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14 June 2012
The following are adjustments that PHRF-NE normally makes to a base boat for non standard equipment.

The base boat is assumed to in as-built configuration with a 155% genoa (unless only a non-overlapping sail can be carried), a spinnaker/whisker pole length equal to J, a spinnaker width equal to 1.8 times J, a spinnaker height equal to .95 times the square root of I squared plus J squared, and either a folding or feathering propeller on an exposed shaft, a two bladed solid propeller in an aperture, or an outboard motor sufficent to drive the boat at the square root of the waterline length in knots.
 IMS sail definitions apply, particularly with respect to mainsail girths for other than One Design boats. Sprit boats will be handicapped in the configuration shown on the application. If the boat differs from the base boat, the following adjustments apply:

AUXILLIARY POWER

Two bladed solid propeller on an exposed shaft +6 sec/mile
Three bladed solid propeller on an exposed shaft +9
Three bladed solid propeller in an aperture +3
Two bladed feathering propeller in an aperture -3
Three bladed feathering propeller in an aperture 0
Outboard fixed in well with two bladed solid propeller +6
Inboard with exposed shaft in place of outboard +3 to +9

LP ADJUSTMENT

155.1 - 160%  -3
160.1 - 170% -6
Over 170% -9
Largest Lp 135% or less +3 (Cruising Canvas handicap only)
Self tending jib +3

Bloopers are considered headsails

SPINNAKER ADJUSTMENT

Pole length and/or spinnaker width excess (2 inch tolerance) -3 per 10% or fraction
Spinnaker halyard height (ISP) greater than I -3 per 8% increase or fraction

RIG HEIGHT ADJUSTMENT (Both I and P increased)

0.5% to 3% -3
3.01% to 5% -6
5.01% to 7% -9
7.01% to 9% -12
9.01% to 11% -15
11.01% to 13% -18
13.01% to 15% -21

BOOM LENGTH ADJUSTMENT

0.5% to 10% -3
10.01% to 20% -6


REDUCTION IN RIG MEASUREMENTS

It is intended not to give credit for minor reductions in sail area. Therefore credit will not unless a significant reduction is made. An example would be that you would have to reduce the boom length (mainsail foot) by at least 5% to get a credit.

CARBON RIG ADJUSTMENT

In cases where the base boat has an aluminum mast, changing to a carbon mast will result in a handicap charge of between 3 and 6 seconds per mile, depending on the relative section of the aluminum mast. There is usually not a charge for changing to a carbon boom.

EXOTIC STANDING RIGGING ADJUSTMENT (new 5 December 2005)

A boat with shrouds and/or headstay made of something other than wire or stainless steel rod, such as PBO, will normally incur a handicap adjustment unless all boats of that class have such rigging.  Backstays are excluded from this adjustment. This will be considered on a case by case basis.

RECREATIONAL ADJUSTMENT

Limited inventory, above deck jib roller furling, polyester, pentex, or mylar only in working sails, no exotic sail materials such as kevlar, spectra, technora, etc..
A maximum of:
One nylon spinnaker
One jib with Lp > 110%
One jib with Lp =< 110%
Heavy weather jibs and storm sails are allowed. Staysails are allowed if the boat has a true cutter rig and the staysail is used upwind. Staysails are allowed if they are only used as part of the heavy weather/storm sail configuration.
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+6

Working roller furling with sail attached to swivel and above deck drum are required. If the drum is below deck, the credit will be halved. Boats that come with built in roller furling are not eligible for this credit. In cases where the intent of this adjustment is not honored, the credit will be denied.  The credit may also be reduced on performance boats to 3 seconds per mile. Special racing roller furling sails are not allowed. As a rule of thumb, the foot skirt should not exceed 3 percent of the foot length in depth. If the boat is cutter rigged, the staysail must also be roller furling and be capable of being used upwind.

J Boats with sprits are not eleigible for the recreational handicap as the standard configuration has already been considered when establishing the base handicap.

MAINSAIL LUFF ROLLER FURLING

With no battens or positive roach +6
With battens and/or positive roach +3

HULL/BALLAST CHANGES

On a case by case basis. It is assumed that the modification was made to improve speed.

