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  1. She used to be hot pink and called Spirit of Emu
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    Honeycomb too delicate for cruising?

    From my own building and repair experience the right Nomex for marine use is resin impreginated, has great compressive strength for its weight and does not let water migrate between cells. But in highly curved areas of the hull it is necisarry to go to overexpanded Nomex which is easier to fit. There are also Nomex choices which have slight scoring in the walls to propigate air release in layup and is more common in aerospace...but that choice would allow water migration. Also I have seen builders score the stuff to allow it to bend which would also aid water migration. Nomex can drastically reduce the weight of a structure...there is quite a bit more weight savings to be had switching from foam core to Nomex than weight savings switching from fiberglass to carbon skins. However it is a lot harder product to use compared to foam and for best results prepreg laminates and glue film bonding of core to skins is required if done top notch.
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    Swollen Daggerboard

    Well if it is foam the vacuum bagging trixk will not help. I would drill a small test hole and find out. If it is foam you want to find out if it is polyurethane pour foam (not good but used by many manufactures) or proper crosslinked pvc foam. The pour foam has a tendancy to continue to expand, absorb water weight, and mechanically break down over time...but it is a lot cheaper to build the board with.
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    Swollen Daggerboard

    You can vacuum bag the board for 24 or more hours and see if that helps. Vacuum does an amazing job of flashing the moisture out of things. If my memory serves me water will boil at room temp at 29" mercury of vacuum.
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    eleictric outboard for a dinghy

    Might want to also consider the Electric Paddle EP carry. I have one of these and it is a bit more efficient and lighter than the other options out there. https://www.electricpaddle.com/ I think we are going to see more and more electric propulsion systems for dinghies and sailboats as the batteries get better and cheaper.
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    R2AK 2018

    Seems like I have seen this year's Litebboat at 8+ knots quite a few times and don't remember the tri ever hitting those speeds. Seems like they had to be overweight with two guys and all their gear...still did well though.
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    R2AK 2018

    The mono that Liteboat brought this year will be a lot simpler boat.... and simpler to manufacture which brings the cost down. It would be interesting to ask Matt which one he thought was faster in this type of event.
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    R2AK 2018

    Way to go Liteboat! They won the $1000 side bet from Small Craft Advisor Magazine for the first boat to Ketchikan under 20 feet. I think the other bonus is that they will be on the cover of the magazine too. Really like the new boat design! Fills a very unique niche of a boat that is extremely easy to rig, sails very well , and rows well too. Would be a great raid boat.
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    R2AK 2018

    Sounds really good.... would love to see what you have in mind. Felix will be back in the water soon and you are welcome to come over for a sail sometime if it could help you get a feel for the pluses and minuses of this type of cat. I will be adding a couple feet to the transoms and swapping the fun z-foils for more conservative foils this next winter.
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    R2AK 2018

    They were leading the pack to Nanaimo last year...great sailors and a dialed in boat. Talking of great sailors and dialed in boats...Wayne are you thinking about R2AK 2019?
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    R2AK 2018

    Very Cool pictures thanks for posting those! Really hope you make it to the race next year. I am planning on doing it in Felix again (with some mods). Also it looks like Team Pear shaped will be back next year with a new faster boat. Could be a lot of fun!
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    R2AK 2018

    We didn't stop after hitting it... just kept racing. It was mostly light winds when we were sailing at night and thus we did not have any second thoughts about sailing as fast as we could. The last night a gale came through Dixon entrance and we opted to shelter because our boat can be on the edge in those conditions. The bigger boats (all the boats in front of us) stayed out in it-- although talking to them later they got pounded.
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    R2AK 2018

    Seems like the old school bows would tend to go up and over stuff easier....if that was the only consideration. We raced in 2016 with a more modern bow shape--plumb bows with just a slight bottom radius. During the day you can steer around most of the junk in the water... its at night that it becomes more concerning. We had a HID spot built into the end of our bowsprit that we would turn on at night to help us see stuff in the water. But we still managed to hit a small log at 8 knots South of Cape cautiion that took a chunk out of the bow. The boat was designed with 2 feet of sacrificial foam in the bow to absorb those kind of blows without losing watertight integrity. So lots of options out there for different boats.
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    R2AK 2018

    That would be a great boat for the R2AK... beautiful boat and really well built. Sailed on her once and she is very easily driven. The main hull is is very skinny and thus didn't seem to have the speed hump at lower speeds that most of the F boats have. A trade off of interior volume for low wind speed performance. If I remember it right, the boat was originally built with tornado amas. They didn't have enough volume and thus the owner somehow convinced Nigel Irens to draw up some amas...last I checked Russell still has those molds. Someone has to take that boat next year.
  15. I did some work on her in Friday Harbor. Beautiful design that reeked of speed potential... epoxy kevlar laminate over strip foam construction. But on the heavy side of things with bog in some places over 3/8" thick. Would be great to see her fixed up and sailed to her potential.