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Nov 01, 2007, 09:27 PM
Lost in the Sauce

Footy side by side comparisons

I have been reading the different footy threads that are here and I got to wondering.

Has anyone run them with the V-12? I'm not looking to see if the gospecter or isobaryachts are faster, that is asking for an unfortunate discussion. I just wonder how victors hold up against what I see here.
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Nov 02, 2007, 12:54 AM
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Depends on what you want to achieve from your boat and what you are trying to compare.

Apples & Apples as they say..

Comparisons on what Criteria?
Nov 02, 2007, 01:22 AM
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victor always make a nice little boat, if thats what they sail near you, race with the fleet!!!

(my 507 is a nice boat to sail, sure it will go ok racing!)
Nov 02, 2007, 07:21 AM
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A V12 took 3rd in the Raleigh regatta. Full results are here.

It's a good boat. It ran with a large custom rig but so did the top finishers that day.
Nov 02, 2007, 09:43 AM
Lost in the Sauce
mostly I wondered if it handled as well. Looking at the movies that I have seen on youtube by the builders that post here, I really like the looks of their boats. Since I am not a build from scratch kind of guy, (yet) I wondered what the differences were, if anyone had sailed the V12 and any other type of footy.
Nov 03, 2007, 06:19 AM
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I have sailed only the V-12, but have watched several of the others, Kittiewake, 507, etc at Raleigh. I did not know what to expect out of it, but was pleasantly surprised at the performance, as was everyone. To me, the stock sails are best for a moderate wind, or more. That is what prompted the larger rig. The boat handles it well except when the wind gets up above 6-7mph. Then the nose is getting burried, but amazingly with not much loss of control, even down wind. My biggest problem was trying to get used to rounding the leeward mark without loosing speed. I am used to an EC-12 which will coast and with any Footy there is no coasting.

Tallastro has posted pictures of all the boats that sailed at the Raleigh, NC regatta if you want to look and compare. I think for the person that does not want to scratch build, the V-12 needs to be considered. The price is competitive, delivery was prompt(4 days for coast to coast) and the kit is complete with good instructions. I knew what I was getting as I have owned a Victor Soling for many years. I spent aproximately $5 to make a new rig and sail for my Footy. As well as it sailed, I will probably still experiment with a uni-rig and so forth because it is easy and fun to do with this size craft.

Disclamer: I am not associated with Victor products in any way. Just a fan with a Footy.

Nov 03, 2007, 06:29 PM
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I commend the above posters for their civil and informative responses. Good work, men.
Nov 04, 2007, 01:26 AM
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I am most interested by Dick Proseus' comments on the V12. I bought one of the first ones since I thought that one of the class committee should have hands on experience of what a mainstream manufacturer was doing with Footys. As is usual with these things, I have only got round to finishing it quite recently.

Here in Britain - and on the coast at that - it does not sparkle with its standard rig. It nose-dives and is very easily overpowered. Definitely not able to cope with a Kittiwake, early pre-production 507 ... I suspect that it is very much a case of horses for courses

To match Dick's propriety, I do have an interest in that I drew the original lines of the 507 hull. This interest is in no sense financial.


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