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    Posted: 03 Jul 08 at 10:33pm
-For me.

At long last my Alto turned up tonight, I've been loaned the show
development model, because mine still isn't ready, but whatever, we
spent this evening rigging and getting instructed on all the bewildering
features this thoroughbred is loaded with.

Seeing at a show is one thing, having it in ones own boat park alongside
your own boat and the others brings home how much more we've bitten
off.

It's got fabulous lines, actually looks nothing like a five oh when it's
sitting alongside one. The hard water release of the chines alone will
bring planing benefits, not to mention the hull weight which I'm told is 40
kilos lighter, can it be that much? It certainly isn't much heavier if any
than our 500.

Tonight it was quite breezy and a bit of a shore dump. Dumb & Dumberer
unleashed their new V3000 to great effect with what must be their first
windy bullet against the Muppets who are no slouch in the 20 knots we
had tonight. Unfortunately we didn't get the Alto rigged in time and to be
fair, it was probably not the sort of night to take something totally new
out with all these new bits of rope to pull.

But tomorrow all things being equal we'll launch shake down and report
back and from then onwards i fully expect there will only be victory ahead
for us. This boat is going to blow everything round here clean off the
water, i've already chucked down the Gauntlet to Musto Man, I reckon
we'll be nailing him as well no problem... We'll see.

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Can we all see? Pictures please, partly because although I saw the Alt0 at the Dinghy Show, I can't really remember what it looks like....no insult intended...
the same, but different...

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The boat on the stand is different to the boat shown on the water....which is the finished article?
the same, but different...

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i spotted the slight design flaw at the dinghy show.

all the forestay tension PLUS all the pressure from the kite pole pulling
upwards is held to the deck with 1 little pin. seems like a recipe for disaster
to me.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote laser4000 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Jul 08 at 5:38am
and here's a picture showing the average age of an Alto sailor..



No wait, there much younger than grumpf...
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Originally posted by laser4000

and here's a picture showing the average age of an Alto
sailor.. No wait,
there much younger than grumpf...


Why does the helm have a sail on his head? Self steering or a performance
advantage?
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The one on the stand!  The ones sailing are it think the prototype, which is an old 5oh hull.  Which may i add was prett damn quick when we raced against it!!  Good luck grumpf.
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Originally posted by s.a.l.t.y

i spotted the slight design flaw at the dinghy show.

all the forestay tension PLUS all the pressure from the kite pole pulling
upwards is held to the deck with 1 little pin. seems like a recipe for disaster
to me.


Yes, I spotted that too, and indeed it came to pass last weekend in force 6
winds so is in the process of being developed further, hence why my boat
is late amongst other issues.

The Gnav was also a lash up and remains that way currently on a Superspar
rig (never heard of them are they any good? They obviously have no gnav
credentials and the mast looks old school windsurf agriculture), but I
understand the full production versions will have these issues corrected
and fitted with Selden stuff which is reliable at least.

But they are minor irritants, I'll take a camera down this avo, get some pics,
it's the same boat that was on the dingy show stand. I'd have happily just
taken the hull and switched my RS rig to it, it is a total thing of beauty.

Gone is the five oh rounded bath tub look, replaced by two hard chines
running two thirds of the hull length and bringing to play that essential
feature for fast planing, stability and water release, with a slightly wider
stern that will prevent the aft end squatting.

The foils are Milanese "specials" back in the day we used to wait ages just
to get a Milanese daggerboard, the guy has forgotten more about foils than
any Antipodean convict could ever know.

There's also had to be a mod for the foredeck cover to resist the spinnaker
pull on the drop, and Mike (the designer) has designed a self centering
device for the pole again for the drop sequence which on this proto, is
fashioned from polyethylene.

What I found a tad apprehensive was the sheer size of the main (Dumb &
Dumberer reckon it's bigger than their B14 and similar to the I 14) even the
jib seems a monster even though it's a self tacking affair fitted with a clew
batten.

But it's wiiiiide, how can anybody possibly turn that over said I with a glint
and a wink of the eye...

This avo we shall see...



Edit: reminder for wing-wang..

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The guy at the back in the turquoise boat is the guy that designed it and then put it into action! Mike Arnold (I think!)
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