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post #175 of Old 11-04-2013
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Re: Sailing, safety, & size

Just had it up once with just enough air to fill it. Still early days but it's an example how a advance in design allows a out of shape, fat old man fly a huge sail by himself safely. Much of the discussion seems biased toward smaller boats making use of believed fail safe systems and larger boats needing complicated systems. What seems to be overlooked is a lot of the new fangled stuff is really fool proof and easier. Examples
1. the parasailor
2. dutchmans and lazy jacks
3 dymeena replacing hanks on sails
4. ultra low friction blocks

These material advances make handling a 40 even 50 ft boat possible even for the geriatric crowd. And physics dictate a well founded well designed bigger boat is safer. Still, curious where folks think the break is in size before physical issues for the average cruising couple is e.g.where size becomes an issue because it's too big to handle without power.

P.S.- Paulo I went to engineering school in the beginning. Known about the spectrum. Still believe white sails last longer. We are no longer using Egyptian cotton or flax. (grin)

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