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    Travel,Boats and Sailing,Making all manner of stuff go faster, more efficiently.

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  1. Different but never perfect.
  2. There were two press releases put out by two of the participating skippers after the race. Both accounts detailed what each of the skippers would have liked to have occurred - sound familiar?
  3. Waiting for the owner to share his experience. He has a lot on his plate right now trying to effect salvage operations.
  4. OK - but you actually want to go SAILING, right? Sorry Steve - that one was under the belt- but I couldn’t resist!
  5. Ah - waiting on some magic from an insurance assessor - Good Luck with that one. His job is to steer the insurance company to fulfill it’s obligation a minimum cost - then the risk analysis team step up and that’s when either underwriting costs increase or the option disappears for these type and age vessels.
  6. Bob and Ira SELL multihulls, they are SALESMEN, why would they know anything about DESIGNING, BUILDING or REPAIRING them? Gee Thanks for dismissing the knowledgable, well meant and FREE advise offered here as bad council - how would you even know if it was or not, do you have any idea whatsoever of the loading, engineering and construction of that beam. Thank goodness Bunyip Bluegum did share his misfortune and "out" the inevitable as these boats age - fortunately nobody was hurt. Guess What - Insurance companies are in business to make money and they are not stupid. They wou
  7. Not thinking beams that fail like that are much of a challenge to bettet.
  8. That’s Great gspot! So if we assume Shockwave can be had for a BOGO, “The Market Has Spoken”, fifty cents on the dollar price, all you need do now is firm up your access to $350k for your share and we can get the ball rolling - ‘course the logistics of the campaign will add bigly to the final tab but it’s a start!
  9. That picture is of the totally rebuilt Godbey Systems/Newport Blue/Up My Sleeve with carbon beams, accommodation wings, inboard diesel and (I think) new amas. She was sidelined with a failed main halyard in an OSTAR and flipped and was lost in a Route Du Rhum. Etienne set the new, (1992) and still standing, OSTAR 40' class record in the much lighter and as tired as she was at the time, original build. Jim Godbey built her in Milton, Mass to a Walter Greene design, around 1986 and raced her in Formula 40, privately funded. Later, in an effort to make her more competitive, he gutted the int
  10. Small enterprise for an aspiring boatbuilder, Stateside? Renovate/update the fleet - numbers make for economy.
  11. Nice morning tonic there Greg - Thankee Sir!
  12. No - how ‘bout that certain 57 year old co-pilot takes her and does his OSTAR and I trade up to Shockwave and russel up some young blood for my TWOSTAR.
  13. The laminate, particularly a structural one, is far longer lasting than the cemented flanged joint. Eliminating the flange in favor of some bi-axial will not only provide a longer lasting, stronger joint for the two "halves" it will also supplement whatever filaments are in there handling the shear loading when the bi-axial is extended to the upper and lower elements. If there are any concerns that the 30 year old laminate has degraded through resin imbrittlement or cycle accumulation and showing a diminished service factor you could add some uni top and bottom. If the beams are all
  14. The "preventive maintenance" of bolting the flanges is ill advised. I helped a friend out whose Contour 34 had been "fixed" that but, and after the chainplate parted (crevice cracking) she folded (vertically) shearing both beams. The build method and the remedy is common to both designs - grind off the flanges and externally wrap the joints the same way the hull deck joint was done (properly) on the earlier (and that) build. You don't even need carbon as the demands there are low, rather a well prepped surface to bond on to (bye, bye, gelcoat) Use glass and vinylester resin
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