The 12 Metre Sit Targets In Detail

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We’ve have been getting reports that the 12 Metre crew locations are hard to access, that no matter where you click to sit you end up in the skipper or below decks positions. We’ve included sit target graphics in the 12 Metre Sailing Guide, in this card we’ll expand on that information along with other do’s and dont’s.

The 12M contains 7 sit targets – the skipper, 4 active crew sits, and 2 belowdecks cuddle sits. The skipper and active crew are controlled by Trudeau developed scripts that allow multiple port-starboard positioning increments to help offset the heeling force of the wind. The 2 belowdecks targets contain the ubiquitous AVSitter scripts that present the user with a menu of contained animations and gives the ability to adjust position and rotation.

Skipper

The skipper position is the entire boat (except for the other 6 targets), best accessed by “sitting” directly on the boat’s steering wheel.

Skipper_Position_Wheel

Skipper sit position

If you successfully targeted that sit, you’ll receive the “Welcome aboard, skipper…” message.

Active Crew

These crew members use the <left> and <right> keyboard arrow keys in adjusting their position to help counteract the boat’s heeling force. The 4 active crew positions are the cockpit coamings, deck house, skylight and base of the mast.

For the deck house, skylight and base of mast positions the sit scripts and animations are contained in an invisible prim that envelops the visual part and enlarges the sit target (for the cockpit coaming, the script is contained in the mesh prim itself).  The graphics below show the outlines of the actual sit target prims:

Crew_Position1_Cockpit_Coamings

Crew Position 1 – Cockpit

Crew_Position2_Deckhouse

Position 2 – Deckhouse

Crew_Position3_Skylight

Position 3 – Skylight

Crew_Position4_Base_of_Mast

Position 4 – Base of Mast

Make sure you and your crew are as precise as can be when targeting your sit clicks.  For the cockpit, the compass housing might be an easier target “hit”.

There are a couple of caveats for these sit target prims.  The out of the box transparency setting for them is 99% – Do NOT set them fully 100% transparent – that seems to make them no longer targets for sit clicks. The second is do NOT change the value in the prim’s Description field (-1). The AVSitter system used belowdecks seems to want to take control of the entire primset, any prim you sit on will be controlled by it’s sit target code.  The -1 value in a prim’s description tells AVSitter to exclude that prim from it’s control.

If you find yourself “floating” above the deck in the various crew locations, realize the animations were developed for a specific AV size and in SL one size does not fit all.  Each sit prim contains a card – “sit config” that allows you to adjust the default distance of the animation from the prim:

offset=<-1.35,0.0,-0.2>  ‘Fore/Aft, Port/Star, Up/Down

We recommend that you not adjust the Port/Star setting as that will throw off the hiking increment visuals.

Relaxed Crew

Finally, the belowdecks AVSitter system.  This is the selection of sits and couples cuddles animations that do not effect the boat’s trim and are accessed by sitting on the port and starboard cabin settees:

Settee_Sit_Targets

Settee Sit Targets

These scripts take a while to completely load all of the contained animation’s offset and rotation settings. Make sure the “Loading x%” hovertext is completed before trying to access these animations:

AVSitter_Loading

Wait until the message goes away before using these animations

Null Key Animation Script Errors

For the “Could not find animation ‘00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000′” script errors, this is originally covered in this blog’s FAQ .  If a viewer restart doesn’t clear that up, a viewer cache clear will.

Very Fine Art

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Resident Yany O’Real (yany.oh) does fantastic SL themed artwork.  He got hold of some Trudeau boats and here’s what he came up with.  I think they are amazing, Edward Hopper and Winslow Homer don’t have a thing on Yany. :)

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Yany-FJ

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If you see Yany inworld, give him a shout out.

Patch Patched

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  PatchII03

(Newest Note: Patchogue II release will be Sunday July 7, 7AM SLT)

New Note: the Second SOL Regatta has been extended past June 23, so the Patchogue II release date has been pushed back as well. Please check back here for the updated release date.  Very soon now…..

Note: The Trudeau Patchogue II was chosen as the class boat for the 2013 Second Sol Regatta (A Sail4Life Fundraising Race Event).  The Patchogue II will available to the general public at the conclusion of the regatta, June 23)

Trudeau Classic Sailing Yachts is transitioning to new building materials.  Don’t worry traditionalists, it’s not and never will be fiberglass, carbon fiber, molded polystyrene, polyethylene or any other yucky petroleum based product.  Mesh has taken over the SL grid and we have succumbed as well (yeah about time, Trudeau!).

But boy are we glad we did in our all new Patchogue II, our “mostly mesh” rework of our popular original Patchogue catboat from 2009.  Everything we said about the origins of that boat applies here, and doubly so.  We took the body plan from Gil Smith’s masterpiece Lucille and molded our mesh hull to it’s stations and profile.

PatchIILines

The result was a RL lines-accurate SL boat hull, something not possible in prims or sculpts. Yay for mesh!

Bail!

