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Old 19-12-2014, 09:23   #1
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Is this raft bluewater seaworthy?

I decide I want to row to Tahiti. Since I like boats that are locally made, but custom (not like those Clorox bottles, which are mass produced) I was enchanted with a local boat which the designer/shipwright guaranteed it's seaworthiness.
Can you tell me how good it will do on passage, in harbor and most importantly, being grounded as a show for it's toughness and quality?
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Old 19-12-2014, 09:30   #2
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Re: Is this raft bluewater seaworthy?

Looks good, but by the time you add bottom paint, desalinator and all the other goodies necessary for good cruising, the costs add up.

I don't see if the electronics are up to date either.
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Old 19-12-2014, 09:32   #3
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Re: Is this raft bluewater seaworthy?

Looks like a tough rugged little bugger to me. I like the eco friendly drive train. You might want to think about an all electric conversion for the power train too. That way you can get a solar panel from walmart that can recharge your cellphone/chartplotter to run the motor too!

Although looking at it again it might be a little tight on storage for provisions. If loaded with lots of gear it might really affect its performance. How many of your family will be cruising with you
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Re: Is this raft bluewater seaworthy?

... Don't forget to check the thruhulls. Also did he use silcone bronze for the fasteners? If not electrolysis is going to be a biT@%.
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Old 19-12-2014, 09:35   #5
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Re: Is this raft bluewater seaworthy?

I think you'll want to add just a few upgrades. A sail and enclosure perhaps. Perhaps check out the techniques used by captain Heyerdahl:


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Old 19-12-2014, 09:37   #6
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Re: Is this raft bluewater seaworthy?

This guy had success with a similar design. His friend, Wilson, didn't make it, though:
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Old 19-12-2014, 09:41   #7
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Re: Is this raft bluewater seaworthy?

It's obviously un-sinkable & that's good.
Nice rocker in the bottom profile-you will be able to surf 50% of the time,allowing some rest.
May need a sweep oar for self steering.
Don't see a holding tank,but ur offshore...
Does it meet ABYC stds?
Have u ever read "Kon-Tiki"?
Don't see any electronics-how will u find ur way? Or update ur blog?

With minor upgrades-I think ur good to go!!
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Re: Is this raft bluewater seaworthy?

Stephen Callahan did/drifted 1800 miles in an Avon six man life raft:

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Re: Is this raft bluewater seaworthy?

I am OMG JEALOUS of your draft!!!

You can go ANYWHERE!!!
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Re: Is this raft bluewater seaworthy?

Ground tackle?
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Re: Is this raft bluewater seaworthy?

Now Newt...... we all know from recent discussions it's not the boat that's "seaworthy"... it's the skipper.... just be sure you take ASA 101-104, a new generation anchor, and it will all be fine!
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Re: Is this raft bluewater seaworthy?

Looks good. I don't see any Plexus.
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Re: Is this raft bluewater seaworthy?

Fools, there is not enough rocker in that hull for offshore sailing; she'll pound like crazy, exhaust the crew, and you'll then have no propulsion.

As for grounding, clearly your parents didn't ground you often enough.


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Re: Is this raft bluewater seaworthy?

Does it have a modern deep fin keel and spade rudder? Some people can't stand traditional old designs.


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Re: Is this raft bluewater seaworthy?

Wow, been away for a short time to apply twine and pitch and I get 12 responses! It must be a winner! Plans to make it further comfortable:
1. Clay pots for water and plumbing! After they are empty I tie twine (the builder supplied extra) and they will be my buckets and sea anchors!
2. The head- while inshore, I will just paddle up to the nearest home (or Safeway in Astoria). Off shore: hold onto the oars and lean out! TP is 69 cents a roll!
3. I am looking for an AIS that will hook up to my solar cell phone charger! Any leads?
4. I have one of those wind up radios/lights for navigation lights and position fixing. 23.99 at Walmart!
Certainly I don't need anything else. You guys are just being snobbish because you have everything and don't want to share the ocean with me.
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