On the spur of the moment I decided to go to White Salmon to pick up the carbon fiber tubes I had made for the little yellow trimaran. Innovative Composites Engineering. I also got a tour of the place. Amazing. Stuck in the woods outside of White Salmon. Space X is their biggest customer. They have giant presses to compact the laminate even more than bagging. I wasn’t allowed to take any pictures inside the building. And also warned not to touch anything. They consulted on Oracle. Hence in the boneyard. When I ordered the carbon fiber cross tubes for my yellow 12′ trimaran, I assumed a modulus of about 16 million. And I speced the thickness accordingly. I just got the spec sheet from the manufacturer. 8.5 x 10 to the 7th. I checked with a scientist I know. That is 85 million. That is more than 5 times the modulus. Wow. They aren’t going anywhere.
I stumbled on this list that I made years ago. It still looks pretty good. I need to study it carefully for changes but again it looks pretty good.
SOURCES DECEMBER 28, 2012 KURT LEAVE A COMMENT EDIT A big mess of sources. I worked on a lot of these during the last few trips. I imagine this kind of being crowd sourced where people will add to this as it goes along. Some to be added anyway, but getting it out for what it is now. I see it doesn’t let me hot up the links. To get hot links, put sources in the search engine and load the one from years ago.
A sources list now is different than it was when I first did the Construction Manual. Presently the best way to locate boatbuilding products is to go to the manufacturers website, and from there find the vendors in your local area. This list is pretty much for North America. And it leans toward products that I have first or second-hand experience with. Builders elsewhere, get me your favorites and I will expand this.
West Marine http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/TopCategories1_11151_10001_-1
Foamex Outdoor cushions that do not absorb water. Dry-fast open cell polyurethane foam ideal for outdoor furniture and boat cushions. Five Year warranty. www.foamex.com I have bought some light samples from HollySolar http://www.hollysolar.com/
The watermaker store (http://www.watermakerstore.com In san diego has a watermaker (up to 1500gpd) with a 130A alternator on it, all based on the Kubota 6hp diesel which purportedly uses 1/8 gallon per hour.
Masts, Battens www.c-tech.co.nz
www.southernspars.com former omohundro 775-782-6788
http://ballengerspars.com/, often called the best mast builder
Sailing equipment www.layline.com
Synthetic rigging parts seen
Carbon tubes http://www.cstsales.com/
racing software and electronics
Marine computing international http://www.marinecomputing.com/
make a black box that allos wind and radar to be fitted on a rotating mast (Mike Golding on his open 60 has one)
Composite props www.kiwiprops.co.nz/home
electric outboards http://www.fischerpanda.de/cgi-bin/start.pl?task=content&folder=03_Whisperprop_Marine_Propulsion&sfolder=NULL&file=08_DE-Outboard.html&lang=eng
A Steerable diesel electric outboard: http://www.fischerpanda.de/cgi-bin/start.pl?task=content&folder=03_Whisperprop_Marine_Propulsion&sfolder=NULL&file=06_ADE-Saildrive.html&lang=eng
Steerable raisable electric drive: http://www.fischerpanda.de/cgi-bin/start.pl?task=content&folder=03_Whisperprop_Marine_Propulsion&sfolder=NULL&file=10_RA-DE_Thruster.html&lang=eng
The Azimuting Podded Prop: http://www.fischerpanda.de/cgi-bin/start.pl?task=content&folder=03_Whisperprop_Marine_Propulsion&sfolder=NULL&file=07_AZIPROP.html&lang=eng
Or these amazing drives http://www.fischerpanda.de/cgi-bin/start.pl?task=content&folder=03_Whisperprop_Marine_Propulsion&sfolder=NULL&file=12_General_AZIPROP.html&lang=eng
Plastic Mirror TAP Plastics Inc. www.tapplastics.com
Go to www.solomomtechnologies.com electric power
window bedding techniques
Northern Tool And Equipment www.northern-online.com
Fax: 1-612-882-6927 Air tools, Auto, Engines, Generators, Gloves, Hydraulics ect…..
Cliff got master builder Joe Kitchel to come up and do a Berlitz class on boatbuilding for Cliff and the boys. It worked. Beautiful hulls with no delamination. It took place in an abandoned fruit warehouse nearby. It was well insulated so they could run the temperature up as needed.
That means I’ve owned my modified Hughes 63 built by Dencho in Long Beach for one-third of my life and half my adult life.
Man, time flies.
If I had the money and desire, I’d build almost the identical boat, but in carbon.
It’s about the maximum size cat you can singlehand or doublehand.
Yet we’ve also taken thousands and thousands people racing and sailing on her.
Speaking of 25, that’s the highest number of knots we’ve hit. Once under working sails, once under spinnaker.
One time south of Cedros we had her going 21 to 22 knots for an extended time, not straining at all. Waterline and the perfect point of sail were the magic ingredients, even when overloaded with crew, gear and Ha-Ha stuff.