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Thanks wise guys! I was thinking more along the lines of something a bit racier - which was why I used the example of an 8.5 seeing as they appear to be race focused. That shining example Squid put up isn't exactly a racing version. Probably skids along ok though?

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OK possibly a silly question but I've often wondered why someone doesn't design a big paper tiger? Say an 8.5 for arguments sake, planing hulls, perhaps without the reverse sheer we all know & love. Would it be a weapon or a dog?

 

Its a very dated hull shape, you can do a lot better.

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A bigger version of the Paper Tiger was built. It was called a Tiger Shark They were 18' long and had a beam of 8' so they could be put on a trailer. Ours had 2 on trapeze. They were all grp and lots of fun to sail. We widened ours to a beam of 10' so we could push it harder. We regularly beat the Hobie 18'. A frind of ours who also widened his ran a gennaker as well. That made it exciting in a bit of a chop!

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OK possibly a silly question but I've often wondered why someone doesn't design a big paper tiger? Say an 8.5 for arguments sake, planing hulls, perhaps without the reverse sheer we all know & love. Would it be a weapon or a dog?

 

It would be a dog. The hull shape would be very draggy in light airs, potentially fast in the breeze but all round not a winner.

 

The Formula 28 "Charlston" is basically a 28ft beach Cat with a modern hull shape but miles away from the 8.5 class which is promoting a multi use boat.

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It would be a dog.

 

I dissagree sam, I think saying it would be a dog might be exagerating somewhat.

 

For sure it wouldn't be the most optimal hull shape , but I think that you would be surprised if someone actually built a racing version how well it might go.

 

And I would have also thought that hard chine plywood construction would fit right in with the 8.5 class rule intent ? to promote cost effective racing ?

 

 

how many chines do you need to have before you couldn't tell the difference between a curved hull and a chined hull ? ...1, 2 , 3, 5 , 8 ? ?

 

 

....and what is a dog these days anyway ? ...anything thats not a cat I guess.

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