Steve Clark wrote:
Is this a worthwhile avenue to investigate? Or is the opinion that anyone who is going to build a new boat isn't going to compromise any aspect of the design in order to recycle parts. Think about is and respond.
I'm certainly proposing to recycle 257s current plank on the new boat I'm mulling over for this winter, but its ex Tin Teardrop with the carriage adapted for the wider beam of the Nethercott so that doesn't count... It probably depends what you have in the garage: I have 2 planks (one heavy, one not dreadful) and 1 or two carriage assemblies (I forget whether there are two or whether I broke the heavy one) so I can sell 257 as a complete boat when the new one is ready even if I keep the best plank. I think that's the key thing about recycling: no point in recycling a plank if it then means you haven't got a whole boat to sell to help pay off the bank loan or however you financed the new build... So people like me who are forever tinkering and tend to acquire bits and pieces are more likely to be interested than someone who just gets a boat, then another boat.
However a wider dance floor is something I have been wondering about anyway... Lacking, as I do, the level of natural sailing talent of most of the rest of you I need all the help I can get and a few more inches for power if not quick enough onto the plank might help. It certainly seems as if the wide stern I have on 257 has helped my competitiveness in club racing: I've just started picking up the odd decent result and fewer and smaller mistakes seems a more likely explanation than extra boat speed.