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    Default A47 MastFoil in Annapolis

    Hey folks,

    I just saw on Chis's website that A47 MastFoil Pounce will be at the show. I would rather have one of those than an Alpha 42 anyway...

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    Me too

    I will be interested in feed back from those that are there
    Andrew - MULTIHULL CENTRAL - Australian Distributors of Seawind & Outremer Catamarans and Corsair Trimarans (Queensland)

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    Quote Originally Posted by MC22 View Post
    I would rather have one of those than an Alpha 42 anyway...
    Me too but it is 3 times the price.
    BOB
    Going to the shrink 2 days in a row is making me crazy.

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    You're a dream wrecker

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    Did anyone here get a chance to look at the A47 Mastfoil? Would be very interested in opinions and feedback. Thanks.

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    I did not see it there. If it was there, it was well hidden or has an excellent stealth mode....

    2 Hulls Dave

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    Dear 2Hulls,
    At the Annapolis Show Chris White's 47 with mast/foils was opposite us, Outremer 5X, on D Dock. Went aboard briefly. Visually, from the outside, the hulls look fair and clean. Look's similar to other White designs. I would call the rig "interesting". As an Outremer 55 Light owner I appreciate the simplicity of the interiors.
    Stuart

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    Damn. How did I miss it? I was aboard the 5X and had a nice chat with Kent from Just Catamarans. Maybe I was too taken with the 5X? My apologies for giving a false report on the CW boat. My oldstimers......

    2 Hulls Dave

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    You have good taste, both the 5X and Kent .
    Stuart

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    I was there and got on board s/v Pounce. Really impressive quality both inside and out, very clean and simple. Both Chris White and the builder from Alwoplast in Chile were there. I wanted to chat with Chris a bit about the mastfoil rig performance, patents, status of the A41 build, etc., but I think he was continuously occupied with "taking orders"! ...at least when I was there on Friday morning. I think the sheer size and presence of the mastfoils are what impressed me the most. They were both feathered into the wind dockside, controlled by what seemed like relatively small lines, an indicator IMHO to the much lower stresses involved as compared to a mainsail... awesome stuff! Can't wait to hit the lottery...

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    I spent a lot of time on the Mastfoil 47, and came away with even more respect for Chris' practical genius. Every where I looked there was evidence of considerable thought about what would enhance the cruising life. For example, all the sail controls lead to the cockpit, but what do you do with the tails? On this boat, they drop into a slot at the back of the cockpit seat, out of the way of slippery feet. And the slot keeps rain water from standing on the seat. Gone are the little cubbies that seemed to fill up with suntan lotions, hats, gloves and handheld gadgets, and leave the sheets out on the seats and deck, to trap the unwary. The various and sundry devices stay with the owners!

    Rotating foils are not new. Early experimenters were stymied by the limited choice of construction material, but they were tried, with mixed results. The Gurney Flap (see Wikipedia for a comprehensive description) is the prize contribution. It is a very simple, adequate, and elegant solution to a number of nagging problems. They are controlled by a simple, thumb-actuated lever, and make a significant contribution to lift, while making large, complex moveable foils unnecessary.

    The boat can be sailed with the masts alone, but the wind hardly notices them when allowed to (silently!) weathercock. They cloth sails furl and reef with the touch of a button or a lot of turns with a winch handle on the furlers. Either method is much preferred over dealing with a quarter acre of mainsail.

    What I didn't really grasp at the onset is the fact that this setup is not a rule bending, on the bleeding edge racing mod meant to garner a bunch of trophies before some ruling body bans it. This system is meant to make cruising easier for a crew of two! In real life, the mastfoil 47 is just about as fast as another Atlantic cat of similar dimensions, but much easier on the crew, and that means much safer too.

    I want one. I'm a good partner, with a slip. Any takers?

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    I'm in... again though, after I hit the lottery.

    Did I see your A42 at the lighthouse dock in Hope Town this past March?

    Kevin

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    Kevin: We stayed at the Moorings Base.

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