Old Boats, New Rudders….
I forgot to mention that both of these 12 Meters are equipped with rudders, spinnaker poles and spreaders from a company in Hingham, MA called Composite Solutions Inc. It’s run by a guy named Jeff Kent who has sailed iceboats a little over the years….. Maybe more than a little- He actually won the DN Gold Cup in 1993 and has been at the bleeding edge of DN development ever since.
CSI has built all kinds of stuff for hot race boats- including keel wings for the IACC boat AmericaOne and the boom that Alinghi used to win the America’s Cup final a few matches back. The rudders and daggerboards for PUMA in the last Volvo Ocean Race came out of this shop as well as a range of carbon keel fins, bow sprits, daggerboard cases, and a ton of other parts. If you’d made it to the last open house there you’d have seen a pair of 18 foot long daggerboards taking shape. Make a point of getting to the next one, who knows what you’ll see!
In addition to all that Jeff makes some of the best DN hulls, spars, planks, and runner bodies you’ll ever lay eyes on. If you need something made of carbon give him a shout!
Think Ice, T