thanks for the compliment on my boat seen at Rooney Point. I would have been happy to show you the boat if you had come aboard. Maybe next time.
I was un my way home to Bribie Island after my coastal passage
up to Lizard Island and back.
As you know WilPower is a Bob Oram design, 10m waterline length by 4m width, allowing me access to 12m mono berths at marinas
. Its designed with wave piercing shaped bows. The simple sailing rig was always going to happen.
The roller furled headsail is 26.5 sq m designed by Doyle sails
Sunshine Coast Qld as a screecher with high cut clew to clear the cabin
back level with the mast
(tabernacle is above the rear main bulkhead)
The 7.5m mast
drops forward to be level with the bows (to get under the Bribie Bridge).
I can do all the sailing using one self tailing winch
on the roof by standing on the helm
and chest through a large hatch
on the roof.
To lower & raise the mast I have to get up on the roof but the auto helm
keeps me slowly headed into the wind
for this. Takes 5-10 minutes to go down then up again for the Bridge.
The lack of mainsail
, boom and rigging
is a substantial cost saving.
I sail with one motor
running. I have crafted a rudder
but its not yet fitted. I hope then to be able to sail at 4kts in 10 kt breeze.
Typical motorsailing with apparent wind
to 60 degrees is achieved depending on wind gives extra 2nm/hr (eg 7.5 kts using 5.5 L/hr depending on sea conditions.
Typical motorsailing down (wind at 15kts) gives me a boat speed of 7.5 -9 kts using about 0.8L/nm. The fast passage
from Tin Can Bay to Bribie on saturday was with reactively no wind, mast down and with both motors at around 3900rpm gave boat speed of 12.5 -15kts using total less than 2l/nm over 9 hours.
Boat is built of DUFLEX (balsa core) took 14 months built in a shed at Burpengary and Ive been working to finish her during last 18/12 including my travels.Hope this satisfies your curiosity.