IanA.

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  1. IanA.

    Young and Full of Promise

    Managed also a couple quick hours at the boat. Decided to change things up at the last minute(always a great idea) and roll some straight white primer(545) on the remaining un-kiwi gripped section of the foredeck. What I was doing on all the other sections was first rolling a coat of kiwi grip with a standard nap roller and then comng back when it was tacky to roll the grip layer. Was really happy with this technique but I have some space/confinement issues with the foredeck now and can only roll one coat and then I have to let it full dry before I come back. So I used the 545 just to get the base more white so when I roll the Kiwi-grip, there shouldnt be any dark patches. I probably should have just done this for the whole deck to begin with but that was back then when I wasn't really thinking about foredeck painting logistics. I also got a few more coats of high build along the water line as it was still a bit to low to fair in evenly. No more stalling now, really need to buck up and get to fairing this...
  2. IanA.

    Young and Full of Promise

    So I decided to cut my losses (sad pun intended) and destroy the propeller in order to at least try and save the shaft. Was surprisingly easy with the carbide toothed cutter head from Fein. At this point I've come to terms with the financial gouge this is going to cause my and now my main focus was purely on salvaging as much as possible to avoid giving and more money to the Volvo mafia... The compression of the rubber dampner inside shot the side of the cut hub nearly into my face, wasn't expecting that.. Had to whip out the ultimate destroyer tool (with carbide cutter) to do some very finite triming of the innards with damaging the spline on the shaft inside. The shaft and bearings were pretty cruddy so I soaked them in a bath of mild Oxallic acid over night and then gave it a good scotch brite the nextday to get the rest of the gunk out. Its a bit rough in some places and definitely some wear here and there but I think it will past muster. I was hoping to be able to salvage the outer bearing housing as well which is where the seals are fitted on the shaft to keep the saltwater and oil seperated. Unfortually after getting it all apart and removing the old seals, it appears the last person who changed these out didn't use the proper method of heating the housing while frezzing the seals to get them together. Instead they just hacked up the inside surface with a file until it fit. This is why I think there was water in the sail drive leg... So that was another 240 euros out the door but at least it was fast turnaround for the new part. I got the bearing race press fit into the new housing and the O rings on. The new anode is a good fit so now I just need the new shaft seals to show up in the mail and a new propeller... I contacted Flex o Fold and Gori for pricing options. The Flex o fold is interesting with the composite Hub but im not sure I like the mini custom Zincs needed for each blade and I don't think the drag profile is as smooth as it could be. They want 1400euros for it but its not clear if it includes VAT and if thats EXworks or delivered. The Gori guys are very slow to respond and still waiting for pricing. A bit frustrating as im generally an impatient person and I really want to get this expensive ordeal done and behind me..
  3. IanA.

    Young and Full of Promise

    I knew this part of the project was going to give me grief... The bloody shaft and hub didn't want to seperate from each other. I used the steel frame of the garage as a strong point and the bench vise as the means to wind on tension. This got scary tight and still no movement. I tried smacking with the mallet under load and still nothing... So I changed it up, added in a purchase an re-secured the dead end points to stronger bases. I dont have a load cell here but the 10mm heat set dyneema was carrying a high tune. Still no movement and I was either going to cave in the garage or snap something and lose an eye or a testicle.
  4. IanA.

    Young and Full of Promise

    Ended up having to order in a specific 27mm socket for the propeller job so decided to get started on some back plates for the winches. Will be doing a fair bit more of this work coming up as we start mounting more hardware this winter. Ended up using the 7mm c-plate for the primaries and 4.5mm for the cabing top. The decision had more to do with what I have in stock and what I think im going to need for some other hardware backing plates. The 7mm is probably overkill but felt better than the 4.5mm for the bigger loads the primary should see. I went with 1 paint stick+1/2 diameter bic pen from the outside drum surface to establish the backing plate diameter. Seems about right...
  5. IanA.

    Young and Full of Promise

    Also got a new bench-vise mounted in the new garage so I could get started on re-furbishing the folding prop. Would way rather buy a new gori- 2 blade but that budget is long out the door now. Im stuggling to loosen the shaft nut on the inside to be able to pull the body from the spline. Got gas torch so will see what I can loosen up this week. I have a feeling this one will be a bit of a process.
  6. IanA.

    Young and Full of Promise

    One thing I really don't like with Kiwi-grip is that you need to pull the tape before it cures. I understand why you need to, I just find it to be a pain in the ass to go back to areas after you rolled and tobe able to pull the tape cleanly and without ruining the work you've just done as well as trying to to get the wet paint covered tape onto other surfaces. Its a messy process with lots of room for ruining clean surfaces.
  7. IanA.

    Young and Full of Promise

    Im sort of meeting my expectations where im finally getting a hang of this kiwi-grip right when im finally done with the deck. Its definitly not perfect but I finally have found my groove a bit with the amount of thinning needed for the given air temp as well as rolling techniques to get a consistent texture. Will be happy though when this stage is over as I generally kick myself if it doesn't look perfect.
  8. IanA.

    Young and Full of Promise

    Got an early start on Sunday morning in the shed. The one year old is awake around 5am so my days are skewed a bit. Was able to stream the Vendee globe dock out and start which made working alone slightly less lonely. Had a bit of spastic OCD and gave the deck a thourough cleaning, first a complete vacuum with the horse hair bristle and then a hand scrub with soap and water and then a final wipe down with 100% ethanol. The ethanol was mainly to get off some tape residue and some sort of bug shit the came off the shed ceiling over the summer. I didn't have enough carpet the cover all that I wanted and will try to get back this week after making a hardware store run.
  9. IanA.

