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    Posted: 20 Aug 14 at 5:47pm
From another discussion thread:
Originally posted by Kev M

I have an unhealthy desire to turn a Flying Fifteen into a scaled down J-class.


Is this any madder than the chap who designed the tiny Illusion one-man keelboats to fit the 12m rule?

I really love these sort of ideas. It reminds me of the 6ft skiff designs this forum saw. We've seen a few 'Frankenboats' mentioned too, but are there any more dreams that you fear we'll never see taking shape in the garage? Let's hear them all!

I find my mind often wandering, considering how to combine the bits of boat I own in a new way. What would a Merlin Rocket mainsail/mast look like, with a trapeze, on that old Cadet hull my daughter is using as a sandpit? Hmmmm...
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I remember a cadet week at Thorpe Bay 45 years ago when anything was allowed rig wise in one race. Cadet with a masthead rigged Hornet genoa looked good - overlap was entirely appropriate for a 70s big boat too.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote MerlinMags Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Aug 14 at 10:30am
Here's someone's dream that made it to reality:
www.yachtsandyachting.com/community/classifieds/view.asp?id=4648

Take a 12ft GRP hull and turn it into a cutter rigged yawl (4 sails). More sheets than a Salcombe Yawl and it's much smaller!
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We had a silly conversation once about putting dual sliding seats on an FD.
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Thats less silly than the person who originally put one on a Minisail, surely?

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Originally posted by Rupert


Thats less silly than the person who originally put one on a Minisail, surely?

You'd have preferred a trapeze, Rupert?

But with that narrow beam you need something that will help balance sufficient sail area to master the large scow wetted area, and the stability of a scow makes it possible. Wings are the obvious answer, esp. lightweight carbon ones nowadays; surprised you don't see more Minisails thus-equipped. I have a cunning idea for them should you ever get the urge.
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I like mine narrow. The hull shape makes it easier than a pointy bow would be for the width.
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Originally posted by Medway Maniac

Originally posted by Rupert


Thats less silly than the person who originally put one on a Minisail, surely?

You'd have preferred a trapeze, Rupert?

But with that narrow beam you need something that will help balance sufficient sail area to master the large scow wetted area, and the stability of a scow makes it possible. Wings are the obvious answer, esp. lightweight carbon ones nowadays; surprised you don't see more Minisails thus-equipped. I have a cunning idea for them should you ever get the urge.

Shivers at the thought of scows and wings which are acting as a reminder about the V-Dub!
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Originally posted by sargesail

Shivers at the thought of scows and wings which are acting as a reminder about the V-Dub!
That, for me, is the great tragedy of the Grumphenboat.  With a more enlightened approach it could have been a winner.
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Originally posted by rogerd

We had a silly conversation once about putting dual sliding seats on an FD.


Far too silly. You needed these devices instead:

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