It’s all possible, I ship 10’ masts every week. I was stumped on how to do this and it held up production for 1 year. I was lucky and ran into an old buddy that I knew at DHL when I was a pilot for the many many years ago. He said… NO WAY!!! and I said… no kidding… 2 weeks later, DHL was shipping my 10’ spars and they can go anywhere DHL goes… which is everywhere. This idea of a MEGA model is one that I have been gathering information around for over 1 year now. The development of the genoa and spinnaker for this boat have been underway for 2 years now… more variations, gear ratios, materials, rates, voltages than I care to count… and no small amount of dough (and I CAN count that)
Material types… everyone … EVERY-ONE… is carbon crazy… there is a worldwide * on every order that the fine print says Check for Availability.
OH… you can get it… but you are going to feel it… OUCH. S-2 glass can produce 95% of the strength for a 2% weight penalty. Can you feel it in the boat?.. hah… you will #@$%# sure feel it in the price of the boat.
Sponsors… YOU BET… will people support this sort of thing? I am betting that they will. If it gets some crazy media attention… you might just SCARE yourself when you see what kind of responses you get to some advertisers that are willing to take a “flyer” on a crazy idea.
Dick makes a valid point… the B-52 with the 14’ wingspan and eight turbofans that cost between $45,000 and $60,000 and ended up tragically in a horrible crash and fire… shows that the money can be found for a high risk project… I have one J boat alone that was $6,000. It can be done, and the risk factor is less than 1.
My intention was not so much to create a class… that will be amazing… no… my idea was simply to kick the Open Class in the butt with a MONSTER boat that would be just ripping fast on the water. That is the end to which I am working… but I have to admit that I had the exact same idea about just giving it a max LOA and that was about it…
Now… Ian wanted some flaming… OK… watch this…
I have seen the multi hull boats… and it would seem that EVERY multi-hull sailor has one dream… and that is to race against a monohull… because they are SOOooooo much faster than monohulls… and they would just DESTROY a monohull on a race course… Yet, whenever I talk with someone I hear about how wicked fast they are… on one or two legs… and then something goes wrong… or breaks, or gets stuck… bottom line… the prize is for finishing first… not going FAST. Maybe it is going to take an OPEN event to ANY R/C sailcraft to see if these LEAPING from the water super foiling triple doo-dad canting beer can that “can easily go 15 knots in a 7 knot wind” are all that they claim to be on the race course. That means being ready to start multiple heats and ready to go on a large course… not just around the bottles… but a good sized course with about a 1/4 mile leg on it. (Get your walking shoes)
It is towards this end… that we are aiming here. A true, bring it, sail it, and lets see what happens Open Class regatta. Not for the timid.
We shall see…