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If you have a recent boat with a Selden mast pay attention:

Selden had made a recall on the forestay fittings of some of their masts (2004-2008). The piece has the reference - 517-914. Here is the piece photo and all information:

Seldén Mast AB


The failures can happen on long distance cruising using only the genoa and Cracks are along the weld on the underside part of the fitting and will not be visible.

Many boats affected, between them: Arcona 460, Bavaria 46, Dehler 47, Elan Impression, Finngulf 44, Hallberg Rassy 40, Maxi 1300, Najad 460, 400,405,440, Omega 46, Salona 45, Sweden Yachts 42 and 45, Southerly 42, Van de Stadt 44, and Etap 46.
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Tartan 4000, boat of the year for Cruising world Magazine, boat of the year for sailing world magazine...I guess that I have to make a post about it.

Let me tell you that among the production American boats Tartan are the ones that I like most. I like the old 4100 and its mix of classicism and modernity.

I cannot say that I like the 4000 very much. They have utilized a some years old hull, the one from c&c 121, a good hull that is not yet dated, a modern hull, a beamy hull that marks a sharp contrast with the traditional hull of the previous model....and then, instead of having a modern design for a modern hull they treated the overall outside design in a very classical way.

In my opinion it is not a match, I mean the modern wide hull and the retro classical line. I find the previous model much more elegant and comfortable in its lines: Traditional hull, classical line.





The cockpit looks good and functional but the transom seems anachronistic with a very small opening and without a bath platform. That could be justified in a classic boat with a classic hull, but on that large and modern stern that little gate seems out of proportion.

The interior is very nice in a traditional way but the layout only permits a two cabin version while on other boats of this size we can find a similar sized galley and three cabins. But the worse is the lack of outside views from the saloon. I really think that is going to be a very negative point in what concerns sales. If you target the small niche of classical boats, a classical hull without hull ports can make sense, but when the target is the main market it makes no sense at all.



Another strange thing is the carbon mast. I am all in favor for them in performance boats but notwithstanding Sailing world choice as this boat as performance sailboat of the year, this boat is not a performance sailboat and that mast looks out of place in a 40ft boat that displaces around 9T (and makes it unnecessarily more expensive).

The keel, more than the hull looks dated and it is in flagrant contradiction with the Carbon mast. It is too wide and has much weight on the support and not as much as it should have in the bulb if instead of an all lead keel it had a steel narrower and thinner support and a lead bulb.



Some good choices, some odd choices makes this boat an unbalanced one and is difficult to understand how it got so many prizes. I hope I am wrong and this boat can be a sales success. Ultimately it is the public that decides what is a good boat and a bad boat and I would hate to see Tartan disappear and this boat is very much the last opportunity to get it right for Tartan.


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Hey Andrews, if you liked the Elan 210 you are going to like this one, it is the same concept but on a North European view, the Campus 7.4, a sweet boat that can even have a real head. The boat is made by Fabola that is the company that make the Fabola Diva 35, 36 and 38, beautiful boats that were already posted here.











It is a dam fast little boat, a boat that is a lot of fun to sail and has a simple but beautiful interior:







And a test comparison with the Elan 210:




The boat weights 1 250Kg, has a ballasted swing keel with 300kg and is easily trailerable.


Technical data Fabola Campus 7.4

LOA (length body) 7.45 m
Total length 7.26 m
Width 2.59 m
Draft 0.30 to 1.75 m
Weight 1.25 t
Ballast-/anteil 300 kg/25%
Sail Area 27.8 to 30.5 sqm

Price starts at € 27 350and can go till 45,000 €, in this case including trailer (prices include German VAT). Not cheap, but this a Swedish boat

Nice test on the German Magazine Yacht and a comparative test with the Elan 210 on the Norwegian magazine Seilas.
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Last edition of the Yacht sailing magazine comes with a fantastic story:

The worse documented nightmare in a boat. Well, it does not beat Ulysses misadventures but it is pretty bad. The story is about a 3 mast sailboat trying to pass the worn. They have taken 99 days and lost 3 men. Huge storms keep pushing them back. This was their course:





