Designed by Julian Bethwaite,
the 49er is an evolution of the International 14's and Aussie 18's. The
hump-less drag curve has been refined and works better on the 49er than
on the 18's due to its length/weight ratios. The boat has very fine lines
forward - meaning that the slap and thud that is normally associated
with going to windward at speed is removed. The 49er is controllable
over 20 knots and benefits from easy handling, even in the most highly
races and tough conditions.
It's hard to imagine
that a boat that looks so up to date as the 49er has been around for a decade
already. Almost a thousand boats later,
it has become a modern design classic. Dave Hall comments: 'The 49er
is the boat by which all others are judged, and it has changed the face
of sailing. It has brought skiff sailing to everyone. We've got boats
that match today's era, they look appropriate for the 21st century, and
they bring high-performance thrills for low cost and very little maintenance.
The 49er has a floating block that can be raised or lowered depending on
wind conditions. To avoid sheeting out in heavy air, raising the block
opens the leech by pulling the boom towards the centerline rather than
downwards. In lighter wind, lowering the block closes the leech and creates
an efficient sail shape.
The double-ended 8:1 vang allows adjustment from either side of the boat.
A 2:1 gnav (which pushes boom down instead of pulling it down like
a vang), which makes it easier for the crew to move under the boom.
Launcher and Retrieval System
The starboard lead of this powerful T2 spinnaker system raises
the sail quickly. The port lead pops the cleat and pulls the spinnaker
49er Sailboat Parts and Equipment
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