Following exerpts from Rudolph after the first
three sails on Blind Date, a Visionarry 15m in Holland built by Rudolph for Jan
Schipper who will be using it to take blind people sailing on the
We had BD out for a sail yesterday again. Me and co
Wind about 15 knots. The boat accelerated effortlessly and I think we must have hit 15 knots
but let go the sheet before there was time to see.
The sails seem ok. Maybe a bit too deep at the top
but that is on purpose as it is easier to cut away extra curve at the luff then
to add some.
Mast seems stiff but we didnīt really have
time to watch it.
We were very exited by the speed and ease with
which it occurred.
Better then the first trip when lots of things
suffered from minor hick ups and everyone was busy getting used to the sight of
sails on BD! Plus no wind.
We have been out today. Pulled a steering line turning block off
Wind speed about 7 to 10 knots boat speed 7 to 9.
There doesn't seem to be much difference in balance
( or lack of it ) with boards half way up or down.
Shunting still not too good, but we are working on
it. The trick is to turn the rudders first and not too soon pull the
We got things working again this afternoon and went
out again. ( Great job! )
13 knots wind speed on the wind 8 to 11 ,
reaching 13.7 max ( GPS speed)
Pulled up the front rudder entirely. That balances
the boat . Aft rudder nicely fore and aft. Steering still very hard, but we
found out the quadrant jams hard on the bracket. We are thinking of changing the
bearingd and/or trimming the bottom of the quadrant.
When at speed spray is flying straight up off the
bow, very spectacularly. I think it should be able to go very
Mast bends aft only above the headstay. Below that
sideways. Must say that although I saw more unstayed masts it takes getting used
to seeing it bend. So far I would say it is certainly stiff enough.
Today we were happy campers, nothing broke, we seem
to have balance in the boat. Possibilities to improve things, what more do you