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    Cruising my F31. Given crew, maybe a race or 2

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  1. eric1207

    Tohatsu 3.5 hp outboard motor

    I just remembered another problem I had. The drive leg gear case upper oil level plug is obstructed by the drive line bearing. I think the bearing was installed improperly or it just slipped down blocking that hole. (I could fix it but it would take too much time.) So you can't fill the gear case in the normal way. Even my compressed air gun pushed hard against the bottom fill hole would not blow air thru the upper hole. I ended up removing the end plate bearing carrier of the prop shaft and just filled it with the exact amount of gear oil specified. It was really quite easy and nearly as fast. If you have the same issue and do the same you have to be careful not to let the little bits of the shifting gears and the shifting dog drop down. If that happens it takes a bit longer to reposition the gears and dog but using a free online shop manual I got it done and it works fine. So I guess I have had some issues with this 25 year old motor but I know how to work around them with very little trouble. I still love it for its weigh and starting and running reliability. I wrote a similar report on a thread about these motors in that other forum.
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    Tohatsu 3.5 hp outboard motor

    I have a 1993 Tohatsu 3.5hp, 2 stroke, long shaft. I really like it a lot. It will plane my 8' fold bote at 12 mph, 8 mph plane with wife aboard, but it will push my Corsair 31' trimaran at 5.5 knots in flat water. Its nice to have that back up for the big boat because my 2013 9.9 Honda has gunked up and died a couple times leaving me fuming. The Tohatsu is the most hp per pound AFAIK and thats become very important as I age. At 29 lbs I can still move it around easily. I don't have carb problems but I use reasonably fresh non ethanol gas and run it dry every time, including choking it as it runs out. Just started it after a 6 month lay up and it only took ~3 or 4 pulls. What you have to look out for is the barbed, molded, outlet nipple on the fuel tank that the fuel line pushes onto. I had one crack and I've seen another also crack. Its PE so you can't patch it. ~$40 for a new gas tank online and a few minutes of wrenching and your good to go. Also I had the shifter freeze up like some one else mentioned. Like that guy I took it apart, cleaned out the crystalized salt (which made it hard to get it apart), smoothed out the ridiculously rough baring surface, added some grease and it works great
  3. eric1207

    Perdock for Police Chief?

    Nolatom asked: Quote: "Does anyone still have any contacts at the newspaper, or do any of our Anarchists live around there? We don't know at this point who the other candidates might be, and if Perdock is a shoo-in, a no-hoper, or somewhere inbetween. Would be nice to know that before getting bent too far out of shape." End quote. After my letter to the reporter she responded to me that something to the effect that she'd written more about the travesty than anyone and that she was the only reporter in court every day for the trial They were followed widely by sailors around the world. I think she is on the right side. Apparently the 3rd party recruiter for the police chief opening had a meeting with members of the public and they made it pretty clear to him why Perdock shouldn't be selected. She's not convinced that he's got any kind of a chance, especially considering the fact that the police officers really don't want him. Lets hope some justice prevails and his job application is summarily rejected, (I wonder if he'd put his successful skating on a manslaughter charge as a job qualification?). So it looks like this reporter is going to keep the heat on even though it doesn't appear that Perdock has a chance of being selected. But, as with his election to be mayor, strange things happen in politics. Justice will never be served in this case but hopefully his life will be hell, just as he made it hell for the family of the deceased, and the innocent helmsman.
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    Perdock for Police Chief?

    I called the number listed in the Lat 38 article linked above and registered my disgust. If you do call, hit 0 right away as that is the only way to talk to/leave a message for the mayor and city manager, (I called twice and left a civil but insistent message for both). I also wrote the following to the person who wrote the news article linked earlier. "I just read you article about Perdock applying for Chief of Police. I am appalled at the gall of this idiot. I am incredulous that he killed someone then he and his gang made life hell for a totally innocent citizen for years; trying to prosecute the becalmed sailboat passenger who was just sitting in his boat when Perdock plowed into him. Perdock should be convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to the maximum term for his extreme reckless disregard for human life and operation of a boat. I have been boating all my life and its a person like Perdock who I most fear on the water. You can not safely drive a power boat at 35-50mph (you know that means he was going 50+) in the dark, especially if you are DUI like Perdock probably was. How could he not see a large becalmed sailboat with white sails up? No breathalyzer by his cop buddies for hours after the incident? Is that standard practice in Lake County? Yes for buddies covering up but not for a mere citizen I guess. You know that every sailor that has ever heard of this case is outraged and probably considers Lake County some kind of banana republic because of what Perdock and his buddies did to twist the facts of the case. I still fume over this a decade later. I can't imagine what the family of the poor deceased thinks of this, what a slap in their face. Do not let this poor excuse for a human being, this travesty of honesty and justice, get the job. He should be in jail.
  5. eric1207

