I wanted to see who else might be moving in a similar direction in Footy evolution. My current stable of Footies share some common stats:
All up weight approx 460g (400g for BC Wide)
Ballast 270g (210 for BC Wide)
Hull approx 25g
Battery pack (AA Lithium) 70g
Sail servo (HS82MG) 20g
Rudder servo (HS55) 8g
180 Square inch Fathead swing rig 25g
All boats are built so keel is maximum allowable length, top of bow at top of box with bulb sitting on the bottom.
Now for the differences.
“BC Wide” blue/white boat with “wood deck”.
WL length 12"
Max beam 6"
MAX WL beam 4.25"
“BC1” blue/white double-ender with white deck
WL length 13.4"
Max beam 4"
Max WL beam 4"
“BC2” bright finish/white double-ender
WL length 13.4"
Max beam 2.75"
Max WL beam 2.75"
I’m loving the fathead swing rig so far. It is a pleasure to tune and I’m sure has more potential than I am realizing in the hands of someone with more sail tuning experience.
The wide boat is my least favorite to sail so far. I need to do a lot more work on balancing it. With the current set up in light air I have slight lee helm, a fair breeze brings neutral helm, more breeze a weather helm. Tacks fairly reliably. Need to see it against other boats to check speed. Seems prone to submarine downwind even with batteries well astern.
The BC1 is the boat I sailed at the Titusville regatta. It was a great pleasure to sail and seems to balance well in most of the wind ranges I commonly sail in. Downwind it will submarine but it just keeps going wherever you point it while doing so.
The BC2 is unraced so far but seems also to exhibit good behavior. What I really like is how clean its wake is. It leaves very little evidence of its passing. Similar characteristics to BC1 downwind so far. I’m very surprised at how well it does downwind considering the very fine (by current Footy standards) entry.
The next prototype has a max and WL beam of 2". I’ll let you know how it goes…