Spinnaker launch deck holes
04/03/2020 at 11:43 pm #19891
Has anyone given any thought about cutting holes in the decks for spinnaker storage / launching as now allowed by the class rules and shown in the January newsletter? Setting out the holes as described in the rules should not be a problem but how to trim the edges of the hole in the fibre glass decks and is any strengthening under the deck?
The photos in the newsletter show a moulded trim edging to the holes, where can such a trim be purchased? My boat is an SP Boats SP1 boat sail number 14179. Any ideas before I start cutting!!
05/03/2020 at 1:13 am #19893
I choose not to go down that route; but wouldn’t life be boring if we were all the same!
But you are undoubtedly asking very relevant and pertinent questions.
07/03/2020 at 1:10 pm #19902
The modification is based on approved changes submitted by class-recognised boat builders, including appropriate strengthening etc.. I don’t believe we have any plans to provide structural information for “home” modifications, so any changes would of course be at your own risk to the boat.
Anyone else have comments?
07/03/2020 at 5:09 pm #19906
That raises an interesting point; for wooden boats the fundamental requirement is that the boat be built according to the plans, and then features such as these holes are specifically permitted by the rules.
For plastic boats, the fundamental requirement is that the boat be built by a licensed builder in accordance with the licence agreement, and the builder’s design will have been agreed with the Association in accordance with the Rules – which for new build do now permit these holes. But it is not clear whether, or how, compliance can be achieved for existing plastic boats, since once such holes are cut the boat will have been modified, and so will fall outside the licence agreement.
One for the clubroom lawyers, perhaps?? !!
08/03/2020 at 4:00 pm #19907
Some interesting thoughts, not going to cut any hole until some clear instructions and plans available.would be rather strange for a change to the rules that can not be applied retrospectively to older boats. This would be a first where old boats could not be kept up to date. The pictures we saw in the January news letter were of a glass boat, which builder had made the modes and was it a new build with a modified deck moulding? As the pictures showed what appeared to be an after fitted moulding trimming the openings I feel that some more details need to be published – Spring Mainsail?
08/03/2020 at 5:02 pm #19908
The person you really need to ask is David Rowlands, Chairman of the Technical & Rules Committee. Email via the Office.
11/03/2020 at 8:41 pm #19936
I will wait for the Spring Mainsail to see if any details given if not I will contact David
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