There is not a single square nor rectangular window anywhere on the lunar lander dwelling (built like a boat) that I’m building. And the building department has forbidden any acrylic boat windows. And all windows must be double pane at least, with argon between the panes. Windows from stores like Home Depot are all rectangles. What do I do?
At Pacific Marine Expo fishing industry boat show last week I found several companies that build double pane glass windows to any shape. I simpy take them an autocad file of the shapes I want and they cut them out. This could apply to any multi needing actual glass windows.
I do not know about price yet. These companies are:
AJR Windows www.ajrwindows.com
Boat Windows www.boatwindows.com
Colm alerted me that this video of Faamu, now Pipeline 3 was out. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrjGXHTHE1o
Course again, Simmo set a pretty high bar. Recall that Pipeline 3 is the KHSD 46 tri that was one of Ocean Navigator Magazine’s Top 50 Custom Sailboats of the Year in 2001 as Faamu Sami. As Pipeline 3 it got new ama bows earlier this year.
Again I’m using 3D modeling to locate core and laminates. Here on the 79′ tri. One design advantage also is that I can query the model and get exact amounts of each type. The guys in the shop could get a 3D model or even on a smart phone.
I met with the Thordon bushings guys at Fish Expo. They normally do plastic tugboat rudder shaft and prop bushings. Off the shelf mass produced products are a fine way to keep costs down. They told me that they sell bushings up to 8 feet in diameter. In their experience a polymer on polymer bushing situation is to be avoided. This is however the definition of a Tides spherical bearing. They look ideal for unstayed rotating mast bearings. I have been specifying them for rudder bearings on my boats for years now.
There are more and more great videos of KHSD boats found online. It is the KHSD 65 daycharter cat Alii Nui out of Maui. http://youtu.be/0hquuDeWJqs
Maybe not real multihull content. Yet. The big Scania engine at fish expo. I forgot to write down the power.
I think the economy is coming back. Fish Expo seemed much bigger and I found many valuable exibitions. I will post next week. I did find out about various groups of angry builders who are planning class action suits against John Shaw. Good luck finding him. In my experience he plans his larcenous excape well in advance. He probably bootlegged my SC 58 hulls to build those. Professional Boatbuilder should do an interview with him and find out how he keeps finding new victims.
Study plans have always cost more in printing, post cost and time than they bring in. Its no surprise that printing and postage costs have increased sharply.
Now however about half of all study plans sent out require specialized help. The credit card might not work. A package labeled to Austria goes to Australia. A package is not delivered and I must track it down for the customer.
It turns out that I am spending almost all my time now doing special work for what should be simple orders. I really need a full time mailing person, but the economics don’t allow it.
Sometime around the first of the year, I will try and fix that. I’m busy all the time and not getting any design work done.
A nice shot of the Cat2Fold 36 folding catamaran sailing with a light downwind sail also. Owner Brian notes that it is rare that you get a picture of you sailing your own boat. It’s true. I think I was only given 2 pics of the Gecko sailing the whole time I had it.
Unit #2 of the KHSD 65 catamaran ferry built by TBW is being painted here. http://www.thainboats.com/
Another nice shot of the KHSD 58 daycharter catamaran Aolani in San Diego. www.aolani.cc
Once again it is time for the serious boat show here in Seattle. It used to be known as Fish Expo as it was for fishermen. It now has the upscale name of Pacific Marine Expo. http://www.pacificmarineexpo.com/en/attend/show-schedule
Again, as my friend Steve Scheidler once noted to me there, “If this equpment fails, people die.” True. This Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Guys, I had guessed that epoxy season would end like usual in mid October. It has been odd year. I expected to finish the work in September, but that month was the wettest one on record. Ten times the usual rain as I recall. Then October and now November are far better and warmer than expected. I need to take a few more days off and epoxy the lunar lander parts together before the snow actually starts. I hope everybody can wait just a few more days.
First run at updating the 38′ power trimaran. This first run is an update for unit #1, but will evolve into a full-on new model. I will morph the mission statement a bit also. They get better. The new wave piercing amas displace about 3000 lbs. Beam overall went up also.
My builders are not clubby. They do not need the reassurance of yuppie approval from a club. They set out simply building and sailing. Usually I never hear from them unless there is a problem. Roland’s extended 32′ tri is an example. What a wonderful surprise to get these pictures of a cruising trimaran in full. I do really notice the “Crowther towers” that keep the cross tubes high enough inside to get under easily. Bigger ama would look more elegant, but would interfere with the fit on the trailer.
“We sail this Year 4 months in Croatien and we are very happy to sail this Trimaran. He make on 8-10Kn Wind 7-8 Kn Speed 10 – 14 Kn Wind 10- 11 Kn Speed .We have for 4 Months clothes and
another things on Board, 120 L Benzin , 120 L Water and ,and … He sails fantastic .