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post #6275 of Old 02-23-2014
bobperry
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Re: Interesting Sailboats

Paulo:
I am struggling to understand your argument here.

The Arpege rated well under the RORC and fit the Half Ton Class limit. I am sure it was designed to fit the Half Ton class. It would not have been an accident. Yacht designers do not work that way. It was a very effective RORC design and It's race record proves without a doubt that it was a very effecient racing yacht in it's early days.

A similar US production boat of that era would be the Robert Finch designed Islander 30. It was a comfy and fast cruiser/racer. I raced many miles on one myself. The big difference between the Arpege and the Islander 30 was the I-30 was a more advanced design with a broad stern and a spade rudder. However it would have rated well above the Half Ton Class limit. On the whole, if hull numbers are your criteria for sucess then yes, they built more Arpeges than I-30's. I think they built about 500 I-30's.

But I'm really, truly done arguing this Paulo. I am comfortable with my facts.

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