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#3235 Building the IF

Posted by Analyse on 13 May 2015 - 02:53 AM


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#988 The secretwomensbusiness... Keel Challenge

Posted by dutch on 08 October 2014 - 11:01 PM

Challenge... wait for it... accepted!








edit: oh btw... that's not photoshop

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#7278 Polars for the TMS Star Class

Posted by viv on 24 September 2018 - 01:22 PM

After some good practice with the TMS Star Class boat, I have logged some speed data on all points of sail.

Here are my findings, with a wind strength of 15 knots, with no variance nor gusts:




Nota about the methodology:

 - TWA is calculated based on wind direction (set manually via chat command) and bearing (aiming either East or West, aligning with grid on minimap). For instance, wind set at 0 (North) aiming E or W results in a TWA of 90º.

 - Given the instability of the Star on certain points of sail (all upwind especially) some imprecision occurs.

 - I have tried to stabilize both the boat bearing and speed as well as possible. Others my find different results, as there can be spikes in speed, usually not sustainable, that I have filtered out. 

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#6713 Made a short home video on Sundays LCC cruise.

Posted by keifdenimore on 12 September 2017 - 12:25 PM

Heya Cruisers  :)


Had a lovely time on Sundays cruise and threw together my first video in forever. Hoping to make a lot more over the coming months.

Was a bit shy about sharing, but as they say these days YOLO.


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#6640 The SL America Cup, The Free Spirit Cup

Posted by Kayo on 23 August 2017 - 02:22 PM

1851. As the schooner, named America, passed the Royal Yacht in first position, and saluted by dipping its ensign three times, Queen Victoria asked one of her attendants to tell her who was in second place.


”Your Majesty, there is no second,” came the reply.


That phrase, just four words, is still the best description of the America’s Cup, and how it represents the singular pursuit of excellence.




Organizing a match race competition is a project that we have in mind since months. With the help of Eden Naturist Estate, the North Sea, the NYC, the North Sea Racing, the FIYC and TrYC, we are now able to make it happen!


Find below a few details. - others will follow -



The course will be the America's Cup 2017 design course type. All races will be run on the same course design.


Race and Match:

All regatta will be run in match race of 2 boats. The winner of a regatta is the team reaching first the mark of 3 points.

A win match is 1 point, a lost is 0.



The boat will be the FS v2 version X. All vessels will be required to undergo an inspection by the series committee to verify that it follows regulations and requirements.


Skipper and Crew:

Crew (2) or single handed are accepted. No handicap will be applied for crew boat. Crew are therefore recommended. We can help people to find crew. Skipper can register with no crew and give the crew name after.


Competition phases:

All crews will start by the qualifiers phase before moving to final phases. To qualify for the next phase a team has to win the race (reach the 3 points first). All races are match of 2 boats.


Times of Registration:

Registration is open now till mid-September. Registration form is available in game.




August - mid- September: Registration period

End of September: Inaugural race. Presentation of all crews, colors, club in a friendly race.

October: Qualification matches

November Final Phases

December Final

December Competition closing. Final race with all participants and prizes


Calendar will be adapted depending of the number of crew participating.



North Sea


For any information, you can contact me IG. This post is as well open to questions / remarks / ideas


Special thanks to Viv for all conversations and brainstorm about this project during our "dream evening", to Gemma for the nice poster, to the Eden, Petra and Gemma to support the idea, Cryptic, August, Lucy, Joy to be part of the team who will work on the competition rules and RD(on going). I can't forget all our weekly Cat Fighters and of course Laured to be always there !


We will have more surprise around this event coming !


I hope you will enjoy !


It is now time to register and claim the cup !



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#6072 Ocean Beach 42 ft catamaran

Posted by dutch on 27 February 2017 - 01:44 AM



Out this coming Wednesday March 1, from The Mesh Shop....


SL's first cruiser catamaran!


Same BOSS engine as the Ushuaia and Bandit IF.


Room for 4 people, fully animated.


Mod, comes with textures


Every sail and every rope works.









