An Open Letter to the Forum
Man, the last week has been a real festival of personal attacks, mostly on me. Roy Langboard started TWO topics under the Pub specifically to ridicule me and the ideas I believe in.In the past I have fought fire with fire giving at least as good as I got.I’m not going to do that any more because I think it is a waste of time. There are two very good rc sailors Roy and Greg and one good full size multihull sailor Dick Lemke that seem to have made me their pet project-or should I say discrediting me and the technology I champion on this forum. Some of my “fight fire with fire” responses as well as detailed responses as to what I have accomplished etc.are located on page 1 & 2 of the “Moth on Foils” topic under “General Discussion” as is Dick Lemke’s excellent satire. My satire of the closed mindedness of some on this forum is located under “No Class” in the New Classes forum.
These guys are really good sailors but when it comes to understanding the technology filtering down from fullsize sailing they don’t appear to have a clue;the technology and discussion of it seems to be totally outside their reach. For instance, when is the last time you read any DETAILED technical post from Roy Greg or Dick? On anything? Their personal attacks and reactive(reactionary) posts are in the dozens but where are their posts suggesting the application of new technology to rc sailing–few and far between if any. Yet regardless of what I post they react-not technical discussion- but direct personal attacks! It is unfortunate and a real shame that such knowledgeable rc sailors would react in such an uninformed manner to posts regarding what MIGHT be possible in rc sailing. Again, look around-try to find any proactive,positive proposals from these guys about introducing new
technology…You can find dozens of direct personal attacks but not much of anything else. What a shame!
I have designed and built many different prototypes and custom produce two spinnaker models and one hydrofoil multihull. I have other boats under development(see page 2 of “Moths on Foils”)
My boats are Strict One Designs and as such are designed to be raced against each other in their respective classes. One of the boats was disparaged by one of the aforementioned group as having the spinnaker just as a “gimmick”. That from an individual who sailed the boat only once and never raced it against another spinnaker boat. You can’t win a race in either of the spinnaker boats I build without using the spinnaker-the sails are effective and one class has been raced over 5 years and the other over three almost every weekend refining rigs etc-the boats are the FIRST to bring an effective spinnaker system-beam reach to beam reach- to the rc sailing world. But because I know how much fun it is to race spinnaker boats I have made the information available on this forum and on my website so ANYONE can use my patented system at no cost whatsoever.
Simalarly, I have made detailed information available thru this forum on how any individual can build and sail a hydrofoil multihull.
These new technologies not only work but they work well and can be seen under sail and functioning on my website in addition to which there are over twenty of these boats ($57,000) dollar value-equivalent to 570 Solings!)
that have been sold in just three years. They are expensive custom built with impeccable workmanship.
I want to mention racing which is an integral part of the development of these technologies. Comments have been made regarding racing these boats against other AMYA Classes. They are designed as strict One Designs; they are conceived ,in the case of the spinnaker boats to bring the excitement and pure unadulterated thrill of spinnaker racing to the rc world for the firat time in history. They are not designed to be faster than any other boat-just to be extremely competitive,highly controlled one design classes… Racing of both spinnaker classes has occured weekly for years as mentioned above and the racing is close, fun and different than the racing in any other rc class of sailboat anywhere. As the designer I don’t care whether these boats are faster than ANY other boat or not: I care that they provide the ONLY available way for an rc sailor to race with a spinnaker in an evenly matched one design environment: thats the point! And thats what they do very well!
The same is true of the F3 which was built at 56" not to fit any existing class but simply to provide excellent one design hydrofoil racing. The first two F3’s were raced here intensively to make sure we had it right. That boat is still the ONLY rc hydrofoil available anywhere!
But just to make the point crystal clear: I know these boats are very expensive and out of reach for most modellers and thats why I have gone out of my way to provide the technical information necessarry for anyone to build a similar boat. I have done this for free and simply to encourage people who otherwise would not be able to afford this technology to give it a try.
New boats are coming after lengthy development periods includingg the F100CBTF and the X3 retractable hydrofoil-backed up by my PROVEN record of introducing new technology to the market in the form of the FIRST patented rc spinnaker system and the FIRST hydrofoil multihull.
Much is written on this forum regarding both upcoming boats.
The essence of this new technology is to EXPERIENCE it in a One Design race; sailing an individual boat while an exciting experience does no compare to the thrill of racing evenly matched one designs using a spinnaker or hydrofoils-nothing available now anywhere comes close to this experience since to race in these One Design Classes you have to learn new skills-skills you can’t learn anywhere else. The same will be true of the F100CBTF-new skills and challenges will be required learning in order to be competitive within the One Design Class(or the development class in the F100CBTF and X3 cases)
The two newest boats that I will build-the F100CBTF and the X3 hydrofoil Formula 48 are the FIRST boats built by by me to compete in development classes. Both will be eligible to compete in a stock (One Design) version or souped up for the competition of these new development classes. The new owners will,in essence, have the option of competing in just the One Design Class or also competing in the Development class.
This is my last comment for good(I hope) on the raging, unfair, inaccurate, mean and highly personal attacks that have been so much a part of this forum lately due to just three main individuals. I have referenced earlier answers I have given and anybody can e-mail me with a question at any time.
I will limit myself ,from now on ,to engaging in technical discussions of rc sailing-not wasting another second of my time responding to inuendo, half truths, lies and other forms of misrepresentation.
Sail Fast, Doug
–High Technology Sailing/Racing