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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats
Tripp senior drove his Jag roadster over early fiberglass laminates so you were following in an honoured tradition.
I remember back in the 80's a guy brought some surplus/scrap Boeing carbon/aluminium honeycomb pieces to the local boatyard. I was absolutely stunned and fascinated by them - a piece around 12" X 8" X 3/4" (IIRC) was so weightless I couldn't believe it - noticeably lighter than plain balsa. We "curbed" it - put on an angle between a support and the ground - and were unable to deflect it ANY visible amount - that's 220 Lbs stomping on it. It was amazing - and that was about 30 years ago. What they make at a place like Lockheed now must be pure science fiction.
Bob - here are the planes with chines
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