INTERIOR MODIFICATIONS

If tables, doors, stoves removed Depends on what is removed

OVERSIZED MAINSAIL GIRTHS/SQUARE HEAD MAINSAILS

Any excess of MGU, MGM, MGT and HB (IMS definitions measured perpendicular to luff) 

Sport boats are handicapped with their One Design girths

Depends on excess

CRUISING HANDICAP - No free flying sails (this includes  no mizzen staysails of any kind)

Normal masthead rig  +12 from racing handicap
Normal fractional rig  +6 from racing handicap
15/16s rig (I is greater than P, but not masthead)  +9 from racing handicap
15/16s rig (I is greater tahn P, but not mastbead, but the spinnaker is masthead +12 from the racing handicap 
Fractional rig with ISP greater than 1.01 times IM  +9 from racing handicap
Lp 135% or less, but not if small jib standard  +3 additional from cruising handicap
SPL > J but Whisker pole length = J  +3 additional from racing handicap
If a boat has a centerline asymmetric spinnaker credit, this credit will not be taken into account when determining the cruising handicap.
A staysail is allowed on a normal cutter rig. The cutter rig staysail must be used up wind. As only one headsail at a time may be flown by a sloop, a staysail shall not be flown by a sloop.  

ASYMMETRICAL SPINNAKER

If part of standard boat configuration 0
In addition to a symmetrical spinnaker if tacked to the spinnaker pole or to a 20.1% to 30% of J sprit. -3
If an asymmetric tacked to the bow on a boat with a symmetric tacked to a pole 0
If only spinnaker on boat and flown from bow without pole or sprit. If the spinnaker is tacked to the bow, or to a bow roller that extends no more than a foot in front of the bow, you must put "None" in the spinnaker pole length box on the application.
This credit is lost if the spinnaker is used with a pole. The credit is reduced by 3 SPM for each 10 percent increase in tack point from the mast so that if a 20.1% to 30% of J sprit is added, there is no credit
+9
If sprit added to racer/cruiser boat +9 minus 3 per 10% J or fraction increase

SL = average of SLU and SLE (Does not apply to boats where this spinnaker is standard.
SL(Max)= 1.03 x SQRT(ISP Squared + STL Squared)

Maximum width = 1.8 x JC (Does not apply to boats where this spinnaker is standard. Sport boats are handicapped with the largest class spinnaker.
Minimum mid girth, mid leech to closest luff point = .75 x max width

Boats that have an asymmetric spinnaker as standard will be handicapped in the class configuration. Variations
from the class standard will have a handicap adjustment. In general, the credits are intended to assist true cruising boats. Race boats will not get the full 9 SPM credit for asymmetric spinnakers tacked to the bow.

Many dayboats the base configuration assumes an asymmetric tacked to the bow. These boats will not get additional credit.

 

Close reaching/Code 0 spinnakers are designed to fill a hollow in the polar diagram. Since there is no common definition of what a Code 0 spinnaker is, PHRF NE has adopted the term close reaching spinnaker' for these. These sails are charcterized by as being made of a laminate or aramid material and have a substantial luff rope for the large luff tensions that these sails require. 

If the Lp of the jib is 130% or greater the charge for the close reaching spinnaker is 3 seconds per mile. If the Lp of the jib is less that 130% the charge is 6 seconds per mile.

Since all modifications cannot possibly be anticipated, other changes will be considered on a case by case basis. Obvious attempts to take advantage of perceived loopholes may result in loss of credit

Click HERE to see a list of modified boats.

SPORT BOATS 

Some fleets, if enough "sport" boats are available, may want to establish a separate class as these boats are difficult to handicap with more conventional boats. Defining just what is a sport boat is a problem. Sport boat usually have the following characteristics, among others:

1. Displacement-Length Ratio less than 100

2. Upwind Sail Area-Displacement Ratio greater than 30

3. Downwind Sail Area-Displacement Ration greater than 75

4. A sprit length greater than 50 percent of J

The above four criteria are guidelines. There can be exceptions, one way or the other, from these criteria. The bottom line is that if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it might be a duck.

Sport boats do not follow many of the guidelines used to handicap boats. Sport boats are handicapped in their "as presented" configuration, whatever it is. This includes spinnaker and jib sizes as well as mainsail girths. The base handicaps will be with the class spinnaker, with the exception of the J105 and the J130 where the "jumbo" spinnaker is considered the base spinnaker. Note that this is not the J105 One Design handicap. If a change is made in this configuration, it must be reported to the Chief Handicapper. If in doubt about the limits for your boat, contact John Collins.

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