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Poll Question: Now many of us have actually seen them which do you think is best?
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It was the first thing I saw when I walked up to the boat. Then walked away pretty quickly because of it.
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just found this the fx womens skiff
race hard or go home
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As you all know the RS900 was purpose developed as a Womens Olympic boat - and there are some fairly firm guidelines with regard cost. It was our view that the benefit of a carbon boom (and gnav)did not justify the added expense. It would simply add to the top line price of a boat, which is regarded by many to be very price sensitive. It is the same reason that the boat is not carbon.
An example of an expense which we think is important is the solid wings - it adds weight as well, but from all the feedback from the girls over the last year, this was strongly favoured. I hope this helps explain some of the features.
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The Aura too is a glass hull- the designer explained that they'd they'd need to use as much weight in carbon anyway (being down at fairly thin skins already, wanting to retain some robustness) and the gains to be had in stifness were not enough to make the cost worthwhile.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote JimC Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Mar 12 at 12:55pm
FWMOIW the boom is a good place to save a bit of dosh. Its not that big, its an awkward bit of fabrication with fittings and everything and the weight isn't in too bad a place.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote CharlieW505 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Mar 12 at 1:50pm
My 5 year old son saw the rs900 first as we walked into the hall, and simply said: "Daddy, is that the fastest boat, and can I have one.....".
 
Forget me.  I am a sailing convert already. Clearly RS have designed a boat that will get my son watching olympic sailing...!  Could I say that about the others?  The cherub did look great - btw.
I wonder how much the colour scheme is really what makes the boats look pretty.  they probably all look similar in white.
 
Appreciating the economics, I would still go carbon for the boom.  The price difference (if we are talking about an olympic campaign) is only a couple of hundred pounds - peanuts.
 
Forget any weight difference, metal booms used on the sea will break more often (in my experience) so if the kit is being used hard then it is probably a false economy.
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I can't see that saving a few quid on a alloy boom on a boat that must come in at the 15k mark is worth all the negatives; and long term the alloy will probably cost more ...
 
The best thing about a light carbon boom is that if you bang your head it hurts a LOT less so carbon booms are also a saftey feature.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote rogue Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Mar 12 at 3:19pm
I'm sure it's for good reason...

Out of interest, what currency is the IOC/ISAF target set in?  

For a UK builder a large chunk of the anticipated GPM could have been eaten with the slide in the Euro... 

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on looks and finish i would have to say the aura was by far and away the best of the bunch that attended the show.  modern looking and those wings looked sweet! 
the 900 although finished off well and surely a good performer just looks dated in comparison, and maybe because it looks like the 49er it may move it to the top choice for the selctors, but for me i'd like to see the aura get in and then maybe a blokes version in 2020 and a single handed version too for men and women.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote laser193713 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Mar 12 at 5:26pm
Why are you all moaning about an aluminium boom on the 900? Am i right in thinking the 49er boom is still ally? 
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