Monster Garage - Ev Flanders

PNWGuy

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Check out the "inside" photo. Looks like Rover is about to drop a load right there in the shop. Oh, nice boat BTW

 

Jkdubz808

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Haha, I just saw that. I know Ev, and the boat is super sweet. He's been working on it for a long time. He skippered an all carbon turoed out Farr 43 (old Flash Gordon) for Lipton Cup out here in '08 and I trimmed main for him. Got the skinny on the whole project. Its gonna be a sweet ride.....

 

Great Red Shark

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I too visited the bitchin' shop high above Hippie town - a very slick set-up and a damn good-looking boat - nice work to all involved. It has been a long time coming, but anybody that knows him, knows that Ev does things on his own schedule.

That Ev returned to you for the new boat after the frustrating episode that was Cane Fire ( a cold-molded One Toner built in a cane field in the mid-80s that got hit more than Tiger Woods) says a lot about you Alan - Ev sure dosen't suffer fools well, he must really have confidence in your insight and appreciate your support of the building process on Maui !

Hope the new boat launches soon - we'd love to see a strong Maui effort come challenge for the Waikiki Offshores.

 

Tom O'Keefe

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Several have mentioned a long time coming. But, to give those who have never had the pleasure to sail with Ev an idea of what a long time is...Well, I sailed with Ev on Taxi Dancer in the 2001 TransPac. Ev was telling me about this build back then.

Good to see it is finally all coming together!

 

_DB

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Does anybody know if anything was done to upgrade the original design through build period (decade)? It was basically a better mumm36. Looks like Ev did a great job.

 
It is great to see Ev Flanders getting some good credit for the job he has done on this 35 footer. As “Great Red Shark” notes this is the second boat I’ve done with Ev. The first was a cold molded wood One-Tonner that was launched barely in time for a Kenwood Cup. After that boat had gone on to new owners, Ev built a fiberglass power cat with and for some friends. Through this we kept talking about another race boat. He was looking for a smaller boat, easier to handle with fewer crew, for racing in Hawaii and about the smallest practical sized boat for a Transpac. Ev had first done that race aboard “Tinsley Light”, Hank Grandin’s Mull 36, and so he knew what it was like in a small boat.

We had won the 1994 Kenwood Cup with the Andrews ILC 40 “Growler” while these conversations were going on and Ev had a chance to see “Growler” while it was in Oahu. The conversations continued for a few more years and when Ev was ready, he settled on 35 feet as a size that could be raced to Hawaii and then also not need a huge crew for buoys racing out of Waikiki or Maui. At the time, the rating rule de jour was IMS and the design was initially set up for that rule but also with an eye to the moderate to windy venue so no wooden keel. As time went on and IMS went to its grave there have been design updates where they made sense with the parts that were still due to be ordered or built. For instance, the keel is a ductile iron cast fin with lead bulb to provide the most righting moment with the least weight at reasonable cost and the rig now includes masthead asymmetrical spinnakers so it will fly off the wind. Ev has talked about a carbon rig but he already owns an aluminum one so I’m betting that’s what she will be launched with.

Going into the project, construction would have to be the best bang for the buck with the knowledge that materials were all paid for in hard, cold cash but Ev was going to supply most of the labor with his own two hands. He didn’t mind working a little longer to save weight but we had to be careful in where to spend raw dollars to get the best performance. After building the power cat, Ev felt comfortable with fiberglass construction and this results in a lighter boat than the cold molded One Tonner. Smart guy that he is, he started building by first vacuum laminating the foam core bulkheads from CAD patterns on a laminating table to have more experience with the cure timing of the resin in his environment before building the big parts. I think he only had to throw out one part while fine tuning his build practices. Internal stiffeners were also laminated outside the boat on simple jigs or the vacuum table.

Next came the hull plug and deck mold which were also built from CAD patterns, faired and made vacuum tight. Hull and deck construction is a mix of unidirectional and biaxial E-glass skins that were roller impregnated with Gougeon Pro-Set laminating resin and then vacuum bagged. The core is mainly CoreCell with some balsa in the high load areas and the core was carefully fitted to make the most use of un-scored sheets and then vacuum bagged in place. In top boat building manner, the core was faired prior to vacuum laminating the second skins in place. For these big parts Ev gathered a crew that helped with the laminating and fairing.

With the hull faired and primed, it was time to chuck in the pre-made internal structure and bond it in place. Ev could do most of this himself in the evenings and weekends and as can be the case, the hours stretched over a bit of calendar time. The whole boat was post cured so the resin would reach full strength properties and to reduce “print through”. Deck hardware, plumbing and electrical was also installed in a similar “nights and weekends” manner.

Ev also has the true Monster Garage, built from the ground up for boat building. How many people have tall enough doors to run a 35 footer in and out, fully keeled and with the stanchions and pulpits on, on your own travel lift? Other key features of the garage include the high windows on both sides to allow natural light in to the hull and deck when laminating and then fairing. The mezzanine not only provides access to the boat when on the keel as in the photos, but also is a great place to view the hull and deck as they took shape. In the end, this boat is all coming together and a lot of us are looking forward to hearing about Ev’s fast Lahaina Return Race over Labor Day.

 

tuf-luf

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Check out the "inside" photo. Looks like Rover is about to drop a load right there in the shop. Oh, nice boat BTW
Only a SA-lifer would notice something like that AND start a thread with it. That mutt does look like dropping a sweaty one though... (I can't stop laughing).

Nice one. ;)

 

Thinkerer

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Me want Garage Mahal. Boat okay, but you keep dog; he's either about to .... or dry hump the poor guy bent over in the parts bin in the lower left of the picture.

 
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Yup. Looking good! I still have some pics i took on the HD from 5 years ago when a friend took me to visit Ev's unlikely shop way up on the side of Haleakala. To be honest, there's not a ton of yacht racing going on in Maui, apart from a real die hard group of about 8 phrf-ers on the west side, including Geoffrey Bourne and my friend Bruce Olsten. I still remember being absolutely blown away that someone was building a race boat on Maui. This was during the time that I was fixated on windsurfing, and basically completely weened off of boat racing. It was this small group of Maui locals that started getting my gears turning again. I raced a few times in Lahiana, and that sort of started the cascade of events that has led me back to my current sailing addiction. Anyway, nice job Ev! If u need a crew for sth fun, look me up.

 

Great Red Shark

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Ev, read a website ?

Yeah, thats gonna happen. Better to call him.

Thanks for the follow-on Alan. The constant flow of decisions needed in the build process - even with great planning is something to behold I can only wonder how this build evolved.

We look forward to seeing it sail, too - that size is where the local fleet on Oahu has gravitated somewhat, and Maui is sending a crew down this weekend to challenge for the Sir Thomas Lipton Cup - aboard the Lidgard 36 Gung Ho (formerly Desparado, formerly Medicine Man)- they'll have some talent aboard, for sure.

 

doug peacock

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Ev has done a great job, the pictures don't do show how nice it looks live and direct, he treated Maui Boat and yacht club to an open house, we were lucky to crawl all over the 35, hope someday to be able to sail on it Ev

Aloha

Fellow crew on" Front St"

 
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