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Posted by Jake on 21 March 2016 - 07:19 PM

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#3707 Open letter to whom it may concern,

Posted by Analyse on 13 June 2015 - 10:46 AM

Once a year people all over America, all over Second Life, and all over the Sailing Community come together, and devote their time and energy to a good cause: fighting cancer, through RFL, and even closer to our hearts, S4L.

Cancer is something we can sadly all relate to, everyone of us lost loved ones, and we all know people who are battling it right now. On the brighter side of things, we get to celebrate life, raise money for a good cause, and know we are actively involved in making things better.

Events for charity unite people, it fills up the calendar with many great events that bring the community together, and for once we have a reason to work as a team for the greater good.

Then we have a few people who think 4 million volunteers worldwide are wasting their time and efforts and therefor are actively trying to derail events, public trust, and results by publishing numbers fabricated by the tobacco industry lobby (find the original publication here), or even worse, totally pull them out of thin air, for no other reason then spite over it not being a charity of their choosing.

For those people, all i can say, it doesn't matter in what way you choose to help fight cancer, if you have a local organization that appeals to you more, make your donations there, but stop sabotaging other peoples work for charity.

Since making people do less for S4L is not a win for you, its a win for cancer.

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#3558 Bandit IF Photo Topic!

Posted by Analyse on 03 June 2015 - 10:15 PM

a couple more :)















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#30 Hello, and AD25H

Posted by Ape on 15 August 2014 - 09:29 PM

Hello sailing community!
looks like i'm the first to post something here.
it's sad to see it empty, so i'll write down something :D
I'll tell you the story of my new boat!
after building my first one, the KV23H, i decided to draw some concepts of my next boat.
while i was bored at work, i tried different designs, and i made one that i kinda liked more than the others
i showed Analyse this drawing, and she told me that there is a real boat that looks almost like what i drew.
the amount of stuff she knows always amaze me lol, she has answers ( and google ) for everything.
anyway, she showed me this:
little bigger than the one i was thinking, but i fell in love with this little shiny cougar , and i decided to make it.
Ana also told me about that TYC boat show, so that pushed me a little.
after doing my college exams for this summer ( all went good, more or less ) i started the 31st of july to mesh out something.
the show was starting the 1st august, and since i didn't have anything to show up, i came out with this funny idea:
a simple cradle made in 5 minutes and a cloth that covered a boat ( there was nothing under the canvas, though xD )
well, now, after 2 weeks of ( very lazy ) work, the boat looks like this:
the color is just a random one that i gave to it, and there are not textures yet, just the baked ambient occlusion on some parts.
right now i'm working on the textures, and once finished, i'll make the animations, the most boring work to me.
of course i added the hydraulic folding foils, as all my boats will have them ( Foilborne Industries says everything, i think )
i think i'll add some more realistic stuff, like a good wake, and some fun things, i don't know yet.
i'll try to make it better than my first one.
this boat will be slower and i hope more stable.
anyway, here some shots of the building process
Raw hull ( almost done )
hull with a kind of interior and the mocha! :D
full 3d model, finally finished after several updates. ( who followed it at TYC Boat Show could be able to see the in-world updates )
i'll keep you up!
Bye for now

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#2343 Bickering about the Blake Sea

Posted by Raven Luna on 12 February 2015 - 05:46 AM

Okay - first off.... *raises hand*  Hi, I'm Raven and even though I've been in SL for 8.5 years, I am a total noob in regards to SL sailing and its factions. I love to sail and wave at other sailors. Period.


Second - wow.  I read this entire post and I am VERY glad I am not a member of that other forum. Who ARE these people?? Way too much uneccessary drama from toxic people I've never heard of.


And yes - Nomad's post was perfect and informative - even though, in that environment, it almost seems as futile as spitting into the wind. Great effort though.


