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  1. Sorry, it's the Sledgehammer Test. What you do is, you hit the side of your boat as hard as you can with a sledgehammer. If it doesn't make a hole, you pass. And of course, I'm kidding. Lots of pretty capable boats would not take kindly to that treatment. But I do wonder if your planking/layup is a bit thin for the displacement of your boat. Forget the sledgehammer, if you drift against a piling at 2 knots will you be holed? What comparable-size boat did you see that made you choose the 1/2" (3/8"?) plywood with exterior-only glass layup?
  2. Hey Hot Rod, Just wondering if you've done this test on your hull. It is required by the Somalian Coast Guard, so you might want to get it documented now, before you set off around the world:
  3. No, he didn't. You fellas keep trying to intuit what ought to be deduced; not unlike how HR engineered his cat. No matter. I don't defend any aspect of the FH design or construction, but neither would I predict the exact moment or locus of structural failure. Rust, gravity, and rot, however, never sleep. The methods and materials of the FH mean that she will begin to degrade on a straight line the minute that maintenance flags. As mentioned above, "tick tick tick" indeed.
  4. Stick your hand in the water while sailing your dinghy at 5 knots. Then, stick your hand in the water from the rail of a 300 yard long freighter as it moves at 5 knots. Does the force rip your arm off, or does it feel identical to the experience on your dinghy? The force involved is determined by the size of your hand and the speed of the boat. Boat size has nothing to do with it.
  5. Looking crisp and tidy in the overhead shots. But those puddles of fresh water on the cabin roof might as well be hydrochloric acid. Utterly lacking camber on the decks, you are gonna need a regular squeegee man. Maybe one of these oh-so-helpful anarchists will come out and take care of that for you.
  6. You are wrong, HR'FH. Many people build all kinds of things for themselves these days. I have seen with my own eyes scores of finely crafted and seaworthy boats built from scratch in backyards, garages, toolsheds, etc. I have built several myself. I have been 50 miles offshore, safely and independently, in a boat I built from scratch, to a proven design, using my own hands and wits. And many people have done much, much more than I. The distinction between yourself and these other folks, and the reason that you are "the talk of the town", is that you designed and built your boat in a mental cocoon through which nothing has so far penetrated. You have completely ignored the collective wisdom of humankind in favor of your own fevered, self-referential logic. You have wasted a tremendous amount of effort, and a big pile of low-grade materials, to create something that will not accomplish a fraction of what you set out to do. That much is tragically obvious to all of us who know the first thing about the project of going to sea. If you are feeling disrespected, realize that you have shortcut or completely ignored things that many of us would never dream of shortcutting or ignoring. That suggests arrogance on your part, that you feel yourself to be smarter, more capable, more special than the rest, and that attitude gets you nowhere with people who can see through your delusion. I mentioned earlier that you need to build a heavy duty mooring bitt or sampson post into each hull, so that you can accept a proper tow and not get destroyed in the process. I will reiterate, that is job one, as I see it. Get ready for a tow, then get towed someplace sheltered and long term so you can proceed.
  7. I think the first thing needed is a couple good tow points. You need to install sampson posts or bitts on heavy structure so that you can take a proper tow. I would put one on each hull, preferably tied into more than one framing member. Then rig a two point tow harness, preferably with a heavy snubber to absorb shock. No sense trying to go into more dangerous waters if you can't get rescued if things go wrong.
  8. I am unimpressed by the "level waterline" miracle. He snapped a level line about yay high on his big ol', rectangular, empty hulls and painted it. No need to calculate anything. A broken clock is right twice a day.