65- by 32-foot catamaran 3200sqft of living space

Windward

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He has a super secret plan, and I got this from the National Inquirer (source wanted to remain anonymous)

Plan is to tow as far up Richardson bay as possible, perhaps near Kappas Marina and that sunken tugboat live-aboard, if that's still there. (crazy lady would always yell something at me from that sunken tug when I would zip by in the inflatable)

HotRods plan is to deploy secret foils, obtained from the Oracle campaigns first efforts, and permanently attach to the seafloor. Using an ingenious and home-engineered solution, the FH will appear to "float" when all the while the weight is on the foils.

No sinking or drama here folks.

Free waterfront condo with a sliding door!

Brilliant!

 

Timmys_Trick_Turkey

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Holy Krapp, cunning plan Rodman,

but before he could attach them to the 15/32 plywood hull sides, he would need to first drive them into the sand hard enough. So he will need the 4wd winch off the Rodmobile and the momentary use of the batteries off his utility belt, hooked in tandem to those driving the bilge pump. It would be touch and go whether he could get a screw in fast enough, before the water closed over the decks and shorted out the winch off the Rodmobile. It all depends whether Rodman is sufficiently quick off the draw with the battery drill. Stay tuned to the next exciting adventure.... Will he sucksea'd or will Rodman be FOILED again ?

 

nos4r2

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There ya go :D

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Your vessel awaits: The Raccoon is ready for you HR. This is your free ride to a big dock in Sausalito (the Army Corps of Engineers debris dock.

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Ncik

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3) With some moderate degree of certainty I can say a few things about the fiberglass reinforcement of the boat. The hulls above the waterline are reinforced with glass fabric tape or cut strips of fabric about 6 inches wide along the seams between the plywood sheets. A close up look reveals the texture of glass cloth around the perimeter of the plywood sheets. In the center of the sheets the texture suggests that only a layer of epoxy and paint have been applied. I didn’t see any evidence that chopper cut mat (CSM) was used anywhere on the exterior of the boat as described by a poster here. Of course it could be covered with fabric in places but I don’t think it was used, because the layup looks very thin and in some places so minimally wetted with epoxy that the texture of the fabric can be felt. The exterior surface of the cabin and decks is covered with a layer of fiberglass fabric. It laps over the gunwales and on to the upper Hull surface for maybe 8-10 inches. The sloping forward surface of the cabin may be an exception. The partial profile of the support beams that define the layout of this surface are visible and do not appear covered. Most other areas of the deck and cabin are quite obviously covered because you can see and feel the texture. There are bubbles, blisters and inconsistencies on various areas of the deck
Would you say that epoxy or polyester resin were used for either the glass reinforcement or sealing of the timber?

My guess is polyester was used, because it is cheaper and that is a recurring theme of this build. If polyester has been used, then that is bad.

 
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mikewof

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However, once free of the bridge deck, it might be entertaining to watch the individual hulls motor around in slow circles in the harbor.
Hey, maybe that's a design feature ...

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ZeroTheHero

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Someone said that the Lateen sail will probably be something the mother in law whipped up from patchwork quilt squares or polytarps. Hotrod is saving the greatest spectacle until last. That will be the hoisting of an old mainsail UPSIDE DOWN as a lateen sail. Its a given that FH wont be sailing to windward ever, so when he eventually is towed into a broad reach position with the UPSIDE DOWN mainsail already hoisted and sheeted on, what is likely to happen first ?

(a) The mast spears through the cabin roof and through the wheelchair seat because the bowman mother in law was in the sewer already, waiting for the kite drop ?

( b ) The verandah roof self furls and the verandah posts are automatically removed by the backstay, giving the helming station unsurpassed and momentary views of the self reefing rig...

(c ) The windward aft chainplate coachbolt decides to shear given its loading exceeds the walmart garden gate stress test.

(d) The tapered mast section realises its upside down, in relation to the mainsail loads and direction, and automatically self reefs.

