Latest

Between rush deadlines and supporting some 50 ongoing projects, the blog has fallen behind. As soon as I can surface for air, some of the topics will be:
Revisiting Post-Apocalyptic Boat Building.
Always new projects submitted.
Latest on sealing the vacuum bag.
Looking into PET foam.
The greater Seattle area has about a dozen relatively exotic KHSD multis building and sailing- lets look.
The cat projects in Africa and Estonia are ongoing.
I should catch up soon.

Plywood/Glass strength Comparison

How strong is glass compared to plywood? Here is a table comparing strengths with out of plane loads (like water pressure).

Plywood/Glass Thickness Conversion comparing bending strength. (Assumed 60,000 psi bending strength for glass and 10,000 for plywood)
Assumed that triaxial amount is on both sides of a core

Ply thickness Triaxial thickness Core

3mm ply equals     (12 oz)  400 gsm w/12 mm core

4mm ply equals     (17 oz) 600 gsm w/12 mm core

6mm ply equals      (22 oz ) 750 gsm w/12 mm core

9mm ply equals      (34 oz)   1150 gsm w/19 mm core

12mm ply equals   (2) (22 oz ) 1500 gsm w/19 mm core

USCG certification

I understand that the USCG stability rules are catching up with the increasing girth of Americans. The official passenger weight for COI boats is to go up from 160 lbs to 180 lbs as I understand it. For monohulls, that can be a crisis. For catamarans, it will not actually change the stability at all. I expect that everybody will need to revise their stabilty calculations and stability letters. I have spreadsheets ready and can do that for everyone who needs it.
Related, I can’t believe that with all the budget cuts, a plans submittal and inspections for a COI vessel is still free. Where else can you get a building permit for free? I can’t imagine it will be free for long. Submit those COI plans soon.