    Multihull Club Meeting Seattle May 1

    Bump. The guy with the R2AK pedal drive will be bringing some pieces of it and a few pics of the completed unit, (he has 2, one in Mexico completed and one here that he is still assembling). He works for an outfit that builds high pressure abrasive water jets that cut metal etc and built them as part of some research. They look to me like they belong on a high end bike, all drilled out with hardly any alloy left, different than what I've seen at the R2AK starts. He'll do a complete presentation in October when the club reconvenes after the summer break. The main presentation is still Steve and Ginny getting way up the creeks in S. America on a small boat. That will be interesting too.
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    Check Your BoatUS Policy.

    Allstate insures my house, cars and an 18' Searay I have. For my trimaran they quoted me essentially the same price as Boat US but there is no depreciation deduction. Its just like a car; they fix it and pay for it, up 80% of the actual value of the boat/car. If over 80% of actual value they total it and pay out what like kind boats/cars on the market are selling for up to my policy limit. I've had a few minor claims with Allstate over the last 40 years (including one $8K boat claim) and they've always treated me well. I'm still shopping but no way will I stay with Boat US. I'll likely will go with Allstate. Markel, mentioned above, does not insure multihulls. Still waiting on other quotes.
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    Check Your BoatUS Policy.

    I asked if Geico/BoatUS would add the deductible waiver for me (at extra cost) and they said not available in Washington State, (in addition to California as mentioned above). Why would anyone buy insurance (for an older boat) that only pays 20% of the value of a partial loss???? I'm at 70% with a 23 year old boat so I'm shopping. In addition to the new onerous depreciation schedule, the premium for my 1996 Corsair 31' trimaran went from $579 in 2016 to $759 this year, ~30% in 2 years!!! Am I wrong for not feeling like paying for the large losses in the hurricane belt this year?
  8. Seems like we get a few guests to our Northwest Multihull Association meetings from announcements such as this so here is one for May 1: May 1: “The 2012-2014 cruise of Ginny and Steve Ladd in the rivers of South America and how that has led them to their next boat, which is a proa in progress.” Northwest Multihull Association meeting at Puget Sound Yacht Club on Lake Union, 2321 N. Northlake Way, Seattle. Potluck starts at 6:30 pm, then club meeting approx. 7:15, then presentation will start around 8:00. Non-Members are always welcome. For more information: www.nwmultihull.org or (206) 795-2111. Guests are always welcome. I've also asked a member to bring his very cool looking pedal drive system for R2AK. I haven't confirmed whether he is game for this yet but will let you know if he can make it.
  9. eric1207

    Voile de St Barth - Multihulls

    Thanks 7070. That is awesome in the true sense of the word. I went to SFO in 2013 specifically to see the AC 34. I saw all of the final races from various points around the venue including through binoculars, from the GG Bridge, NZ nearly flipping. But those are full on racing machines, that look like giant beach cats (from a couple miles away), and I expected to be impressed. Not that these Voiles de St Barth racers had much expense spared, but they are cruisable vessels and sailing on one hull blows me away.
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    Voile de St Barth - Multihulls

