in my Automotive Design/Production magazine I read about a new composite being by the University of Portsmouth in UK. They are using a date palm fiber biomass for things like bumpers and liners. The products are reported to have better tensile strength and better low velocity impact strength.
Date palm fiber polycaprolactone PCL bio-composite is completely biodegradable and recyclable…”
While it is obvious all the boat tech things that have gone into the lunar lander dwelling, several ideas from that spaceship have helped my multihull design.
The first is a new view of lighting and interiors. My designs have always leaned toward vehicle and less to habitat. The interiors were flat white and throw in a few lights.
The spaceship has allowed me to take advantage of the new design freedom allowed by all the new LED offerings.
Another is the use of Foamular insulation foam for non structural core. Things like shelves or seats can use a ply/core/ply sandwich with much less cost and much easier edge finishing than the usual Tricel materials.
I read in my auto magazines that electric cars have their batteries punished by resistance electric heaters. Expect auto sized ductless heat pumps in a couple of years. I have been seeing the results firsthand at the spaceship. Energy costs are about a third of resistance heat.
My present battery powered LED lights in the bathroom stopped working. I will investigate, but probably the moisture.
So these are the replacements I will try. Waterproof. Battery powered.
Moisture is more of a problem on a boat than a spaceship even.
Chaak recently popped up on the Classical Sailing Multihull page. After she ran hard on the beach, destroying the original amas, I was asked to design new amas and beams for Chaak. ’85 maybe? They have proven to be tough. It did a run to Hawaii and back. It was campaigned harder than most PNW boats at that time. I recall Tim mentioning one time when the route back from Hawaii was by way of Alaska. Tim started to realize that when the shadow parted from the boat every few waves, it meant they were airborne.
USCG aircraft above asked if then needed help. “Nope”.
I recall that there was a Constant Camber 44 designed that was supposed to beat Chaak in racing. In fact it was nicknamed “Chaakduster”. Was not even close.
It was a great time presenting my designs that night at NEMA. Thanks again Andrew. And then the next day I got to climb all over and inside my 46′ trimaran design Pipe 3. Bob Gleason let us have the amazing time. Thank you Bob.
I rode down to the event with former crew and amazing sailor David Osteen. As we were leaving a marina, he spotted an ama sandwiched up on the hard in between a dozen varied craft.
We got out for a closer look. It was my 46 performance tri design Pipe 3 (formerly Faamu Sami). It was the first time I have seen the boat.
I was fortunate enough to be invited to present my designs to the New England Multihull Association, (NEMA) in Newport RI.
My PowerPoint had 200 slides and nobody fell asleep. Cool. I met some great people there.
Back to it’s first home after a lap around the world.
Nice note from the new owner, Paul.
January 6 at 4:46 PM
When Kurt Hughes designed this boat he really got it right. Tacking strongly into big Western Australia seas and wind. We are comfy and dry and pointing high biggest problem is trying to slow down. Thanks Kurt”
Kurt Hughes on Catamarans, Trimarans, and Boat Design