Open 60 Details Slide Show

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (June 28, 2010)

2 Responses to “Open 60 Details Slide Show”

  1. Richard Says:

    Thanks for posting this great series of Open 60 photos. On this side of the pond even full time riggers rarely have the opportunity to see this state of the art. When you have time it would be great if you could select a few images and report on the functions of the equipment in detail. I had the opportunity to spend a couple of hours going over one of the early Finot boats back when the BOC was run from Newport, but it was a 1950 Chevy in comparison to these machines.

    I could put together a list of 20 questions and probably would miss the important details, but a few things jump out.
    The size of the mainsheet on PRB blows my mind. Can’t be over 3/8″ for that huge main. The spider’s web attachment to the traveler is also unusual.
    Amusing to see what looks like stainless steel stern pulpits on a boat where millions are spent to save weight.
    I wonder what happens to the vertical forward windows when hit by a wave? I guess you just have to sail faster than any wave—.
    What is the procedure to downhaul/raise those curved daggerboards?
    Do the deck spreaders rotate with the mast on PRB? If so how is the movement accomodated in the rigging system? Or does the mast cant as well?
    On the cassette rudder boats (Estrella, W Hotels) the bottom receiver seems extremely thin shelled even if made of carbon. Perhaps I’m missing something about how these systems deploy their rudders?


    ps – don’t paint Wind Horse orange!

    Steve Dashew Reply:

    Hi Richard:
    We will try and comment later when time permits. The deck spreaders are fixed, and used to reduce compression on the mast (which of course rotates). Basic goal with all of these boats is to reduce weight.