Q & A
The hydraulic driven winches sound like a dream offshore but how do they impact around the cans? Do you think she would work better with a pedestal as opposed to the hydraulic system?
They are also good inshore as some of the crew can be less experienced. Not an issue as far as I am concerned
Only reason I’m asking is that I’m talking with a client at the moment that is looking at a 50/50, inshore/offshore mix and we have been discussing what could be done to the boat to make it a little more inshore friendly?
Inshore friendly. Well much of our racing has been inshore. Rating is about the same, as is performance as TP’s up to 2008. The 2009 series have lighter masts and more sail area. They do however give us 30 points.
Major Changes have all been designed by RP.
- 300kg off bulb
- Tiller Steering
- Jib tracks and barber haulers were original. Now tracks across the boat with up down in out like TP.
- Also put in hydraulic traveller instead of manual.
I forgot to tell you gas system us spin on canisters for inshore and short ocean races. Long offshore is a bottle on the stern.
On the front of the engine there is a Hydraulic pump.
It feeds a manifold.
Off that manifold there are solenoids for 1 x pit,2 x mainsheet, 2 x headsail. Each of these is 3 speed. But 2 x jib has a very slow speed for creep. Fine tune.
The manifold has another outlet that feeds a 12v pump.
This is used for:
- Jib car in/out
- jib car up/down.
We have a function switch. Jibs to Rig.
In the rig we can:
- Mast up/down.
- Rake adjustment.
For all the winches the motor has to run. The other functions work better if the motor is running. But its not necessary.
We have the motor running at all times with wind speed above 5 knots. We find it easier and works better this way. On deck we do not know it is running
We also never have to charge batteries.
In 5 knots or less(we feel the vibration is annoying) we stop the motor after each tack and gybe. And restart just before each tack or Gybe.
We could easily tack with top handles but it works better this way.
There are foot buttons for all the winches and radio control remotes as well.
We have a sheet handler (Primary trimmer) and a buttons person.
The hoist is done by pit and buttons.
Then trimming is a call for Trim#1 or trim #2.(First and second speed). For Gybes we go 3rd speed.
2 working in combination buttons trims at the same time as the call.
If we are pumping sails (We never officially pump) we need a second buttons for the main sheet. That way we can pump both in sequence.
I have never done a line speed measurement for gybing. It’s really, really fast.
For inshore we increase the engine revs to get faster line speed. Depends on the regatta.
For long ocean races in steady low to medium wind speeds and no waves to catch we cut the motor and top handle
Light wind gybes we have the A1 set on the new gybe before the boom crosses.
For Drops we have a cross sheet system for power drops via a roller in the front hatch.