NACRAJON Posted May 28, 2009 Report Share Posted May 28, 2009 Thinking of changing classes to a Taipan 4.9 or F16 at the end of the 2010 sailing season. It’s a way off but I am interested in working through the options. Currently sailing a NACRA 4.5 to a reasonable level after 1yr of sailing but have not yet mastered the boat. My plan is to race the 4.5 over the next season and gain proficiency with the spinnaker single handed. If at the end of the season I can regularly pick up placings it will be a signal to move up classes. I move around Aust for work regularly therefore it isn’t as simple as finding a local club and joining whatever fleet they race. So I require a boat that is a bit of an all rounder. Replacement boat must haves. 1. raced single or double handed 2. able to be rigged and dragged up a soft beach on beach wheels by one person 3. able buy a good quality boat for $12,000 4. composite hulls - no wood (personal opinion only) 5. established class in Australia 6. able to go for weekend camping trips up the coast, two up F16 or Taipan 4.9 - meet must haves 1-5 (F16 No. 3?), dubious about No. 6 Pro’s F16 or Taipan 4.9 - Seems to be at least one 4.9 at most clubs so generally will have someone to race against. - Two F16’s at current club, seems to be a slowly growing class - F16 able to be raced against F18 - 4.9 is able to be raced as one design and in F16 as a tier two boat Cons’s F16 or Taipan 4.9 - Ferrari like boats, 4.9 have reputation for being fragile and of limited lifespan (assumed to be case for F16 also) - F16 is a limited development class, don’t have money to buy a class leader or be competitive - Increased rigging time over 4.5 - Not as family friendly - High aspect ratio dagger board boats have to treated with more respect on where you can sail them. - Both boats would require a steep learning curve after the 4.5 Other single handed boats Hobie 17 good tough all rounder (heavy), wings are bonus for family but it has a high vardstick. No great advantage over 4.5 Spi boat. 16sq isn’t able to be rigged single handed, sweeper sail not family or camping friendly. No large classes in southern states, but NACRA blokes are a good bunch and it is a tough boat. Glass hull Mosquito. Don’t know enough about these, but they don’t appear to be much quicker than a Spi equipped 4.5 4.5 meets requirements 1-6, but too slow to keep up with the bigger boats (especially with 2 adults on board), generally placed in a lower division sometimes with shorter less challenging courses. Sick of being blown away by 5.8’s, Hobie 20’s etc. Has advantage of being tough, forgiving and be able to put in a good performance on yardstick without requiring an exceptional sailor. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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