Category Archives: Design Questions

the Best Weatherstripping

I think that I have tried every kind of weatherstripping to seal door closures or wet hatches. This model, called Rubber seal, ribbed, seems to be the best I have ever tried. All are adhesive backed. The ribs allow one part to deflect, without distorting the whole seal like a square section would. The black one is 3/8″ thick, from Grainger. https://www.grainger.com/product/TRIM-LOK-INC-Rubber-Seal-10D149

The white one is at Home Depot. They don’t carry black. I think is 5/16″ thick.

 

Composite Chainplates

I recently had to review a chainplate on one of my COI cats and send a note to the USCG.
I see from the X-Ray report that the Aolani chainplates were not steel, but composite as I thought they were.
These composite plates are immune to corrosion, unlike metal ones.
I assume the builder used my layup schedule as I have sent earlier. I see no reason to doubt that.
They are easy for the builders to build in a huge safety factor.
Instead of being fastened onto a hull, these synergistically combine to both strengthen the hull and the chainplate.
Unlike the metal plates, these have some resiliency so make all the parts longer lived.
Any delta in the parts from the loads would show up immediately and early by cracks in the paint. Unlike metal plates which usually are not painted.
Attached find a picture of one of my other catamaran designs with composite chainplates. Note that he lifts his entire vessel with only the three chainplate locations.

Visited Ft. Lauderdale

I got to visit my 49′ daycharter cat in Fort Lauderdale . Always one of my favorites. Met captain Jason.
Built mid 90’s by legendary builder, Andre Cocquyt as a composites class project. Students included IBEX presenter, Belle, Blanding.
Still looks good and can be built remotely from assembly.

https://tropicalsailing.com/sailing-charters-fort-lauderdale-spirit-of-lauderdale/?fbclid=IwAR0jIXoj9Se7ALWvKKRZiAFjUndv53sScGF3A0DNgdf_2uRsG6LcjMKntN8

73425100_10157898938913628_4867918243978805248_n