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  1. YOU GOTTA LOVE THIS VIDEO!! Proa vs tri? Shunt vs tack?? Symmetric vs asymmetric??? Who's right? Who's wrong?? Who cares??? To me this vid represents the true essence of multihulls! The building, the sailing, and, the lifestyle! Aita Pea Pea
  2. Not sure that I agree with you completely on this, Zonker Yes fillets can ease the transition between 90* panels, but you are talking about an application that involves the fiberglass sheathing of the entire area of the adjacent panels (or a large area of them), such as the interior of a composite foam/glass hull. Which is an entirely different application than a plywood/ frame/stringer construction, which is what we have here in Jzerrro. In your application, the hull strength comes from the "I Beam" construction of the core laminated by the two skins. In Jzerro's case the hul
  3. I did most of my Ocean Crossings and Blue Water cruising in the 70s and 80s, before water makers were commercially available (or financially viable) for small boats. So, if you're looking at a long passage, you carried as much freshwater as possible with you and treated it as THE MOST VALUABLE POSSESION THAT YOU HAD!! Meaning that you NEVER, EVER WASTED FRESH WATER - meaning that you never ever took fresh water showers - meaning that you never ever washed dishes with fresh water - you used sea water for cooking, cleaning, showering, and everything else. FRESH WATER WAS ONLY FOR DRINKING.
  4. ProaSailor can probably find the system Jim installed on "Scrimshaw" for you
  5. Jim Brown designed and configured just such a system TwoBirds. Beautifully elegant in it's simplicity and efficiency. (in typical Jim Brown fashion). Rainwater came off the sails onto the cabin top and into two gutters which then directed into into hoses that led through a couple valves into Gerry Cans below deck. I don't have a link, but I bet you can find it on a google search
  6. Naive thinking IMHO. You cannot build a boat that will survive everything that MIGHT happen at sea. Anymore than you can build a car that will survive a "good whack" from a freight train. Fillets are not normally glassed over, as, in most cases, they are not engineered as primary structural members, but rather joint enhancements. A clean, simple way to make a structural joint stronger. Not a load bearing structural joint in and of itself. We don't know what kind of a "good whack" Jzerro endured, but considering that Jzerro has been sailing tens of thousands of blue water mi
  7. This is all so reminiscent of the, now antiquated, "mono vs multi" argument so popular in the 60s and 70s. Armchair admirals with no practical experience, and little to no factual knowledge, theorizing based solely on their dogmatic belief systems, ego, and self aggrandizement.
  8. Don't forget that "Jzerro" already has more ocean crossings and blue water miles than most sailors (regardless of their choice of boat) will ever experience.
  9. Plug and socket beam to main hull connections. Familiar to anyone?
  10. This all brings us full circle back to Mundt's L7. Fast, light, vertical amas folded. EZ!!
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