Hello Mike -
Very excited to see you “pop” up. Heard many good things about you from Mike Howell, as we corresponded very often. Too bad we lost his experience.
As you may be aware, I was spearheading the class over here in the US. We wanted to use the Mini40 rules but update them and remove a few inconsistencies. The French “smacked” us down and there were discussions of legal issues and copyright infringement - just with our efforts to update things. Thus we were kind of forced to create the F-48 Class - using most of the Mini40 stuff - but with a few changes. Took a lot of “heat” on that one, but eventually most had explanations and examples why.
I recently received permission from Mike Friend (wow - a lot of Mike’s over there!) to distribute his PULSE plans here in the US. It also is a kind of “box” hulls making for an easy to build boat.
Sure would like it if you would be willing to watch, post and provide insight with your experiences. Right now, I am aware of the following plans for multihulls:
all either free and available on the net, or by purchase from Traplet Publications. In addition, Andy’s 2 Meter boat is also available from Traplet. It is the MIDNIGHT OIL design. Haven’t heard of seen much new stuff being designed or available. There are a few German plans out there, and I have to think the French must be developing new designs too. I have been watching Pierre Gonnett (sp?) site, but nothing new there.
It is also evident that some of the UK folks have been fooling with the 1 Meter multihull class, but with so much limited activity around the world, the class just doesn’t want to take off in a big way. From a personal view, I think it will take a few folks to build and sail their boats as demos at various events to start to build interest. Over here, Clyde (will hold on his last name for now) has built and is sailing an F-48 of the NIGHTMARE design which had been heavily promoted in early 2000 – 2001 from an Austrian builder. Molds eventually wound up being built over here, and Clyde’s boat was one of only a few built. Another one started in Arizona, went to Hawaii, and then to Australia. MicroSAIL tried to push a foiler, but it was too big for the class, and they (he) had plans to have a 1.2 meter boat, but never saw any of them sold – or sailing.
Anyway – thanks for stopping in, welcome, and I look forward to your continued participation and sharing of experiences.