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R&D
One final reflection about recent events in the A Class, before resuming normal programming.Future posts will focus on hopefully interesting technical commentary, and updates on our projects… Flourishing The last couple of years gave us extraordinary advances in the capabilities of inshore racing sailboats.Arguably the root cause is development in the America’s Cup, where big...
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We now have an opening for a composite fabricator/shipwright. Our workload is growing so we would like to take on another team member.Projects include UAV airframes, customer parts, RC yachts, and our A Class catamaran.A good mix of one-off prototypes for R&D, and production items. If you possess skills in carbon fiber pre-peg construction, with...
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First Public Introduction of our All New A Class Catamaran Concept –          Speed, stability, easy to tune for different conditions, value, elegant engineering. –          Benefiting from three years of structured testing, data collection and validation. –          Developed in close collaboration with Glenn Ashby. –          Built in Australia to aerospace standards. Hull Shape –          High volume combined with...
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Some images looking back on a year of regrouping, transition and growth: Production L rudders, proven at the A Class Catamaran Worlds  Mould for experimental T rudder elevator with junction bulb.  Part of extensive R&D work on appendages Rudder gudgeon assembly with ‘between races’ rake adjustment Experimental gudgeons with ‘on the fly’ rake adjustmentvia tiller...
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We have received many questions regarding the differences between ‘active’ and ‘passive’ foil systems for full foiling.So here is a look at the principles with respect to performance. ActiveAn active system consists of a foil with variable camber or variable angle of incidence controlled by a sensor that measures heave position (ride height).The input can...
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New Moth bow mechanism developed with Scott Babbage now available from SailingBits.CarbonicBoats worked with Scott to develop a system with less friction, almost zero play, and built-in adjustment of gearing and wand length. Four prototypes incorporating different shapes and bearing materials were created and tested before the production version could be signed off.A great project for learning...
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Click here to read a Q&A Session with Martin Vanzulli who is doing a great job of keeping the A Class website up to date as well as running the Catsailingnews blog. The interview covers our V3 Paradox A Class design (nearing production) as well as our ongoing foil R&D work. The final questions are...
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Here is an extended mix showing some early runs with experimental control system foil configurations.Though there is still vast untapped potential, these sequences give a flavour of what is surely to come.Everyone who tried it commented, through a persistent grin, that it is easy and feels secure. As often repeated on this site, the goal...
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Lots to report as we continue to test over the winter…  We are working on the next-generation Paradox A Class Cat design for the 2015 season, resolving the details for all new tooling to be created in-house at a new facility.  Now that our new expanded production facility is operational we can tackle such jobs...
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As already mentioned, we have spent lots of time on the water recently, with different foil concepts, testing, evaluating and tuning. Some tests with Paradox sailing alone and some in the company of other known fast A Cats. It is safe to say that we are getting a handle on key issues and how they...
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