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Re: Rallies Gone Wrong
I think this incident might point more to some design evaluation than anything else...
The first thing you’ll notice about the Alpha 42’s sleek lines is the reverse angle, wave piercing bows – the first on a production cruising cat. “Reverse bows basically extend the waterline without adding weight and they reduce pitch,” said Tarjan. “Other benefits are a much more comfortable motion at sea and reduced windage. Wave-piercers are also easier to steer and maneuver in waves. I collaborated with Pete Melvin of Morrelli & Melvin for the reverse bows on the 110-foot catamaran that I’m building in collaboration with Wally Yachts [the Aeroyacht 110]. The Alpha 42 is the ‘baby version’ of the 110-footer, and we’ve moved the mast further aft to keep the bows buoyant.”
...and/or the timing and passage choice for such a new boat. As someone said over at SA - having Hull #1 (if that's what it was) abandoned due to something like this is not great marketing.
Here's a link to photos of the build.
Last edited by smackdaddy; 01-16-2014 at 04:02 PM.