I also read Analyse's comment and that spurred me to comment. I am one of thousands of people who sail the Blake Sea - often completely unaware of who owns what or what any race line or buoy represents (seriously). I love playing and renting in the USS because it is themed, has rules, and I know what to expect. I know I have support if I am harassed and I enjoy being a part of a very friendly and helpful community.  I love playing in the Blake Sea for the exact same reason. So if those toxic people (who do NOT in any way represent me or thousands of other casual sailors) choose to "boycott" the Blake.... well good - more space for us non-hateful types.  :-)  I sincerely hope they stay on their private regions, do all of their "fun" stuff there,  and leave the rest of us alone.


My $0.02 from the noob colony.

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#1253 Blake Sea Bad Performance Cause by LL Change?

Posted by Inara Pey on 24 October 2014 - 12:22 PM

I raised this issue at the Lab's SBUG meeting on Thursday October 23rd (it has also previously been raised at both SBUG and SUG meetings).


As per the comments above, if the problems appear to be very localised, they may well be "fixable" via a request for a region restart - hardly ideal I know.


However, and to answer the request about raising JIRA & what's needed.


JIRA reports should be filed where there is a persistent and reproduceable issue when crossing regions. For example, people persisently experience crashes when crossing in between regions in groups of 3 or 4 (or whatever); there are persistent crash issues when attempting to negotiate between region X and region Y - or a combination of both of these issues. Please try to take the time to see if the problem can be reproduced with the "offical" SL viewer if you generally use a TPV.


Where such issues occur, a JIRA should be raised providing as much information as possible, including: location (region names); numbers involved; time of day; behaviour experienced (did attempts to cross result in crashes? Did it result in people appearing to "hang" on the boundary for an excessively long time? Did it result in a loss of vehicle? Did it cause a period of "hanging" on the boundary before resuming, but left people with their camera skewed, causing problems? etc., etc.).


If you have a particularly nasty experience and took snapshots - include them. Give information on the type of vehicle being used at the time. Go to your viewer's HELP > ABOUT and copy the info from the floater and paste it into the JIRA. 


An example of a report for a persistent & reproduceable region crossing issue involving vehicles can be found in BUG-7314.


All JIRA are initially triaged by the Lab within 24 hours of reporting - although obviously, it can take much longer for them to be investigated. But at least they are looked at, recorded, and passed to the relevant team.


Again, please remember - JIRA tickets should be filed only for issues that the reproduceable or at least persistent under circumstances, even if they vary by location (i.e, you have persistent crash issues when racing or cruising in numbers, but which may not always occur at the same region boundaries in the race / cruise, but do routinely occur during the course of the cruise / race). Otherwise, seemingly random issues may be better handled via support tickets, as noted in comments above.


Hope this helps.

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#72 Beginner series - Tools of the trade

Posted by Synn Lorefield on 18 August 2014 - 12:58 PM

Last article, I submitted to you the absolute bat-guano crazy notion of leaving the wind the same direction (i.e. not changing it throughout a cruise or at every turn). I hear you, I’m insane. But let’s explore ways to successfully understand where the wind is, and how to make it work for us (and not against us).


There are two (sometimes, three or even four) tools for us to use to make sailing so much easier for ourselves - aside from the Notecard manual that will comes with almost every boat to teach you the basic controls and commands. The manual Notecards should really be read before starting out on the water, but I understand the allure of excitement  :P . The first is on lots and LOTS of boats, legacy (older) and modern-made in SL: the text HUD.


The text HUD is this floating text of five or six lines with all sorts of information that hovers somewhere around your head when sailing. A few boats require you to type the command “hud” into chat to bring it up (please refer to your specific boat’s manual if you don’t normally see it when sailing). Most of the information on it we can safely ignore for the time being as a beginner, even though it’s all useful to some extent.


The primary items we want to read are the direction of the wind, given in a cardinal point (N, E, SW, etc), and the color of the text. The color will change, depending on how our sails are adjusted to the wind. Red means the sails are too loose to power the boat (pull in the sail, or tap the Down arrow on your keyboard .. or S of you use WASD to control movement instead of arrows). Yellow means slightly too loose - one or two taps of the Down arrow will fix it. Green means the sail is set correctly. Teal/Light Blue means the sail is too tight for the wind - loosen the sail with the Up arrow or W if you use WASD.


