We’re constantly amazed at the cool shit that hits designers Francois Chevalier and Jacques Taglang’s strange little blog, but this is perhaps the best yet: Maxi-scows!
As seen in yesterday’s shot of the new Revolution 22 and as proven with David Raison’s dominant performance in the scow-bowed Mini-Transat, the scow concept has some serious advantages over traditionally pointy tips. More volume, more righting moment, and more room for stuff (in a cruiser) for a given length are obvious ones, but how about the ability to set headsail tacks off-center, to have robust articulating sprits, and to have extremely efficient heeled underwater profiles? Chevalier/Taglang created two preliminary designs to exhibit their thoughts on the subject – one to the non-canting WallyCento Open rule, and one as a no-holds-barred 100’ maxi; sort of a Speedboat that got hit in the nose with the ugly stick. Hey – everyone used to think plumb bows were ugly too, and we all know that a few monster race results brings a beauty all its own.