Now Patch II, this lines-accurate model of the iconic Gilbert Smith design (and much more accurate than our previous Patchogue), has a very low profile. In fact, much of her cockpit is below the waterline.  Since SL prims don’t (and likely never will) have water displacing properties, we used the old “masking” texture to keep most of the water from the cockpit when sailing relatively level. It works fairly well, but there are two drawbacks with this method.

First, the masking texture also masks avatar parts (remember the invisiprims that came with your old prim shoes?)  So any part of your AV, such as your legs, that dangle below the cockpit water mask will be cut off (yo ho, me hearties, get your peglegs!).  We took this into account when developing all of the boat’s animations.

Second, setting your viewer’s “Advanced Lighting Model” option for enabling shadows negates the effect of the masking texture.  So if you have shadows on, your Patch II will look like this:

PatchIIFlooded

Sigh. One step forwards (mesh), one step backwards (shadows). Why can’t we have it all?

Meshed Up!

There are a bunch of features we’d found neither possible or practical on previous non-mesh boats such as the highly detailed rigging, sail furls on the boom when reefed and a working (woo-hoo!) mainsheet.  Not for nothing is she a 50-some prim equivalent.

PatchIIDetails

All Aboard!

Patchogue II  can carry up to 4 people including her skipper.  The skipper position is “sitting” on the tiller prim (or either cockpit bench), the other crew/passenger sit locations are the top of the centerboard trunk and the fore and aft decks.  See the sit positions graphic:

PatchIISits

Of course it wouldn’t be a Trudeau boat if all aboard didn’t help offset heeling by hiking out in several positions, so they do! Other now-standard Trudeau features include:

  • Our should-have-been patented in-world luffing Tru-Sails
  • Half a dozen built-in traditional color schemes.
  • 2 sail reef points.
  • Rezzing mooring buoy.
  • Rezzing boatyard cradle.

Customization!

As with all Trudeau boats, Patch II is modify permission-ed allowing you to make her your own. These are the links to the Photoshop PSD templates for the:

Hull Parts (including backbone, decks, rudder/tiller, cockpit and boat name 13.1MB)

Bright (wood planking) Hull Parts (including backbone, decks, rudder/tiller, cockpit and boat name 16.6MB)

Spars (mast, boom, gaff and mast hoops 9.52MB)

Sail (including mainsail, reefed and moored furls 11.25MB)

Dimensions:

Trudeau Patchogue II – 55 prim equivalent , 26.5 ft (8.1m) LOD, 9.2ft (2.8m) beam, 3.9ft (1.2m) draft (board down)

PatchII01

The Francois Jacques Release Fundraiser

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A HUGE HUGE THANK YOU to all the Second Life Sailors who turned out at the Nantucket Yacht Clubhouse on Saturday, Nov 17 for the Trudeau “Francois Jacques” release fundraising event benefiting the American Red Cross.

Due to your many boat purchases, amazing auction bids (wow, wow, wow BennyThe Boozehound!) and other very generous donations we were able to raise nearly L$300,000 for this cause in just over three hours! A US$1200.00 donation was made in Francois Jacques’ name.

Special thanks go out to BennyThe Boozehound for DJing and providing his wonderful musical selections, Gemma Vuckovic for providing the NYC clubhouse and Nomad Zamani, the NYC Estate owner.

As a resident in the area hardest hit by Sandy, I can attest to the immense damage that storm did to peoples lives. Please consider making additional donations:

You can help people affected by disasters like Superstorm Sandy by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief.

SL Sailing in the General Press

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Our various SL Sailing-specific blogs do a fantastic job of keeping us informed of the issues and activities of our community. Lately, SL Sailing, Blake Sea, The United Sailing Sims, and (*ahem*) yours truly, Jacqueline Trudeau have also garnered attention from the SL general press. We here at TCSY are not surprised – is there any activity in SL that’s better to do, more fun,  more relaxing, more rewarding than setting sail and exploring the waterways of our grid? No, there isn’t.  That other popular SL activity doesn’t even come close ;)

Recently Retropolitan Magazine took notice of the “classic” aspect of the TCS Yachts. And the just released issue of Prim Perfect is entirely dedicated to SL Sailing.  Check them out!  (and personal thanks to the respective editors for preventing me from sounding too much like a self absorbed twit!)


We The Cats Shall Hep You

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Hep?

Get with it, daddios. Hep is hipper than hip. It’s in the pocket. It’s straight from the fridge. It’s copacetic. It’s the new Trudeau HepCat, our Son of a Beach(cat). Reap this righteous riff, this is one crazy SOB.

