TCAA AGM 2014
Agenda Item 9 – Constitution Change Proposal
The TCAA has let its “Incorporated” status lapse. Until the association is incorporated, each member of the Committee assumes a level of personal liability which is both unreasonable and unfair and we are restricted from doing certain things. For example, at the moment we can’t expand our banking arrangements to use EFTs instead of cheques! Unless the association is incorporated, the current Committee will not stand for re-election. Fortunately, all that is required to rectify this situation is the adoption of some model rules and a bit of associated paperwork – which the Committee will look after. Whilst this paperwork might look a bit daunting, the changes in how the TCAA will actually go about its business are minimal.
We have taken the Model Rules from Victoria and they have been updated to include the necessary TCAA information (name and purpose) and can be found here.
The items in our existing Constitution relating to sailing and any unique administrative features of our class operations e.g. having a Technical Officer and Class Rules for boat measurement have been retained and become the TCAA By Laws. An annotated version of the existing Constitution can be found .
It is resolved that Lachlan Cameron be authorised to apply to the Registrar for the incorporation of the Taipan Catamaran Association of Australia.
It is resolved that the Rules of the proposed Taipan Catamaran Association of Australia be approved.
It is resolved that the By Laws of the proposed Taipan Catamaran Association of Australia be approved.
Agenda Item 11 - Class Rule Changes
Proposal 1 – It is recommended that the proposed housekeeping changes to the Taipan 4.9 Class Rules are considered.
The proposed housekeeping changes are marked on an annotated version of the current Class Rules and can be found here All changes to be considered in this resolution do not enable any changes to the boats. All amendments are aimed at clarifying the status of the class relative to AHPC/Goodall Design. Are reflective of current practice or are aimed at preventing the exploitation of unintended loopholes e.g. 9R banning Carbon Fibre as a hull material.
Proposal 2 – It is recommended that the proposed class rule changes relating to the dimensions of the Taipan 4.9 rear beam are considered.
This resolution is as a result of the existing beam ceasing to be available off the shelf from Goodall Design. The committee believes that it is important that Taipan 4.9 owners are able to source all parts from a supplier and are not required to organise the fabrication of parts.
For their new 430 model, Goodall Designs will adopt a new rear beam with integral Harken traveller track. This beam is best described as being similar to our current back beams but with an oval added to the front and back and it will be possible to retro-fit it to existing boats with a minimum amount of work. For those interested in a stiffer platform the new beam will offer a small advantage. However, this will be largely offset by the higher weight.
As the TCAA is not in the financial position to commission and stock beams that fit within our current rules, if this resolution is not passed people looking to replace their back beams will have to buy a standard RHS extrusion, the closest being 60x50x3mm, have it anodised and then bolt or rivet on the selected track.
The proposed class rule to replace 11D would be:
Minimum wall section:
ii. Total height of beam and the traveller track not to exceed 80mm.
The track for the traveller car may be extruded on to this section. A track for the trampoline deck may be recessed into the lower surface.
Proposal 3 – It is recommended that the proposed class rule changes to the Taipan 4.9 centreboards are considered.
The proposed rule addition is intended to maintain the status quo by preventing people for experimenting with alternate centerboard geometry with an eye towards adding vertical lift.
The new rule would read:
12f. When positioned in the hull and viewed from ahead or behind, centreboards to be symmetrical around a straight vertical axis.
Proposal 4 – It is recommended that the proposed rules changes to the Taipan 4.9 rudders are considered.
The proposed rule addition is intended to maintain the status quo by preventing people experimenting I14 or moth style adjustable wings.
The proposed additional class rule would be:
13.g. The rake of the rudders, stocks or any rudder components may not be actively adjustable underway. For the purposes of clarification, this rule is not intended to prevent rudders being raised in light conditions.
Proposal 5 – It is recommended that the proposed housekeeping rules changes to the Taipan 5.7 are considered.
The proposed housekeeping rule changes are marked on an annotated version of the current class rules and can be found here All changes to be considered in this resolution do not enable any changes to the boats. All amendments are aimed at clarifying the status of the class relative to AHPC/Goodall Designs or are reflective of current practice.
Proposal 6 – It is recommended that the proposed changes to the Taipan 5.7 beams are considered.
This resolution has been requested by the people behind the re-launch of the Taipan 5.7 and is seen as a cost effective way to modernize the vessel and give it a competitive market advantage against low tech boats like F18 catamarans. Carbon beams have been successfully fitted and proven to work on Andrew Macpherson’s “Super Taipan” AUS300.
The proposed class rule to replace 11D would be:
b. The main beam and rear beam shall each be straight aluminium alloy or Carbon Fibre tube the front beam shall consist of constant of circular section along its length the rear beam may be of square extruded beam incorporating traveller track. Holes may only be drilled in the beams for fastenings and fittings.