It was a thought that came to me when reading a different forum about the IOM Class and a reader’s question of why it hasn’t “developed” further. I know the IOM class is a somewhat restricted development - more so than our RG-65 boats. Some of the theory brought forward in the IOM discussion was why the class doesn’t move forward to allow new ideas, materials, or additional radio channels.
This of course made me think of the RG-65 Class. I decided to put this topic here so it doesn’t appear I’m trying to mess up the original RG-65 class concept - yet at the same time, recognizing the class “IS” 30 years old.
This brought the concept of taking a current RG-65 and making it a “SUPER RG” for lack of another name. Given that we can already “play” with carbon, and given most all products have declined in cost - I wondered ( and am now doing it out loud) why the class hasn’t moved on for further development? An entry level 4-6 channel 2.4 gHz radio is available for well under $50 allowing more than just 2 channels for less than what I can purchase an AM 2 ch. radio for. The old thought of two channels keeping costs contained has left us wondering what to do with the other channels that came with our cheap radio, but can’t do anything with them. What if the SUPER RG allowed more channels - so the jib could be trimmed separately? How about a channel and unlimited rules to allow canting keel, rotating mast or even multiple rudders? Like the Mini40 multihull class - allow unlimited sail area for speed trials and see what a sprit pole and asy sail could do?
Again - I’m not advocating a change in current RG-65 class rules - only asking/suggesting what an “unlimited SUPER RG” might be capable of doing? I have a feeling there might be a lot of inventors who might be interested. There may be other ideas to come out. Just thinking that with all the monohull development classes out there, they are all limited in some fashion - certain products or ideas that in the past were added in for (now) unknown reasons.
Is the SUPER RG concept worth investigating? Is anyone interested in a boat that is basically controlled by overall length, and perhaps maximum mast height? Movable ballast, dual rudders, rotating masts, etc. Just seems the size and costs for this size of boat would provide limiting factors, yet still let people experiment. I happen to believe there might be more home builders willing to experiment - if only they had a venue to try sailing against something of equal size. Maybe I’m wrong - but would be interested in hearing ideas comments and opinions.
In the meantime - enjoy the holidays.