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The Next Change 8 years 1 week ago #219

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I am just getting back into the 505 from having been out of it for a while.
With dual carbon poles, carbon boom, Hi-aspect foils and larger kite(ok i am dating myself), it seems as though the 505 has undergone a lot of changes in the last few years.

Just curious, if you could change one or two things about the 505 to make it a better boat, what would you change and why?B)
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Re:The Next Change 8 years 1 week ago #220

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I would put the big kite on if you don't have it already (you will need a more recent one, not the smaller ones developed early), and an HA rudder because they control the larger kite better off the wind.
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Re:The Next Change 8 years 1 week ago #221

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I'm w you as it relates to my boat, but my questions was a more general one.
I guess I didn't word the question well.
If you could make a change to the boat,(ie make a change to the class rules), what would it be.

Just interested in getting opinions about what people think needs to be done to the boat and or class rules to make it better.

The answer could also be leave it just the way it is.
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Re:The Next Change 8 years 1 week ago #222

Oh boy.

I'd hope that things would stay put for a little while longer and let these recent changes kind of settle in.
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Re:The Next Change 7 years 11 months ago #230

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Would be interresting to se a full batten mainsail - can we make the boat go faster, get a longer lasting sail or ?????

Just my words!

Tom B.
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Re:The Next Change 7 years 3 weeks ago #327

I think the next changes should fully-battened mainsail + carbon mast. I'm thinking a two-piece mast with top section of more flexible epoxy-glass, as used on 12- and 16-ft skiffs. In addition to improved rig performance (read Frank Bethwaite's High Performance Sailing to understand the potential of this), I see three further advantages:

1) longer-lasting mainsail
2) cheaper to replace broken masts (assuming the top section more likely to fail in the most common turtling-in-shallow-water-and-big-waves scenario)
3) boat and rig fits into 20-ft sea container for cheaper event transport

As this would clearly be a major change to the class, I do concur with Russ that we shouldn't hurry. And there would need to be a fair bit of research ahead of production as major design changes will be required to sails, mast, standing rigging and pole retrieval system.

- Chris (AUS/CAN-8876)
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