Passenger Ferry Study

I read last week that the washington state department of transportation is looking for new passenger ferries. Typically they will want to pay $5 million for each one. And each one will need a thousand horsepower on each side to go 25 knots. And they will look like autonomous units, designed by fishboat designers.

In the spirit of my friend Larry’s ferry, http://www.seattleferryservice.com/ A single yes, but a nice friendly looking boat. I propose a new Mosquito Fleet looking catamaran. Friendly and traditional, but built with infused composites and epoxy plywood/core/plywood sandwich cabin.
Last saturday I did a quick study model of the vessel.  65′ x 30′.  100 passengers. 27 knots with 500 hp per side.  About 1.5 miles per gallon. Cost should be under a million.

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Sources

A big mess of sources. I worked on a lot of these during the last few trips. I imagine this kind of being crowd sourced where people will add to this as it goes along.  Some to be added anyway, but getting it out for what it is now.

A sources list now is different than it was when I first did the Construction Manual.  Presently the best way to locate boatbuilding products is to go to the manufacturers website, and from there find the vendors in your local area.  This list is pretty much for North America.   And it leans toward products that I have first or second-hand experience with. Builders elsewhere, get me your favorites and I will expand this.

Epoxy

Mas        http://www.masepoxies.com/

Noahs                                   www.noahsmarine.com

System 3                              www.systemthree.com

SP                                           http://www.gurit.com/

WEST System                     www.westsystem.com

Fiberlay                               www.fiberlay.com

Jamestown Dist.               http://www.jamestowndistributors.com/userportal/main.do

Fiberglass Supply            www.fiberglasssupply.com

Vinylester Resin

Ashland Chemical           http://www.ashland.com/products/hetron-epoxy-vinyl-ester-resin

Interplastic Corp              http://www.interplastic.com/

Composite Fabrics

Fiberglass Supply            www.fiberglasssupply.com

Fisheries supply               www.fisheriessupply.com

Fiberlay                               www.fiberlay.com

Composites One              http://www.compositesone.com/

VectorPly            http://www.vectorply.com/

Core

http://corecomposites.com/media/CoreComparisonChart.pdf

Airex                                                     http://www.corematerials.3acomposites.com/

Corecell                                               http://www.atlcomposites.com/products/cores/end grain balsa/index.htm

Divinycell (crosslinked PVC)        http://www.diabgroup.com/europe/products/e_prods_2.html

Urethane             General Plastics http://www.generalplastics.com/products/index.php?PHPSESSID=6ac3fdb313fb070a2d6a8f4d0f5eb4a4

Balsa                                                     http://www.corematerials.3acomposites.com/

Paulownia                                           http://www.paulowniawood.com/

Foamular                                             http://www.foamular.com/foam/

Fiberlay                                               www.fiberlay.com

Nidacore                                             http://www.nida-core.com/

Polycore                                               http://www.polycore.com.au/

Plascore                                               http://www.plascore.com/index.htm

Tricel                                                     http://www.tricelcorp.com/

Core Craft FRP Honeycomb         http://www.infracomp.com/index.html

Vacuum Bagging supplies and equipment

Fiberlay                                               www.fiberlay.com

Airtech                                                 http://www.airtechonline.com/

Plywood/Lumber

Anchor Hardwoods         www.AnchorHardwoods.com

Edensaw                              http://www.edensaw.com/MainSite/Store1/Content/SiteContent/1/Home/Main.aspx

Meridian Plywood         1-800-743-1126    Lynnwood, WA

Noahs                                   www.noahsmarine.com

Boulter Plywood              www.boulterplywood.com

Joubert Plywood              www.wolstenholme.com

Paint

Farwest Paint                    www.farwestpaint.com

Awlgrip                                http://www.uspaint.com/

Stirling                                 http://www.scomar.com.au/Products/Coatings/CoatingsSterling.aspx

 

Rigging and Masts

Hall Spar

LeFiel

 Plastics

 

Hardware

Fisheries Supply                              http://www.fisheriessupply.com/

West Marine                                      http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/TopCategories1_11151_10001_-1

 Foamex         
Outdoor cushions that do not absorb water. Dry-fast open cell polyurethane foam ideal for outdoor furniture and boat cushions. Five Year warranty.
www.foamex.com
 I have bought some light samples from HollySolar http://www.hollysolar.com/

  The watermaker store (http://www.watermakerstore.com In san diego has a watermaker (up to 1500gpd) with a 130A alternator on it, all based on the Kubota 6hp diesel which purportedly uses 1/8 gallon per hour.

 Masts

 Masts, Battens  www.c-tech.co.nz

  www.southernspars.com former omohundro 775-782-6788

http://ballengerspars.com/, often called the best mast builder

 Sailing equipment www.layline.com

 Synthetic rigging parts seen

at http://www.allspars.co.uk/precourt.html

 Carbon tubes     http://www.cstsales.com/

 racing software and electronics

Marine computing international http://www.marinecomputing.com/

 make a black box that allos wind and radar to be fitted on a rotating mast (Mike Golding on his open 60 has one)

 Composite props  www.kiwiprops.co.nz/home

 electric outboards http://www.fischerpanda.de/cgi-bin/start.pl?task=content&folder=03_Whisperprop_Marine_Propulsion&sfolder=NULL&file=08_DE-Outboard.html&lang=eng

