GREAT IDEA for small headsails non overlapping would also increase
visability to prevent blindside centerpunching. SDK
:: My recollection is that originally there was no National :: Class crew weight limit, and some boats were sailing :: with 1100 pounds. After our first year in Detroit when a :: boatload of heavyweights ran away with the season :: championship, our fleet adopted a 750 pound limit. :: Later, with Carl Schumacher's support the National Class :: adopted the 880 pound limit which is the same as the J24 :: Class weight limit. I don't believe it's accurate to say :: that Carl designed the boat for a 1000 pound crew :: weight. His intent was to design a light boat that could :: be powered with small sails and sailed with a four or :: five person crew including women and children. :: :: In my opinion, a better way to go would be to drop the :: 150 % genoa and allow instead two non-overlapping :: headsails--One small #3 for heavy air and another more :: powerful, but non-overlapping jib for light air. This :: would make the boat much more fun to sail. There's :: nothing I enjoy less about the boat than sailing it :: above 12 knots with the #1. Nearly all of the newer, :: popular classes and designs have fractional rigs and :: non-overlapping jibs. :: :: :: I will weight in here for a bit (pun intended). I am in :: :: favor of a change in crew weight limit up to 1000 lbs. :: :: as that was the original crew weight Carl designed the :: :: boat to carry. Not being a mathematician I will not :: :: attempt to argue numbers except to say that the :: :: difference of 100 lbs. that Mike speaks of does not seem :: :: to me to be such an additional stress on the boat, but a :: :: lot less stress on the skipper to put a crew together :: :: consistently. I am still having a very difficult time :: :: picking up the diehard logic of the crew weight needing :: :: to be 880 lbs. I have never seen nor heard any logic for :: :: that particular number. It seems to me that Mike's :: :: number of 980 lbs. is at best reasonable and at least :: :: based upon some use of arithmetic. I second Mike's :: :: motion to change the crew weight to 980 lbs. :: :: :: :: Does this motion have any standing, anyway. If so, let's :: :: vote on it.