    Young and Full of Promise

    Felt good to be back in the shed, which probably isnt healthy but it was nice to get back into things. Ended up just spending a few hours doing a massive tidy up and re-organization of tools and materials. Was starting to lose track of what I had and what I still need. Was somewhat meditative and general positivity of what I still need to do is there. I then mixed up 1.1 litres of Alexseal highbuild and started rolling. I really hate painting bottoms because its difficult to do a good job and I can't stand thinking the boat might by slower because the paint is to uneven, So i'll probably end up burning most of this off again trying to fair it out. But its nice to see it white anyways for now and it does feel like a good step forward. Still need to finish the kiwi-grip on the foredeck and cabin top as well...
  10. IanA.

    Race to Alaska best boat

    Hey Russ, I hope you don't misunderstand what I meant. Sure manual power is important and of course it depends on the type of boat and purpose for exactly how important. I was just being factual in that we didn't use our own peddle drive except at the start in victoria, a few hours in the middle and then docking it ketchikan. This race has lots of different motives from the competitors that show up and my comments were directed towards someone who wants to try and break the record. This means fairly high average speeds which are a bit higher then human power can achieve contstantly(as far as I'm aware). And yeah, at the start in PT we ended up getting a side push outside the harbour mouth before the start. We never planned on needing it and it didnt cross our minds to set something up before hand. What we did see was that other boats were also getting towed out of the harbor and the combination of motor boat wakes, wind and suicidal helicopter pilot were making it pretty hard. So I waved to get Jan on her photo rib over to hold us off the lee shore until we could get enough of our main up to take us forward through the mayehm of that particular morning.
  11. IanA.

    Race to Alaska best boat

    That was in 2015 before we did the R2AK. It was almost comical how much shit talking there was before and after the race, we had these guys from Afterburner(some overweight 80s cat that is in Fiji now I think) wanting to place bets on who would be in King Harbor first. I don't know what they were burning but they must have been high to say those things. Was such a joke and we even got protested by this douche owner of a local tp52 that said we didnt go around Anacapa. His tiny ignorant brain just couldn't believe the time we finished claimed openly/formally that we just out right cheated and skipped the only real mark of the course. Well we had the GPS tracks to prove it as well as the commodore from one of the clubs anchored off the island and gave us a toot when we rounded. I think there was a thread about the whole thing on here as well actually. That was my first and only time in SB and found it to be mostly a clown show. Blasting down off Malibu in 25 knots was a highlight though.
  12. IanA.

    Race to Alaska best boat

    I think you should be wary of comparing data like for like between monos and multihulls from different years. Saying monos have won almost half of the R2AKs has to do with who is signed up. The line ups are different each year and if you are trying to win then you need to be faster then who you're racing against. I have to speak up about the comments of luck and having no fear as this is totally incorrect. Sure you can have bad luck, and we didn't. But we also didn't have great luck and the things that we did good were because of a lot of effort and training to get to that point. Fear is what drove us to practice, tweak and learn as much as we could so we were prepared for anything. We pushed each other as well to make sure everything was perfect. I don't know how many miles our team had togehter on that boat but it spanned from 2013 and covered a lot of different race types and locations across the US. Also what I read here so far is most people don't truly understand how fast the M32 is in the full range of conditions(-102 PHRF). We could fly a hull upwind(TWA~45) in about 4-5 knots and hold about 9-10 knots of speed. When the wind is up and we are just on the full main only our speed was between 13-16 knots. And when we started reefing is when the boat truly powers up. Center of effort lowers while still having stupid amount of righting moment. We had to slow down a few times in Johnstone straight because the boat wanted to 17-18 knots launching off of those stumpy waves. And this is just upwind sailing. Downwind as soon as all three of us could hike on the rack we are doing 20s easily. The last night blasting down Hecate straight we were sitting on 26. Could have pushed harder if we weren't so tired already but the boat can definitly hit 30 since we did it before. We hardly used our peddle drive other then the start. If your ambitions are to set the course on fire then your focus shouldn't be on human power. You are already to slow if you have to rely on that. And we sailed with three because we knew at what weight the boat was fastest. (from class weight limits and a few years exprieince). With the supplies we thought we needed, we could only justify the 3 of us. Next time I would bring less food, water, gear and get another person onboard so we could push the boat a little bit harder. I wasn't dehydrated in the end which means we weren't suffering that bad.
  13. IanA.

    Young and Full of Promise

    Sorry guys, moved houses at the beignning of this month and got tricked into a few renovations by the misses that have been eating up my time. Feeling a bit guilty but cant change that now. We did meet up with the local vinyl wrap guy to talk over some options. I don't want to give it away yet because its not 100% but we're leaning towards a more disruptive color scheme then I ever thought I'd have considered. Will be going in this weekend to finish up the Kiwi-grip and maybe get another coat of High build on the bottom. Will get some more photos for proof. Also the in-laws spend most weekends on their comfy Maxi1100 in the harbor just walking distance from our new place which means we have a better setup for babysitting. This in theory should mean im not working on my own as much. Pretty much a year ago now we got to see under her dress for the first time...
  14. IanA.

    Young and Full of Promise

    The dog bones are fully captive. Theres maybe 1mm of play for the arched dogbone between the bottom SS plate and the alloy top plate. Do the dogbones can go anywhere unless you dissasemble the entire thing. I wouldn't go with the swivel option, the stick to high up and sort of ruin the whole point of this low profile and sleek design. You might as well just mount padyeys or eyebolts. I think this whole thing is only really good if you're going with loop attachments like I have done. Its means a bit of custom splicing but the end result is pretty nice. On a seperate note, had Steve Young drop by the boat briefly to check on the progress. He was passing through our office and I couldn't waste the opportunity. I've asked him to do a bit of digging for more design details for our boat. Was interesting to compare notes on what he did with Positive Touch.