 A Steerable diesel electric outboard: http://www.fischerpanda.de/cgi-bin/start.pl?task=content&folder=03_Whisperprop_Marine_Propulsion&sfolder=NULL&file=06_ADE-Saildrive.html&lang=eng

 Steerable raisable electric drive: http://www.fischerpanda.de/cgi-bin/start.pl?task=content&folder=03_Whisperprop_Marine_Propulsion&sfolder=NULL&file=10_RA-DE_Thruster.html&lang=eng

 The Azimuting Podded Prop: http://www.fischerpanda.de/cgi-bin/start.pl?task=content&folder=03_Whisperprop_Marine_Propulsion&sfolder=NULL&file=07_AZIPROP.html&lang=eng

 Or these amazing drives http://www.fischerpanda.de/cgi-bin/start.pl?task=content&folder=03_Whisperprop_Marine_Propulsion&sfolder=NULL&file=12_General_AZIPROP.html&lang=eng

 Plastic Mirror  TAP Plastics Inc. www.tapplastics.com

 

Go to www.solomomtechnologies.com electric power

   For nets

http://www.multihullnets.com/

  http://www.nets-n-tramps.com/

   http://www.net-sys.com/

  http://sailrite.com/

 window bedding techniques

http://www.sikasolutions.com/Marine/295.htm

 Tools

 Northern Tool And Equipment www.northern-online.com    

Fax: 1-612-882-6927  Air tools, Auto, Engines, Generators, Gloves, Hydraulics ect…..

 For info on LED lights www.Hollysolar.com

 http://www.diyplastics.com/safetyglazing.htm

 comparison table for plastics and other materials

http://www.machinist-materials.com/comparison_table_for_plastics.htm

 Composite materials     

http://www.uscomposites.com/

 Noah’s Marine www.noahsmarine.com 

 A local Vancouver company, Kraft Industrial Supplies.

www.kraftindustrial.com    Lots of other nifty pultruded shapes (I

confess I was surprised how cheap these things are).

 I just had a meeting with a rep from TriStar Plastics Corp. This is the

plastics equivalent of a steel service center. They stock plastic, machine

plastic and will provide technical advice on what is best for a particular

application. Interestingly they make a wide variety of bearings which would

seem ideal for rudders etc. www.tstar.com

 plastic boat sheds www.ClearSpan.com

 Carbon tubes, start with these guys:

http://www.forterts.com/ 

http://www.csi-composites.com/ 

http://www.cstcomposites.com/ 

http://www.marstrom.com/ 

http://www.carbonfibertubeshop.com//index2.html

 

 

 

 

Engines

Yanmar

Styer

Caterpillar

Yamaha

 

Tanks

 

Haul-out

 

Builders

 

 

Jan Gougeon

Godspeed Jan.   http://www.mlive.com/business/mid-michigan/index.ssf/2012/12/bay_city_boat_builder_sailor_j.html

Jan and Meade basically invented modern epoxy boatbuilding. I had the honor and privilege to meet both of them at IBEX in ’09 at Miami. We spoke a lot. They were impressed with my Post-Apocalyptic Boatbuilding article. They told me that it motivated them into getting back into the biz of boats. They wanted to help make boats available to the 10%, not just the 1%. I couldn’t agree more. That’s what I also try to do. And on Sailing Anarchy ” “It is a double loss to us. Today we lose a great innovator that found great fun in building crazy machines in unexpected ways to further some very important technologies,” wrote one commenter. “And then there is the loss of a great guy that seemed untiring in his quest to help us little guys… Fair winds.” I recently went to the Facebook page of the catamaran design company named after the candy. Virtually everything there was toys for millionaires.  It’s not right.   Godspeed Jan.  Picture I took in Miami.  Isn’t that Jim Gardiner also?

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36 Cat in AZ.

I just got this picture and note from Ian Walker in western Australia. He writes “I have been the proud and happy owner of a 36ft Hughes cat for 20 years. She is raced weekly for 9 months of the year then cruised around
the NW coast of Australia in the winter. She has covered several thousand
nautical miles, sometimes in atrocious conditions, including 1 night when
the wind exceeded 55 knots, and, to the credit of your design, has never
suffered structural failure.”

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Pultrusions in Buildings

Usually we think of composite structures only being found on boats. Here in Copenhagen is a composite window structure in a hotel. Probably they are pultrusions.  Horizontal one is a solid fiberglass flange.
Vertical is fiberglass box section. They are much less of a heat sink than metal framing would be. Composites go corporate!

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Holiday Discount Again

Once again we are offering the wildly successful Holiday plans price discount. Matthew has had to work a bit harder at it now as robots run the shopping cart and nobody can see the card numbers. I understand it will be for all orders over $1000 and will be for 20% off as before. Party on.

Matthew here, – would have been really easy, if i had any Excel skills 😉 – it’s all set up, the discount is 20% on all full plan sets, regardless of price… when you get to the shopping cart you will see the discounted price. Runs until January 15th. Now’s your chance to start building!

Accessible Daycharter Catamaran

Got a nice little write-up on a 50′ a solar-powered hybrid, handicap accessible, daycharter catamaran that I am designing. It will operate in Florida. http://flmag.com/off-the-grid/florida-fishing-academy-add-handicap-accessible-hybrid. It will be only 49 passenger, not 75. Foam-glass construction.

Drawings posted soon. This project is why this blog and all my other work got neglected for a while. Deadline was today.

Florida Fishing Academy to Add Handicap-Accessible Hybrid | Fort Lauderdale Magazine
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