What we have here is a material, glass fibre, which is coloured and processed so as to make it more or less indistinguishable from carbon fibre. This is done deliberately, since the intention of the manufacturers of this material is to be able to offer to image-concious buyers (and possibly unscrupulous builders) a less expensive version of the real thing.
This is factual is it? May be the case in some of the new woven fabrics on the market but not all tubing. In the case of the glass tubing (arrowshaft)in this particular instance, this is not the case so you cannot flatly group imply that anything done in black glass is made to decieve or be decorative.
Fishing rods have been done in all colours for over 30+ years, with the best UV blocking results being Smokey Grey & Black before carbon fibre was ever being used for commercial purposes. Being Privvy to the manufacture of 18 foot skiff Glass Tips in the early 80's from mandrel design through to layup schedual, leads me to believe i do know a little of what i am taklking about.
I can assure you that it is much easier to tell the difference between Glass & carbon tube, than it is to determine the difference between different grades of permittable & non permittable alloy tubing used in IOM masts.
Maybe a member of our TC Sub Commitee or indeed its Chairman could answer my question re-inconsistancies now in our IOM rules as they have put forward in the new rule ammendments.
I dont apologise for asking questions with regards to our class rules.
To read from the TC page on IOMICA website:
The Executive, in consultation with the World Council, has developed an IOMICA policy on requests for interpretation of class rules.
IOMICA encourages discussion around the class rules
In a commonsense
, (not hiding behind current ruling as an excuse) kind of way, would somebody please explain why our TC does not also see fit to address the issue of carbon fibre used in such fittings as:
goosenecks, rudder stocks, removable mainsheet posts & winch arms etc.
This is of course taking into account that we are trying to keep this boat inexpensive.
I agree fully that we should have no carbon in our hulls. The fact that the tubing i have used in my Disco hull's are black has raised many suspicions from the dubious, the sceptic, to downwrite cunning self interested individual's. Yet very few of these people will ask me directly what the tube is or how it was allowable under the rules at present. These few are more happy to whisper & look at ways to lodge a protest for their own gain. Its allways amazes me that when such a topic as this one & others are discussed, that these people are never to be seen or heard from!
My commercial interests will be affected should these proposals be passed. Am i annoyed? Yes!
Until we see some more commonsense & consistancy applied to our rules, im happy to stay cynical!