Daily Archives: March 25, 2010

Trudeau Rozinante: Romance of the Seas

by Blackbird Latte and Jane Fossett

(Note: This article was originally posted on SLSailing.net.
Blackbird kindly agreed to cross-post it here as well, and allowed me to add some ‘technical’ data on the boat.
Thanks BB!!

Blackbird Latte:

As some of you may know, I do a lot of sailing around the second life waters.  For the longest time I’ve lived on a Trudeau Larinda I customized, and as I have explored Second Life waters the Trudeau Twenty has been one of my favorite boats.  The reason was practicality, and compatibility with tight spots, difficult winds, and shallow waters.

Jacqueline Trudeau has let me test and toy around with quite a few of her boats over time and while others did hard line polars testing and PHRF (which is very important for racing) I’ve done a lot of testing on usability, features, the sailing “experience” and acid testing including seeing what kind of tight spots I could fit her boats through, how I could damage, abuse, or wreck them.

Jacqueline in her ongoing quest to create beautiful boats that will romance their owners and interest a wide range of people has created another boat I fell in love with.  The Rozinante is ketch rigged canoe body with a cabin.  It was indeed love at first sight once I realized what she was.  As I did testing I talked with a lot of people, and did some reading that just re-enforced my respect for this craft.

I can see where some people might not understand the significance immediately so I will explain a few things historically.  This is another Herreshoff  design but an extremely significant one historically.  The reason is that the canoe hull with sails is one of the oldest known configurations of sailing craft known to human history.

Native peoples from around the globe in almost every corner of the world first hit the open seas in these boats with impressive results and accomplishments.  Even in the days of evolved boats the Spanish explorers used this type of boat for sailing up rivers and the Lewis and Clarke expedition used Canoes with sails to explore the western rivers.  Herreshoff was honoring one of the most successful and historical designs in history and seemed to recognize it’s overall value.

What does this mean to you and why have I gone so far as sailing her every day and replacing my Larinda at the dock with one?

First off this boat is big enough to be a medium sized boat and you can get away with using her in a big boat race.  She may be a bit slower than the monsters out there but with her elegant lines and gentle behavior the people in this boat will have an advantage of advanced control.  She has features such as reefing, weight balancing, backing the jib for turning the boat, and raising the mizzen alone for sea anchor configurations these rigs are so well known and loved for.  Wing and wing configuration on this boat is stunningly beautiful, and in spite of all of these features her physical footprint is delightfully cooperative going through more shallow areas, narrow passages, and waiting to tack until you can almost taste the dirt or sand of the bank in front of you.  The details for use while moored in your own rez zone or sailing her include rigging lines, winches, and even a dual color navigation  lamp at the top of the mast!

She’s longer than a knockabout, with a kitchenette and settee as well as the bed in the cabin yet is more friendly in shallow areas and at the dock.  I’ve counted at least fourteen sit positions making her a spectacular addition to any dock.  Since she is a rideable and you can walk around on her (the booms are even phantom to counteract avatar problems walking around at dock or moored at sea) you can enjoy her fully at the dock, or even just stop in the middle of the sea with or without a rez zone and take a nap, enjoy the different places to sit, or just rest from your journey or spend time with someone.  In spite of this increased length true to the real life design she is decidedly more friendly navigating channels, tight bottlenecks, and rivers.  You can even beat directly upwind in a long series of sims with only a half sim width having to control the sails individually with just a little patience.  She works quite well with Gestures and multiple huds including the EZ-sail hud, I sometimes sail boats I test the hard way intentionally to spot problems or what level of realism is possible with a boat.

If you like painting hulls like I do you will find the cradle for this one includes a paint can, paint brush, and painting the keel animation if you rez her on dry land (this just made me grin and giggle in spite of my serious nature).

So far as the sail herself (and most of you know I’m all about the sail) she distinguishes herself as being a more realistic sail than many of the boats we know, love, and race or cruise.  She responds with satisfying speed and wake at lower wind speeds so you can enjoy a good sail without having to blast up the wind to unrealistic levels.  If you do crank that wind up to gale force winds you will find her complaining, keeling over, and behaving more like a real sailboat.  You will have to let your sails out and let them luff to control your heel to keep speed.  So far as the racing community I would say you are going to love this boat because there is more to her than just point and shoot.  Cruising is easy but to win a race you are going to need to pay attention and work the boat a bit depending on the winds!

Overall for the lone sailor or couple I would say this is the most full featured easy to enjoy craft Jacqueline has produced.  She will appeal to the SL newcomer interested in the romance of sailing, the couple out on a lovely cruise or date sail, the small land owners who want a reasonably sized boat for a home, the serious SL sailor, and just about every class of people who I’ve seen fall in love with historical or classic boats in second life.  The reason is simple:  After years of experience building boats Jacqueline has listened to feedback on what people think about boats, what might improve them, paid attention to what boats were most popular and included all of the features she could to make this the most satisfying boat to date.

Out of all of the boat testing I have done on new boats and betas this has been my most pleasurable experience and I’ve felt privileged to be a tester for this boat.  She’s so sweet sailing her in the mornings while waking up and testing features and reactions has been more of a joy than a job!

I’ll see you on the waters, fair winds!

More information can be found at the Trudeau site:

Jane Fossett:

Rozinante is undeniably Trudeau; it’s meticulous in construction and historically accurate to Herreshoff’s 1956 design. BB’s already told you about that, so let me just add some details and performance numbers, in case you get the urge to race this boat (which should occur within a few moments of your purchase, unless of course you lack a pulse).
The boat is yawl-rigged, with three independently sheeted sails (Jib, Main, and Mizzen) that are controlled by an updated version of the Trudeau 3-Sail HUD. Like other Trudeau boats, Rozinante is full of optional features and adjustments; you can set the channel, adjust the sheet steps, and change how the information is displayed. A whole crew can help sail the boat, and a skipper can even share the helm with her friends.

I’ve charted below the Roz’s boat speed as a function of wind angle, using a constant 5.0m/s breeze. The blue curve below shows the “Real Wind” headings, and the red curve charts the same data as “Apparent Wind.” Over 40° AWA the boat quickly accelerates, and reaches a maximum boatspeed at approximately 50° AWA (which translates to 80-90° RWA). As the boat moves further downwind, there’s a progressive, near-linear decay in performance.

The shape of the curve is similar to other recent Trudeau boats, and most sailors should have very little trouble “getting up to speed” with Rozinante (pun intended 🙂 ). Compared to six other boats in the current Trudeau stable, Rozinante is pretty speedy; it falls somewhere between Leetle Cat and Columbia in performance.

The boat lacks a spinnaker, but don’t worry, because Winging is Back! Winging sails is a common real-life sailing technique that increases the sail area on a broad reach or run. It’s also pretty effective in Trudeau Twenty and Knockabout, but not in either J-Class or Columbia. Winging gets a reprise in Rozinate though! The green curve in the above chart shows Roz’s boatspeed at downwind angles with the mainsail flipped to the ‘wrong’ side. As you can see, the crossover point (where winging increases boat speed) is approximately 140° AWA, a result similar to prior vessels in the Trudeau fleet.

Rozinante has one Reef setting that strongly enhances upwind performance with Apparent Wind Speeds over 11 m/s. I’m still working on that reefed polar, but so far I’m getting a 36-40% reefed speed boost at 40-50° AWA. I’ll post that chart when I’m done!

And thanks again Blackbird for a great review of a beautiful boat!