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#65489 - 04/09/06 07:52 AM Re: Pictures of Nacras Infusion "hot off the press [Re: Dan_Delave]  
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Dan,

I have only sailed the MK11 Blade against the Capricorn just once. It was a mixed weekend & on the wery windy day the Capricorn cartwheeled ( Greg Goodall ) chasing us to the finish. The blade in not really all that affected by nose diving. It actually does not really nosedive, just seems to surf right out of the depest trough that you think has got you. Its very reasurring.

The is no doubt the capricorn is nice boat & there are quiet a few differences between the boats when along side each other.

Production of the Blade F18 is in the pipeline for later this year.

Marcus


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#65490 - 04/09/06 01:13 PM Re: Pictures of Nacras Infusion "hot off the press [Re: Marcus F16]  
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Marcus:

I have taken a couple of pictures and stacked them. I did not have a picture of the Capricorn but will put it side by side in the same frame if I get one. The Blade seems to have more rocker than the Infusion. Maybe likes the waves a bit more for that reason. I do not know what sized waves you were in. When I sailed the Infusion we had some swells, maybe 2 to 4 foot on average some bigger at times. I do not remember the bows ever going underwater completely so I cannot really judge the recovery from that. The boat is designed, according to Pete Melvin to take most of the crew weight back. The front crossbar seems to be a bit further back than my Tiger. Downwind the boat steers very easily whether sailing really high and hot or low. I was trapezed out on the wire in the back, no footstraps or line from transom. I was very confident back there while playing the spinnaker. I think that if I were in big seas I would like the rocker. For the seas we have in CA we can get away with a bit less rocker, but we need enough to maneuver with the swells we have. Lakes, with flat conditions, could use even less.

Thank you for the information. Are you sailing the Blade in France in July? I would like to take a close look at it there.

Later,
Dan

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Steve,

You have been busy. Nice set of Photo's. The new nacra rocker looks a lot like the original Blade MK1 & it performed well on the lakes, but the bay & ocean veues were not so kind - hence the MK11.

Dan,

The swells that i was referring to were between 2 & 4m and too close together for comfort. Steve (F18ALive) can confirm what Sandringham can be like.

There wont be any Blades at the worlds in France, but there will be a team of boats at the Aust worlds next year. Boats should be in full production before the event.

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Marcus


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There wont be any Blades at the worlds in France, but there will be a team of boats at the Aust worlds next year. Boats should be in full production before the event.

Regards

Marcus


Marcus:

I am sorry to see that they will not be in France but look forward to seeing them in Australia. Are you anywhere near Jervis Bay? Have you sailed there?

Steve: Thanks for the photos.

Dan

#65494 - 04/19/06 07:51 AM Re: Pictures of Nacras Infusion "hot off the press [Re: Dan_Delave]  
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Dan,

No have not sailed there - have heard good reports but the club facilities were not going to be up to standard.

Yepoon should be good location. We will still have to drive about three thousand km's to get there.

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Marcus


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As this is the Nacra Infusion thread, here is a trimsheet compiled by the team riders.

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