You don't like the fat rudder?? I'm certainly not convinced that it makes the boat any quicker, but it seems amazingly stall-proof! As long as there's still a bit of blade in the water steering stays really positive, makes the boat feel pretty safe in breezy weather. I might revise my opinion after my first nosedive, though! Dave
Wow, all these categories are quite confusing for a newb, especially where they seem to overlap! So 3344 isn't an Admiral's Cup boat, but mine (3405, single bottom Final Chapter) is, but they've both got enough chines, so are they 4-plankers? Or is that just wooden boats? Dave Cooper
From a standpoint of total absolute ignorance, just looking at the pic in your original post there looks to be a truckload of mast prebend. More mast bend than luff curve is what I think causes your hounds-to-clew crease, so would pulling the ram on to straighten the mast up a bit fix the problem? (Couldn't work your 'more pics' link. There may be more to be gleaned) Dave Cooper
I'm delighted to say that the beautiful N3405 'Denouement' is now resident in King's Lynn, and mystifying the new owner. The attached pic shows me and Mouse baffling round the final Winter Series event at Ouse Amateur SC. Club reaction is that we 'look ok on the straights but a bit shaky cornering', and that is true. Future plans include NW Norfolk week, by which time we may have a better handle on how to drive. We'll just have to hope it isn't windy . Dave Cooper
Well, Sticky Fingers has spent a bit too long full of rain water, and now it's got a soggy bottom. Looks like the hog and keel are pretty much goners aft of the cb bolt, there's some rot in the bottom of the centerboard case and the transom is history. Should keep me out of trouble for a bit! Bit of a shame after all Martin and Sam's hard work. On the plus side, the planking seems pretty good (although I'm braced for possible shocks), the decks, thwart, gunwhales are ok with a bit of cosmetic attention and Martin's paint job is practically pristine! For sure I'll be posting on here before long asking for help and advice - for now I'm hacking out rotten wood to discover whether I'll be grafting in 2/3rds of a hog or just going the whole hog with it .