r.finn

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  1. r.finn

    NY to SFO the hard way

    I'm not sure where the 30 gallon number came from, but I was carrying more than double that for this potentially 70 day trip, so the weight savings would be a lot more than 225 lbs. A lot of this trip is tropical and I can assure you I drink more than half a gallon a day during that part of the trip including the freeze dried food requirements.
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    NY to SFO the hard way

    At this point I'm considering it an insurance policy.
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    Gyrocopter

    Thanks for the supportive thoughts Rob. This is just part of the process. You have certainly built and sailed on more proas than anyone here, but I think it's very important to frame that with the fact that you haven't actually spent many consecutive days offshore on one of your own designs. Considering that I've sailed Jzerro over 13,000 miles in many harder conditions than with what happened during my NY to SF attempt, and finally I discovered a weakness, you can see why it's important to have extended voyage time on a single boat. I know it's in an email somewhere, but what is the longest single voyage you've made on one of your own designs? I'm sure some of the other posters here would like to know so they have a context for some of your comments. Best of luck with the cargo proa. It's an exciting and noble cause.
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    NY to SFO the hard way

    Thanks for the watermaker info guys. I'm definitely making that a priority for next winter. Believe me, I prefer the simplicity of carrying water and the zero power demands, but for this trip it's clear that not carrying the weight is a matter of safety.
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    Gyrocopter

    Again, I chose the pacific proa because it places less stress on the beams than a trimaran or catamaran. Do you understand this or do you need further explanation? I hope you've just been messing with us. If so, well played. If not, well...
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    Gyrocopter

    It's definitely safer when gybing in breeze. On the way to New York recently I gybed in the Gulf stream, in 28-33 knots, and it was truly a non stress situation compared to passing the leech of a mainsail through they eye of the wind, on any boat. Boy I hope that's easy to understand.
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    Gyrocopter

    Interesting. Where could I see pics?
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    Gyrocopter

    Lifting Jzerro's ama out of the water requires 850 lbs of force. This is about 20' to weather of the lee hull's center of buoyancy and can be loaded with water ballast. How much I'm not sure because I've never filled it completely. The air draft is roughly 40'. I can answer some of your questions, but would never try to convince you that proas are the only good type of sailboat. All boats have their strengths and weaknesses. As I said earlier, I chose the proa because it stresses it's beams less than a cat or tri and is very quick $/mile. A monohull that would be as fast would be far more expensive and I personally wouldn't want to be on a cat or trimaran that weighs 3,200 lbs in the middle of the ocean. it would be much shorter than Jzerro. But I love cats and tris as well.
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    Gyrocopter

    It's just that you don't really seem to know what you are talking about and you don't seem to listen. That's good if you are just here to argue though. Have fun!
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    Gyrocopter

    SeaGul, what is it you are trying to achieve on this thread?
  11. r.finn

    NY to SFO the hard way

    Unclear. No evidence of and impact on the panel that popped inside the boat, but I have not gotten under the pod to inspect further.
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    NY to SFO the hard way

