Posts Tagged ‘rambler’
As expected, the Anarchists got right into the Rambler discussion after we posted “Sawtooth” the other day; we know of course that there’s nothing particularly new about Dr. Frank Fish’s ‘tubercles’ – we first reported on them back in 2008. And there’s nothing new about them being on boats; after all, the guy who started the thread to discuss the Rambler’s teeth yesterday designed the big Icon, which we think was the first-ever race boat fitted with tubercles on the rudder (added by hydro guru Paul Bieker after the boat changed hands a few years ago).
Perhaps more intriguing is the fact that Juan K stuck ‘em at the tips of the rudders rather than toward the stock, arguing against their use as a sort of low-drag replacement for the foil fences that can delay ventilation at high speeds. We don’t know what Juan is thinking here, but there’s nothing new about that!
Come to think of it, we don’t understand why you’d build an 88-footer to compete against the supermaxis, unless your goal is to win on handicap, but no one would drop that kind of coin to win on handicap, would they? We’re hoping that George didn’t; maybe he told Juan his favorite marinas have a minimum draft, and that was the one number that Juan had as an absolute?
December 11th, 2014 by admin
Bite One: With a new one in the oven, It’s the swan song for George David’s much-conquering Rambler 90. David’s gotten more out of the big water-ballasted beast than could ever have been expected, though not at Les Voiles de St. Barths, where light air early in the week meant a distant second place behind the Aussie-stacked 69′ CAOL…something we can’t pronounce. This little boat bite was an easy early morning epoxy-and-tape fix, apparently a powerboat just had to get a closer look while the Rambler was on her mooring before Les Voiles.
Bite Two: Last month Hap Fauth’s big Bella Mente ran off to a Caribbean 600 win as explained right here by Mike Sanderson. This month, she loses her rig on the way out to the race course on Day 3 of Les Voiles. Fauth had a good shot to win, but not without a rig! An expensive week for maxis at the very expensive island of St. Barths. More in the thread.
April 21st, 2014 by admin