Instructions:

  1.  Raise sails.
  2. Hang the hell on to something!

Dig:

  • Flat ain’t where it’s at. HepCat’s sails, more curves than a Jayne Mansfield film fest. Bunnie Mills, Trudeau sail boss, is one wrascally wrabbit!
  • The tramp is no lady. Nor is it a bindle-stiff. It’s a stage for skipper and crew to make sweet music upon, so blow, Roy, blow.  Or play it solo. 4 positions per side. Hiking straps.  Keep cool though, too much bouncing around on this tramp will upset HepCat’s balance with clinkers and put the kibosh on your speed.
  • No kick from champagne. But plenty of kick from these rudders – HepCat turns on a dime. And a kick up… handy for sailing up on the beach, over ramps and other screwy exhibitions. Down… they can be a real drag, man. Up… not so much. Not much help in steering either. But don’t sweat it, you’ll be the wiser in no time.
  • Circus act. We don’t dig jive clowns. But a high wire? Solid. HepCat has trapezes for all you daring young men (and women). If they asked if you were moving, tell them you were flyin’!
  •  Wig out. Or as the L7s call it, capsize. Hot dog it too much and you’ll get the bum’s rush into the drink. Don’t have a kitten though, moor HepCat and you’ll be sittin’ pretty again in no time.
  • HepCat is lousy with sail choices. And for you egghead longhairs, all of them historically correct.

Glad rags to deck your cat out in:

Sails(2.5MB)
Hull (360K)
Trampoline (7.8MB)
Misc Parts (1.6MB)

Beach Cat Beach has gone Hep. Make the scene and dig the righteous Cats (cut a demo too!).

That’s the rap. Don’t be a chump, get Hep.

Go, Cab, Go!

The Third Time. A Charm?

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We at Trudeau are huge fans of the boats of the Herreshoff family. If it seems like every other boat that comes from our yard is in some way a tribute to either Captain Nat or his son L. Francis’ work, it’s probably because it is. Of course, the one design that is most approachable, perhaps the most endearing and enduring is Nathanael’s 12 1/2 daysailer. We are in love with that boat and have tried to model it from the earliest days of TCSY (read our rhapsodic praise and historical tidbits about the real life H12 here). The Trudeau Sea Sharp (circa 2007, shown below) was our first attempt at building a 12 1/2 – like boat.

Of course, working with the SL sphere and cylinder primitives at our disposal didn’t quite lend themselves to the compound curved beauty of the 12 1/2’s lines.

It’s no surprise (to us, at least) that as soon as we had mastered a sculpty form beyond that of a hollowed out log, we would take another stab at the H12. That was the Trudeau Twenty (below left), our first sculpty boat.

Closer perhaps, but still no cigar. There are RL H12 owners in Second Life who directed comments our way on Twenty’s shortcomings as a Herreshoff H12 tribute. The masthead all wrong… the coamings are supposed to sweep all the way to the transom… the jib is supposed to self-tend on a club… and take those battens out of the main! Hey, when you are the owner of an important piece of yachting history and a bona-fide masterpiece, that entitles you to be picky!

So now, over 4 years after Sea Sharp hit the seas, nearly 2 1/2 years after Twenty’s launch – those comments taken to heart, other lessons learned, new building skills acquired, additional Linden scripting functions to abuse, led us to take 3 of our infatuation with the H12. Since it is more or less 12 feet on the SL waterline, we decided to call this one a twelve as well.

Presenting our T12

We think we nailed it this time! Though that makes it somewhat smaller than Twenty, the T12 can still haul you and 3 of your friends on sailing excursions throughout SL’s waterways. All four of those seated positions help counteract Twelve’s heeling – by shifting from side to side. There are tons – tons – of other new features.

  • Redesigned hull and other new parts – coamings, rigging, rudder, cockpit benches, tiller, mast, mast hoops, boom, jib club…
  • Beautiful sculpted gaff mainsail and jib with just the right billow and twist to bring a tear to an old salt’s eye (thanks to the very talented Bunnie Mills – give it up for her… again!).
  • Our exclusive Tru-Sail feature as first introduced on the Trudeau One. The sails flap, luff and fill to give inworld visual indication of correct sail set. No HUD angle sail by numbers… no color codes… no big inworld dials… just realistic true to life sail behavior.

Alright already … this is getting to sound a lot like our write up for the Leetle Cat II. We suggest you read about the features of the “new” Trudeau boats, including T12, there. As you might have noticed about Trudeau boats, some boats have some features, other boats have other features. We try to give each of our boats a flavor of the RL ones they are modeled on.

Here are some features unique to the T12. While she doesn’t have the spinnaker (not exactly standard equipment on the H12 when first introduced in 1914), she has a very effective wing and wing setting for running downwind.

wing and wing

T12 is the replacement for the Twenty in our lineup, as such we have kept and updated popular features from that boat. For the cruising set is the motor and the boom tent and sleeping accommodations.

Customization templates? For you hot modders and rockers, follow these links for .PSD graphics:

Hull (2.33MB) including rudder templates

Transom naming (388KB)

Sails (9.44MB) – main, jib, furled sail and boom/reefed sail templates

(see this page for step-by-step naming instructions – T12 follows the Sea Sharp procedure – Sea Sharp lives on in T12 after all!)

Dimensions

32 prims (sit locations for skipper and a crew of three)
18ft (5.5m) LOA, 6.5ft (2m) beam, 2.6ft (.79m) draft.
Cradle – 21 prims
Tent/Lantern/Mattress – 28 prims
Mooring buoy and line – 11 prims

Come see the new Trudeau 12 at Trudeau Classic Sailing Yachts.

Charmed? We’re sure!

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