Tank you Dick,
I’m familiar with bylaws of AMYA and in the past, already discussed these matters around the AC120 with Bill Young that wrote also an article on the Model magazine. Unfortunately no one as exposed yet concrete interest for this model 120cm long.
I agree with you Dick on many aspects, but I’m also of the opinion that many boats design around 1 meter are getting old fashioned or presenting poor performances.
Life change and tastes to and probably new models could answer to new expectations.
I’m also of the opinion, I may be wrong, but the majority of the models built are not used for racing but just for fun and for the double pleasure of the construction and sailing a product selfmade. Since I’m not fanatic about races, often my designs are adressed to these persons that are the silent majority.
How long all these old fashion models will survive ? Many of them are just toys !
What is going on underwater is very often already seen somewhere ! Small variations may respond better for the intended use.
Being an ex owner of a real beautiful vintage Dragon all made with maogany, I’m particular sensitive to the wooden beauty.
The 43-900 it may recall some modern and successful real boats when observed laterally with a very sloopy stern and sharp bow, instead when seen from above, the water plan shall recall very fast racing models like some Marblehead or 10Rater.
It could become in future something like the already designed AC33, very fast and powerfull model but probably too big.
The idea to use wood stripping for the deck, like the real one, could be the final touch of elegance. An elegant boat is always nice to see like the Jclass that I adore but too big to !
43" or 110cm, pretend to be a modern looking boat, is just falling in between a 1 meter class and a Marblehead class. Not too big and not too small , just to be seen when rounding a buoy 100mt far away.
Personally I’m very proud of my M, but the design and rules are already 74 years old like me !
The IOM was born 23 years ago and the beautiful 10R class was developed 124 years ago !
I wonder how long a model boat class shall survive the modern technological progress evolution.
The named models were developped when the composites did not existed or just started with polyesters and not many could deal with.
Thinking about performances, the 43-900 is, on papers, I beliewe is more performing then many others existing models, of course all that need to be proven once on the water !