    This is the short version I just posted on facebook. Hopefully it explains the sequence of events. Thanks for all of the good energy here on SA. If I've learned one thing since sailing Jzerro up here to pursue this, it's that when push comes to shove this community is far more receptive and open than you would otherwise assume from our online persona's and varied social media conflicts. It give me faith in our community. 01/21/21: After a wonderful send off from Miramar Yacht Club, Brooklyn, I was finally on my way to San Francisco from NYC. The forecast was for a beam reach to my waypoint at the Gulf Stream in 15 – 20 knots of wind, however after passing Ambrose, the official starting mark of this record route, it was clear there would be lighter wind for a while. One thing was clear when leaving Brooklyn: Jzerro was very loaded down. Due to budget constraints, I wasn’t able to put a watermaker on board for this record, and underestimated how much the extra weight would affect the boat’s motion. Despite this and some minor equipment hassles, things were looking quite good to make my 300 mile day minimum. This meant I could expect to easily average much higher in the next 24 hours and really get some distance on as I sailed into much warmer waters. Noon 01/22/21: BANG! It sounded like a shotgun went off, and I launched up to check the deck before seeing water rushing into the boat like an open fire hydrant. I could easily see daylight from somewhere light never shines in the leeward pod, and also the otherwise beautiful blue of the Gulf Stream. That hole was above the water line, but pressed hard it was often skipping and occasionally diving into the ocean. Autopilot off, mainsail completely eased with the mast rotator off, jib furled and all rudders up, and finally mainsail down. The boat was now adrift in a building sea state and ocean water was on and in EVERYTHING inside the boat it was not supposed to be. Job one, get the water out! lots of moving sails and heavy gear on to deck to clear the way for accessing all low points of the hull to pump water out with a little 12-volt pump. And lots of removing storage bins from the leeward pod to a higher place to access the areas of the pod holding loads of water with the pump. It was an absolute mess, but a relief that it was above the water and in this condition, we were not taking on much more water through that hole. After the water was reduced to a manageable level, I put up the storm jib in 20-25 knots and two reefs in the mainsail to limp NNE slowly while I worked on a solution for that hole. On port tack the hole was on the aft, elevated end of the pod, and no water was coming in with so little sail up, but I was still able to make headway upwind like a heavily laden cruising boat. On this new tack I began working with what I had on board to patch that hole. G-flex epoxy, saw, wood screws, drill and spare wood panels. After an hour or so the hole was patched and we were heading north into a worsening weather while waiting for the epoxy to cure. I didn’t eat anything that entire day. I still had a way to go on port tack North before tacking back to Virginia. 1. I had to wait for the resin to cure a bit more before tacking and 2. I would have to go really slow on that tack to ensure the patched hole didn’t get slammed hard in what were still building conditions. So I laid down in my bunk looking at the instruments as the wind steadily built from 25 to 35 knots. Jzerro clawed her way to weather in these conditions and the sea state was getting pretty bad, but I was able to sleep right next to the repair and no water was coming down on me. Ok then. I’ll just keep heading North. 01/23/21 @ 4:30 am: Time to tack and head back to safety. I’d made it close enough 30-40 knot headwinds to turn and now the resin on the repair was tacky rather than liquid, and I just so happened to be far enough north to beam reach at a snail’s pace to the NC/VA coast. It was slow and dull progress, and starting to get very cold. I drank a lot of hot water to stay warm until daylight. 01/24/21 I’m now approaching the NC/VA coast in much calmer conditions. Seastate has moderated and the wind is now in the teens. Less concerned about the repair getting beaten in, I put up some mainsail, then more, then the J2, and finally the J1 before being becalmed 1 mile from the coast. Close hauled on starboard tack I was able to get north to the shipping lanes entering the Chesapeake Bay with many stops and starts on the way. After crossing the South shipping lane, I’m completely becalmed, stuck in between shipping lanes. I drift for three hours with a dying ebb tide, burning wet paper to see where the wind is coming from, and swatting off calls from friends and loved ones to call a towboat service! 01/25/21 @ 2:12 AM: Two naps in I pop up and a very light southerly wind is filling in. I sheet the mainsail in and Jzerro starts moving directly toward the Bay, then hoist the J0 and I’m moving at 5 to 7 knots directly at Hampton Yacht Club, 24 miles away. After 3.5 hours, just as the sun is rising, I’m met in the harbor entrance by Chandler Clark of #SignatureCanvasMakers and the sailing director of Hampton Yacht Club. Chandler hops on board to deal with the landing. The mainsail is already down and I’m just drifting dead downwind under J-0. I furl it and we drift at half a knot to the dock where the boat is tied up without incident, and this New York to San Francisco record attempt officially ends.
  13. r.finn

    NY to SFO the hard way

    Desperation.
  14. r.finn

    NY to SFO the hard way

    I'll be going again next winter. Full report coming.thanks for all the positive thoughts everyone. It definitely helps.
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    Gyrocopter

    It's always been about one thing for me: reduced beam loads. If someone can't understand that one simple thing, well that's on them. Onwards and upwards.
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    NY to SFO the hard way

    What you see is the nice part. This isn't a fixa-flat repair. I won't make this attempt again this winter.
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    NY to SFO the hard way

    I'm using Commanders for departure, doldrums and Cape horn approach.
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    NY to SFO the hard way

    Yeah, new forecast is showing Thursday departure. This is the only time I get to choose the weather before the clock starts, so trying to choose wisely.
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    Vendee Globe 2020

    Agreed. Pretty stupid attitude for a race like this. As if Boris just happens to be there!
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    NY to SFO the hard way

    Let's keep this simple. I just say Port Tack Bow or Starboard Tack Bow.
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    NY to SFO the hard way

    I arrived at Miramar Yacht Club, Brooklyn, this morning at 3 am. Tracker was off for some reason. Sorry about that.
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    Vendee Globe 2020

    Verdier said the VG is 1/3 race, 2/3 delivery. We're in delivery mode now and it makes for a great adventure race.
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    Vendee Globe 2020

    Is that a serious question?
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    Vendee Globe 2020

    I always thought it was short sighted to disallow scow bows yet allow lifting foils into IMOCA. One of these concepts has no moving parts per/knot. The argument initially was to avoid obsolescence within the fleet, yet that same year a bunch of existing boats had significant bow surgeries and since then retrofit foils haven't exactly been cheap. Ian's right. It should be brought up for discussion again.
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    Vendee Globe 2020

    The important part of this comment is "I really don't understand". You don't. There's probably a story and you will eventually find out about it.