Infusing the board on Geoff’s KHSD 49 cat. That is carbon. That is one of the halves. The core is bagged in next.
Simo is even more famous
Simo on his amazing 24′ tri has another brush with fame.
Between rush deadlines and supporting some 50 ongoing projects, the blog has fallen behind. As soon as I can surface for air, some of the topics will be:
Revisiting Post-Apocalyptic Boat Building.
Always new projects submitted.
Latest on sealing the vacuum bag.
Looking into PET foam.
The greater Seattle area has about a dozen relatively exotic KHSD multis building and sailing- lets look.
The cat projects in Africa and Estonia are ongoing.
I should catch up soon.
Pacific Marine Expo 2010
I’m off to Fish Expo today. Fortified myself with sardine lunch. They have upscaled the name to Pacific Marine Expo, http://www.pacificmarineexpo.com/10/public/enter.aspx but we still know it as Fish Expo. Its a serious boat show, especially for Alaska fishermen. I ran into Steve Sheidler there once and he put it perfectly. He said “If these guys have equipment failure, people die.”
Plywood/Glass strength Comparison
How strong is glass compared to plywood? Here is a table comparing strengths with out of plane loads (like water pressure).
Plywood/Glass Thickness Conversion comparing bending strength. (Assumed 60,000 psi bending strength for glass and 10,000 for plywood)
Assumed that triaxial amount is on both sides of a core
Ply thickness Triaxial thickness Core
3mm ply equals (12 oz) 400 gsm w/12 mm core
4mm ply equals (17 oz) 600 gsm w/12 mm core
6mm ply equals (22 oz ) 750 gsm w/12 mm core
9mm ply equals (34 oz) 1150 gsm w/19 mm core
12mm ply equals (2) (22 oz ) 1500 gsm w/19 mm core
I just got this link from Craig Riley of Composites West in Incline, NV.
This plywood/epoxy CM catamaran has been carrying passengers for more than 20 years there on Lake Tahoe. It was always one of my favorites. And its a demountable boat.
I understand that the USCG stability rules are catching up with the increasing girth of Americans. The official passenger weight for COI boats is to go up from 160 lbs to 180 lbs as I understand it. For monohulls, that can be a crisis. For catamarans, it will not actually change the stability at all. I expect that everybody will need to revise their stabilty calculations and stability letters. I have spreadsheets ready and can do that for everyone who needs it.
Related, I can’t believe that with all the budget cuts, a plans submittal and inspections for a COI vessel is still free. Where else can you get a building permit for free? I can’t imagine it will be free for long. Submit those COI plans soon.
Ferry in Africa
The first Earthwise ferry is nearing launch at Lake Victoria. See http://ewventures.wordpress.com/
I worry about the weight and crossarm revisions, but its almost wet. It is cylinder molded plywood/epoxy vacuum bag design, though KHSD is never noted as designer.
A little hull layup…
Upgraded the video on this a bit: The layup on a 68′ cylinder molded hull currently under construction in Roatan: it’s speeded up quite a bit, this is about 25 minutes of real time. the half hull panels are approximately 11′ x 71′ – 4 layers of 3mm plywood and 33 gallons of epoxy.
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Baja Ha Ha
The KHSD 63′ catamaran Profligate led the start of the 17th annual Baja Ha Ha race.
Profligate is the official cruising boat of Latitude 38 magazine and belongs to Richard Spindler. As an aside Latitude 38 magazine is far and away the best sailing magazine there is. Most issues are keepers.