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  1. I agree. My trimaran has, I think, 10 fuses/switches on the panel and I'm probably using 4 or 5 of them. Obviously you need separate switches for nav lights, anchor light, etc. but unless a single circuit is going to have a high load (fridge, windlass), no reason not to combine circuits where it makes sense. I have no wires in my mast. Steaming light is portable LED, anchor light plugs into CLA. VHF antenna is mounted above the cockpit. Pulling the wires out of the mast is one of the best things I did to the boat. Boat wiring specs are still based on incandescent bulbs and 100-watt radios
  2. I found Francois' presentation fascinating...much as I respect Ian Farrier, he was extremely protective of his design process, and Francois was very open about why he did made the decisions he did. It's also a really sweet-looking boat, and I think it will sail like a dream. You can just see how it looks like it's truly skimming the water. I was especially fascinated by the return to "wave piercing" bows. Responding to some of the other topics raised in this thread: - You're not going to tow this boat with a car or SUV. Quoted displacement of 3700 pounds probably doesn't count head, cus
  3. In theory, pedaling is a lot more efficient than rowing. I don't think this is true in practice, especially in R2AK conditions. In 2019 we (Narwhal) had two sliding seat rowing stations and two pedal drives. They both propelled the boat to approximately the same speed at approximately the same level of effort. Personally I much preferred the rowing stations because it felt like my whole body was working, not just my legs. However, our pedal drives were "recumbent" which made them great for steering the boat but not so great for knee strain. In the cold drizzly conditions where you're pedaling
  4. You don't say whether your boat is a monohull or multihull. I can't speak to whether that drive will be sufficient, but displacement is critical for human power. Either way, 3.5 knots from 3 rowing stations is pretty fast. How long could you sustain that speed? I'm curious to know what other boats have achieved under human power. Last year on Tatiana (Team Narwhal) we had two sliding seat rowing stations and two pedal drives. One pedaler could sustain 1.5-2 knots indefinitely. Add another pedaler and you got around 3 knots. Same for the rowing stations, although at 24 foot beam with 12-fo
  5. No protest, and a protest, even if it was allowed, would be inappropriate. It was the organizers' decision to allow it before the race even began. I think it's an odd decision, but it's their party; they can do what they want.
  6. Our rating (Narwhal/Tatiana) is actually 0, not that it makes much difference. The two teams that killed it in this race are Trickster and Educated Guess. On a good day, we sail to our rating, and that's what we did during this race. Trickster sailed far, far faster than their rating. They had that boat dialed in. But the R2AK insanity award has to go to EG. We were in Hecate Straits at the same time, but when it got interesting (reports are 35 knots, but I'm skeptical), we were sailing under double-reefed main and single-reefed jib. We were still hitting 18 knots surfing. ED had up full
  7. I don't believe using a motor to cant the keel is against the rules, because it's not actually propelling the boat. (Unless you decide to use all of your electric power in about 10 minutes by canting back and forth to propel your Schock at 0.5 knots in dead calm). In a "typical" sailboat race that only lasts a few hours, the Schock arguably has an unfair advantage over any boat without a canting keel, because they're using energy (electricity) acquired and stored at the dock to make their boat go faster. Without this energy, they'd have to keep the keel centered and use smaller sails, or
  8. That seems fair. Everybody else will be starting the race with batteries charged, and whether you use your juice for canting your keel or charging your iphone or radioing for rescue doesn't matter after the start. Nor does how you keep your batteries charged, as long as it's not a genset. I am curious to know what happens after 48 hours, assuming you don't have a bunch of solar panels.
  9. It looks like we have 4-5 teams interested, depending on cost. The problem with shipping from PT is that the trailer has to go back to Seattle anyway to get to the AML terminal. If anybody who's interested in shipping also has a friend with a tow vehicle that's going towards Seattle, we can make it work. PM me to keep from cluttering the thread.
  10. I will (probably) be shipping a 6x12 cargo trailer from Seattle (or maybe PT) to Ketchikan with some stuff for the cruise home. (Outboard, dinghy, etc.) That is, if I can get enough interest from other racers to share the trailer space. Otherwise, I'll just ship a pallet. Either way, if you want to share the space and cost, let me know. Open to any other racers, too...you can get quite a few outboards in an enclosed 6x12 trailer.
  11. I think canting keels are really interesting, and I always marvel at the amazing block-and-tackles in some of the mini 6.5s, but the motorized ones always struck me as crossing the line: using batteries for something like a chartplotter is one thing, but using dockside-captured energy to perform a basic function in operating your boat during a race seems to violate the spirit of racing without motors, and certainly the spirit of the R2AK. Obviously it's not propelling the boat forward, but clearly their boat wouldn't work as intended without a system that requires more than just human power.
  12. I have been using a Torqeedo Cruise 2.0 on my Farrier trimaran (32' LOA, around 3600 lbs. displacement) for almost 2 years now. I don't think their power claims are totally off-base. It's slightly less powerful than my Tohatsu 6, and far more reliable. It will push my boat at over 6 knots in flat conditions. The Tohatsu would also push the boat at 6 knots, at 80% throttle, screaming like a banshee. Of course, range at 6 knots is probably around 8 nm from a single Power 26-104 battery. At slower speeds, with 200 watts of solar in summer, I can get significantly more range, but it's a lot harder
  13. Reviving this thread to see if anybody has received a Sailtimer yet. I ordered a SailTimer in November of 2014. Eventually they recommended I wait for the 2016 version (my mast is 42 feet), but we're basically at the end of the 2016 season and I haven't heard anything. I understand the product is in development, but has anyone except sailing magazine reviewers actually seen one of these in the wild? If not, I'm a bit skeptical about the viability of the company.
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