Some boats (The Mesh Shop, WildWind and Trudeau boats come to mind) allow you to control the sails with their attachable HUDs (different from the floating text “HUD” on boats). The attachable HUDs have up and down arrows you can mouse-click to perform changes to sails. WildWind, ReneMarine and Trudeau HUDs also have a dial that visually shows the direction of the wind.


The second tool is this visual indicator of wind direction (like the Trudeau, ReneMarine and WildWind attachable HUDs). Some boats have a direction flag on top of the mast (the tall post to which the sails attach on the boat) that show where the wind is blowing *to* - Trudeau boats and the Bandit 50 boats from The Mesh Shop, and Rene RM12 Tofinou have this feature. Other, older boats had a stream of orange dots trailing off the mast to show this, though you’ll rarely find them available these days.


The third, invaluable tool at our disposal is the MiniMap in the viewer. Brought up by going to World -> MiniMap in the top menu of the viewer, or holding Ctrl+Shift and tapping M on the keyboard, should be on every sailor’s screen. Shove it off to a corner somewhere out of the way. But it gives us three things to help. First, it shows the compass directions and the cone of our camera’s view - so we always know what direction we’re facing and can figure out where the wind is. Second, it shows us various obstacles and other users in close proximity. And third, it shows lighter/darker tile squares to let us know of impending sim crossings (changing from one sim to another).


This last point of sim crossings is important for two reasons: we can keep from inputting steering commands as we’re crossing to help avoid crashes or additional lag; and we can avoid sim corners (where all four sims meet at a corner point) at all costs. Most boats are fairly big, and trying to get that object to occupy four separate sims at the same time is a little like dividing by zero - the outcome is usually unpleasant at best, or a nice view of your desktop after a crash at worst.


So now we have some tools at our disposal to “see” the wind - Text “HUDs,” attachable HUDs, wind indicator flags, and the minimap as a supplement. Time to get out there and give them a try! If you have any questions, feel free to IM or stop by SYC for a hands-on lesson with me.


Next article is steering two at once (the boat and the sails). Until then, strong winds and peaceful currents!


Synn Lorefield has been sailing in SL since 2008. She is currently a sail instructor with Starboards Yacht Club. Welcoming of IMs and NCs, she doesn’t believe there’s a question too small. If you have a question about a particular boat, there’s a strong chance it’s one of the 65 she already has in her inventory. 

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#5473 Free us from instant eject orbs

Posted by Ginger Henderson on 30 April 2016 - 10:56 PM

MrJules Sixpence has open up a petition for the aviation community about those evil orbs that send you home without you blinking an eye : > :(
This also applies to use sailors maybe we can all unite and try to make Linden Labs aware we have a voice.
Can go here to sign the petition will only take a second :)

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#5138 Skutsje/Dutch Barge

Posted by Analyse on 02 March 2016 - 11:22 PM

Lets do a bit of history on the Skutsjes, they are a well known sight here in Holland, specially because the races are spectacular and always attract lots of spectators, but for most people it must be a pretty odd looking boat. So where do they come from, and what makes them so much fun to race.


First lets find The Netherlands:





Yup, that wee little red speck there, that's us :), but don't let size fool you, we once had the mightiest navy in the world, Dutch shipbuilders were pretty famous back in the days too.


But the Skutsje isnt a "typical" Dutch boat, although having many style elements from its predecessors, and looking similar to the Tjalk's, Boeiers, Schokkers, Botters and other typical flat bottomed Dutch ships of the time, so lets zoom a little closer:






One of the northern provinces in The Netherlands is called "Friesland", and that's where the Skutsjes come from, lets zoom in a bit closer still to see why:






Yup, all that is rivers, canals and lakes, and keep in mind this was the 1850's, there were no railways, the combustion engine hadn't been invented yet, roads were hard packed dirt, and a donkey was a well accepted means of transport for your daily commute. The entire area was rich in agriculture though, and the Skutsjes were basically the standard means of "bulk" transport on the inland waterways, they hauled produce, potatoes, brown-coal, dirt and manure, and the shallow draft and easily lowerable mast meant they could go pretty much anywhere.


