Boat Reviews

Wylie 43

by Sail Staff, Posted November 19, 2004
California-based designer Tom Wylie is known for his long, slender sleds with freestanding masts, so the configuration of the new Wylie 43 should come as no surprise. It's billed as an "ultralight downwind flyer" and is aimed at the section of the market that's looking for performance in a more-affordable 43-foot package. The hull is made of a cored carbon-fiber laminate; the 4,800-pound keel
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Boatworks

Wireless Resources

by Sail Staff, Posted November 5, 2004
No Strings Attached

Wireless technology is constatantly evolving and improving. To keep abreast of the latest developments log on to the following sites:

www.BandG.com; B&G’s site has information about the company’s RemoteVision wireless system that can control and monitor various electronic systems wirelessly


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Safety

Stability is the Key

by Dave Gerr, Posted October 10, 2004

For multihulls, there are four important indicators of performance and stability: the Bruce Number; the Real Performance Index; the Stability Number; and the Stability Factor.

Bruce Number

Bruce Number is another form of the sail area-displacement ratio (a power-to-weight ratio). It shows how much sail area relative to displacement (weight) a boat has, but tells nothing about a


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The Winged World of C Cats

by Sail Staff, Posted September 28, 2004
You would be forgiven for mistaking a room full of C Class catamaran sailors for aeronautical engineers. In some cases they are. The native C Cat speaker talks about Reynolds numbers, induced drag, camber, and angle of attack. They spew numbers and theories and formulas for speed.

The fraternity of international C Cat sailors spent much of September at Bristol Marine in Rhode Island. They


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Boat Reviews

West Wight Potter 15/19

by Sail Staff, Posted September 23, 2004

There is a reason why West Wight Potters have been in production for over 42 years. They may appear tiny compared to modern thin-water pocket cruisers, but their hard-chined hulls, simple sailplans, and economical accommodations are just as fun, safe, and effective as they were 40 years ago. Price: West Wight Potter 15, $7,395 (including sails, engine, and trailer, FOB Inglewood, CA);


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