Output Status

I have gotten the new versions of the various CADD programs working on Windows 7, and talking to the new printer now. I am having to learn the new program upgrades as I go along. About a third of all the files are not migrating intact so I will have to go back to the old versions on XP and save again doing something different. Once I get it all sorted out output will be many times faster.
As it is, the

study plans and dvd sales take way more time than they should and are thus not really affordable to me. Most of the problems are postal; people complain (to me) that the post office is slow. And Paypal, not notifying me of an order, or double-billing a customer, or taking refund from me even if USPS proves I mailed it. Some time later when I sort out what to do.

Kobayashi Cat

I just got some pictures of the catamaran known as Jack Kobayashi’s boat or the cat at Gils.

The new owner, Courage Winter will be launching next week. This catamaran goes back a ways. It was the first design where I did the entire plan set in CADD. Must have been ’87 or ’88. Its looking beautiful now. Epoxy/Duracore construction.





I just got word from Paypal that even though I provided USPS tracking proof that I mailed the DVD, since post office still has not delivered it, customer gets full refund.  I’m going to have to put in extra protections for Paypal sales I guess.  Customer has not responded to any emails so I have no way to know if he actually got it.

Stuff Done Wrong #1

I’ve been wanting to start SDW for a while. Longtime seadog and venerable boatscum Richard Elder got me started with a note and a link on the Spirit of Kingston passenger ferry. Its really the same story over and over. Legislative groups who know nothing about catamarans hire elderly gold plated naval architecture firms, who actually also know nothing about catamarans, to pick ferries for them. 

This is a prime example.  It is 71′ long so it is just over the magic 65′ cutoff length to avoid excess USCG mucking about.  They must have wanted the additional  mountain of regulatory mucking about that extra 6′ gave them.  Displacement is 43 tons or 86,000 lbs.  Beam overall is 25.5′ so kind of like my Holo Holo or Kai Oli Oli.  Kai Oli Oli lightship is 37,000 lbs for comparison.  Look at the power comparison.  It needs 4, yes 4 engines of 740 hp each.  My cats are 500 hp per side for slightly less top speed but the same cruising speed.  Fuel use on SK is 80- 85 gph.  Compare to Holo which is about 15 gallons per hour. 

And I understand the passengers take a beating when the wind blows.  “Some have criticized the port for purchasing the Spirit, a light catamaran that last winter’s heavy seas treated roughly. “The weather was slowly beating up on us,” recalled port commissioner Pete DeBoer.”  Light? It has fat hulls, big overhang, short waterline, and low bridge-deck; you think?   I’m sure the highly credentialed consultants they hired had never actually been on a wave piercer or semi-wave piercer catamaran.  Holo operates out of Kauai.  The USCG considers those to be some of the most extreme waters in their jurisdiction.  Those are real waves.  The designers and buyers of SK clearly did not understand displacement hulls or they would not have allowed  this amazingly bad example of a passenger ferry.    The Washington State Ferries need an intervention. 



Plans Update

There has never been so many plans orders so soon from the Holiday Discount. I am going as fast as I can to get them out. Most have been printed already, but I am looking to see if any pages need updating or replacing.
I am going to try one new thing as all the orders are from overseas. Airmail post has become even slower than before. I sent a DVD to customer in Canada in early December by air. Tracking it I see that it took 10 days to get from Seattle to LA. It left LA for Canada on Dec. 22nd and is still not there. Courier like Fedex is crazy expensive. Something like $150 just for the DVD. The Construction Manuals are too large to really email. Tomorrow I want to try to create some smaller versions of them and see how small they can become. Then I can email them to everybody and save a lot of grief. Sets me back another day though,  so please bear with me. I did work through the holidays and will keep on trying to get everything out as quickly as I can.