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Post Options Post Options   Quote 423zero Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 Nov 19 at 9:10pm
Rockatross, don't think it's class legal, so it's a blade you can buy that will fit a Merlin stock.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote gbrspratt Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 Nov 19 at 9:04pm
Originally posted by 423zero

Obviously it's added to blade, so it's a contrivance. You can't buy a Merlin rudder with a fence.


They come like that from one of the manufacturers if you want it.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote 423zero Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 Nov 19 at 8:59pm
Obviously it's added to blade, so it's a contrivance. You can't buy a Merlin rudder with a fence.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote fudheid Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 Nov 19 at 8:10pm
Put simply, the question still remains.... To me the fence is a contrivance?
So the rules state:
Daggerboards, bilgeboards, double rudders, winged rudders and similar contrivances are prohibited.

Is the fence a similar contrivance?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote 423zero Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 Nov 19 at 7:54pm
Lost train of thoughts now  LOL Think it was in relation to adjustable wing and fence in relation to Merlin ruling.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote gbrspratt Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 Nov 19 at 6:48pm
Why do you need to draw a line? As you say they all improve performance? I don't really get your point. The point about the fence is how it fits in the rules?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote 423zero Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 Nov 19 at 6:43pm
Fence is a performance enhancing device like, 
Self bailers, they enable you to empty boat quicker than someone without.
Mast head float, stops you turtling, quicker recovery.
Duck under, stops you throttling yourself with mainsheet.
Hiking straps, allows you to lean further without falling in. etc etc etc
where do you draw the line ?

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Sam.Spoons Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 Nov 19 at 6:14pm
Originally posted by Noah

If the purpose of the fence is reduce cavitation it is, by definition a performance enhancement by virtue of the fact that the boat is easier to steer / more stable at high speed.

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Ventilation, not cavitation, cavitation doesn't happen at dinghy speeds (not even, I think, foiling Moth speeds).
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Originally posted by JimC

I'm not and have never been an official measurer for any class, but I have been involved in contributing to class rules for Cherubs and ICs. So take that for what its worth.

If I were looking at a Merlin I would say that a fence becomes a foil when it has any lifting capability, and most especially if there is any control capability of changing the angle of incidence. So if its a small structure not extending beyond the likely boundary area of the flow round the blade, with a symmetrical section oriented as close as possible to the likely local water flow its a fence.

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I've just looked at the rudder designs posted on the Merlin forum. I note
- structure which doesn't appear to extend beyond the boundary layer
- very low aspect ratio so very high drag if generating lift
- small total area
So unless there is some gear on the boat for changing the angle of incidence then I'd be quite happy with those - again for what little my opinion is worth.

In practical terms there will be a gap between a fence that is bigger than it needs be to do the job, and a foil that's too small and too low aspect ratio to do anything significant. The difference will be obvious. But in any case any control to accurately change the angle of incidence of the foil on the water would be a dead giveaway.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Noah Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 Nov 19 at 5:32pm
Originally posted by 423zero

Fence is not a performance enhancer, it is a fit and forget item, purely for maintaining steerage, much the same as a release cleat on rudder or a centre board that knocks back, plus a myriad of other boat damage limiting useful inventions.

Sorry, 432Zero, I disagree. If the purpose of the fence is reduce cavitation it is, by definition a performance enhancement by virtue of the fact that the boat is easier to steer / more stable at high speed.
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