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    Sailing, boatbuilding, design, more than one hull.

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  1. Steve

    Sydney to Hobart 2019

    I would think that Fidelis would be cold moulded based on where and when she was built.
  2. Steve

    Unconventional refrigeration

    I have a Coleman Stirling cooler which I use as a freezer and a Canadian made Unique brand 3.7 ft2 12v only, stand alone fridge meant for off grid fridge freezer. Like a dorm fridge but with better insulation and the Danfoss/Seacop BD35 compressor like most other small efficient 12v brands. The Coleman cooler is only about 0.9 ft2 but as a freezer for a boat that's quite large. While the Unique fridge is pretty conventional I would have to say the Coleman cooler would have to qualify as somewhat unconventional as it uses a Stirling engine instead of a compressor and is exceptionally efficient. Physically it is about the same size as the large Yeti cooler which is about 2 ft2 I think but without the need for ice it has similar usable space. It has 3 fridge settings and 2 freezer settings. I have not yet installed the Unique fridge on my Gemini cat but I have been using it at home 24/7 for over a year and it works well. I bought it to replace a Dometic propane/110v fridge that worked well on propane but not on shore power. I have experienced living out of a big Yeti for over a month and am not at all impressed, having to find ice and deal with everything in the cooler being wet as the ice melts, emptying the water as the ice melts etc. Not for me. I have used block ice in the past and find it much more palatable than cubes, much longer lasting but not as readily available.
  3. Steve

    Interesting tri rig

    That's a Walker wingsail tri, It was a production boat built in the UK, I don't know if they ever built more than one but I know that one crossed the atlantic. It was all operated by an early computer as the hard sails are always up. It is not much like an aero rig which was just a commercial name for a Baelstron rig. sp?
  4. Steve

    inexperienced couple buy a p.o.s. catamaran

    Can't be his wife, otherwise it would be "WE bought a catamaran". Unless of course he's one of those douches who refers to everything as his.
  5. Steve

    inexperienced couple buy a p.o.s. catamaran

    If the gelcoat is thin it will shine through ANY thickness solid glass hull, its is after all glass.
  6. Steve

    Go simple, go small, go now - put it here

    In the US there was an early furler called the Mariner roller stay which used hank on sails, it was used to furl the sail but not to reef it. Steve Dashew has one on his Columbia 50 on their first circumnavigation and he speaks highly of it in his cruising encyclopedia book. It was a well made unit and this style of furler is making a comeback, Colligo makes one and one of the big European marine hardware companies does also, they refer to it as a structural furler.
  7. Steve

    Go simple, go small, go now - put it here

    Perhaps the thread should have included a lower size limit of maybe 20ft so we could have eliminated all the posts of dinghies and kayaks etc that were obviously not what the thread was about . There are many older production boats from the 70's and 80's that are great candidates for long distant low budget cruising from builders such as Cal, Erickson, Ranger, Lindenberg and many others in the US. None were designed for ocean crossing so would require some modifications but are cheap and many of them sail quite well. Boats in the 20 to 25ft range are typically quite small without standing headroom but between 26 to say 32ft all that changes and many cruiser/racer types at around 26ft have 6ft headroom, more beam and are really pretty decent boats.
  8. Steve

    Go simple, go small, go now - put it here

    I depends on the 9.9. I have a 9.9 Yamaha high thrust on an older Gemini cat (31ft x 14ft x 7000lbs) and the only thing it lacks is top end speed. When I installed it we motored from Connecticut to Minnesota and it has plenty of thrust and power to push us at 5.5 to 6 knots all day long and even into a 25knot headwind and seas to match on Georgian bay but only just. Point is not all 9.9s are created equal. I do plan on upgrading to a 25hp but only to be able to run at lower rpm so quieter and perhaps equal the excellent fuel economy of the 9.9. I don't need more thrust .
  9. Steve

    Hanstaiger X1

    Looks like a 21st century Horstman.
  10. If you are vacuum bagging a panel on a table you can often reuse the peel ply and breather on other flat panel projects. If you don't over wet out the laminate the breather/bleeder does not get saturated..
  11. If that's below the waterline you should have a seacock installed so you will need to pull the boat anyway. Just do it right.
  12. Steve

    Black Water Tank Crack

    Doesn't look like any room for fittings on the top.
  13. As has been pointed out previously this is not a repair, its just filling a small hole in a thick hull with presumably no compromised laminate so it makes no sense to grind away a relatively large amount of sound laminate for this. I have done many of these types of projects by all kinds of procedures over the years depending on access from the inside and have settled on a very simple method that creates minimal fairing and general disruption. Remember, its just a small hole. First, sand away bottom paint around the area then take a hole saw with an oops arbor and open out the hole a little to clean out any caulk to clean glass, then use a router with a rabbet cutter or fly cutter and rabbet around the hole a bit over 1/8" deep and then epoxy bond in a 1/8" G10 disc. I will then bond in a G10 disc the size of the hole to make up the remaining thickness to the inside and either laminate a couple of plies of double bias on the inside if its readily accessible or bond another 1/8" disc. no need for any heavy grinding, degreasing and hand sanding prep is fine. On the outside you can just dish it out a little and lay a ply or two of double bias but not really necessary, just filler is fine to fair it in. G10 is a much better quality laminate than any of the surrounding laminate or anything any of us is capable of. It would be great if someone would make a through hull out of glass filled epoxy with a beveled flange and no hole in the center that you could just bond in with epoxy and be done with. Steve.
  14. Steve

    Transpac 2019

    A full day difference between the first tris and Comanche, that's huge in a 5 day race, those tris sure are impressive.
  15. Steve

    Anybody lose a dog overboard in Thailand?

    Cute dog regardless.