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it’s the kite Winn (layline) had made so he could manage PHRF in GA that lost him his dealership rights.  Jerome/Philleas got so upset they wouldn’t let him sell boats (even though he NEVER said anything about it online) and they even went so far as to mandate him removing it from his own boat when he sold it.  We heard about it when we talked to him about our poor PHRF performance in light air (we bought our open from him) and once he sold the boat we asked what the sail’s status was.  He basically sent it up to us just so we could see if we liked it which we do so we both win!

It’s a shur (sp) sail.  It’s VERY MUCH a VMG runner.  If you watch the video we’re sailing it pretty “tight” there and are lower and faster than the SB3.  Granted we were both not racing and out having fun/drinking, so this wasn’t an honest/serious matchup, but considering that was the east coast laser rep driving and 2 shop boys, I doubt they didn’t want to beat us…  It was blowing maybe ~8kt and we were doing ~6kt against a VERY strong tide…  It’s funny looking back at the video when my crew (who’d never sailed before in his life) walks aft to see our wake -vs- the wind on the water.  :blink:   The guy I was sailing with is a navy sonar tech, so he know’s his angles and he agreed we were consistently faster and lower than the SB3.  We both also guesstimated our gybing angles around 45º which is a huge improvement from the little kite.

The rig is basically a set of cap shrouds that go up from the aft hole on the chainplate.  There’s a bigger shackle there that pins the shroud, the spin sheets shackle to it, and you lift the boat with it (we had a larger shackle there already so we could lift w/o taking off the spin gear, but this is the next size up to get the right pin diameter).  From there it’s 2 tangs near the top of the mast and a halyard on a string (if you’ve seen an open rig it’s the same string setup as the other halyard so it can rotate) as well as a metal plate that rotates off the top of the mast.  Unfortunately, because we put everything together the night we raced we took NO pics of the top of the mast, but I’ll try to snag some next week with a tele on the hill near the boat.  We are considering runners so we can just use this chute all the time as this setup probably isn’t far enough back in the boat if the breeze comes on.


saw this in a yachting world a while ago, but now it also popped up on…  The DSS guys have a horizontal foil that increases lift on the low side reducing heel.  This in turn means less lead and or more sail area as well as a more stable ride.  Well they now have a site up and are working on a production boat…

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here’s a link to their site:

LinQ CQ-6


found this on the other day, but they’ve finally updated their website with some shots and a video and the video’s on youtube as well (so I can share it here).  This looks like an open with a refreshed hull (chines) as well as a carbon rig, slightly bigger main (228sf -vs- 200sf on the open) AND A CANTING KEEL!!!  The put on daggerboard on centerline in front of the canter which makes that easy.  Not sure how they’re moving the keel yet, but it’s push botton so it’s got to be something you need to deal with (meaning fuel or charging over a mechanical/winch system).  The jib still furls and looks great and the kite is much bigger than our opens (549sf -vs- 378sf).  They claim it’s beating a ton of sportboats and they’ve only found 2 boats that can match it (which I would beleive).

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the sportboat spreadsheet.


I’ve been keeping a spreadsheet with the stats on the sportboats I’ve been looking at as well as some reference boats (our old boats, know other boats on the water). Some of the guys on also have sheets so we started sharing and combining sheets. I’m posting the file here as a better way to keep it updated. If you’d like you boat added, post it’s stats as a comment. As this grows I’ll eventually link to the file, but I’d like to fill in most of the blanks first.

Thanks for any info you can share.

We bought an Open!


Well we decided to get the open. The test sail confirmed everything we thought looked good on paper. Layline happened to have a white hull in stock and honored the new American pricing even though it’s a French built boat. They also happened to be coming north to Annapolis for a regatta so the dragged the boat up with them. My parents took a drive down to Annapolis on Thursday to pick it up. They had horrible weather down there so my parents decided to stay through Saturday morning. We rigged the boat Saturday night in around 2 hours (not bad for a brand new boat). Unfortunately mothers day kept us off the water Sunday. Continue reading ‘We bought an Open!’

Boats to add…

  • esse 850
  • summit 35
  • pro 25
  • js9000
  • streamline
  • t 680
  • x-treme 25

site to do list:

  • excel spreadsheet

Welcome to!

This site is meant to be an online record of my search for the best sportboat for our family. I figure this will be the best way to share links, images and video footage found online with myself and my father and to keep all our thoughts organized. We’re looking for a ~20′ sportboat that is ideally raced with a crew of 2, 3 or 4. We really don’t care how many the rules say, we just don’t want to need railmeat. Continue reading ‘Welcome to!’