    Regarding the Phaedo pic. Forgive my lack of knowledge but are these big cats sailed on one hull for any length of time? Even if for only a few moments that is astonishing. I guess I have to get down to the Carib to see one of these races.
  11. No there is no vid. See post 3, no one stepped up. We were there to be entertained, not so much educated, but there were many among the group that could follow along better than I and I'm sure came away with a few "aha moments". This was a group of old friends, newer club members and a few guests who caught the announcement. About 25 total. It was not any kind of formal presentation although Tom was his usual brimming with knowledge and insight. I will post the minutes on our website in a few days with a recap. Mean time this is the gist of it: The following is a bit of a ramble of some things I remember (not guaranteed to be accurate) of Tom's presentation: He started with an interesting history of the cup mentioning that the boat America which first won the cup in 1851 was a blockade runner for the confederates in the civil war and ended up in a shed in 1945 when a snow storm collapsed the roof and it was declared non salvageable. Then he ran down the ~6 or 8 boat configurations/rules over the next century. He said there are more J boats racing now than when the cup was contested in them. The AC 34 in San Francisco won 2 Emmy awards for the lay line, etc, overlay graphics which our member Alan Trimble had a significant part in. It was much harder to do on a waterway/sailboat course than on a solid football field’s first down marker. They used a GPS accurate to within 1 inch!!!! It also allowed the game changing way penalties were detected and assessed. He gave a recap of just what Oracle did to make the amazing came back from an 8:1 deficit in 2013. The rough 72’ catamaran mold was built in SFO then shipped to Janacke Industries in Sedro Woolley where it was machined to perfection then shipped back to SFO where the boat was molded. There was lots of technical talk of how stability was achieved in foiling and with tangents to the origin of foiling, ultimate limits of speed (due to cavitation) etc. Fascinating and every sentence brought up another question in my head which was exploding trying to understand and keep up. He talked a little about Bermuda and some limitations with the way it was set up but that didn't stick with me. Tom ended with his thoughts on the new monohull boat for the AC36 in New Zealand. He mentioned that the (a) final rule announcement came out just a few days ago so he was able to give us some of his initial analysis of speed and limitations. Their was some interesting technical problems he speculated on but I don't recall the specifics. Also a recap of the potential foil shapes. I assume this is his first blush at the recent rule so more time will refine his analysis. There was a comment from the crowd that it is more like a catamaran as it has main foils on each side…. The foils swing ~90 degrees (my guess) from fully out to the side to tucked up under the hull, like a twin bilge keeler, I wanted to ask if it could take the ground on a low tide, but didn’t want to interrupt. Ha ha) The foils will be weighted with ballast to conform to the rule to provide stability. They’re tucked under the hull when not sailing, otherwise it would roll over due to the limit on beam. He took questions for a long time after his video laced presentation with much interesting, wide ranging, high speed sailing discussion. I asked what the sailors thought about the mono hull and he said they are mostly all multihull converts and generally would prefer that configuration but they are pros and will give full measure to their employers. Those are the points that I remember, I wish I could recall it all. I'm sure he will give the club a few updates as time goes on and certainly his take in 2020. Meanwhile he is looking forward to retirement and some cruising with us on his Chris White multihull.
  12. No, there is no planned "conferences proceedings or video of the presentations". Our club is best characterized as an informal group of Puget Sound multihull enthusiasts of which Tom is a member. It began in the 1960's as a buying group and idea/labor sharing pool for that early popularity of building trimarans and sailing off into the sunset. We are still going strong after 50 years! This will be an informal talk with a Q&A/bull session after. I'll post to the club officers to see if someone wants to record it (that is beyond my expertise) and of course see if Tom wants it recorded. Again its just a conversation among local friends/club members. Guests are always welcome, (and we always have several), if you are in the area. It will be entertaining and informative, I'm sure.
  13. The Northwest Multihull Association (NWMA) April Meeting will be April 3 in Seattle. Our always interesting and informative member, Tom Speer, will present an inside look at the America’s Cup: Past and Future. Tom was a member of the Oracle design team for several campaigns and so has a very interesting inside view of the America's Cup. Of particular interest will be a look at what the Kiwi's will be doing to define the future America's Cup campaign. We always are fascinated at his inside look at what is up with the AC. Guest are always welcome to the pot luck dinner at 630 or program around 7-730ish. See website http://www.nwmultihull.org/home linked above for meeting location & directions, (in red text, left column).
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    Seeking greener pastures

    I'll also add that there is an active Yahoo group of f-boaters called Fboat. Until he died last Dec Ian Farrier often contributed to the more technical queries about his great boats. The f-boats group (plural) is somewhat active but Ian did not contribute to that. Ian lived in Bellevue for a number of years and would come to the NWMA meetings. What a great resource to have the designer around and to authoritatively answer questions from anonymous people on a forum. RIP Ian. Correction; the second Olympia f-boat is an F32, not a 9A. Just a thought: you might want to title your thread something like "Looking at F-boats in the PNW" or similar. You will get more hits. I don't look at every thread in SA and might have missed this one if I wasn't bored and killing time in an airport, (I wouldn't have connected the dots between green pastures and F-boats.......) Good luck and hope to meet up with you on the 3rd. Ask for Eric if you get there.
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    Seeking greener pastures

    There is an active racer in Olympia who has built 2 F9A's. He would love to have company. I greatly prefer the F31 over the 28 just because it has a real head, and standing (~6'-0") headroom. 28 is easier to trailer sail but at 66 years of age I have no problem raising and lowering my F31 mast solo. Here is our local group: NWMA. If you can come up to our meeting in Seattle Tuesday April 3 you can find out info about racing F boats in the area, (and probably snag a ride with one of us to see what it is all about). I expect several racers will be there. To further entice you; multihull luminary Tom Speer, member of the Oracle design team for several campaigns, will present an inside look at the America’s Cup and where it’s headed. Tom is a member of our club and is extremely entertaining and has the inside scoop on Oracle and AC stuff. Hope you can make it. Also, Seattle has a new Corsair dealer, Wright Yachts. NWMA is roughly half F-boaters and half all shapes, ages and sizes of Multihulls with a 50 year history in the area.