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When I got hull 34 I went back to Gerry Douglas and asked that very question he called me and assured me that he knew what he was doing. I wasn't questioning his design abilities but asked how the connection method used on the 275 was different from each of the 4 previous Catalina in that the 275 didn't connect to the Hull directly. He explained that the Hull deck connection on the 275 was inverted from the previous boats and that the backing plate crossed the hull to deck connection and therefore it effectively was connected to the Hull.Looks like a lot of hardware has been added to support the shrouds, which begs to question: how secure are the shrouds on hulls 1-50? I was just thinking this exact thought a couple of weeks ago and wondering what the shrouds are really secured to and what is preventing the shrouds from pulling out. As some or all of this may be hidden from view, it's more of a mystery than a known.
Wonder what size sail they'll be able to fly with the outer tracks now. Can't be too big, unless they have a second set further aft.
Not my boat, just learned about this forward boat change in conversations with Catalina about other stuff.Keep us updated on performance please.
What about the cushions? Are you going to modify them or forget them?
I don't see any backing on the jib track mounting nuts other than washers, am I missing something?
Did You consult with Catalina on this modification?
Really looks good!
Boy did I misunderstand you post! I thought you had modified your boat.
This will throw PHRF ratings into disarray.
While I love this boat, a Sport boat it is not.... Charleston fleet assigned me a 180 w the chute (202 w/o) and given my performance is looking to add to that...Dumbest thing Gerry did was slap the word "Sport" onto the the C275 name. That's how we ended up with incorrect PHRF's between 130 and 135, which will take at least a decade to correct.
Since I had such a commanding on last place I guess the PHRF committee determine that the inverse is true and they needed to give me time...The ancient C27 with inboard engine rates around 235 non spin in our local PHRF fleet.
In my opinion for PHRF fleets, if a boat is consistently winning then they warrant time being taken. Sorry, I know many disagree. But in order to promote even racing that will encourage participation the PHRF committee needs to hold to the "Performance" part of the rating. You need a strong fleet handicapper who watches the data. For example, if a boat shows up with beautiful new laminate sails and the rest are flying good but Dacron sails, the PHRF committee needs to take that into consideration unless they want the racing to be one of the checkbook.
People can go as high as they want on the competitive step ladder but ultimately the sport prospers by level competition at whatever level.
My comment is based on this, where you said:It's a fine line between avoiding the arms race with the checkbook and "Everyone gets a trophy." I am talking primarily about PHRF racing at the club level. I guess what I call fairly rating boats is something like if the boats were switched between the top sailors and the middle of the pack sailors, the top sailors would still win most of the time. If it's not the PHRF committee's job to create that racing, whose job is it? Who will be the watchdog stopping the Hobie 33 having its way with the cruising fleet like a wolf in a sheep paddock.
In any case subject to tension. Assuming you meant 'shear' shear failure would be the problem if the original fixture goes for anything other than corroded 316 irrespective. Unless you're talking about laminate failure at the gunnel where did you see a meth adhesive bonded lap of solid laminates like this fail under shear of a back plated wichard for a 5-6mm shroud load?The original chainplate attachment is NOT COOL, and I don't care what GD says. That need to be attached to the hull in SHEER, in not coupled through the deck in tension. I've see that design fail.