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    Default I don't want to hear any more smacktalk about polytarp sails

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    They do go well!
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    Some people have made very good junk rig sails from polytarps.
    My take is that if you poke someone with a sharp stick they'll get annoyed, if you smile and shake their hand they will be your friends.

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    Very cool.

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    Awesome.

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    Wow! How much did those boats cost? No billionaire sponsor!? The crews do not wear uniforms! The sails do not have advertising! They are having fun! For God's sake do not make them an Olympic class.

    What do you call a lug rig like that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ahp View Post
    Wow! How much did those boats cost? No billionaire sponsor!? The crews do not wear uniforms! The sails do not have advertising! They are having fun! For God's sake do not make them an Olympic class.

    What do you call a lug rig like that?
    I have no idea but they do make tracks on the water. They actually make me think a little bit of the Aussie 18 skiffs.... preposterous sail plans, big racks to get the crew outboard. They have to be proas, as I see no way to get the rack on the other side. That means that the rig must swing around. That's pretty interesting.

    They won't go fast in big waves, but hot damn do they smoke along in the flat stuff!
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    Yes, they are proas. I would love to see them shunt. I am very curious about their strategy. It is not outside possibility that they make a very slight adjustment to shunt -- rather than some major swinging and canting of the big rig, instead they make some less dramatic but speedier adjustment that allows a new "tack". On one tack there may be a copromise as part of the rig seems aback against the sprit/yardarm. I am not explaining this well but I am thinking they they have a "bad tack," as we sometimes say about the aback portion of a balanced lug sail on one tack. On some of these proas, the rigs seem to be compromising sail set, and that is seen as a good strategy, perhaps with fewer motions to change tack (or shunt, as we usually say when a shunting proa "tacks"). Their compromise may be more evident than actual, as many people say about their balanced lugs, and in reality they experience little penalty in speed, and perhaps their course does not demand ultimate ability to point more upwind. -- wade

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    Default Re: I don't want to hear any more smacktalk about polytarp sails

    I don't want to break anyone's heart, but apparently the serious guys who race canoes in the capital spend up to $20,000 buying sails made by yacht sailmakers in top quality dacron.

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    I don't want to break anyone's heart, but apparently the serious guys who race canoes in the capital spend up to $20,000 buying sails made by yacht sailmakers in top quality dacron.
    Noted. But are they having more fun for spending more money?

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    Default Re: I don't want to hear any more smacktalk about polytarp sails

    Quote Originally Posted by Chris249 View Post
    I don't want to break anyone's heart, but apparently the serious guys who race canoes in the capital spend up to $20,000 buying sails made by yacht sailmakers in top quality dacron.
    wonder if they go any faster for having spent the 20,000?

    serious question.

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