So, Mike, what if a mast head flotation system could be built that actually
enhanced the anti-capsize function while having a positive gain on aerodynamics?
Would that get your interest?
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had conversations with three racer/cruiser open deck catamaran manufacturers
about masthead flotation systems. All three chose to avoid them because
the extra windage that high is pretty significant, and also because they
wanted to avoid weight at the masthead.
One manufacturer decided
to avoid righting systems altogether, one went with a compressed-gas system
that will inflate a bag at the masthead, and one has yet to unveil its new
A schooner rig with wing masts would likely
offer enough flotation. I'd still consider a compressed-gas system as
well. Either that or I'd keep an inflatable dinghy ready, as well as a
spare halyard, and make sure I had a system to hoist it up the masts when the
boat is on its
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