The first T1130 is imminent with some design details to be finalised and is expected to begin building very shortly. With interest in this design from six different counties so far we are expecting something special from this yacht.
While we have been hard at work our European partners have been steadily expanding their own dealership network and have plenty to report. The first T10m which has been designed specifically for European conditions is now close to production. The T10 has a full interior with accommodation for 6 crew, diesel saildrive and sparkling performance for lake style conditions.
|T10 SAIL PLAN & DECK PLAN
|T10 ACCOMMODATION PLAN
The T830 has been campaigning very successfully and is being presented as a limited production ultimate sportboat one of Steve Thompsons own favourites. There is one T830 available for a buyer right now.
European built T750s will be available shortly as the female moulds are completed and will be marketed world wide complete with all latest technology including locally built carbon fibre rigs and prods/sprits.
The great little T590 will be introduced as soon as moulds are available along with the T870 and new T980. All information can be gained from visiting Tboat Europes own stylish website. http://www.tboateurope.com
The Americas Cup scene has gone a little quiet with the onset of wild winter weather. Most teams have gone home to return for the start of the Louis Vuitton Cup on October 1. Team Oracle recently launched their latest yacht.
Ex Team New Zealand designer Laurie Davidson, who is now with One World, was photographed watching through binoculars which promptly sent Oracle into a hissy fit. (I mean Lauries 70-odd, is he really interested in something wearing skirts?) Lets face it, Laurie has more design information in his head than most have in their computers. But this is the Americas Cup after all, you can have more fun watching the bun fight on shore than afloat.
Anyone interested in coming to visit would do well to book early, last time was pretty busy but this event promises a little more competition with some well funded teams not that we think the richest team will necessarily win. We dont have a pick yet, well see how the first few rounds pan out.
Team New Zealand are still a tight knit unit and they still have Tom Schnackenburg, he is a very smart guy.
Dont forget to give us a call, lets go for a blat on a Tboat in the City of Sails!
From our designer - Steve Thompson
California was a blast! I get to do a lot of tripping around the world to some of the best places but managed to spend a couple of weeks in California on my trip abroad and really had a great time.
Trice Bouzaid firstname.lastname@example.org has been a great help in developing the market for Tboats in the States was on hand to navigate the busy freeways in California. Apart from the occasional "whoops" (which I learned to interpret that we had just missed our turning) we had a very constructive time developing dealerships and visiting prospective clients. Managed to get out for a sail with Philippe khan in his new T590 in blustery conditions in Santa Cruz, and made a beer cans race in a Farr40 with John Kilroy out of the California Yacht Club.
One of the more exciting developments is the appointment of Nelsons Marine Inc as our importers and distributors of the range of Tboats in the USA. Their facility in Oakland CA is second to none and they have big plans for the development there. We are happy to be able to work alongside them on this project.
Nelsons will also become our dealer in the San Fransisco area. We have a number of other dealers that are due to be appointed shortly.
Lunch with Scot Tempesta at the San Diego yacht club was very entertaining. Scot is often controversial and always to the point.
We have been following his web site and are amazed at the traffic it has generated. There is obviously a need for open debate in the yachting scene, even if it is fairly controversial at times.
You can read Scots comments from our lunch at http://www.sailinganarchy.com/general/2002/lunch.htm
||Talking about controversy
.. Read a bunch of stories recently in the Sailing Anarchy forum about how the T870 didnt perform too well at Key West. Well that may have been correct for a bunch of reasons but in my opinion the criticism of the crew was unjustified.
I have been proven correct as Bill and the boys won first in class and first overall in their first race and corrected out by more than 6 minutes, well done Bill.
I have been involved in the testing of spinnakers in our Auckland wind tunnel this winter. The tunnel is very sophisticated and is used by many of the Americas cup teams to optimise their sail shapes and data. The basis of this exercise is to compare under test conditions asymmetric and symmetric spinnakers. This will help us in negotiating rule performance characteristics for our boats. Also we are testing a number of iterations to help further develop our data in our VPP programs. One of the main benefits is to be able to optimise hull shapes for certain types of sails and conditions.
King of the kids
We have another couple of months to run on this project and will report back our findings.
||Tony Cuschieri has been having a great time in his new T870 Gypsy. Tony has been producing the T870 in Australia through his company Sportboatz PTY limited.
The first boat has been racing out of the Melbourne yacht clubs and has had some impressive results, one notable being the second place on line to the new Lyons 55ft racing yacht after heading it around some of the track. The second boat out of the moulds is under way with more to follow