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Offline Sam Mini-Sailor.US

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New foam
« on: December 14, 2006, 05:36:48 AM »
I was reading the article by Clement Leflolt and Pascal Casari in Ocean Racing, pg 71, about the refit of Brossard last winter.

In it they mention three major changes, new rig, new eliptic keel and new foam.

Does anyone know it the new foam was just dryer than the old or did they use something other than 2 lb / 8 lb floatation foam?

I am getting to the 'have to order it sometime' phase in building my Dix.

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Sam
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Re: New foam
« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2006, 13:34:06 PM »
I don't have any hard facts, only experience, but I don't think there is much choice other than the 2lb flotation foam you are referring to.  My foam is very damp and you can actually squeeze water out of it so I would guess that given the age of 198 theirs was getting that way also so it was a quick and cheap way to cut down the weight.

Polystyrene is also a cheap way of doing it, Clay had some huge blocks of that stuff in his van from building Arcadia over the summer.