sailing little yellow trimaran

Wi-Fi down in office building last Thursday and Friday. Owner gone and his voice mailbox full.
Verizon modem no longer working, probably since last unavoidable win 10 update. Clearly the universe was telling me to go sailing. Little 12 foot tri.  Rudder seems to be a 6% or so 6000 series foil; probably from a Hobie.  Would be very easy to stall.  I was worried about maneuvering.  Nah.  Did great.  I will change lots of the sail handling things, but I am fussy about sail trim.
Delightful to sail. “Does everything it’s supposed to” noted Tim Ryan, also trying it today.

Fiberglass Tariffs

Trump tariffs in place now on fiberglass. That is on fiberglass from China, which means almost all of it.
Scott at Fiberlay noted that as of September 24th the tariff will be 10 percent. On January one, that jumps to 25 percent. Prices at Fiberlay, and surely the others, will reflect that.
Thank you Mr Trump.
Better order your stuff before January.

Wireless Switches

Wireless 12v switches. No need for wires to the lights from the switches. No batteries. On composite boats, and composite tiny houses, this is huge.  No need to cut into the composite to hide wires, nor fasten the wires to the composite surface.  Built in dimmers and smart light sorting too. Around $320 for a kit. I probably spent 50 hours doing and connecting switches on the lunar lander. These would have been a bargain. Only scary part is the switches look like the flush button on my Toto toilet.

Ran Out of Design Books

The last of the Design Books just went into the Priority envelopes, and sent overseas. It doesn’t make sense to print any more. I used to sell several a week. Now it is rare since everything is online.  Plus postage has gone up drastically.

And my earlier guesses forward were not so good. I still have a box of VHS and another box of PAL construction manual tapes lying around.
I will discuss best path forward with Matthew at the IBEX.  Maybe the best is a link for a download.  This old book cover picture is the only one I found here on the laptop.

VW Catamaran

For some reason I can’t resist a quirky project. And with some people paying late, the cash flow helps.
This fellow wants to keep his prize VW, taken from his inefficient pontoon boat, and get a more efficient sled under it. I modeled it with the 36′ Boat in a Box charter hulls. It will require a lot less power now.  For the Mississippi River.  He will be notorious.

Foam Still Available

The most common feature that I hear about now with foam/glass multi builds is the difficulty in finding and getting core. I can’t believe this lot hasn’t been all grabbed yet. It has a waiting time of as soon as you pay for it.
It’s ideal for multis of 35 to 55 feet long. Bob Lanford, I gave seller your number that you gave me. It doesn’t work. Hit me with another way to contact you.
some glass is also still available.
prices are very good.
3/4″ 19mm (6PCF)
(Bead & Cove) Planks – 2.50″ Wide – 89.50″ Long = 235.75 sq. in.
235.75 sq. in. / 144 = 1.55381/sq. ft. per plank
120 sq. ft. /1.55381/sq. ft per plank = 77.2 planks

Plank Count /Box = 272 planks
5 Boxes = 1360 planks = 121,720.00 Inches/12 = 10,143.33 Total feet

Kurt Hughes on Catamarans, Trimarans, and Boat Design