Rather than tag a discussion of the rating rule on the end of some other thread I thought that it would be more constructive to have this thread devoted to the Rating Rule only.
Quotation of the post which prompts this discussion…
Ok,here is an update on the design that prompted this question.
The hull is 13 inches long and is in the BobAbout style.
it has a waterline length of 12.5 inches with a small “V” cutout at the stern where a overhanging rudder is installed.
The bow is higher than the normal BobAbout and has 1/2inch overhang.
The keel is the same depth as before,approx 6 inches.
This boat fits across the box on the diagonal with the stern lowered at an angle.The rig is able to fit into the box as well.(main and jib boom)
This boat is not of radical design,it is a fairly normal looking hull …just a lengthened BobAbout.I was easily able to accomadate the design changes,ie the extra length,high bow and overhanging rudder without going to any extremes or compromises
Is this good for the class? If there was a Footy race tommorrow this is the boat I would like to sail,I havn’t sailed it yet but the basic design has been proved before(BobAbout) I am confident my changes make it a better boat.
Do our rules have a problem? or are we happy that this "may " become the norm?
Brett I understand you are trying to provoke discussion and boy will you do that.:scared:
Brett, your new 13.5 inch waterline Footy gives me grave concern.
As we all know waterline length governs maximum speed. Longer = faster.
With all racing yachts full size or model the design object is to make your own faster than others.
Class rating rules are established to restrict and guide the design development within certain parameters which are the essence of that class.
Classes may be catagorised as One Design, Restriced or Development.
A Footy is a foot long model yacht development class. The develop part means that apart from the overall length being limited to 12inches or 305mm the rest is pretty much open slather.
The most recent version of the Rating Rule brought the use of the measurement box into the qualification of a boat as a Footy.
Great, good idea, no problem, makes it easy. Yeah Right!:devil1:
Brett has shown with his new “BigFoot” design a possible flaw in the Box rule.
That is if you feel like me that a 13.5 inch Footy is not desirable.
My contention is that a Footy should be no longer than 12 inches on the waterline.:splat:
Let`s hear your thoughts on this forum which seems to have become the unofficial Footy Forum for which we owe Chad a vote of thanks.:king: