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  1. wjquigs

    R2AK 2020

    You don't say whether your boat is a monohull or multihull. I can't speak to whether that drive will be sufficient, but displacement is critical for human power. Either way, 3.5 knots from 3 rowing stations is pretty fast. How long could you sustain that speed? I'm curious to know what other boats have achieved under human power. Last year on Tatiana (Team Narwhal) we had two sliding seat rowing stations and two pedal drives. One pedaler could sustain 1.5-2 knots indefinitely. Add another pedaler and you got around 3 knots. Same for the rowing stations, although at 24 foot beam with 12-foot sweep oars, there was a tendency to go in circles with only one rower :-) Having all 4 crew row/pedal gave us around 3.2-3.5 knots. So most of the time it didn't make sense to have more than 2, although there were a few contrary tides where we needed to sprint for 20 minutes or so. Our pedal drive designer (Joel) used model airplane props and we experimented with a few different sizes. I think we were around 16" diameter but I don't know the pitch. We also had derailleurs and had 2-3 effective gears, which was a great help when pedaling for long stretches. I preferred rowing to pedaling. I've never gotten used to pedaling while sitting, and the constant wet was hell on my achy old pre-arthritic knees. Even in high gear, it wasn't like pedaling a road bike up a hill. But on the oars, you were using your whole body and stayed warmer. Plus there's that satisfying surge in the middle of the stroke. On other (non-boat-related) forums, it seems that the consensus is that pedaling is more efficient than rowing, even if you're only using your legs, but I'm not sure that applies to recumbent. Tatiana is 32 feet LOA and when launched, she displaced around 3500 pounds ready to sail (including a 10-horse motor and fuel). The boat is heavier now as I've added cruising amenities over the years, and we were probably the heaviest multihull in the race last year. We're cruisers more than racers and had a lot of food, gear, water, and spares. (I have a *long* list of stuff I will leave home if/when I do the race again). What speeds have other racers attained (for relatively long times)? And what boat/displacement?
  2. wjquigs

    R2AK 2019

    No protest, and a protest, even if it was allowed, would be inappropriate. It was the organizers' decision to allow it before the race even began. I think it's an odd decision, but it's their party; they can do what they want.
  3. wjquigs

    R2AK 2019

    Our rating (Narwhal/Tatiana) is actually 0, not that it makes much difference. The two teams that killed it in this race are Trickster and Educated Guess. On a good day, we sail to our rating, and that's what we did during this race. Trickster sailed far, far faster than their rating. They had that boat dialed in. But the R2AK insanity award has to go to EG. We were in Hecate Straits at the same time, but when it got interesting (reports are 35 knots, but I'm skeptical), we were sailing under double-reefed main and single-reefed jib. We were still hitting 18 knots surfing. ED had up full main, jib, and a kite. Yep, they were flying a spinnaker in big swells and 30+ knots. They told us they broached several times, once with mast in water and one crew overboard, but they were all tethered. We had multiple duffel bags per crew, 3x as much food as we needed and were eating poached eggs in our breakfast granola. They were hanging on for dear life and occasionally grabbing a powerbar. Givin' the Horns also deserves mention because they were trading the lead with AB and PSR for most of the race. AB and PSR had their trackers turned off much of the time, so it's hard to know who was really in front, but GTH could have won the race if they hadn't snapped their rudder. Ironically, Angry Beaver might have won even if they hadn''t used a fuel cell. The last 250-odd miles were downwind in increasing breeze. We did one 110-mile jibe on port, and when we jibed to starboard in a clocking wind we were on a 130-mile layline to Ketchikan. So AB could have manually pumped the keel once or twice even if they were out of power. Not fun, but neither was rowing and pedaling against the current in Johnstone Straits. It's a shame because they're clearly all outstanding sailors...far better than I will ever be, but we'll never know if they could have won the race without using external power sources.
  4. wjquigs

    R2AK 2019

    I don't believe using a motor to cant the keel is against the rules, because it's not actually propelling the boat. (Unless you decide to use all of your electric power in about 10 minutes by canting back and forth to propel your Schock at 0.5 knots in dead calm). In a "typical" sailboat race that only lasts a few hours, the Schock arguably has an unfair advantage over any boat without a canting keel, because they're using energy (electricity) acquired and stored at the dock to make their boat go faster. Without this energy, they'd have to keep the keel centered and use smaller sails, or more rail meat: back of the envelope, 1800 pounds of ballast at the end of a 6-foot strut is equivalent to about eleven 200-pound guys on the rail...that's a lot of rail meat. For R2AK, they're venturing into the unknown. Will they carry extra crew just to pump the keel? Will they install 10000 watts of solar? IMO, being crazy enough to enter this boat in this race is entirely within the spirit of R2AK.
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    GPS antenna splitter

