berthos Posted April 15, 2002 Report Share Posted April 15, 2002 The development of an F18 class in Australia could only be good for sailing. Its not a class that I would personally support though. I'm not keen on lugging 180kg boats around the beach. My own support will be for the F16HP (high performance) class. These boats have a minimum weight of about 105kg, are as fast as, or faster than the F18 class and generally cheaper. The F16HP class includes the Taipan 4.9 with spinnaker. The 4.9 is already quicker than the Hobie Tiger upwind - put a Kite on it and wave as you pass them downwind too. If there were a F18 type boat that had a minimum weight of about 140 kgs I might be tempted. For more info on the F16HP see http://www.geocities.com/F16HPclass/ Rob Wilson Taipan 4.9 AUS 175 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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