Last update, July 26, 2000
July 11, 2000
Status of Construction:
The yellow and orange (West and Cullen) were built in West's shop and are complete. Cartwright's maroon and gold was build in his shop. Krinitt's blue boat is not completed and is in West's shop. Silva is building his boat and is not likely to be done this season. The Dumas black and white Bitch and the yellow Wings will be refurbished and brought back to the water.
This is the final measuring of three '95 standard Ribeiro hulls. These boats have been in the water and are weighed, fully rigged and equipped as if going to the water including jib boom weight.
In addition to Big and Little Foot, we now have Baby Foot. This is a section from the bow of the commercial keel ballast used in the construction. It is considered to be part of the primary ballast and is installed at all times when in the water. However, it can be placed at the forward end of the ballast, from where it was cut, or placed in the aft keel area with the other multiple ballast. The movement of this weight is for trim angle adjustment only.
This flexibility was considered when observing the water conditions at Coulon Park on Lake Washington in the Seattle area last October. At that time and in other reports, conditions there can often provide a lumpy water surface despite the wind speed. It is our understanding that a more positive trim angle would be desired in such conditions.
This boat's setup needs to be explained. Tom's considerations after the first weighing was to glue Little Foot into the hull with the primary ballast. The boat was heavily built and did not employ the Baby Foot option. Tom moves the battery instead at the only weight he is legal. The rigging is different than the other two boats and considered to have more weight. This boat was also painted.
West's boat is 1/8" to 3/16" more narrow in the four amidships stations than Cullen due to a curing mistake during the deck installation. This is also noted by a slightly longer waterline. Primary ballast, hull and deck weights make the differences in total weight. Aside, they were built identically.