Earthwise Ventures was one of 13 recipients out of 700 entries of the African Diaspora Marketplace grant for it’s ferry project on Lake Victoria. The dream is to have them completely built over there. See also http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKJboIBNauM
Yesterday I got to meet the crew of Teralani 3, another KHSD 65′ x 36′ daycharter cat on Maui. Again I was very impressed with the boat. The builder had delivered it to them in a very unfinished state some 5 years ago. They have finished it to top shape. They are more of a true sailing charter than many others. Passengers load from the beach. Very nice. See http://www.teralani.net/
Yesterday I met with Trilogy Excursions. They have 3 KHSD charter catamarans. All of them have some modifications. Of course I think the originals were better, but what do you do? The oldest one, in foam/glass, has been going out every day since 1988.
I’m catching with some of the KHSD cats on Maui this week. I’ve been very impressed with the 65′ Alii Nui. Everything seems to have been done right. See http://www.aliinuimaui.com/
Interesting fact. At 21 knots powering she is only using 56% of throttle. She is also on the cover of the Avis and Budget rental car magazines. In my opinion, no other charter cat here comes even close in the looks and amenity. And video from the site http://www.aliinuimaui.com/maui-sailing-videos.htm
While there is a new Constant Camber cat owned by competitor; and it looks more like one of mine than any previous, it looks frumpy and poorly detailed in comparison. In my opinion.
I forgot the cable between camera and computer, so pictures have to wait until I get back, except this that I stole off the site. I’m sure Jeff doesn’t mind.
The motor mount attachment screws really chew up the composite boat part of the motor mount. I found what seems to be a solution. I stuck on some adhesive Treadmaster Grip Pads that are used to make stairs non-skid. www.tiflex.co.uk . I got them at Fisheries Supply
I finally got my power proa and its trailer painted properly with 2 part poly. Some of you might recognize the main hull as Magic Hemple’s ama. (a ride is a ride…you get them where you can) The ama is (2)1 mm CM birch plywood. 80 lbs all up without motor. The 4 hp Mercury 4 cycle pushes it at 13 knots. I calculate that it gets 18 MPG at full throttle. I used to car-top it with the Honda Accord, but the truck I drive now is too tall, so trailer it is. I’m not good enough to sail a proa, but they sure make sense as a power commuter.
Kurt Hughes on Catamarans, Trimarans, and Boat Design