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Gracie gives an explanation of the six versions (graphics of which can now be seen on the About Page) and what current & forming classes accept etc., so you can specify A1 – A6 for your Tyveks or Kits.
(NA.org., i550class.org & Australia):
A1 Full Cabin with Narrow Cockpit. This is the original configuration typified by TTB. This model sails as a Trailer sailor in Australia. It is acceptable to all rule interpretations.
A2 Full Cabin with Wide Cockpit. This version widens the cockpit of A1 for more working room in the cockpit. The tradeoff is less room below. It is acceptable to all rule interpretations.
A3 Half Cabin with Narrow Cockpit. The original Half Cabin configuration. Cockpit is 14 inches longer fore and aft than A1. Illustrated nicely by Alchemy. It is acceptable to all current rule interpretations.
A4 Half Cabin with Wide Cockpit. Half Cabin with wider cockpit. The same cockpit width as A2 but the length of cockpit is extended 14 inches forward as per A3. It is acceptable to all rule interpretations.
A5 No Cabin with Narrow Cockpit. Rounded foredeck configuration. Cockpit length same as A3 and A4. Cockpit is the same as the A1 narrow version. Currently acceptable to the NACA (i550na.org,) but not allowed under the i550class.org interpretations.
A6 No Cabin with Wide Cockpit. Rounded foredeck configuration. Cockpit length same as A3 and A4. Cockpit is the same as the A2 and A4 versions. Currently acceptable to the NACA (i550na.org) but not allowed under the i550class.org interpretations.
We’re now up to Hull License #526 with the latest plan set going to Croatia.
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