please read my full comments in '1980's boat on this forum. part quote:
"People are apt to criticise boats and question design, you only have to look at the comments on Quicksilver to see that. Well in defence of all those who do and not just talk about, do you think they didn't think about all these things BEFORE you did? Do you think they didn't test as well?
The designer of K8 just happened to design such little known projects as - Concord, the space shuttle and a few canard jet planes that broke a few ASR's, so what would he know? He co-operated with that little known boat/ car designer Ken Norris, yes Ken had designed a reverse 3 pointer as well. Oh! I have forgotten that other person in the early team, he had no knowledge of fast boats..oh! what was his name?? OH! it was Leo Villa. Sorry to be cutting, but thats life.
Please people, don't criticise 'doers' , ask questions by all means, they WILL give you answers, you will rarely catch them out.We're all brilliant designers after success or we knew better after failure."
If I remember correctly that Donald Campbell made a famous comment re opinions and design and stated that records are seldom broke..come on Steve..what was the full quote?..I think you do need to do a book to clear a lot of things up!
I attach 2 photos showing the so called 'sit up and beg' position according to klingon..well Tony was lay down on his back with his knees bent[because there was a breathing air bottle under his knees]you will note he just fits in the the available area. For the observant, you will see no steering wheel! why, because there was so little space, steering was by foot pedals!!and throttle was a lever on the right hand side.
Try riding your road bike in this position[I am aware of a pedal cycle where the 'rider lies down' and steers via bars under them]
BP was a beautiful boat with smooth lines, she was 'wrecked' [my opinion for the legals] by stuffing in 1000kg of unwanted and un-needed steel and the failure[my opinion] to consult with the hydrodynamic tests[that cost £1000's to produce]
This boat was VERY slim hulled and was not very tall in the hull.Why..aerodynamics my people,low frontal area. less drag, less for the air to lift, no back flips! Tested, tested, it WAS tested, all it needed was a bit of faith to let her do the job without[my opinion] someone sticking their beliefs in over the test results.
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