The size of the Skutsje was dictated by the size of the waterlocks they encountered on their journeys, so generally between 12 and 20 meters long (40 to 65 feet) and about 3,5 meters wide (11.5 feet) their cargo capacity was somewhere between 10 and 30 tonnes,


Since most of the transport was done in an opportunistic way while following seasonal products around, or the skippers also doing their own trading (buy cheap, sell for a profit someplace else) it was common practice for the skipper and his family to live aboard, where the kids, once old enough also helped out where they could. The living quarters were pretty cramped, the living room was 2 by 2,5 meters, and the bunks were built below the aft and fore deck,



pictured: a time when smiling in the camera was frowned upon.



It was a hard life, and there was much competition between the skippers, and that not only showed in them trying to beat other skippers to the best place on the dock to load and unload, sailing through the night to get the best merchandise, or playing pranks by cutting loose the boat of a competitor while the crew was asleep so it would wash downstream, but also in the weekends when they got together and raced.


Skutsjes are workboats, and they only have two sails, a main, and a jib, but since the boat needed to be able to cope with a wide variety of conditions the rig is oversized, by a lot, so the boat is still able to make some way in light winds, even when loaded to capacity. When the wind picked up, or the boat sailed empty, they just reefed the sails to reduce power.


For racing however, every last bit that wasn't bolted down to the boat was put on the shore, and the boats were sailed totally empty, with the sails fully hoisted, and this is what makes them so spectacular to race. The boats being flat bottomed dont have a heavy keel pulling them upright, and since they are pretty narrow for the length, they also don't have much form stability, it really came down to sailing skills and nerve (and lots of muscle power wrestling with the sheets and the helm) to keep the boat upright.





and you shouldn't be afraid of getting your feet wet either



The Skutsjes are considerable size, and handle like big lazy dogs, but where you would expect 100 year old boats to be sailed with kid gloves, not so much for Skutsjes, for the last 50 or 60 years they have been used exclusively for recreational and competitive purposes, and specially in racing there is much rivalry and feuds that sometimes date back as far as the age of the boats, so they are raced hard, and that's an awesome sight to see.





They are treated like big dinghy's for rugged sailors.


Good thing the Skutsjes have proven extremely durable, they lost their purpose as workboats back in the 1950s when they weren't able to compete anymore with road and rail transport, but considering at least 400 of them have survived till this day says something about the build quality, and that's why they have become a very recognizable icon of the Dutch heritage fleet.


Lets hope we can bring some of the fun to Second Life ^_^






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#4722 Vive la France

Posted by Penelope Debruyere on 14 November 2015 - 12:08 PM

Nothing much to say here. My thoughts are with all people living in France

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#4205 Hello, and AD25H

Posted by Ape on 16 August 2015 - 01:05 PM

ladies and gentlemen, we've come to an end.

An year ago, the LittleBee project started almost as a joke.

Analyse told me about that classic boats contest and i meshed up something.

I took long to complete this boat, because i wanted it to be "complete"!

Also, i worked very few on it for various RL-SL issues.

But now, now people, now the boat is packed. 

In few days the vendors will be active in the main locations. :)


this is the last picture i'll post here of the whole building process. Box completed.




Thank you everybody for your patience. 

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#3547 Bandit IF Photo Topic!

Posted by Analyse on 02 June 2015 - 04:25 PM






















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#3460 The Mechanics of Sailing

Posted by Analyse on 28 May 2015 - 01:43 PM

The Mechanics of Sailing


A sail is a pretty obvious propulsion device to anyone who has ever staggered down a street against a stiff breeze. Wind blows, the fabric fills, the boat slides downwind. And that's just what happens with a sailboat running free.




Pointing the boat directly downwind, and swinging the boom out at a 90° angle to the center line of the boat allows the sail to block the wind and propels the boat in the same direction as the wind blows. It works very well, but limits your choice of destinations and unless the wind changes makes it impossible to sail home again.


