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by Steve Clark
Fri Jun 16, 2006 1:40 pm
Forum: Latest Developments
Topic: Final Rule Changes
Replies: 34
Views: 31591

Woops that was me Not OJM.
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by Steve Clark
Tue Jun 13, 2006 3:13 pm
Forum: Latest Developments
Topic: Wonk report ?
Replies: 16
Views: 17326

OK the second regatta was the Ottawa Skiff Grand Prix. Breeze was up and down in the moderate range. Oliver still won, but I took a bunch of races off of him. Sailing angles seems to work relative to Oliver going wing and wing with the boom way out. It was hard to tell because the conditions were pr...
by Steve Clark
Wed May 17, 2006 3:54 pm
Forum: Latest Developments
Topic: Speed vs. handling
Replies: 12
Views: 12287

ICs go faster as it blows harder. Even when you are at the end of the seat. I summarize my technique as follows: "Foot in the puffs and point in the lulls." Sailing bow down in the puffs gives you higher apparent wind as you enter the lulls. If your rig is working right, the leeches close up and you...
by Steve Clark
Tue May 16, 2006 5:00 pm
Forum: Latest Developments
Topic: Final Rule Changes
Replies: 34
Views: 31591

I think it is legal, but not practical. A fairly common idea has been to make the seat longer such that it is just inboard of the lee gunwale when fully extended. This reduces the amount you have to shift the seat by about 500mm compared to a seat whose leeward end is on center line when fully exten...
by Steve Clark
Mon May 08, 2006 2:58 pm
Forum: Latest Developments
Topic: Final Rule Changes
Replies: 34
Views: 31591

3 is clearly legal, 2 might be. I think the intent of this rule is good. I think we can proceed but need to arrive at some universal way to establish what this means. My current thought is to define a spline or batten of given length and stiffness, if it goes around the edge without bridging, you ha...
by Steve Clark
Sun May 07, 2006 6:59 pm
Forum: Latest Developments
Topic: Final Rule Changes
Replies: 34
Views: 31591

Exact wording on it's way, but for those who need to know: Minimum weight will be 50 Kg. Buoyancy will be 75 kg. Mast max dimension before counting as sail area is 75mm Rudder gets the same treatment as the center-board. To wit: 10 RUDDER a) The rudder shall not project more than 1000mm from the und...
by Steve Clark
Sat May 06, 2006 2:29 pm
Forum: How to......
Topic: Composite Chainplates
Replies: 6
Views: 10713

Stainless Steel is the most reliable, and the only thing Henri would allow. But because I compete in the swamp yankee cheapest man games, I use lots of other things. Particularly kite tube cut offs or other composite tubes. My rationale for allowing this is that the actual pin doesn't move much if a...
by Steve Clark
Thu May 04, 2006 12:56 pm
Forum: How to......
Topic: Composite Chainplates
Replies: 6
Views: 10713

I typically build the chain plates off the hull and install them/ I have done this several ways. The biggest issue is not to have creases in or wrinkles in the top. These are termed "cone heads" by the guys at Goetz Custom. The advantage of doing them off the boat is that you can make sure you have ...
by Steve Clark
Fri Apr 28, 2006 6:07 pm
Forum: Latest Developments
Topic: more thoughts on canoe rules
Replies: 88
Views: 68314

To paraphrase John Erlichman ( a Nixon adviser) "It could be done. It would be wrong, but it could be done." The question would be whether you could get enough of a speed advantage to make the inherent handling problems and compromises of a hull that is symmetrical fore and aft pay off.
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by Steve Clark
Fri Apr 28, 2006 2:46 pm
Forum: North American Forum
Topic: canoe us 163
Replies: 4
Views: 10913

I could be wrong, the mists of time and all that. What does it look like? sometimes sails move around without getting their numbers changed. If it isn't a white hull, it's another boat.
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by Steve Clark
Fri Apr 28, 2006 2:40 pm
Forum: Latest Developments
Topic: more thoughts on canoe rules
Replies: 88
Views: 68314

There is, in fact, no requirement for the sliding seat to slide. However it must satisfy the other rules relating to the sliding seat ( such as max width less than 500mm and weight not more than 12 kg.)
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by Steve Clark
Thu Apr 27, 2006 6:13 pm
Forum: North American Forum
Topic: canoe us 163
Replies: 4
Views: 10913

I built USA 163 in 1980 I think.
Owned by Rod Mincher and then John Kells,
Has had plenty of miles and I haven't seen her for over 10 years.
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by Steve Clark
Thu Apr 27, 2006 1:49 pm
Forum: Latest Developments
Topic: more thoughts on canoe rules
Replies: 88
Views: 68314

I believe we can over think this stuff. All the rules can do is set the boundries of what we believe can to be raced together. Type form some key features. And try to keep the boats relatively practical and safe. From my standpoint, the dagger board rules achieve that. The lack of a similar rule for...
by Steve Clark
Wed Apr 26, 2006 2:29 pm
Forum: Latest Developments
Topic: more thoughts on canoe rules
Replies: 88
Views: 68314

Current dagger board rule does not allow anything below the hull skin. I propose the rudder do the same thing. I think the Moth arrangement is a Clusterf--- and could not imagine launching a fleet like we had at the Worlds as quickly and efficiently if we all had to tip our boats on their sides, scr...
by Steve Clark
Mon Apr 24, 2006 2:55 pm
Forum: Latest Developments
Topic: Weight.
Replies: 20
Views: 24839

I continue to be torn here. Idealogicly I favor the 50 kg minimum weight. I have some support that this is a good target. Further I feel that the low minimum weight is an evocative selling point for the class. I also have a highly trained marine composite structures professional saying that this num...