Can you imagine? that is absolutely crazy...what a nightmare

The boat was this beauty:





The ship was the three mast "Susanna" with captain Christian Jürgens Simon and the year was 1905.
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Does any of you experienced the NAJAD 355 or any other recent ones like the 380 /410 /440AC and CC /505/ 570?
I would like to see coments !
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Hey Andrews, if you liked the Elan 210 you are going to like this one, it is the same concept but on a North European view, the

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Nice. The idea of a simple nippy day sailor really does have appeal. There are plenty of days when it would be great to just jump on board and go for a blast, not to mention the occasional club race and/or twilight.
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Does any of you experienced the NAJAD 355 or any other recent ones like the 380 /410 /440AC and CC /505/ 570?
I would like to see coments !
You are interested in all those boats?

Najad are expensive Luxury cruisers, very good boats with very nice quality interiors. They are on the same league with Halberg Rassy and Malo, all Swedish boats but I guess you already now that. Old ones are a bit on the slow side but new models are good sailing boats, a bit slower than the typical mass production cruiser in light wind but relatively fast and seaworthy with medium winds.

Here you have a movie from the Yachting Monthly test sail to the Najad 410:



And a test summary:

Najad 410 | Single-hull Boat Reviews | Yachting Monthly | Single-Hull Boat Reviews | Yachting Monthly

A test by Sail magazine on the 570 with a movie:

Najad 570 Test Sail | Sail Magazine

A movie of a 440ac in a race



Some test sails on the 355:

http://www.sailmagazine.com/sailboat-reviews/najad-355

http://www.cruisingworld.com/sailboa...pocket-cruiser

http://48north.com/may_2008/najad/najad_1.htm

some more nice movies:








And here a list of tests you can find about each model:

Najad Owners Forum - Boat Reviews

And you speak German and don't mind to pay 2€ for each you can find some good ones here, including some comparatives :

Download*|*YACHT.DE

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An interesting book, or better an interesting new edition of this Jimmy Cornell classic:



I bought it on the Paris boat show, or better my wife bought it to me and I could not see it properly because she declare that it was my Christmas gift and wrap it up away from me

But it is basically composed with big A3 pages like this one:



A collection for a given ocean or zone, one page to each month.

The data was collected during the last 20 years by NASA and includes winds and currents.

The boat was also some comments about each region, problems, best way and time to cross and so on.

It would be very useful to the ones that are out there or that plan to cross oceans or sail extensively and it would be very useful to improve the quality of dreaming of all armchair sailors
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A great movie with Soto 40 racing with a lot of wind



And another good one with Thomas Ruyant solo sailing a Beneteau Figaro:



And another one with a Solo Figaro, this time with Jean-Pierre Nicol:


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An interesting book, or better an interesting new edition of this Jimmy Cornell classic:


But it is basically composed with big A3 pages like this one:


Did some digging and here's an explanation of the symbols in the diagram above:

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The ocean charts in this atlas show the mean wind speed and direction for every month of the year in each of the world’s oceans . Each wind rose is located in the centre of either a ten or a five degrees square and shows the distribution of the winds that prevail in that area from eight cardinal points . The arrows fly with the wind and their lengths show thepercentage of the total number of observations in which the wind has blown from that cardinal point . The number of feathers shows the forceof the wind, which has been recorded most frequently from that sector .
The wind force is measured on the Beaufort scale, with each feather being equivalent to one unit of wind force, so that four feathers represent an average force 4 winds from that direction for that particular month . In areas with prevailing winds, the resulting arrow would be too long to be shown in its entirety, in which case for percentages higher than thirty, the percentage is shown numerically on the shaft .
The figure in the centre of each circle gives either the percentage of calms in blue (less than force 2), or the percentage of storms in red (more than force 7), whichever is greater .
Ocean currents are shown as green arrows indicating their prevailing direction while the rate is reflected in the number of feathers, each being equivalent to 0 .25 knots . Therefore, an arrow with four feathers indicates a mean rate of 1 knot during the month in question

Great Thread, Paulo.... keep it up!
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