No problem. You're sailing a fore and aft rigged boat and they can sail upwind by turning their simple sails into airfoils that "pull" your boat upwind, much like the wings on a airplane create lift to pull you up in the air.


Here are the practical details you need to know:


If you want to sail in a direction 90° from the wind, you would haul the sail in until it's at about a 45° angle to the center line and point the bow perpendicular to the wind. That's known as sailing off the wind or reaching.




You've heard how the wings of an airplane work a time or two, haven't you? Wind flows under the flat bottom of the wing and over the curved top of a wing at different rates of speed which creates lift, allowing the plane to rise off the ground. Take a look at the overhead view of the sail. It's shaped a lot like the side view of a wing. The wind flowing along the forward, curved edge of the sail must get to the trailing edge of the sail at the same time as the wind moving along the shorter, boom-side of the sail, so it must travel faster. This creates a low pressure area on the forward surface of the sail which pulls the boat toward it. The rudder and keel  compensate for this sideways pull and allows the boat to glide forward at nearly 90° to the wind.





The third point of sail, close hauled or on the wind, makes it possible to actually sail upwind. Once more, the sail acts as an airfoil, drawing the boat forward as the keel compensates for some of the sideways motion.


All of these points of sail can be steered on either a starboard (the wind is coming over the right railing of the boat as you look forward)  or a port (the wind's coming over the left railing) tack. By shifting back and forth between these two tacks and the different points of sail, you can plot a zigzag course to just about any place you want to go.






You probably know that you can sail a boat in various directions, including upwind, by shifting the relative position of the sail and rudder. You can get where you want to go, but almost never in a straight line, which is one of the most pleasurable features of sailing. You need to tack-- zigzagging back and forth across your desired course-line and shifting the sail and boom from one side of the boat to the other.


There are two ways to change tack, coming about-- generally the preferred method-- and gybing.


To come about, you steer the boat through the eye of the wind, that is, into and across the flow of the wind. The sail empties of wind on one side, and the boom swings gently across the boat and fills on the other side.





#1- Bottom Figure- Old Course
You're traveling upwind on a starboard tack. You call out "Ready about," and turn your helm into the wind.

#2- Middle Figure- Crossing the wind
You're crossing the eye of the wind and if you loose power you'll be stalled out, in irons. But that doesn't happen and your sail again fills with wind from the other side of the boat.

#3- Top Figure- New Course
You are now on a port tack and everyone has shifted their position across the boat to improve the balance.



Gybing is a more difficult operation and must be approached with caution, particularly in heavy winds. To gybe, you turn away from the wind, allowing it to hit your sails from the stern and slap the boom across the boat with all the force the wind can offer.


So why would you ever jibe instead of coming about? Well, there are a few times when a controlled gybe is the more practical move. When you gybe, you only turn the boat 90°, while coming about means you swing around 270°. The action of turning into the wind to come about drops the boats speed, and if you don't have enough speed going into the tack you may end up in irons.




  #1- Bottom Figure- Old Course
You're travelling downwind on a port tack. You call out "Prepare to jibe," and turn your helm away from the wind.

#2- Middle Figure- Crossing the wind
The wind catches the outboard side of the sail and pushes it across the boat.

#3- Top Figure- New Course
You are now on a starboard tack and once more on a broad reach.




This sailing lesson and the images courtesy of http://www.yachting-life.net

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#22 Building the Bandit 55

Posted by Analyse on 15 August 2014 - 01:06 PM





added some stuff in the cabin, first boat that will have a TV, rough setup for cabin lighting.




more detailing on the deck hardware.




Started unwrapping, texturing and the first bits are getting baked.




Adding the last details for the interior




Making all the small bits like doors & hatches




Decided that the window frames looked kinda crude compared to the rest of the boat, so redid those.




Adding last details to the boat, like the fenders and opening windows.




Making the custom LOD and physics models for the various parts.




Adding the sail wardrobe and their LOD models.




And this is what the boat looks like in Second Life today :)

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