Rob Hodge

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  1. Rob Hodge

    R2AK 2019

    oh yeah. lots of testing will happen. most of the assumptions i have are based on a stability study done on wooden lightnings with various flotation options added that the class did. modeled the entire class legal wooden boat in the computer and ran the numbers it's pretty thorough. https://www.lightningclass.org/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=93488&module_id=286767 mine has the fore and aft watertights installed in it (although the forward is a station further forward than the tests they did) and more than half the remaining space is enclosed by the cabin so it won't 'scoop' on righting as much. with the bulkheads and no cabin, it maintains a positive righting moment till about 140 degrees. i think the cabin may either have little effect on this, or a positive effect. tests will be done, crash pumps installed, etc. i know what it's like to capsize a small boat solo- i have the dubious honor of having turtled and self rescued in the 2017 first leg.
  2. Rob Hodge

    R2AK 2019

    the bowsprint is specifically for a furling asym for single-handing; you read my mind on that one. shorthanded and with the cabin i just do not see a symmetrical with a pole as a viable option. i've eyed a little bit of the class's research into adding an asym and will sort of be following in those footsteps. I do get why racers scratch their head at the cabin, but there's no way this boat would be competitive in a class fleet, even if there were any fleets locally for me to race in. it was something like 100 lbs overweight, back in 1965 when it was class measured. however, for overnighting on a small boat you can't beat a small cabin. Plus, the enclosed volume will help with capsize recovery. it'll have to really, really go over to swamp half as much as an unmoddified lightning. between the cabin and the watertight compartments fore and aft it should be able to be recovered from a capsize. i did do some research thru the class association and looking thru the scrapbooks of the Corinthian Yacht Club in Seattle. As far as i can tell the boat never won anything, and i've pretty much traced the names of all the previous owners and where the boat has been for most of it's history; except i may have lost alot of my research in my last computer crash. if i can find my notes, we may have to talk.
  3. Rob Hodge

    R2AK 2019

    Yep, an old lightning pulled out of a barn that hadn't seen the water in at least 20 years. Not quite a pile of blackberry bushes, but might put me in the running for dirtbag. I'm not sure, honestly. Part of me wants to get the full race in before they make changes, but part of me knows an R2AK first leg, a barefoot raid, a salish 100, and a year sailing the boat and getting to know it and ironing out the kinks before a full R2AK would be wise. but we'll see. slacker tax doesn't hit until jan 15th. The monsoon is really a great, amazing boat. I can't wait to get her fixed up and take her out. kinda feel lucky to have landed her. Chris said he had alot of interest but when i approached him, i got the feeling he had been kind of holding out for the right buyer who would actually sail her and not just park her at the dock. that my 13 year old would get to live aboard her and have that experience kinda put him over the top, i think. I'm already talking to matt wood at CYC about getting her rated for PHRF.
  4. Rob Hodge

    R2AK 2019

    Hey R2AK'ers... Dunno if you're interested or not, but i just posted a big update on my site. I've bought a successful R2AK boat... but i'm not racing that one. http://www.h2ak.com/?p=615
  5. Rob Hodge

    Two sailors and dogs rescued after 5 months

    you're right- i found and posted this yesterday in the thread. it's the coast guard registration info. http://www.st.nmfs.noaa.gov/pls/webpls/cgv_pkg.vessel_id_list?vessel_id_in=608498 1979, 37 foot, starrat & jenks.
  6. Rob Hodge

    Two sailors and dogs rescued after 5 months

    Here's the boat's registration. http://www.st.nmfs.noaa.gov/pls/webpls/cgv_pkg.vessel_id_list?vessel_id_in=608498 so, a 1979 fiberglass boat about 37 feet long.
  7. Rob Hodge

    2017 Race to Alaska

    Hate to toot my own horn here, but it's been a struggle to get to the start on our shoestring budget this year. I'm doing a one-week only T-shirt fundraiser to help cover getting my wife to Victoria, and other last minute expenses. If anyone wants to buy one, it'd be much appreciated. https://www.bonfire.com/roberts-campaign-148/ is the link.
  8. Rob Hodge

    2017 Race to Alaska

    Classic Hodge, what a trouble maker Getting ready for this year...... Welcome to SA, Rob ! I heard your monkey navigates and weather routes for you. How quickly they evolve... He might be a handful in the Empress Hotel. that's why i tend to lock him in the cabin when i go somewhere nice. look closely at the picture from Victoria.... he's only lately been allowed to go to after race parties at the CYC clubhouse!
  9. Rob Hodge

    2017 Race to Alaska

    Classic Hodge, what a trouble maker Getting ready for this year......