What means "FACTOR"
Post by iconPost by WilliWau | 2021-02-05 | 12:46:24

HI, I am trying to learn, and right now I am unsure what the column factor means. And, is the column "Options" a guess, or is it facts?

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Post by iconPost by Hardtack | 2021-02-05 | 13:09:47
Factor - The boat's current speed factor over a no-options boat.
Options - According to 'User Card' (must be retrieved manually by selecting the user/boat in the game UI).

Post by iconPost by Silver Wings | 2021-02-13 | 18:55:21
To be more specific, 'Factor' is a speed multiplication factor which applies to the speed provided by the sail set (whether FP on not). It equals:
- 1.003 if you have the "hull" option: you will sail 0.3 % faster if your hull is continuously polished
- from 1.000 to 1.040 il you have the ‘foil’ option, which speeds up the boat above a given (wind) speed, according to twa. The % use of foils is shown in ‘Foils’ (from 0 to 100%). You will sail 4% faster if you have foils operating at 100%
So if you have both options, the maximum Factor is 1.04 * 1.003 = 1.0431 / the minimum is 1.003.

Post by iconPost by Pierre | 2021-04-28 | 12:22:27
I see a boat in the boats I follow who has only heavy and reach, no foils, and has a factor appearing red of 1.0046. Does red mean negative, and is it negative because he uses C0 when everybody is using LG (which he does not have) ?
Post by iconPost by Hardtack | 2021-04-28 | 13:10:07
A factor appears in red if Dashbaord cannot "explain" it. But the explanation is really well known in this case: The boat is sailing in the sail change tolerance where another sail would be faster. The VR engine applies the faster speed but reports the old sail, and does not apply a sail change penalty.

Post by iconPost by Pierre | 2021-04-28 | 14:54:33
Interesting! Thanks
Post by iconPost by Paspox | 2021-11-29 | 20:42:40
Hi Hardtack,

I just noticed that when the foils are in use AND you have the boost effect (sail change tolerance), the factor is also in red but the foils column shows 0% even though it is clear that the foils are being used.
In that case, Factor = 1.0380 (in red) // Foils = 0%
(Toxcct tells me that foils should be 68%, which is what is shown for boats next to mine
for example this one:
Factor = 1.0304 (in black) // Foils = 68% (no boost effect for this boat).

I should just disregard the 0% on the Foils column, correct ?
Post by iconPost by Hardtack | 2021-11-30 | 23:53:18
That's right, and the 'Factor' probably has many issue. I used it to determine if a boat had foils, but now this info is included in the user card and this column isn't really useful anymore.
Post by iconPost by zecagou | 2021-12-01 | 14:27:21
so could be relevant to reuse this column for VMC.
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