Solarbri

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    Chris White carbon 70ft cat w/ freestanding rig

    I would’ve be quite surprised if CW didn’t design this boat to have the booms shorter than the distance between masts. And as far as accidentally gybing both sails into the center... it would take an idiot, actually trying to make that happen, for it to happen. Plus it sounds like the pivot of the masts are controlled electrically...
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    Kleen Breeze

    Yup. Makes me real sad to think that KB may end up exactly as your describing.
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    Portable fridge.

    ARB. Same tech as Engel.
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    How big a square top?

    I’ve got something like a code zero, but my continuous line roller fuller needs to be top down to work correctly, and it’s not, so it does not furl properly. I can still use the sail, and it works great on certain angles, but it’s a pain compared to sailing with just the two mains. Having loaded up the masts with this added on, top of the mast mounted “Genoa”, pretty hard while racing, I doubt the mast top would bend off much more than 6-8” with a larger square top. But I’m curious if the “vanging” of the wishbone boom would be sufficient to keep the leech of a squaretop sail sufficiently tight. Especially say when reaching, or sailing deep downwind. There is basically no sheet tension pulling down, only back. Would the top of the sail bend off too easily with a wishbone boom setup?
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    How big a square top?

    Any reason why a big square top wouldn’t work well on wishbone boom rig/freestanding masts? Pretty low aspect sails. Could use more power in light air
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    Kleen Breeze

    She’s still on my mind, but yeah, everything from the title, to getting a visa, to the huge amount of work needed, and my tiny pile of money. Plus, I absolutely LOVE my boat. So, yeah, I’m sticking with what I got...for now.
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    Kleen Breeze

    If you’re referring to me, as much as I’d like to...nope.
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    R2AK 2018

    Would this be considered legal? I LOVE the idea!
  9. I figured I better get this up here before my add expires...
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    Cat2Fold featured in Multihulls Magazine

    Points just fine. Here’s some vid doing 9-10 knots just yesterday.
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    Cat2Fold featured in Multihulls Magazine

    Yes, when sailing at 90 apparent, the windward sail blankets the leeward. Enough so, that if spacing out while driving, and you bare off without realizing, or sheeting out, the leeward sail gibes over, battens and all, in to the lee of the windward sail. Easy to overcome. Pay attention. Sail a bit higher than 90, or deeper. Or sail at 90, and lose half your sail area, by feathering the windward sail to spill onto the leeward. When tacking, I’m sheeted in tight and there is no rig interference at all. Reefing can be done on any point of sail. I have 150 feet of sheet on a 4:1 tackle. Dead downwind and downswell reefing is a wonderful thing.
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    Kleen Breeze

    Utter. Not udder.
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    Kleen Breeze

    So at this point, I am being asked to come up with $10k usd to give to the widow, so she can use that to fight, in court, to get the right to the title to both the boat, and at least one property they owned there in Portugal. With that, I would be able to move aboard, and use KB as if she were mine, fixing as much or as little as desired. I could take her sailing, and put her through trials that should tell me right away whether any more time and money should be put into her. When the title comes clear in hopefully a year or less, I would be able to buy her outright for a nominal fee. Since im a dirt bag who has been living rent free for quite some time, and I don’t particularly want to go live in Portugal for more than a year (at most!), the $10k would still be a challenge for me. I wonder if starting a go fund me page, or something similar, to get the sailing community involved could help raise the funds so I can go do the work, and get this weird boat sailing, and living the life that Robin had dreamed of, and worked so hard towards. Everyday it sits there, rotting away, and if I, or somebody doesn’t do anything, Kleen Breeze will be a complete and udder waste. That would be such a shame. Maybe, as was mentioned earlier, that if I word the $10k in a contract as a “down payment”, and if the title doesn’t come clean in a year or two, that could be considered an unreasonable amount of time, and the entire deposit could be returned? i know it’s not my position to save Robin’s boat, but for some reason, this boat has been calling out to me to take over for a year and a half. Again, I’m in no rush to make an emotional decision. I’m enjoying my time in Mexico, aboard the other weird boat which called out to me so long ago, and has given me so, SO much pleasure, and adventure!
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    Kleen Breeze

    Thanks Zonker. You are right about selling oddball boats, however, if I didn’t have the balls to say, “fuck it” and buy Cat2Fold, I would have never experienced the glorious time I’ve had sailing all over western Mexico for these past 7 winters/falls/springs. And one thing, often overlooked with weird boats, is the attention they get in port. I do take “friends” out sailing. Almost always getting tipped quite nicely. With a weird boat such as C2F, I have a hard time keeping people off my boat! They swim right out to where I’m anchored to find out about this weird/cool boat. This fact alone has allowed me to cruise the way I do, and I’ve been able to share my passion, and show off this amazing vessel, to people who leave the boat with tears in their eyes, having just experienced, “the best day of their lives”!!! I can see Kleen Breeze doing the exact same thing for me, yet on a larger scale.
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    Kleen Breeze

    Well, Russell, I’m sure I’m not the only one who would love to hear why you think, “the HarryProa concept never made any sense to” you. And we all know about your “issues” with the designer. Leave that out. He’s staying out of this thread, to let others have a go at it. In theory, the HarryProa concept makes A LOT of sense to me. But I’m just a mechanically minded guy who has only owned one boat. Cat2Fold. She sports freestanding masts. I’m a HUGE fan of free standing masts. But, that’s me. I’ve got 23,000 miles of sailing on these masts. Not much to go wrong. I know you’ve got a lot of miles sailing many different craft, including Proas, but correct me if I’m wrong, never on a HarryProa? I do have a ton of respect for you and your contributions to the sailing community. Also cheering you on in the R2AK! (Although deep down inside I wish I could get a pedal propulsion system set up for C2F and go battle you in the single handed division). So what exactly are your reservations with the HarryProa? In particular, what do you think of this Kleen Breeze design? Which, keep in mind, was only inspired by Rob Denney. I know you are very busy right now also feel free to PM me if you prefer. Thanks!
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    Kleen Breeze

    Lots of Great information here. Thanks all. Id still love to hear from Russell Brown. Honestly, I would. But, realizing this was not something I’m quite ready to Jump at today, I’ve decided to focus on what I’m doing now, which is... Sailing Cat2Fold every single day, as I live aboard in Mex. through mid July. I just bought tix to have my kids, 10 and almost 13, fly to Cabo San Lucas, in early June, and spend 3 to 5 weeks with me, sailing the eastern Baja! Whoop whoop! After that happens, then...MAYBE then, I’ll move to Portugal.
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    Kleen Breeze

    Dude please. Simmer down. This is not a “persecution of Rob Denney” thread. Take it elsewhere.
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    G Force 1400

    That is a super sweet cat!
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    Kleen Breeze

    Thanks ZG.
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    Kleen Breeze

    Yeah but, that’s 600 lbs at most! The generator weighs 268. Clothes washer, let’s say 100. Mattresses.... so not much more than 1000 lbs of extra weight in that hull. That shouldn’t make THAT much difference on a hull of this size...?