Feb 23, 2006, 3:56 PM
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New updates on the site should be up by Friday mid -day. I will give a run down on them now. On the water ballast issue....We talked about this early on but it just is not all that beneficial in our boats design........now some of these might address some concerns....
Re: [mainsheeter] The new boat "Annapolis 30"
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1. The boat is all SP systems now. The hull and deck construction has changed a bit. The outer layer is still E glass/epoxy and cored with Corcell(Deck is high density foam from SP). The big difference is the inner skin is now Carbon and Epoxy. SP Systems engineers are really excited about this because they think it will be tremendously stiff and remain so for a long,long time. The interior bulkheads and furniture is now cored laminates as well using E glass/Carbon and Epoxy. All laminates are vacum bagged and heat cured.
2. West Marines PBO rigging is now standard.
3. We added a 2nd ring frame. Now on the leading edge and trailing edge of the keel box a continuous ring frame supports the keel box, shrouds, mast step/compression post, and the single point lift. Take a look at the renderings of the interior on the website to see this. Everything is tied in together....this is very strong.
4. Chris Mitchell (Team New Zealand Mast Designer, CEO of AES) has finished the mast design. The 7/8 fract rig that is over engineered to create a very strong rig. We felt that going with a 7/8 rig was important because of the big assym kite. Chris is an absolute joy to work with and we highly recomend him for anyones mast design needs.
With this construction, the boat is going to be extremely stong. It is actually over engineered. The carbon will make the boat very stiff for years. Also with the weight savings....we were able to put 400 lbs in the bulb. The D/W ratio is now about 45. With the center of effort being so low and the D/W ratio I think this boat is going to be very stiff in a breeze and actually will make a great single or double handed sailboat. All this was accomplished in the last month with no increase to price because of the great reception this boat has received on web sites like this.
I would like to invite anyone who is interested in the boat to come to our Annapolis 30 Showcase at the Annapolis Waterfront Mariott March 16, 2006 to meet the team, Rob Ladd, and a bunch of Industry Reps who are supplying equipment for the boat. There will be presentations and an informal question and answer session to learn about the boat and the equipment on it. Hope to see you all there. We ask that you give us an RSVP to our email... email@example.com but it is not required.
ALso check the boat out in the latest issues of Sailing World and Spinsheet. The first boats will be here in August...and we will be attending the Annapolis Boat Show in October.