The Composite Craft Flying Fifteen Cockpit….

This is the cockpit of the new Composite Craft carbon fibre Flying Fifteen. Now what can we learn here??

© Charles Apthorp

Well to start with, the cockpit looks a bit roomier than an Ovi, don’t you think?  This is mainly because the side tanks are made as narrow as possible in the rules, so Charles says, to hang out harder – Argghhh !!  Then what else can you see here? What do you think of the console? You can certainly move past it a lot more easily than the Ovi Console in a narrower cockpit…. Note the offset bailers too. And generally note the amount of carbon trim around the cockpit – the jib tracks, the genoa platforms – and you can see clearly how the spinnaker sheets emerge from the tanks right up on the centre line…. they are the odd shape black fibre oval shapes in the picture. Note the flashy spinnaker sheet takeoffs too.

It would make a pretty good “RS Flying Fifteen”, don’t you think?

You can enlarge the photo by clicking on it…

1 thought on “The Composite Craft Flying Fifteen Cockpit….

  1. The photo was taken while the boat was being stringed up prior to the dinghy exhibition last year. The control lines are off set to reduce the angle of turn, and reduce the friction, there is one less 90 degree turn for all the controls. Center of horse is pole uplift, from top down each side is cunningham, ram and prebend. On back is kicker and rig tension. Front left is crew toe straps and rib track control. The decks being narrower mean you body weight is further out without hiking. The bailers are offset to reduce aeration of the rudder and the water pools over the bailer by the said tank when heeled. The boat will plane full of water, as I found out sailing with my son helming on the Chichester Bar – he struck the nose in and didn’t turn up or down so the boat filled up completely.

    Happy sailing Charles

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