Maltese Falcon ... hit or miss?

Discussion in 'Sailboats' started by Stephen Ditmore, Jun 29, 2006.

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Maltese Falcon, hit or miss?

Poll closed Jun 29, 2007.
  1. A triumph!

    35 vote(s)
    33.7%
  2. Interesting

    58 vote(s)
    55.8%
  3. Uninteresting

    4 vote(s)
    3.8%
  4. A truly stupid concept and a complete waste of time

    7 vote(s)
    6.7%
  1. brian eiland
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    All of that's true, of course, but IMHO in the end the issue is that for many "conventional" craft, wingmasts do not seem to be any better and may be worse, therefore the fact that most sailors do not use them is not because of conservatism but for good reasons. It would seem that the issue is that wingmasts only work better with flat sails and small headsails or una rigs, or in oceanic conditions where you're reaching in steady winds a lot.

    It's interesting to see that even the "supermaxi" guys - who include one of the world's best multihull design teams, someone else who became notorious for trying to use wing masts in IMS, and another group who try every new foil and are willing to slice up a champion 100 footer - have rejected wingmasts. Obviously VPLP, Juan K et al are not ignorant or conservative.
     
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    It came about as a result of your post headed

    "Dynarig, a form of a Wingsail?" which included a link to an article that (among other factually incorrect claims) accused sailors of being too conservative to accept wingsails.

    If such claims are going to be made, surely we can discuss them.
     
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    You're correct, I'm guilty.
    My memory is really slipping. :)
     
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    Radar mast is awful, they should have spent whatever it took to put the radars on top of the main masts. Or at least cooked up a jib to cover the radars, even if the jib not really needed. Just so it can have a "good side" for pics, with jib in front of radars.:D

    Wouldn't the radar see further WAY up high, and how much radar does a boat need these days with GPS, radios, weather reports, etc? I'd put a full crow's nest up there, with search lights, optics, etc, just because nothing beat a real life "view".

    Warship style hill amid ships doesn't look right on a sail boat, and even less so on a square rigger. Since it basically a party boat, I'd have moved the structure aft to look right, with big central party deck midships, and small fore structure for crew, bathrooms away from main party deck, etc.

    Whole thing smacks of something that might come out of Communist Bloc, where stuff gets ordered and everyone is afraid to question things.


    But the whole DynaRig automated sails thing is real life Sci Fi and so far it seems to be working.
     

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    Tom Perkins has died

    11 June 2016 by Caroline White

    Tom Perkins, the venture capitalist and boundary-pushing superyacht owner, has died in California aged 84.

    Perkins co-founded Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in the early 1970s, before venture capitalism was an established practice. He also helped to launch the computer division of Hewlett-Packard and invested heavily in the nascent Silicon Valley, making him a founding father of the digital age. Perkins was equally innovative in his yachting endeavours and is best known in nautical circles for his avant-garde three-master, Maltese Falcon.

    http://www.boatinternational.com/yachts/news/in-memory-of-tom-perkins-1932-2016--30619
     
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