Recent comments from Members

  • 13/11/2012 - 16:56
    on Safran completely wrong on Goupe Bell well spotted
  • 12/11/2012 - 23:04
    In response to: Safran retires
    An IMOCA 60 has a maximum draft of 4.5 metres. A blank for a keel fin is likely to be somewhere around 5 metres long, 1 metre wide, and (being lazy) 0.2 metre thick. As a rough order of magnitude estimate, that comes out as a cubic metre. According to Wolfram Alpha, a cubic metre of titanium weighs 9960 lbs and costs $67K, €52K or £42K. I suspect machining will be hideously expensive for anyone who doesn't have an aerospace supplier as a sponsor.
  • 12/11/2012 - 20:50
    In response to: Safran retires
    I read there was only a five inch stub left - will be interesting to see what the cause was - two bangs says to me one for the initial fatigue failure as it finally bent / fractured the second as it became completely detached / snapped off. Real shame as this was clearly a boat pushing the technical boundaries and a great skipper.
  • 12/11/2012 - 19:51
    Just a comment regarding the Vendee based sponsors. If there is an increased global interest in the IMOCA class it may be possible with the help of OSM to link sponsorship between two different sponsors who may have interest in different races and can share costs, for instance one may want to do the Vendee Globe the other the Barcelona Double and could share build and running costs.
  • 12/11/2012 - 14:06
    In response to: Safran retires
    Anyone got a view on how much a titanium keel foil like Safran's would cost (assuming you weren't fortunate enough to have a sizable ingot of it hanging around, as they did....) Cost of titanium is around US$10/lb
  • 12/11/2012 - 09:47
    "To save time, stress and money, we use virtual development methods to design, analyse, optimise, and test the components before the yacht is built" Call me a sceptic but this project sounds like any normal boat builders job. Plywood tooling, composites from the store room etc. The rest is smoke and mirrors.
  • 11/11/2012 - 13:35
    In response to: Old faces, new positions
    "The ISAF Committee members, who are appointed primarily because of their expertise in a particular area" Does anyone know what these areas of expertise are because its not very obvious!
  • 05/11/2012 - 22:14
    Thank you for this really interesting article. I live in New York and as you know we just got slammed by Hurricane Sandy. One of the most destructive aspects was the flooding of the subways. I was thinking could you come up with a carbon fiber subway grate and entrance cover? If it was built of lightweight composite's the cover could be slid into place when needed. It would be a lot cheaper to do this and protect the subways from flooding than building gates or dams in N.Y. Harbor. If you need someone to help approach the Mayor I might be able to help. Jonathan Russo
  • 05/11/2012 - 14:48
    Superb video. Many thanks.
  • 05/11/2012 - 10:46
    I really like the tour, very insightful! Are there more parts to be released?
  • 02/11/2012 - 21:37
    Great sequence of videos James. Nice work.
  • 02/11/2012 - 13:44
    still finishing boards, so borrowed from Oracle, but they only have one left!
  • 02/11/2012 - 12:48
    i am guessing photoshopped ! but not much point as plenty of spies there too watch anyway.
  • 02/11/2012 - 11:30
    Err, No Port centreboard / foil then?
  • 02/11/2012 - 03:10
    so cool, these dockside chats! just as if we were talking with these guys as friends and equals...
  • 01/11/2012 - 16:25
    In response to: Bart's been busy
    I guess someone will buy one, but why you would want to replace an elm seat and steamed yew back with lacquered carbon beats me. What about a contemporary design that fully exploits the properties of carbon? Or am I missing something and that is the USP thingy?
  • 01/11/2012 - 13:25
    Another awesome video, thank you! Great to see the view point of both of these guys. This is why I subscribe to The Daily Sail. Well Done James and Crew
  • 01/11/2012 - 07:10
    Just loving this series of videos. Well done.
  • 01/11/2012 - 01:21
    Fantastic to see a series of interviews / chats like this. Keep this sort of thing coming. As someone else said - it makes the subscription worth it with great interviews and video like this. We want to see and hear more about the technical details of the boats. Keep up the great work.
  • 31/10/2012 - 17:32
    Safran's track is actually woven his sponsor's trick 3D weaving machine and then glued onto the tube afterwards.