That's how artist Julien Berthier describes his unique vessel Love Love. It may look like it's sinking and is way down by the bow, but in fact it's floating right on its design waterline.
It may well be "a safe leisure object" (when navigating in moderate conditions), but I doubt it's very functional. I think it might more accurately be described simply as an objet d'art.
News & Views
Due to an abrupt increase in sailing magazine responsibilities (ironically), I've concluded I won't have time to sail Lunacy south for the winter this year. Instead, for the first time in three years, she'll be hauled out next week and stored on the hard here in the soon-to-be-frozen Northeast. I am none too happy about this and over the past two days sought to console myself with one last solo mini-cruise on Casco Bay.
Of all the many anchorages within spitting distance of Portland, the most popular is probably Jewell Island. The island is laced with a nice maze of trails, and at the south end there's a large complex of old World War II fortifications that are great fun to explore. The old concrete observation tower is eight stories high and affords a fabulous view of a huge swath of the coast. The gun emplacements, meanwhile, look large enough to seat weapons capable of hurling shells the size of compact cars a dozen miles or more.
In the summer the anchorage itself, which is small and quite narrow, is often overcrowded. But I reckoned this time of year, nearly two months after Labor Day, I just might have it all to myself.
The Lunacy Report
It’s been a while since we discussed all those mysterious numbers that both boat designers and journalists are always throwing around to confuse us when they talk about boats. You’ll recall last time I bloviated about displacement/length ratios. One big reason it’s a good idea to go to the trouble to calculate a boat’s D/L ratio is that you can use this number to refine your estimate of the boat’s maximum speed potential beyond the relatively rough estimate afforded by the classic hull-speed formula we discussed earlier.
Boats & Gear
The week following the Annapolis show I returned to the Chesapeake to test-sail four different boats for SAIL magazine. You'll be able to read detailed reviews in future issues of the comic, but I thought I'd share a little preview of my experience aboard the Radical Bay 8000, the unique new production catamaran with a biplane wishbone rig on which I blogged earlier. The really cool thing about sailing the Radical Bay is that I really had no idea what I was doing. Even the guy who built the boat, Ian Morse, is still unraveling its mysteries.
The mind boggles when contemplating the potential aerodynamic complexities of sailing with two separate mainsail-and-headsail rigs flying side by side. For example: at one point during our test, while sailing on a broad reach, I was a little amazed to see the boat's leeward mainsail invert and jibe to windward as it got sucked into the backdraft of the windward sail. We ended up sailing for a while in an inverted wing-and-wing configuration, with the wind on our quarter and both mainsails flying inboard of their respective hulls.
"You have to build a model," I said to Ian, shaking my head in amazement, "and buy some wind tunnel time to figure all this out."
"No," he answered laughing. "I need to spend more time sailing this boat to figure it out."
Yet another tidbit from Annapolis: Beneteau's new Dock & Go propulsion system made a big debut and was featured on a new Beneteau Sense 50 that put on a little show and attracted big crowds and rounds of applause every hour, on the hour, just like the fountains in front of the Bellagio in Las Vegas. Wonder of wonders, the big 50-footer was spinning like a top within its own length and motoring sideways from dock to dock.
Yet another intriguing bit of kit I sussed out in Annapolis is this new Max-Prop Ecowind propeller from PYI. As described to me by PYI's Fred Hutchinson, the prop has a spring in the hub that automatically varies the forward pitch of the blades as the load on the blades changes. By maintaining optimal pitch at all times, whatever the conditions, the prop is supremely efficient and maximizes boatspeed and range while decreasing fuel consumption.
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