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by Chris 249
Mon Jun 13, 2011 2:02 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: Best 'spin-out' class & best missed 'spin-out' class
Replies: 17
Views: 4181

Re: Best 'spin-out' class & best missed 'spin-out' class

The Australian "Lightweight" Sharpie was derived directly from the 12sq M Sharpie and remains a major class. The Tasar is an NS14 hull with rake on bow (leading to more flare) and a bigger rig. The NS14 itself was basically a John Spencer Javelin with a smaller rig, no kite and no trap. The MG14 (an...
by Chris 249
Mon Jun 06, 2011 12:42 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: Early Int. Moth info.
Replies: 285
Views: 63298

Re: Early Int. Moth info.

With the greatest of respect to David and his excellent article, the Magnum's win in New Zealand certainly didn't end the reign of the scows as such. Down here the scow still reigned supreme for several years after that 1980 win, with Glenn Hammond's Magnum becoming very prominent but not being able...
by Chris 249
Tue May 17, 2011 1:02 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: "Follow-up" classes
Replies: 8
Views: 2997

"Follow-up" classes

Hi all Recently I was looking into the most popular classes out of those designed after around 1971 (when the dinghy boom was about to peak) to '95 (when arguably a new breed started to arrive). With the help of Y&Y we decided that the Topper (c 47,000 sold), Force 5 (US Laser type, 12,000 claimed),...
by Chris 249
Tue May 17, 2011 12:30 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: Don't think we ever got to the bottom of this one
Replies: 8
Views: 2929

Re: Don't think we ever got to the bottom of this one

I thought I identified that as the Planet, using information from an old YW.

I distinctly remember cries of anguish from those who were out-spodded.
by Chris 249
Sat Jun 20, 2009 9:17 am
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: Is this interesting? The new dinghies of 1946..
Replies: 27
Views: 8734

Re: Is this interesting? The new dinghies of 1946..

Obviously, Ben (or his assistant) know what's up. but on the other hand other world Laser champions say straight up that they don't try to pick out "special" gear. I've also borrowed gear off my former arch-rival, a three-time world Masters champ, when he was the class technical officer and I could ...
by Chris 249
Sat Jun 13, 2009 12:56 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: Is this interesting? The new dinghies of 1946..
Replies: 27
Views: 8734

Re: Is this interesting? The new dinghies of 1946..

Oh, and thanks AG and Rupert for some excellent information re cat-rigged Fireflys!
by Chris 249
Sat Jun 13, 2009 12:56 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: Is this interesting? The new dinghies of 1946..
Replies: 27
Views: 8734

Re: Is this interesting? The new dinghies of 1946..

David, I guess you either like the idea (illusion?) of all racing in identical boats....or you don't. eib On the other hand, you can love racing a SMOD and also love racing a development class. It can be like fine coffee and fine wine; different but both wonderful in their own way. BTW, I still hav...
by Chris 249
Sat Jun 13, 2009 12:38 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: Is this interesting? The new dinghies of 1946..
Replies: 27
Views: 8734

Re: Is this interesting? The new dinghies of 1946..

I think that we really must distinguish between a class that is built by one manufacturer and a manufacturer's class. The Firefly might indeed be the first boat aimed at the mass market and produced by one manufacturer. However, it is fundamentally different now and always was from the current SMOD...
by Chris 249
Thu Jun 11, 2009 10:39 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: Lazy E info
Replies: 16
Views: 12155

Re: Lazy E info

Try the class website;

http://www.nationale.org.au/

They changed the interesting "Lazy E" tag to the boring "National E" name a while back. It's not really a national class these days.
by Chris 249
Mon Jun 08, 2009 8:27 am
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: Is this interesting? The new dinghies of 1946..
Replies: 27
Views: 8734

Re: Is this interesting? The new dinghies of 1946..

The Firefly was shown with a una rig for singlehanded sailing in the early plans, when they were shown in more detail in YW. One wonders why that version wasn't used for the Games. It highlights how the FF anticipated so many of today's multi-role SMODs, and wasn't the FF the first mass-market SMOD ...
by Chris 249
Sun Apr 12, 2009 2:30 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: taking the Point!!!
Replies: 6
Views: 3054

Re: taking the Point!!!

Do you want magazine pictures etc, or videos of the Australis proto sailing with the hard-chine Contender prototype?
by Chris 249
Sun Feb 22, 2009 11:52 am
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: HELP, does anybody recognize this design?
Replies: 20
Views: 8738

Re: HELP, does anybody recognize this design?

I can't find my Kite info, but from a couple of photos I've seen I'm fairly sure your boat is one. Basically, a baby Finn, often sailed by a couple of teenagers. And you may be in the right place to get help; there's a guy in Kailua who has a CB..... http://forums.sailinganarchy.com/index.php?showto...
by Chris 249
Sun Feb 22, 2009 10:53 am
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: HELP, does anybody recognize this design?
Replies: 20
Views: 8738

Re: HELP, does anybody recognize this design?

I think it's a Kite. It's definitely not a Windmill (deck design is similar, hull and rig design are not) and it's definitely not Australian.
by Chris 249
Tue Feb 17, 2009 1:23 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: Boat relationships Chart v0.1
Replies: 72
Views: 18364

Re: Boat relationships Chart v0.1

No red or grey squirrels down here, and ringtail and brushtail possoms don't interbreed AFAIK, and I'll leave the Greek to my father in law (one of the world's leading authorities on the popular and hotly-contested field of Homeric palimpests :? ) but I'll agree with Jim that on a worldwide basis th...
by Chris 249
Sun Dec 28, 2008 7:42 am
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: A quick quiz
Replies: 20
Views: 6568

Re: A quick quiz

Sorry, wasn't referring to the Int 12 as massive. The reference to the massive boat was to the very heavy 18 or 20 footer sailed singlehanded on the Seine in the Paris Olympics of 1924???.