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    Re: Lee wants a new trimaran design...

    Thanks so much again guys for all the advice. I wish I could just take off and start building right now. The itch hasn't been scratched in almost a year. But, I gotta finish my masters degree, and...
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    Whooaaa... That torqeedo or the e-propulsion is going to cost more than I planned to spend on the boat hull and half the sail. Sorry, I'm a cheapskate cause my status in life forces me to be. ...
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    Thanks, I was just doing the Drifters to have something for right now, and to do it on the cheap. The Seaclipper 20 is the ultimate goal. It will be the flagship in my family armada.
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    Re: Lee wants a new trimaran design...

    Greetings trimaran fans! Long time no posting. Sorry, I have been busy with work, Soldier, training, master's degree, all kinds of worthless things that take away from my boat time. So update on...
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    Todd, THANKS! I was wondering why it just didn't seem to want to settle down. There was like a very narrow sweetspot between too much / not enough sheet tension, and pointing too high or too low to...
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    Ok sailors, so whats the best way to control a jib????

    I don't know if you can tell from this video, But running a jib is very stressful for me under some fairly strong winds. I was on the other...
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    Here is the video. Let me know how to be better at flying wing and wing:


    https://youtu.be/yp0HHaPICjo
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    Hey guys! I took some leave this week and got to get on the water twice. But only one counted. The first was a warm day with nice winds. I am currently compiling a video from that day. Watch it...
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    Thanks Gary and upchurchmr. I know exactly what happened and why. I had too much sail up, and not enough weight out for the 30mph gust that hit me. Oh, and as I went around the bend of the turn, I...
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    Well guys, I survived my first capsize yesterday. Wind was blowing a steady 18 mph, and according to the weather station gusting up to 30. I thought with my son tethered in his kayak to the...
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    Hey guys! Long time no hear. I know, but, I've been busy becoming a grandfather. My oldest son and his wife made me a grandfather two weeks ago. And yes, that little girl already has us wrapped...
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    Well, I didn't mean a bigger jib, just a regular jib instead of a storm Jib. But I believe in the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" philosophy. I am going to try and get back out on the water soon....
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    It certainly is coming together Dave. This boat has been a great training resource for me, along with all of everybody's expert advice. Cant wait to build my next boat and get it dialed in!!
    I...
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    If that doesn't convince you, this one should. Check out how glassy the water is due to no visible wind, but yet I was still scooting across at 2 mph!

    https://youtu.be/xJBQXdKq-Fw
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    Holy efficiency batman. I went out on the lake today. Winds started out about 5 to 6 mph. I was hitting 4.5 and 5.5 mph. The Jib made a HUGE difference. Now that I have the mast tied down with...
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    Hey Dave, I know we aren't supposed to promote products on here, but can you recommend a name brand or three that are good, and which ones I should stay away from? When you say a light multi, do you...
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    I am going out again tomorrow since I have the day off for presidents day. I will try to remember to report back on how the additions improved or degraded performance.
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    Twangy tight. Got it. Is that western acoustic guitar twangy, or southern banjo twangy? Just kidding. I understand what you are saying. I have some old tie-down rope that came with some kayak...
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    I put some stays made out of some fairly non-stretchy rope from lowes today. Trying to get ready to use my jib on the water on monday. Winds are going to be super light, so good time to try the jib...
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    Hmm. I hadn't really given the electrics much thought Dave. I have never used a trolling motor. How big a battery(weight?) do you need, and how long does it last? If I get becalmed 5 miles off...
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    And speaking of a 5hp or less outboard(Ive seen some 2.5 ~ 4hp on amazon), what is everybody's favorite? I don't care about looks or speed, my biggest requirement is reliability and ease of use....
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    That's a sweet paint job Matt! Thanks for the advice. I gotta ask about that cockpit and the tent. Do you have some sort of platform that slides out to cover the foot area? Or did you just cut a...
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    So this is what I did when the wind died. Yeah, I was a little disgusted. I had no wind for about 3 hours:


    https://youtu.be/NwgFpLVmfK4
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    So I went out again today. Nice day, almost too warm to be paddling. Why was I paddling? Watch this video:


    https://youtu.be/zeH3EaPnO_A
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    Say what? Suction? You're gonna have to explain that one in red-neck-ese for me to understand that. Are you talking about the Bernoulli principle? Somehow the water running along the hull sucks...
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    Roger that. I plan on just rounding off the corners so it is not a sharp corner, and call it good.


