I think that's what they're hoping for.Looks like a comfy perch, with a great view of the jib. Wish I was there.
Well, my 'qualifications' are quite minimal, I can assure you...To the poster who calls the club-footed jib the 'dumbest thing he's ever seen', I'm not sure of your qualifications, but I think this is a Nat Herreshoff design, is it not? They don't call him the Wizard of Bristol because he's a dummy....
No doubt, Bob. But Artisan isn't trying to re-invent old designs like this. Their skill is bringing some of the building aspects up to date without re-inventing the design.Both sails look a bit overtrimmed but other than that he looks like he is enjoying himself. Having the jib on a club limits your sheeting options. Bad idea. And I don't give a rat's patootey if LFH did like jibs on clubs. They don't work worth a damn.
PFD? On a day like that?
What do you guys mean by "Club" booms?No doubt, Bob. But Artisan isn't trying to re-invent old designs like this. Their skill is bringing some of the building aspects up to date without re-inventing the design.
As you know, boats like these Watch Hill 15'a are based on hundred year old one design class boats, many of which are racing today. Sure, there's faster boats today but this is still a good boat and fun to sail.
And if they're all the same, and everybody has got a club boom(they work well enough), you've got a heck of race!
oh okay,Thank you ... a clubbed jib would bang against my Lightnings' mast, right?I agree totally. And, I'd love to race in that class. How can you not admire that boat? Just don't try to tell me that is at good as it gets in terms of design efficiency because that would be silly.
I have raced El Toros. I understand the fun of racing silly boats one design.
Look closely. On the foot of the jib there is a spar. The jib is laced to this spar. This spar is called a "club". In the old days it was a way of doing things. Over time we learned that it was not efficient. It's convenient but it's not fast. If it were you would se it used today. There is a learning curve. For some of us.
But I love old, traditional boats. I'd be very happy racing that boat. Very happy.