Thursday, May 24, 2012

Class 40, Atlantic Cup.

- This new event, in its second year, is a success. To have been able to attract 15 boats on this side of the Atlantic, for what is essentially a European sort of thing is a major achievement. The double-handed race started in Charleston to New-York city, then on to Newport. I like the Class, the size, the speed, the concept. I drew one a few years ago to get a sense of the design, and the following text will give you an idea behind the thinking. I am always updating the basic plans as time goes on to get abreast of the evolution of this class.

- The Class 40 Tango follows parameters set by the Box rule, to the maximum of all dimensions.
The result is a platform with a fine entry, a wide beam, and a transom. The shallow Veed stern is carried all the way forward to the midsection at a constant angle to keep the buttocks as straight and flat as possible. A true chine boat. The lines are carried towards the bow in a deep and sharp section. The overall simplicity of the hull shape hides the reasons behind everything.

- The twin outboard rudders, placed well to the sides are out of the wake exit and are perpendicular to the bottom angle. In case of hitting something, the rudders swing aft, thanks to a "fuse" line built into the system.

- The keel is designed to carry all of its lead into the shape of the bulb for maximum stability. The blade is designed to maximize the aspect ratio available with an optimized sweepback angle.

- The sail plan represents an effort to place the mast as far aft as dictated by balancing the rig with the below waterline appendages.

- The deck plan reflects the need for sailing the boat single or double-handed with the necessity of getting protection from the elements.

- The Accommodation Plan in its simplicity offers a couple of options, all within the same building for a strong structure.

Here we go. "

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Mystic Seaport.

I do not know if you know about the Mystic Seaport. Above and beyond the Slave ship, Whale boat and the Fisherman Schooner, the place has a special section with 100000 Boat Plans inherited from the Masters of my profession. Buy the Book/Catalogue and drool. Recently, I purchased a couple of decorative prints from 1916.

Saturday, May 5, 2012


- Carter 37 Production model built in Greece.