And Now the “Furler Pump”……!!

Spent the morning whistling for wind at Datchet this morning, and this thoughtful little item in Mervyn Wright’s boat caught our attention…..  the spinnaker pump concept carried across to the furler line.

furler pump

You can see in the photo that Mervyn has simply secured the loose end of the line, and placed a rolling block in between that and the cleat effectively halving the pulling distance to about one arm’s length.  Mervyn gave us a furling demonstration and I must say the sail disappeared in the blink of an eye – and can be done from hanging out too.

The (New) Standard Ovington…..?

Our Fleet thrives on the Ovington Product – we’re mainly a Mk 9 Smoothie Fleet as far as the regular racing goes.  They build a super product – I’ve had three straight from the factory, and I’m really terribly impressed. Wish I lived closer!….

Did you read that FF feature article in the last copy of Y&Y?  Chris Turner, of Ovington, described this way, “The Ovington hull of the new boat is a standard Mark 10, but with an extra layer of carbon….”

I wonder what’s with this “extra layer” description?  I wonder if that means one layer of glass matting was replaced with carbon mat?  Perhaps it’s just cost, but there must be a good reason why the whole hull isn’t carbon??

Carbon is nothing new to the fleet – we have two silver category boats in the fleet which have a black layer of carbon aboard.  I’m intrigued that Ovington describe it as an “extra layer” (perhaps Chris Turner will comment on the Blog…??), but I can only see these constant innovations at Ovington as a good thing. I’m only surprised that carbon hasn’t arrived as standard sooner. From Mk 9 onwards, the boats have had a fabulous longevity which now means that an FF newcomer can competitively enter our fleet with a £4,000-8,000 budget and do really well. That’s really essential to future growth.

Last time I asked Brett how much it would cost extra to build one of his in carbon, he said £800. Seems like a fair %uplift of the hull cost, but frankly in terms of the total cost of a new Fifteen it’s not horrific. I worry far more about what hi-tech compasses are costing, Greg!!!

I can’t believe after their win at the Worlds this year that most new customers haven’t  said, “Can I have one just like that please?”  So quite likely it’ll quietly move in as the standard, and the boats will keep racing life even longer. We’ll see.

As a small aside, if you look very carefully at the boat in its photo on page 39 of Y&Y, you’ll see that it has it’s jib furler below deck. I look forward to that being the new standard too….

The Ovi Flying Fifteen – Idea One…

It’s great the way you can keep on improving the Flying Fifteen – it keeps everything moving….

The first thing to catch Howard’s eye on the Dinghy Show Ovington was this recessed jib furler.

This is pretty neat – and about time. You’ll note that the jib tack still has to be the regulation distance above the deck (100mm I think), but we had this on our FD and Dragon so long ago it hurts to think about it.  I see though they had it fitted to a chute boat. I can see the attraction with bags, but I wonder how they have kept it snag free down there?  Plus, inevitably, how easy is access through the chute hole for maintenance?

It looks great though…