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Old 19-02-2013, 09:35   #151
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Re: Nauticat 52 Refit

[/QUOTE]Don't get these guys started on FRP vs. Aluminum again, or they'll send Panope over to "test" my rudder with his splitting maul![/QUOTE]

Great! A volunteer.

Could you please lay your boat on it side so that when I test your rudder I can swing in the downward direction. Just want the test to be fair

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Old 19-02-2013, 09:41   #152
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Better bring a bigger splitting maul, with Paul Bunyan to swing it! You would hurt yourself on that rudder, LOL!
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Old 19-02-2013, 09:51   #153
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I can envision hitting something and the whole back breaks off instead of the rudder!
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Old 19-02-2013, 15:10   #154
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Considering the junk the Vendee Globe guys have hit this year you are doing the right thing. What a beautiful hand layup job.
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Old 19-02-2013, 15:21   #155
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Whew, I'm done. Takes forever to post like this. I have zillions of pics backed up at this point, gotta try to portray one project at a time and catch up. Nice lay ups for a hand lam, eh?
Sure is..really cool..
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One that is designed to be used as a weapon to fend off pirates, of course!
And of course you're not planning on sailing that there boat anywhere near Mexico right?
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Old 19-02-2013, 22:35   #157
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I can envision hitting something and the whole back breaks off instead of the rudder!

Dunno, the hull is close to 2" solid glass back there. The rudder is a solid shaft as well, maybe 3" SS? Hard to say what would break first. The tube has heavy four way structural gussets glassed in on the inside, it's ridiculous. Probably the shaft would bend first. One of the reasons I like a big heavy mono for cruising, it's got a 17,500 lb hunk of lead bolted to the keel. Weights not an issue, you can overbuild it and then shoehorn systems into it till the cows come home, it won't even notice it.
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Considering the junk the Vendee Globe guys have hit this year you are doing the right thing. What a beautiful hand layup job.


Thank you, I was quite pleased myself. I didn't take relative weight measurements, but I did both rudder and skeg laminates with two gallons of Proset. It was just barely enough. In poly the same layup would have taken a fiver easy. I bet the resin ratio is down close to 35%, certainly under 40. Almost wish I was cutting something out so I could burn test it just for giggles. Some people would say its impossible to hand lam at that ratio, but I bet it's right there. Leaves you with a little runout but I anticipated that.

Hope it is the right thing. Only cost me $500 in materials and a few days work to do it, since the bottom was already peeled. Worth it for the added peace of mind to me.
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And of course you're not planning on sailing that there boat anywhere near Mexico right?


Who, me? I dunno, I hear they have thieves and pirates down there!
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Amazing! I can't wait for more updates.
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Old 20-02-2013, 21:28   #162
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Thought I'd take the time here for a boatyard related plug. Ran into an old boat acquaintance in new hands. We have done a lot of work in the past for Jordan Hanssen of OAR Northwest. These guys and gals do ocean rowing. We have done loads of work on their boats, which are technically demanding projects. They cross major oceans, often solo, strictly under oar power with no engine of any sort. This means a solar water maker and all sorts of other complications. Fun boats, in any case. Recently had one show up unannounced. The owner was a young lady headed to the boat show. She just solo rowed transatlantic. Is lining up for a transpacific. A bunch of us worked till late at night in the pouring rain to get her vessel cleaned up for the show for free. She was about 5' 2" and wasn't really strong enough to handle the buffer I tried to show her how to use. Bravery or foolishness? I think a strong dose of both is required for this stuff. Blown away by her bravado. But then Jordan called one of our tech guys on his sat phone out of the blue not too long back. He said he was 800 miles east of Japan and had run out of food and the water maker was down, wanted to know how to fix it. Had to divert hundreds of miles to an island for supplies. Said he was catching sharks for food. Here's the website and I'll post some pics of her boat too. Madness but very cool.


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Old 20-02-2013, 21:31   #163
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The young lady in question is in some of these pics.
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Old 20-02-2013, 21:33   #164
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This boat is double stationed. Some are bigger, but they don't get too much smaller. The oars are massive. Think galley slave.
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The boats are all built in England.
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