Nelson Passos

 

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  • in reply to: New outboard choices #2908

    Nelson Passos
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    I am very happy with my Yamaha F4A, 4 hp. It weighs 48-50 lbs and very ecconomic, one of the few outboard around that guives you a choice of internal and external tank with the flip of a switch. I understand the F4A can be converter to a 6HP by changing 3 carb jets and switching from the conventional coil to a CDI coil. The electrical is very simple, just few wires. I can contantly average 7 kts with 6 adults on board, no problem

    in reply to: Testing the new stability rules #2856

    Nelson Passos
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    This IDEFIX live knockdown video is a reminder one can never be too prepared for some serious injuries! Someone without a life vest, really? In that kind of weather! I’d be considering securing the stanchions to the toe rail after watching this.

    in reply to: Class Constitution #2812

    Nelson Passos
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    Thank you for all the replies and the suggestions. My researches leads me to some incredible deals. Island Planet Sails for instance have UK licensed Kevlar tape drives at Dacron prices. The Constitution however still wide open to possibilities of expensive carbon technology finding its way when least expected and would be out of reach for most. I’ve consider all aspects of technology low and high priced. Carbon at exorbitant prices eventually will be used at some point. As Scot pointed out, for a little more than $400 Kevlar is a viable and cost effective option over high end Dacron and Bruce’s 3DL 600 suggestion from Quantum as well. I’m happy to know of great possibilities out there. As more sail maker competitors come up in the market there will be more possibilities and choices within reach.
    ISAF OFFSHORE SPECIAL REGULATIONS addressed a similar issue on carbon sails:
    4.26.3 Materials a)aromatic poly-amides, carbon and similar fibers shall not be used in a try-sail or storm jib but spectra/dyneema and similar materials are permitted. ** b)it is strongly recommended that a heavy-weather jib does not contain aromatic poly-amides, carbon and similar fibres other than spectra/dyneema.
    I thought they were right on the money by introducing this amendment and perhaps a guide line for future consideration to others facing a similar issue. My question is really aimed to the open Constitution and position on Carbon sails and the best investment I can make to stay reasonably competitive.
    Regards

    in reply to: Class Constitution #2806

    Nelson Passos
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    Gentleman, this is my first post in this site, I have been mostly an observant here. It has been a great pleasure surfing thru this site learning about Olson 30s, my new passion. The wealth of information is absolutely fantastic. Since becoming an owner last year I have done a great deal of TLC work to my boat Hellion, to bring her up to her mighty glory. My excitement still growing every time I spend in the water with Hellion tuning her and finding out what has made this boat so famous. This is one the best boats I’ve ever sailed, no wonder it has such a great reputation. Everyone I came in contact with in my sail community speaks highly of Olson 30s. It’s great fame continues to live on today. My boat has never been campaigned or overstressed in competition before. There are no failures anywhere in it’s structure and it’s integrity is sound, what a blessing. The core and riggings is in excellent shape considering it’s age. Most of my rigging was in “as delivered” state then when I took over with most standard hardware and sails being original. She is not too far from being pristine now and it has been a great pleasure to have her. I carefully built her a new trailer, made new stainless stanchions with dyneema lifelines, replaced most running rigging with higher end sheets and halyards paying close attention to comments and suggestions posted in this site as well as the old Sailpix. I’ve taken carefully measured steps avoiding making mistakes others have made in the past and still there is more to learn and do. Looking forward into the future I would be delighted to participate in some competition events. However the high costs of the latest and greatest sails will be a hard act to follow. These costs alone will definitely keep me away from being competitive as will most other owners in the fleet. Most of us cannot justify the large purchase price of the latest technology. I was in absolute shock to find what a new set of high end 3DL loadpath carbon sails cost, and in that tone alone will far exceeds the value of my entire investment. The constitution has failed to addressed this very important issue to my surprise. Other classes have realized that from the beginning and have successfully implemented rules to keep costs down. Most of these fleets remain together by implementing smart rules making competition among themselves fair. Here in the San Francisco area the fleet presence is no longer active. So I was told by the owner of Think Fast another veteran Olson 30 owner and racer about the history of our fleet and issues like this that have caused the fleet to virtually vanish. Some boat owners here with unlimited budget will always walked away from the rest of the fleet for this reason and will discouraging the rest of us from participant in a challenge. I think it would be to the best interest of the fleet and fair competition to lower the cost of racing by specifying white sails or introduce a handicap system or a combination of both discouraging investing such an astronomical high price of sails into this ever escalating costs of the sport. Let us compete with skills from the captain, crew and tactics, not by unlimited funds. I think until this very key factor is addressed the inevitable outcome is imminent. Far and far less boats are engaging in one off races and boats are being sold away to other parts of the country scattering the fleet everywhere. Proof of it is shown right here in this site by the number of owners available and willing to participation in racing events. I would love to see the return of an active fleet to the San Francisco area and the return of one off racing events here. I think amendments to The Constitution addressing this issue would be to everyone’s best interest in order keep the fleet alive and perhaps encouraging more owners to keep their boats and compete. My own two cents worth.
    Regards, Nelson

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