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    Default David Thomas, 1932 - 2014

    The UK's most prolific (and probably the best), keel boat designer has died.

    He had the knack of combining brilliant designs with an uncanny insight into understanding what sailors really wanted from their boats.

    And he was a nice guy.
    Sail on David.

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    One of the greatest designers of all time and a smashing bloke as well.
    It will be a long time before we see his like again.
    RIP.
    Real men do it two handed

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    RIP. He was always a bit stingy with ballast and rudder area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by michael_w View Post
    RIP. He was always a bit stingy with ballast and rudder area.
    having owned two DT designs.... that is not my experience ...... so far

    slippery hulls that is for sure though

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    Quote Originally Posted by michael_w View Post
    RIP. He was always a bit stingy with ballast and rudder area.
    Sweeping generalisation! His designs were often typical of the era in which they were designed to be competitive.

    His RORC / CCA inspired designs had Ballast Ratios as high as 45%, and although many of his 1970's One Designs were seen as an alternative to the pure IOR boats, he know that (especially) early adopters of a new class would be more likely to buy boats if they were still competitive in handicap (IOR) racing. So they often had some of the characteristics of these boats if that was mandated by a competitive measurement. It's known as commercial acumen and partly explained why his boats sold in such numbers.

    Never had a problem with rudder area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TimBennet View Post
    Never had a problem with rudder area.
    Ever sailed an Impala on a tight reach? Or pushed a Sigma 33/38/41 hard?

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    Sorry to hear

    He made an immense contribution to sailing in the uk ,

    Ive sailed

    Bolero 1/4 tonner , "big Bolero " 35.5 1 tonner and Toledo 1/2 tonner, ALL great boats in their day , sigma 33 , and i must admit to my other other boat being a sonata (not his finest hour , but those that love them do .

    he even did the tank testing for john pierce on my other boat , stealth catamaran

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    isn't his son still involved in yachts..

    but yeah RIP to a great designer. He seemed to have been a good age.

    thx for designing my intro 22 david


    just wish plans for it were available

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    Try Nick Stratton , he commissioned it , Google him , he does surveying now , Stratton and schooling

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    Sad loss
    I currently have a sigma 33 and have sailed lots of his other designs so David I thank you for many days of pleasure.

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