Pop 25. It is missing very little for the launching of Horus
Favourable winds are blowing from Argentina regarding the new design Pop 25. Our friend Daniel D'Angelo, from City Bell, the amateur boat building hub for home construction in that country, is in the last stages of construction of the prototype of the class.
The transom scoop is wide enough to be used as a bunk on a starry summer night. Photo: Daniel D'Angelo
Since all custom fittings and equipments are already purchased, now all that is missing is to do the last touches of finishing and installing the deck hardware (the boat's construction is far more advanced than it is shown in the photo).
The cockpit impresses for its spaciousness and functionality. Fitting a dodger above the companionway hatch enhances considerably the protection of the crew. Photo Daniel D'Angelo
While the building was taking place Daniel ordered the two fin-keels. In his case he opted for cast iron bulbs, easier and cheaper to obtain in his neighbourhood, fixing them to the fin by means of 20mm ( ¾”) bolts welded to the fin's plate. Since cast iron is slightly less dense than steel, the bulbs became a little lighter, but still within the project's tolerance. Taking into account that the pieces aren't that bulky, we suggested him to hot-deep galvanize them for a long-lasting, maintenance free, results.
The keels ready for the anti-corrosion treatment. Note that the keel to hull attachment flanges weren't welded yet. Photo: Daniel D'Angelo
Daniel brought us precious information about the plans. He told us that if it wasn't for his formal work, Horus should have been concluded in four months, and that he was astonished with the easiness of its construction. He will resume the construction in February, expecting to conclude the boat a fortnight later. It is in his plans to join the La Plata ocean race championship, starting in February, already sailing with his new “machine”.
It is a hard task for a new project to launch a meteoric career from the start, hitting the nail on the head. There are so many new designs with interesting ideas being constantly introduced in the market! The designer must be aware of fierce competition while the class merits aren't thoroughly established. However, the Pop 25 has two already proven factors that might help boosting its career, thanks to the hand Daniel gave us constructing the prototype: being a cheap and quick to build craft. He told us Horus cost him U$15000, only missing labour, at any rate it is an amateur construction, and the outboard motor, his option, all this without subsidies.
The cost of living in Argentina may be quite affordable, and he might have employed some shortcuts, like for instance, employing civil construction water-proof plywood instead of the recommended marine grade stuff, but in any circumstance this is peanuts for an open sea cruising sailboat. Other points about the project that deeply impressed him were the efficiency of the thermal insulation, this summer has been searing in Buenos Aires and no matter how hot it was outside, the cabin remained a few degrees cooler. He also is amazed by the spaciousness of its interior. (It is a pity he didn't attached some pictures of the interior yet).
While our friend keeps progressing in his construction, we from B & G Yacht design didn't stop for a minute in thinking about the Pop 25, the apple of our eyes at the moment, Even though the plan is one of our most recent ones, taking advantage of Daniel's enthusiasm for the racing course, we decided to improve the mainsail design, making the top of the sail horizontal, this way improving the shape of its upper part. Not having a backstay, we were losing a golden chance of taking advantage of having a leach with no hurdles when changing tacks. Another point for doing so is the fact that this extra area doesn't harm the performance in heavier winds, since the edge between top and leach leans to leeward, working as a relief valve to decrease pressure in the canvas.
New renders will help to explain all steps of the construction. Here we show the water tank lid with the screws that attach it to the tank. This level of detailing is confidence booster for first time builders.
We are also producing new renders to assist our builders during the construction. In the end it may become a book on how to build the Pop 25. For that matter the designer Murilo Almeida, our partner in the project, made the whole virtual construction of the boat, which ended up being a fantastic revision of the plans and will allow informing with precision on how to do any step of the construction. It is true that Daniel didn't require any of these fancy explanations; however we are pretty confident that those who will follow him will not mind if they receive plans with improved detailing.
The new sail plan is more performance oriented, having a better foil on its upper part.
If you wish to visit Daniel's site, you should click in Pop 25 Horus in our page of links. Sometimes he takes a little longer to update in the English language than in Spanish.
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