Sailing on Sarabi

I got to go sailing with Barry and Karen, the owners of Sarabi earlier this month. Sarabi is a KHSD 56 catamaran with an Aerorig. See for more pictures. Its a fast, safe cruising machine. I enjoyed their stories about sailing in “aquarium mode” through green waves, or closing on monohull friends so fast at night that they were mistaken for pirates. She looked great for having done most of a lap around the Pacific.  Thanks you two. It was a fun sail.

beautiful day
tempered, double curved safety glass

CSR at Northlake is Gone

CSR Marine on Northlake Ave here in Seattle will be gone by the first of November. CSR has been a fixture there for some 25 years. They were not only the best, but they hauled out multihulls. And they owned the legendary trimaran CHAAK. Its almost like the space needle moving.  They will have their two smaller locations near the locks and at Des Moines.
I have heard from several sources that the Puget Sound Waterkeepers threatened them and many other waterfront businesses with ongoing lawsuits unless they left. Or, I heard, they could pay protection money and stay. I will be finding out the other side later thi

s week.
I have worked in and with many boatyards over the years. I have never seen a more contentious boatyard with the environment.
I support the Greenpeace and all, but this seems wrong to me. I will get to bottom of this soon.  CHAAK's last haulout below.

the yard is bare as they move out


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.

Where in the World are Henk and Joke?

Henk and Joke have been sailing their kHSD 45 all over the Atlantic doing fabulous tours for years. See
I have not been able to contact them previously. A seadog moored next to them finally put us in touch. I’m going to try to set up something here to track where they are when. Hence the title.  They are in Curacao now. There are other world sailors also that I will highlight soon.

the crew ready for a trip
the crew ready for a trip

Insulation and Foam/glass Construction

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 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.

What ever happened to the old Shaman?

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.
back when I had her
back when I had her
Smoholla now
Smoholla now

the new cockpit

  the new cockpit

Kurt Hughes on Catamarans, Trimarans, and Boat Design