small amount of sail in demanding conditions (for a first test).


The foils are much more discreet than the previous ones (due to being very rounded) and you really have to look hard to see that they are there, doing their work that is now not only to contribute to have a better performance upwind, increasing the pointing ability as lifting part of the boat weight out of allowing for more efficient sail use since apparently the boat will be "lighter" than if it was not on foils. A mixed blessing these new foils: the boat will lose in upwind potential but will gain in all other points of sail that are by far the ones more used on a circumnavigation following the predominant winds.

Monday, July 27, 2015

POGO 36: DESIGNER COMMENTS


Another hot boat for 2016 is going to be the Pogo 36. I had already posted about it:
http://interestingsailboats.blogspot.gr/2014/12/more-about-pogo-36.html

While we wait for having it on the water some new pictures and some interesting comments by the designers (Finot/Conq):

"To create a successor to the Pogo 10.50 and its huge success, we have designed the Pogo 36, using all the experience gathered from the latest models in the range.

This boat is slightly longer and wider, providing more space for the crew. The philosophy of a simple, light, fast and easy to handle sailing boat has been retained. The deck is simple and ergonomic, all winches are installed on the coachroof to be at the ideal working height. Composite coachroof coamings replace the fabric backrests. Again, there are two tillers at the back, that can be used both from the aft of the cockpit seats or from the sidedeck.

One of the new features is the bathroom located forward of the saloon, thereby providing space for two large aft cabins and a cabin in the front triangle.

A more visible novelty resides in the exterior design : The shipyard required a view to the front from the saloon, which, combined with the new position of the bathroom, led us to design coachroof windows bending towards the centerline.

Like all recent models of the range, the hull features a hard chine. It has been positionned as low as possible, the provide stability and power. The front volumes are quite full, to help the boat reach a nose-up attitude while planning.

Several versions of the hull were tested in CFD (computational fluid dynamics) using the FINE/Marine software package, to choose the final hull shape.

The backstay-less rig has only one set of spreaders and a square-top mainsail.

The carbon fiber mast is stepped quite far aft for a better balance of genoa and mainsail areas. This also increses the mainsail's aspect ratio for better performance. The composite, 1090kg keel is lifting (rotating), like all the other boats of the range. A fixed keel version will also be offered."

Just a comment to the last image (CFC study): I know that those beamy transoms are very misleading in what regards the waterplane of the boat but it is always very instructive to see how misleading they are. We can see also what was referred by the designers: a huge buoyancy on the forward sections of the boat that as they say will keep the bow up at planing speeds.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

NEW SALONA 380



Yes, it is a beauty isn'it? In November last year I posted the first images of the drawings and some very scarce information about the boat:

http://interestingsailboats.blogspot.gr/2014/11/new-salona-38pc-and-38pr.html

 Now some more pictures and information about one of the hottest boats of 2016, probably presented at Dusseldorf boat show in january 2016, after having made the first sea trials at the end of this year.

The designer, as was already said on the previous post, is Maurizio Cossutti an Italian NA that will be unknown to many but that has an excellent record in what regards racing results with cruiser racers of this size: two of his designs, the M37 and the NM38 won 6 ORCI world titles between 2007 and 2014.

The previous Salona 38 was already a very fast boat, particularly in ORC, with some podiums on ORCI world championships and several national titles but I bet this one will be even faster: the boat is lighter (5900kg to 6500kg) beamier (3.72m to 3.62m) with only more 10cm of LOA but certainly a considerably bigger LWL.

But most of all, like the previous Salona 38  this will be a great performance cruiser with lots of storage and a good cruising interior at a relatively low price, with an vinylester infusion hull, carbon reinforcements and a steel structure to support the keel and the shrouds.

A boat for the ones that like to sail while cruising and depending on the specs (that can be very different) a boat to compete not only at club racing but at highest level even at the world ORCI championship.


Friday, July 24, 2015

SOLARIS 50 BOAT TEST: A GREAT SAILING BOAT


First of all a word of thanks to the ones that have sent me personal messages asking if I had some problem and when the blog would be continued. It will be continued in October since I am sailing and with no time for it right now, except that I had a problem on the saildrive of my boat and while I am at Corfu waiting for it to be fixed,  I will have some time available. So in between some posts and the first one about a favorite, the Solaris 50.

I had already talked about this boat that impressed me on the last Dusseldorf boat show and I had posted already about it: http://interestingsailboats.blogspot.it/2015/03/solaris-50-i-love-it.html

I will not repeat myself regarding the above post just will post some new pictures and refer what Yachting World and Toby Hodges (that tested the boat) say about it:

"This new 50-footer follows the fiendishly cool Solaris 58, which launched in early 2014 – including the pi├Ęce-de-resistance dreadnought bow and subtle aft chines. But, at nearly half the price of her larger sister, the Solaris 50 should prove a popular choice.
As the latest Acebal-designed range of Solaris yachts become increasingly sleeker, one thing hasn’t changed: their build quality remains top-drawer.
Javier Soto Acebal has drawn a hull that promises strong performance with a soft motion. It will have an integrated bowsprit for flying Code 0s and gennakers, and a self-tacking jib as standard for easy short-handed sailing.
Stowage has been well-considered throughout. The large sail locker can be converted to a crew cabin and a longitudinal garage will facilitate the launch and recovery of a tender. There is dedicated liferaft stowage and a wet-hanging locker inside, with drip tray and drainage."
On the video talking about how it sails Toby says "Fantastic", regarding the boat "the sexiest 50 ft around" with a "smartly finished interior" "built and finished very well".
 I would say a cruising boat for the ones that really like sailing as much as cruising and  also for the ones for whom beauty is an important matter in a sailingboat.

Just a final word about something you don't see but it is there: First the cockpit table, hidden under the cockpit floor, very easy to deploy and the Spray-hood also completely hidden and also easy to rise or store away. Another thing you don't see is the price that I would say it is surprisingly low at 480 000 euros, much less than what would cost a Halberg Rassy that I would say has a similar quality. Maybe that's one of the reasons why they have already sold several of these beauties.

http://solarisyachts.com/yacht-en-50-1-10.html#descrizione