I got a bit behind on this blog when the computer went down then I got hit with serious deadlines. I'm back and there is a lot going on.
First, I got another great youtube video from those wildmen in Italy with my 24' trimaran Muffalo. See
I just got Makita 2.5 hp compressor (MAC2400). It keeps up with my volume spray painting and is quiet. Odd thing is I bought its evil twin a few years ago. A Master Power MPAC521, which looks almost the same. It was frighteningly loud, could not really keep up, and filled the garage with smoke. After only about 30 hours of work over the last 3 years, it finally could only produce about 20 psi.
What a relief it is to have the Makita.
The KHSD daycharter catamaran Alii Nui is shown in an ad on page 115 of Professional Boatbuilder. It was built by Schooner Creek of Portland, OR and operates out of Lahaina, Maui. See http://www.aliinuimaui.com/
Another cat featured with no designer listed.
IBEX is next week in Louisville, KY.
I guess I will be skipping IBEX this year. It was great last year, but half the draw was being in Florida. Besides too much work here to take a week off. See http://www.ibexshow.com/
I knew that the PVC and SEN foam cores we use to build boats had some thermal insulation value but I didn’t think it was as good as house construction insulation foam. At the Fiberlay design conference I learned that it is almost as good as the insulation foams. For example 90 kg Airex is 0.24 BTU.in/sqft.hr.F which comes to R 4.2 per inch. Craig Riley tells me that the PET foam gets wildly even better results when in a vacuum.
I began building my first trimaran, Smoholla the Shaman the year that I began architecture school. That was 1977. I first sailed her the summer that I graduated. It was my home for a couple of years and at the same time, the fastest sailboat in Puget Sound, until Chaak came along. She was my CM construction method prototype.
She lives in the Chesapeake now, looking different but still sailing. How nice.