The design goal in creating the Mumm 30 was a state-of-the-art One Design
keelboat that would be fast and exciting, yet uncomplicated and economical.
We set about the design of the Mumm 30 with a 'clean sheet of paper'
in that there are no rating rule driven compromises in performance.
Our experience in Whitbread 60's and America's Cup boats gave us confidence
that incredible light air speed does not necessary dictate large overlapping
jibs. Fractional rigs are preferred over masthead for performance and
handling, but with no arbitrary rule restrictions, masthead spinnakers
will turbo-charge the boat down wind. The symmetrical vs. asymmetrical
masthead spinnaker debate is a non-issue. Each has its advantages and
place so we have allowed for both, making the Mumm 30 today's most versatile
boat. During design conferences, we applied a simple test for complex
issues, "will this detail or feature make the boat more fun to sail?" Time
and again, we found that the simplest solution was the best one. For
example, there are no running backstays. The extra crewman needed for
the runners, and the chance of losing the rig if the runners aren't set
up properly are eliminated.
The boat has a very high righting moment because high stability means
speed upwind and a boat that is easier to get in the groove. In order
to achieve high stability with a minimum amount of weight and drag, we
have employed a keel reminiscent of our Whitbread 60 designs. A large
lead bulb is supported by a cast steel fin which produces a reliable,
durable structure with maximum righting moment. High stability also means
less need for a lot of people on the rail. The low overlap headsails
mean that the winches are tiny and dexterity take precedence over power:
smaller crew, and smaller sail budgets!
Simplicity of function comes from elegance of design, but neither comes
easily. Meticulous care has been taken in the engineering and construction
of every component in the Mumm 30. The rig is simple to use, but is state-of-the-art
carbon fibre laminate, tested and refined to suit the boat perfectly.
The hull is carefully built of vacuum bagged wet pre-preg epoxy and post
cured in an oven with the same materials and processes so well developed
in the Mumm 36. The rudder stock is autoclaved carbon fibre: strong,
light, and virtually maintenance free. Complex technology is employed
intelligently to yield simplicity.
The Mumm 30 has amazed competitors on the race course with its speed
in all conditions, but the real test is when sailors actually take the
helm. The boat has balance and superb control both upwind and down. It
accelerates like a dinghy, but feels like a big boat going upwind in
a breeze. The cockpit is a marvel of comfort and efficiency from the
innovative folding foot tracks, to the internal sail controls. "Everything
is easily at hand, functional and smooth. This sailing machine will be
easy for less experienced crews to handle, and will never stop rewarding
the most experienced sailor."
Bruce Farr. President, Bruce Farr & Associates Inc.
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