(e) The lateen sheet turning block realises it is loaded beyond the walmart roller blind authorised load limits, and the flapping sheet wraps itself around the leeward rudder controls...

(f) The boat chinese gybes, the biggest bits head for china (straight down) and North Korea, thinking they are being gybed at again, launches in retaliation.

(g) Budda intervenes and teaches Rod the sacred sideslip, automatically self furling the leeward hull.

(h) Nothing at all. The boat just sits there motionless while rigging wire strands go ping ping ping. The anticlimax for the antichrist.

(i) The Kraken is summonsed by the low frequency hum of a finely tuned machine racing at 40 knots...

(j) The leeward rudderblade joins the pacific gyre ahead of schedule, and the windward one washes up as debris on the Japanese coastline ( thats karma).

(k) Spectator vessels are obliterated from the shrapnel of 2000 exploding cabin windows.

(L) The hulls fold like a taco shell and before it can crazy ivan even once, the sea closes over it all with barely a hiss. Moms foredeck glove (minus mum) floats to the surface where it is choked on by Flipper, the only talking dolphin in the world because he was laughing too much to notice (barsteds).
soooooo funny! I love it, crying from laughing so hard. Bravo!

 

Sand crab

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3) With some moderate degree of certainty I can say a few things about the fiberglass reinforcement of the boat. The hulls above the waterline are reinforced with glass fabric tape or cut strips of fabric about 6 inches wide along the seams between the plywood sheets. A close up look reveals the texture of glass cloth around the perimeter of the plywood sheets. In the center of the sheets the texture suggests that only a layer of epoxy and paint have been applied. I didn’t see any evidence that chopper cut mat (CSM) was used anywhere on the exterior of the boat as described by a poster here. Of course it could be covered with fabric in places but I don’t think it was used, because the layup looks very thin and in some places so minimally wetted with epoxy that the texture of the fabric can be felt. The exterior surface of the cabin and decks is covered with a layer of fiberglass fabric. It laps over the gunwales and on to the upper Hull surface for maybe 8-10 inches. The sloping forward surface of the cabin may be an exception. The partial profile of the support beams that define the layout of this surface are visible and do not appear covered. Most other areas of the deck and cabin are quite obviously covered because you can see and feel the texture. There are bubbles, blisters and inconsistencies on various areas of the deck
Would you say that epoxy or polyester resin were used for either the glass reinforcement or sealing of the timber?

My guess is polyester was used, because it is cheaper and that is a recurring theme of this build. If polyester has been used, then that is bad.
Another poster said he saw tins of West System epoxy at the build site.

 

Timmys_Trick_Turkey

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Yep, I recall that. I looked closely at the interior photos on page 2 and noticed that there was no evidence that epoxy had been used between the stringers and the hull sides. The brushstrokes looked like he had applied the expoxy merely as a paint alternative after the hull assembly had occurred. His disinterest in gluing timber is shown by the fact that he didnt even cut the stringer notches into the frames on an angle so that they were bedded correctly. He just used his dropsaw to cut the frame notches squarely. He then inserted two screws in the gaping side of the notch, to permit their screw heads to take part of the timber load..... So yes, its an epoxy painted coat on the inside, done poorly, without an effort to glue joins. There appears to be considerable areas of exposed timber which can absorb water still.

 
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redviking

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Have any of you ever crawled around the underbelly of a Hunter, Jeaneau, or BendyToy? Equally scary! The things will can if you push on their hulls at boat shows. Lighten up... Go the Rod!

 

Timmys_Trick_Turkey

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You left Macgregor off the list there RedV. The difference with all those boats is that the fibreglass on the bottom might be canning, but it is still a 100 times thicker than the Where-The-FHAWAII glassing attempt. I remember the bow sections of Police Car after the Sydney Hobart race. They were oilcanned to hell because it was thin, but it was still a whole lot stronger than Rod and Where-The-FHAWAII tribe's effort.

I think we just invented the Hovian equivalent name for RedV and the tribe of Rods Reality deniers and master navigators:

Where-The-FHAWAII'NS ?.

 
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