For an update on the challenge see link above.
These photos show the new cabin poptop. While underway you have a nice sloped front and windows to see out of which you can also step through onto the area that will be the front tramp. While at anchor you can raise the top and have sitting headroom in the bunk area. Only problem that I see right now is that the jib wire is going to have to be farther forward than I had planned originally so I may have to get a new jib to fit. The top will be optional and most folks will not need or want the extra room. My wife wanted it because the cruise boat that we had before you could not sit up in the sleeping area and it was very cramped. 22 foot Oday. I am going to now press on and go with it. Roger
The 300 mile challenge race starts this Friday. If I am able to get some phone coverage I hope to post updates here. Stay tuned to see if it works out.
Update, both events canceled due to a small craft advisory that started thursday night and was due to last until Monday afternoon. A small craft advisory is not unusual, there are many times that you will be in a event and the weather goes bad and a small craft is issued. If you need to you seek shelter, reef or put yourself in a safer position. But….consider the race organizer’s position now, what would the Coast Guard do if you launched 50 plus boats head-on into a 25 kt. headwind and 3-5 foot waves. I would not do it. Good call.
Last photo was as of this morning. Since I have limited number of clamps it will take a few days to complete the cabin. The blue tape outlines a possible window, they can be located just about anywhere.
Also a major change is being made in the top and cabin area to increase bunk area but also keep it sloped to reduce windage. If it all works out it will be a neat concept that I haven’t seen. I will wait and talk about that at a later date in order to make sure that it is going to work out. I should be able to release the idea and a working concept soon. It is difficult to explain but it will be a cabin “pop top” in the bunk area only. , Roger
If you have been following my blog for a while you will know that the Islander catamaran has been built very quickly but over a long period of time. From the start I mentioned that it would be my long term project. It seems that I finish projects so quickly that if I do not have something in my garage to fiddle with I get kinda stir crazy. Well what I am doing is developing another long term project and moving the IC to the top of the list. I will mention my new long term project in a new post later but here is a teaser- it is an aircraft.
Ok so my goal today is to decide where the rig is located, mainly placement of the jib attachment point and associated parts. I would like folks to be able to use any rig so what we need is a center located beam or tube from the front cabin to the bow. That way the attach point can be located any where along its length and a screacher could also be added. I will post some photos of progress I make today early in the week.
The Rig. Well the most ready available at good prices are beach cats with at least 26′ mast. This is about the min for this size boat but it will be easy to handle. Being easy and quick to set up is my goal. The easier and quicker the better my woman likes it. Besides this design is not about speed, its about getting on the water and enjoying the journey. But, if you like a 30′ would do nice too. I have one off a prinldle 19 that I may test as well. What I have to go on full time is a rig from a Isotope catamaran. I purchased the entire boat for $500 with bad hull but good everything else. I sold the trailer and scrapped the hulls so my rig cost is $0, not including labor.
On a personal note my Ironman training continues but not nearly as well as I had hoped. In the lake last weekend I bonked on a long swim with my wife following me pedaling in the expedition canoe. Good thing she was there because I never would have make it back to the launch area alone. Thanks Honey! Only 49 spots left for signup this year for the Oct. Beach to Battleship Triathlon so need to make decision very soon. I will know better tomorrow after my long workout. I will be carb loading today to try not to bonk again.
New updates will be reported sometime this weekend including videos and pictures. Roger
Here is the update video. The floors are in, I went to the trouble of glassing the bottoms before I installed them but that will save me from epoxying my hair later since the boat cannot be flipped over now. I have started the cabin and explain alittle of that. It is going to have some nice room for a 20 foot road legal boat.
Finally got the camper cover sewed up. Works well and plenty of room to change into dry clothes, cook, etc.while keeping the water out. Added about 4 lbs to the boat. Lost my expensive Lee board during a practice sail this past weekend. More lessons learned and back to the drawing board for that addition.
Expedition Canoe continues to get modifications. Here is the new Jib which was tested this past weekend and did well in the light wind of less than 10mph. By putting it up and down quickly with the same amount of wind I was able to determine that adding the sail area does help with increasing the speed and gives more of a break from motor sailing all the time with the pedal drive. During a long day of light winds this could be helpful. Although I have not tested in higher winds yet my guess is that I will have to lower it above 15 mph or so in order not to overstress the mast itself. The hull should handle the pressure without a problem.
The Lee board did not quite work out so it is going to need some tweaking. It was built weighted so that it would hold itself down but currently it rocks forward and aft which may be ok but is irritating.
The 600 watt power pack is in and the solar panels. This is more than enough power for normal battery charging for all the gadgets but it still remains to be seen how long it will run the Auto tiller which is not yet installed.
The new smoother bottom is nice and slippery. Rudder seems to work better, maybe better flow from the bottom? The best thing so far is the bimini top. It was 85 degrees and when put up made it much nicer to motor sail- pedal. You can see the tubes for the front cockpit camper top but I am still sewing it up. Really want to get all this done on the canoe so that I can get the new mast rigged on Racing Trimaran- “Seven”.