Reply To: Hull corrector weight discussion
I see how the easy option would be to scrap the rule and leave it completely open for people to do what they want.
This will most defiantly be the absolute worse thing you could do for the class.
1. Older boats (i.e. wooden one’s and older fibreglass one) would immediately become obsolete and worth nothing to sell. People would drop out of the class.
2. Newer boats that get built would be pushed to the extreme. This would have the effect of dramatically reducing the structural integrity of the hull as all the weight would be in the middle. Other areas of the boat would be compromised just to save weight. Boats won’t last as long, meaning they won’t be as competitive for as long, meaning a new boat every 3-4 years. Too expensive! people will drop out of the class.
3. The reason why weight gets concentrated is to change the pitching characteristics of the hull. The only way this could be regulated would be to swing test all hulls and place corrector weights accordingly until the correct gyration is reached. (exactly how the Finns do it). This way everybody knows they are racing against another boat that has the exact same pitching characteristics as theirs.
The class rules allow for hulls to be swing tested. As far as I know there is no information as to what the correct radius of gyration?? for the OK is. (not sure if that is the correct term). Perhaps we could get a Finn class measurer to take us through the process so we could start collecting data on existing boats.