Hot Chili - Update 8
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Latest Chili build photos.
Boards are just 19mm ply shaped in the forrd 20pct and rear 30 pct to NACA foil sections (below wl). The weight cutout has introduced a bit more flex than desirable and should be halved. The flex is a bit astonishing given the two layers of double bias glass on the boards. We will discuss this one and may fatten them out to 25 mm, or even shorten them a little, sending a revised plan out to those who are building, or waiting to see this one sail, as many plan-purchasers are doing.

These boards really are quite huge. Jim's bottom rail is set 4 inches higher on the boat than specified, you can see this because the board "weight cutout" is supposed to not show either rail. The rail runs just 2ins above the waterline and above the rail is a good point to stop glassing for those who are glassing the bottoms only, which is all that's necessary. Jim has glassed right thru below his bridgedeck as he is puting the boat on a central trailer hump off which it slides into the water. This will be hreat for a ll manner of stowage and travel, which is after all what the boat is for.

Jim will brace these daggerboards with a third rail at the bottom level which I think will work well, and the tiny extra wet area wont matter with a standard rig, let alone his 50 pct over standard sail plan! It is easy to forget this is a little cruiser, as most cats this size are wet, very light and very very fast.

The average Chili will be a more substantial feel, a drier and more sociable boat, but not a slow one as its Bruce number of 1.2 with standard sails indicates. That is still a cruising cat number though, similar to many Ocean/Coastal 30-38 footers. These are the largest of 3 sizes of board drawn, some of the others are cut away in a curve and look a bit like a giant gurka knife.

Thanks all for your interest
Jeff Gilbert

ps youll see the (oversize 75mm instead of standard 57mm) forebeam leaning against the wall in the first shot.