    But a 2nd GPS antenna means running a cable through the hull, mounting antenna in a place it won't be broken off... Another option is to simply put the VHF GPS antenna on a cable and duct tape it outside the cabin for the race. I'm assuming a VHF/GPS actually requires an external antenna, although I could be wrong...my phone's GPS works fine inside the cabin.
  6. wjquigs

    R2AK 2019

    That seems fair. Everybody else will be starting the race with batteries charged, and whether you use your juice for canting your keel or charging your iphone or radioing for rescue doesn't matter after the start. Nor does how you keep your batteries charged, as long as it's not a genset. I am curious to know what happens after 48 hours, assuming you don't have a bunch of solar panels.
  7. wjquigs

    GPS antenna splitter

    I'm doing R2AK (Team Narwhal), and I'd like to replace my VHF with a DSC VHF with GPS, for emergencies. I already have an AIS transponder with its own GPS antenna. I would like to use the same antenna for the VHF. Can I buy a $9 cable TV coax splitter or do I need to spring for the $99 GPS splitter? We're not sponsored, so budget is tight. Thanks! Bill
  8. wjquigs

    R2AK 2019

    It looks like we have 4-5 teams interested, depending on cost. The problem with shipping from PT is that the trailer has to go back to Seattle anyway to get to the AML terminal. If anybody who's interested in shipping also has a friend with a tow vehicle that's going towards Seattle, we can make it work. PM me to keep from cluttering the thread.
  9. wjquigs

    R2AK 2019

    I will (probably) be shipping a 6x12 cargo trailer from Seattle (or maybe PT) to Ketchikan with some stuff for the cruise home. (Outboard, dinghy, etc.) That is, if I can get enough interest from other racers to share the trailer space. Otherwise, I'll just ship a pallet. Either way, if you want to share the space and cost, let me know. Open to any other racers, too...you can get quite a few outboards in an enclosed 6x12 trailer.
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    Best use of carbon for fast cruising cat

    I agree about weight savings. When I started building my F32 trimaran, I calculated that building from Farrier's recommended carbon layup compared to his recommended glass layup would save around 300 pounds, or perhaps 8% total displacement. Makes a difference for racing, but not for cruising, especially since there are so many other places in a cruising boat to save weight. When I switched from 10HP outboard to 6, and from lead acid batteries to LiFePo, my boat dropped 100 pounds. While the material cost is similar, carbon fiber is far more expensive to work with. It doesn't get clear when wet, so it's hard to tell how much resin to use unless you've got a lot of experience. And you might as well not even bother if you're not vacuum bagging, which is still far cheaper than infusion. That kind of labor is not cheap unless you're doing it yourself. But Nocalsailor pretty much nailed the list. My boat has vacuum bagged carbon beams, bulkheads, folding structure, daggerboard, rudder, chainplates, main hatch, bow, and galley countertop (just because it looks cool). All else is biaxial glass with vinylester resin. And some Bondo.
  11. wjquigs

    R2AK 2019

    I think canting keels are really interesting, and I always marvel at the amazing block-and-tackles in some of the mini 6.5s, but the motorized ones always struck me as crossing the line: using batteries for something like a chartplotter is one thing, but using dockside-captured energy to perform a basic function in operating your boat during a race seems to violate the spirit of racing without motors, and certainly the spirit of the R2AK. Obviously it's not propelling the boat forward, but clearly their boat wouldn't work as intended without a system that requires more than just human power. Unless the Schock will be required to manually cant the keel, in which case I say, "God bless 'em!"
  12. I have been using a Torqeedo Cruise 2.0 on my Farrier trimaran (32' LOA, around 3600 lbs. displacement) for almost 2 years now. I don't think their power claims are totally off-base. It's slightly less powerful than my Tohatsu 6, and far more reliable. It will push my boat at over 6 knots in flat conditions. The Tohatsu would also push the boat at 6 knots, at 80% throttle, screaming like a banshee. Of course, range at 6 knots is probably around 8 nm from a single Power 26-104 battery. At slower speeds, with 200 watts of solar in summer, I can get significantly more range, but it's a lot harder to estimate range than it is with gas, since it varies much more with sea and wind conditions.
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    Sailtimer Wind Instrument

    Reviving this thread to see if anybody has received a Sailtimer yet. I ordered a SailTimer in November of 2014. Eventually they recommended I wait for the 2016 version (my mast is 42 feet), but we're basically at the end of the 2016 season and I haven't heard anything. I understand the product is in development, but has anyone except sailing magazine reviewers actually seen one of these in the wild? If not, I'm a bit skeptical about the viability of the company.