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 http://www.multihulldesigns.com/designs_other/56aerocat.htm 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.
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
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.
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.
Henk and Joke have been sailing their kHSD 45 all over the Atlantic doing fabulous tours for years. See http://www.zeevonk.nl/eng_index.htm
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.
I found this beautilful old style KHSD D-30 demountable trimaran on the web somewhere. I have no idea whose boat it is. I see it has the old style spade rudder that could kick-up even while turned.
You can see all the informational PDFs on the KHSD website by simply adding the letters “pdf” ahead of the front slash at the site address.
The guys sailing the KHSD 24 in Italy (they have that great video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfSQg4s_LsU and they promise another one soon) sent some new pictures. One in a pretty good breeze,
and look there, pulling a wakeboard in a storm. Guys, be careful.
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
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
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.
Sarabi, Barry and Karen’s custom 56′ KHSD catamaran is back in the Northwest after a lap around the Pacific. This very gorgeous boat has an Aerorig. Rumor is she might be for sale. Contact me for now.
Reminder that tomorrow Friday the 10th is the Fiberlay Expo and Technical Training event. www.fiberlay/Expo or 206-782-0660
She lives in the Chesapeake now, looking different but still sailing. How nice.
- the new cockpit