Hello, I have just completed drawings for a new set of sails for my RagWing Racing Trimaran and I will be starting construction as soon as the materials are delivered so expect the coverage for the construction to show up here soon. So what is so great about a set of sails. Well they are Wing Sails and so will be built much like my aircraft wings. It will be my first set of wings to go on a boat. I am really looking forward to the building and testing and if the results come anything close to what other wing sails have done for performance it should be pretty exciting.
This is a Stand UP Paddlcat. It is being developed for the Race to Alaska straight human powered attempt. Because of this it has several different features that you would not normally think of on a SUP. In the R2AK 2015 I saw flat calm and hot, standing 8 foot waves, 12 knot currents, 15+ swells off shore. So if caught out in tough conditions I have made it able to be powered while sitting with a hobie mirage pedal drive, which is also good in case of injury. Because of the drive I needed a rudder which will also help in cross winds while paddling in stand up mode. It may also be paddled with a double blade paddle if needed so it has 3 modes of human power with the SUP blade being the fastest. Another option is having enough stability and real estate to rest on while tied to Kelp beds, something which I did several times when no landing spot was available. The fishing is usually good in these beds and I plan to try my luck. Lastly it has a sun shade to protect from sun, rain and a tarp can be thrown over it to form a tent. Testing is underway and looking good so far. Specs are 16’9″ long, 34″ wide, 88 lbs. It is fully portable and able to be shipped on airlines in two bags. 20 x 22 x 54 and breaks down into 8 separate sealed pieces so it would be very hard to sink. CatSUP model II is now being built with what I hope will be improvements.
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Just got a note from Chris Keogh and a video of his first flight that went well. Now there are two flying Storks in NZ. He has made some changes which include a CH701 style tail which appears to work well. Said he had some minor adjustments to make but all went well. Congratulations Chris!
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The Islander catamarans goal is to be large enough and capable enough to take a couple on long trips to remote Islands comfortably. It is as big as it can be and still towed home for storage. It has stand up head room in the center hulls, a galley, a head with sit down or outside shower and room for a double bunk with a “pop top” which permits sitting headroom there as well. It carries a fair amount of water and supplies and was built with open water passages of 50 miles or more in mind. A lot of thought and time has gone into the design but the build time has been very low for this size of boat due to the way it is constructed. The priority was not very high to finish this project due to having a job and keeping me with something to do in the garage. Well, it is at the stage that it can be taken to the water and enjoyed now although not quite finished and the plans are completed so that if anyone wants they can build one if they have knowledge of the basics of boat building. Plans released on 4-20-2015 and cost $25 instance download only. This is done because RagWing is a hobby for me and not a full time business and it will stay that way as I near retirement. Whatever money is made goes back into RagWing to help pay for past projects and keep the site up. It is my hope to become a Non-Profit 401C org. For more current photos see the photo link button and I will release more pictures as time permits and they are available. A video will be released as well. It is going to be a busy year but hopes are high to have ours rigged and ready for real adventure soon as we are still looking for a suitable trailer and sail rig.Thanks for your interest and sorry that it took so long. It has been a fun project and I am glad that so many folks have shown interest in it. Roger
Currently I am working in Phoenix and will be here for at least a month working my regular job for Honeywell Aerospace. So I am not getting anything done on my current project except for drawing. I am making very good progress on the Islander plans and should be ready to release them sometime early 2015. Here is a little about the plans. They are hand drawn on 11 x 17 paper and will have building instructions and construction photos. (well over 100) If you have been following this craft you know that the special thing about construction is that the hull panels are flat and built right on a floor, then two bulkheads are attached and the bow and stern pulled together. It is possible to get both hulls framed in less than a week. No forms, strongbacks or patterns are needed and all material that you purchase goes into the craft and not as formers to be thrown away after. This is a huge time and cost savings in a 20 foot boat. The plans will be good enough for a beginner to follow but do not expect the detail in costly plan sets and cad drawings. But also do not expect the complexity, this is a reasonable and easy boat to construct. It is big and will take time but it is designed for the average builder and not the engineer. I would like to see it be a cruiser for the masses and reasonable enough that nearly anyone can afford one. An American Jarcat if you will. But unlike the jarcat whose plans cost $350+ (I am a big fan of the Jarcats, except for that although I have to admit that some plans are well worth the big money.) these plans will cost $35 or less, Roger
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The TriRaid RM prototype splashed on a very small sheltered lake with NE winds 5-10 mph, lite rain, lite 60 lb equip load. Although with the lite winds and the fact that I was playing around jumping from spot to spot and folding unfolding amas and pedaling at times I was still able to cover over 6 miles at an average speed of 3.8 kts. , not bad considering. But this first sail was more about judging ama height off of water, seeing how things were going through the water, weight displacement, leeboard effect, etc. I am very pleased with everything right now and so far do not have anything that I want to change. I still need to finish the boat out with aka stops, heavier bungees on amas, pedal drive well plug, etc. small items that I did not want to do until after it is sailed a few times. So testing will continue but will be slow until after years end due to my heavy work load. I will try and post as we progress with sailing and get some real hours logged. For details see older posts. Thank you Klaus Metz for your talents in designing and the support you gave me.
Equipment list being installed for testing. RayMarine Auto Helm- 4.5 lbs. Duracell Powerpack/ inverter – 26 lbs. Tramps-4 lbs. Two foldable 25 Watt Solar charging panels- 6 lbs. Garmin 640 Chart Plotter- 2.2 lbs. Small manual watermaker, 1.5 liters per hr.- 6.5 lbs. These are being installed in addition to all the normal expedition supplies such as camping and cooking supplies. A complete list will be released closer to race time.
The build for this new design has gone together just like it should but not always does when you buy plans. Klaus Metz (www.metzboats.de) supplied me with the dimensions of panels and also with a full size templates in PDF form and I could chose either to loft it up or have it printed out full size. Becasue of my time constraints I decided to have the plans printed up so all I had to do was cut it out. Once cut out I basicly had myself a kit and all the panels stitched together perfectly! I am very impressed with his plans. It has now been 30 days since starting this build and the ama’s are together and need glassed outside. As soon as that is done assy can begin, putting parts to the hull which is sitting with the paint seasoning. I am still hoping to be completed by Dec 5th but I have gone on 10 hr shifts at work and weekends so we will see. I am looking forward to sailing and testing this new design (prototype TriRaid 560) and start putting in some long sails to she how it is going to perform and if the design goals are going to be reached. If all goes well the UFC prep can begin and getting both of us tuned in and prepaired for the adventure ahead starting on March 1, 2014. Roger 11-21-13
Current state as of 10-31-18. Design work is Klaus Metz. See http://www.metzboats.de/ It is a Expedition Trimaran especially designed for races like the Ultimate Florida and Everglades Challenges. Building started 10-21-13.
One big goal was reached as I was able to stow my folding bike and portage cart into the rear hatch area. Being able to stow it there is a huge benefit because it keeps my rear cockpit clear for sleeping etc. I will not decide whether or not to take the bike on the short 40 mile portage for the ultimate Florida challenge until days prior to the race. If the river level’s are low and a longer portage is required I will. But because of the many other adventures that I have in mind it is nice to know that the bike package will fit and stow nicely away and ready for use for longer portages. Last photo with hull painted taken 11-11