We seem to need a lot of string in Flying Fifteens, don’t we? Fine, but, but it’s where to put them that matters!!
At the Dinghy Show, we had two “full on” examples – one each from P&B and Phil Evans. Phil has long had a neat centre console arrangement, but when we all started doing adjustable jib cars, there was nowhere really for the control line to go on the console. You can see examples with the car adjustment slapped on the front or back of the table – not a problem, but not so appealing.
Phil Evans has anice solution here on Steve Goacher’s new boat – Phil keeps the neat centre console (all lines 360 degree accessible) but then puts three control cleats up forward of the shroud out of the way. It wont suit you if you feel that the helm needs to be able to reach everything, but the three upfront controls here are :-
- Jib Car Adjustment linked to both cars
- Pole uphaul
- Forward Toestrap length adjuster
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?
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The Ovington Flying Fifteen at The Dinghy Show caused quite a bit of interest in our Bar – possibly only out-commented by the superb state of Keith Jamieson’s boat….!
There were lots of challenging design and finishing touches on the Ovi that made your head engage. It seemed to me though that in the forward control area they ever so slightly may have run out of time, or inspiration – or something. You can see a picture of it on the left here.
At first glance it looks OK, doesn’t it?? Well I would agree, and I’m sure it is completely serviceable. Take a look at this though.
This is the forward control panel in a Phil Evans boat. Those clam cleats with the snap locks are excellent for the job in this area – and nothing will jump out unintentionally. The blue line is for the pole uphaul, the yellow for the co-ordinated jibcars, and the purple line for the forward toe-strap adjusters. The white line that you see running fore and aft is the control line leading to the jib cars.