    So according to the original design, the transom sits may 1" out of the water. Stretching it...
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    Hmmm. So how much rocker to get nice tacking without hurting speed too much? Is there a hard and fast calculation somewhere, is it just kind of a trial and error kind of thing?



    Yup, I knew...
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    Re: Lee wants a new trimaran design...

    Alright fellow multihull fans,

    Here is a drifter 16 (the vaka), stretched to 18 feet. Max beam works out to around 33 inches, max waterline beam is about 21 inches fully loaded. Makes the...
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    No, you are not pushy at all. You speak the truth. I would rather someone give it to me straight.

    Well, I was not totally disappointed by the "my boat plans" deal. But, almost every single one...
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    Yes Sir upchurchmr! I have decided to use stayed masts from now on with my trimaran boats. I really want to add a jib to my current boat. But I don't think the sail rig amas give me enough...
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    So here is a suggestion for the new owners of the Wooden Boat School that I, and I dare say many of us Southern Souls, would love to see happen. How's about building a branch campus of the wooden...
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    Ok guys, riddle me this, What the heck happened to Mark Gumprecht? I don't see any plans or blog posts on any of the normal small trimaran sites after 2012. I was hoping to find a 20 foot or 18...
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    Thanks for the link Gary! That is a very interesting read. Good info to know so if I modify a design I won't screw it up.
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    I dont' mind the suit getting wet. But when the wind blows hard, and the temp is 45 and dropping, the wind dries the suit and cools me down to far. I am going to go out again to test the suit in...
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    This is starting to sound like a lot more work than I want. I could design up a flared drifter. But, I aint no Naval Architect, and I learned the hard way from designing my kayak - free boat...
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    Hmmm. Flared hull. I never thought of that. Excellent idea. That's why I am a Soldier and not a Naval Architect. I can see how a narrow hull can be fast, with the flared portion providing a lot...
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    Oh, and for the next boat sail area guess, picture a drifter 16 stretched out to 19 feet, amas stretched out proportionately. I haven't figured up the ama dimensions yet. But they are 7 1/2" wide,...
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    So if you read on my "Newbie needs help" blog, I went out on New Years Day when we had some nice weather and heavy heavy winds. I tried a jib for the first time. I don't have any stays on my mast. ...
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    Todd and Dave,
    Thanks for the advice!

    Since I have attracted Todd's attention, I was thinking of about a 85 Square foot mainsail, bermuda rigged, and maybe add a jib. What would you think the...
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    Re: Lee wants a new trimaran design...

    Ok y'all, check this out. This is the Drifter 16 scaled up to allow 2 people to sit side by side, stretched out to a few inches over 19 feet long. I put the akas on it, but I have not drawn the...
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    No, actually Clarkey I don't think it has. Still kind of small, but it might fit the bill. I kind of like the bowsprit, gives you the opportunity of a large jib. But the telescoping tubes for...
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    Ok multi-hull fans, here is my latest hair-brained idea. I want to build the Sea Clipper 20, but it is going to be a minute before I have the space in the garage. So, I was thinking about a smaller...
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    I got my legs wet, but the not the torso. I think I still would have been chilly. There was enough wind that the legs were drying out. It wasn't that bad, my feet are what got the coldest. I have...
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    Hey guys, finally got some video that I didn't do myself. I can't remember who it was, I think it was upchurchmr that was asking when I was going to get some video of me sailing by. I sailed across...
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    I was thinking exactly that upchurchmr. Even though it will add some weight, I am going to have to rig up something that lets me slide my butt out over the akas quickly. Same for sliding aft going...
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    Sorry guys, My freaking camera mount broke at the boat ramp so I didn't get any videos today. But, I probably would not have been able to anyway. I was so busy keeping the boat from capsizing that...
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    Ok guys, time to resurrect the thread... Nah, just kidding. I did a few mods during my holiday break. I will post some pics and video tomorrow. I am going sailing tomorrow. My wonderful wife...
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    Oh, dang it, now that I think about it, the freaking mast is 27 feet long. I would have to be really picky about spf boards at the lumber yard. I am assuming you mean straight grained and clear? ...
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    Here is a question I have been rolling around in my head. Understanding that the Sea Clipper 20 may have been designed with the Hobie 16 rig in mind, would I benefit from having sailrite or somebody...
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    Actually, the more I think about it, if I am going to make flat panels out of cedar strips, I could use that peel ply on a flat panel and it might be a pretty easy thing to do. then all of the...
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