Tuesday, June 30, 2015

T2, But Not As We Know It.

Dr Blake Ketchum in Pennsylvania is taking any unusual approach in building his T2 proa.  In an effort to save weight, the veed bottom of the hull will be SOF (skin on frame) and the sides and cockpit floor will be strip composite or ply.  This also solves a problem that SOF hulls can have with torsional stiffness when under sail.

Friday, June 12, 2015

The Little Double Outrigger That Could

The Farrier F25C Elsie Piddock won the race to Alaska in 5 days and 55 minutes.
Photo by Nick Reid.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

North to Alaska

The second leg of the R2AK is one hour old and you can track the entries live here.  The Soggy Beavers (OC6 outrigger canoe) are ahead now but Team Pure and Wild are not far behind.  There's a long way to go yet in the most interesting race I've seen in many years.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Best in Show

Paul Soban's 18' T2 proa won "best in show" at the recent OkoumeFest at a beach near Annapolis, Maryland.  I featured this proa a few years ago at a show in Mystic Seaport.

Paul's careful attention to detail and overall execution won the day.  Photos of the other entries can be seen here.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Off The Mold

A 20' Ulua hull by Conrad Ross in Florida.  Eye candy for sure.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Outrigger Sailing Canoe ??

It's very cool to watch the sensor wands in front of the ama bows 
change the angle of attack of the foils.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Cesar's Canoe

No matter how many boats you've built, this video will make you feel like an amateur.  It will keep you riveted for the full hour. Sorry but no amas were built for this canoe.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Team Pure and Wild

Team Pure and Wild should win the Race to Alaska if they keep it all together and right side up.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Thursday, April 16, 2015

2Oceans 1Rock

 2Oceans 1Rock

It's rare to hear such solid advice as this and I think the guy may have a chance.

Equipment Failure: Anyone who has sailed offshore knows that Murphy is the only law that applies once you’ve left the dock. In my experience, the best time to push the boat to it’s limits is before an actual event. I’ve done it both ways, and I’m going back to my roots on this one with the goal of keeping the boat as simple as I can while still allowing it to perform well. That will require about a year of sea trialing in a relatively controlled environment (Gulf of Mexico/Atlantic coast) before leaving for the 14,000 mile voyage. My approach to this project is to not become greedy about eeking out an extra percentage of a knot at the risk of keeping things reliable. The fewer moving parts the fewer things there are to break, but you’d be surprised how difficult it is to ignore the “if we added ____, the boat would be ____ faster at this angle”. Moral of the story, K.I.S.S.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Final Leg

Follow Reto Brehm on the final leg of his summer cruise.  At the end of his account he includes a excellent analysis of the interaction between steering and sail trim.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Multiple Launch Alert

Christoph Goeltner recently launched his stretched Ulua on SF Bay in California.

Wayne McDonald launched his Ulua in Maui, Hawaii.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Outrigger Junior Kits Almost Ready

The builder plans for Outrigger Junior design by John Harris are 
complete and kits will be available soon.

The Outrigger Junior
Prototype Status:  Sailing
Kit Status:  Tested and ready
Plans Status:  Complete
Instruction Manual Status:  A work in progress
Pricing:  Kits will start around $2500, Plans TBD

The 15-foot Outrigger Junior has been sailing for just over a year.  We've built four prototypes and have been happy to find only a few minor things that required refinement.  Updates of note include a quick-assembly scheme for crossbeams and trampoline, cutting the setup time on the beach by as much as 75%.  While straightforward to build for someone with average wood-butchery skills, the parts-count is moderately high so the manual is an impressively thick volume.  We're taking our time to get it right.  The boat's page with lots of photos is hereDesign discussion is here.

Saturday, March 7, 2015