Wednesday, November 18, 2009


Finished architecture on Monday, just sobered up with no intention of even trying to remember what happened yesterday and the day before. back to the blog! And before you ask, no. my sailing and my boat, sail, and attitude toward training are the main things that are slowing me down at the moment, not the blog. its not like im shaving the last couple of percent off my top speed or anything anyway.

speaking of shaving, i shaved more than 10kg off my boat this morning. this is what I had in mind thew whole time:

So the hull was 19kg. ha your all laughing but i dont have any money. Now the glass shell is just over 8kg, and ill chuck a flat carbon deck on it and a couple of new bulkheads which might take it up to something like 13 or 14. Seriously the foredeck was about 4kg, the mast base was 4kg. and the deck was wrecked. The skin is not in great condition with a bit of osmosis and whatever, but it'll have to do for now. It looks overbuilt anyway, so thats a bit of a plus.

This is definitely the way to build boats though! well so far its been more like destroying one but its pretty much the most fun you can have. especially when you're trying to take your mind off a cracker hangover. There are so many good second hand boats out there that are a bit too big nowdays, getting an old prowler and doing this might even work out cheaper than building from scratch. and you'd get good foils, a rig etc. and you can use your own ideas.

So the Flashheart idea looks to be out the window. Boat 2 (yes im optimistically thinking about a year ahead) might be a big mod of a light, pre-preg well built boat. So much less work. Time on the water mate!

Also, obviously I didnt sell the boat. It is still for sale, though I probably might want to hold off until the mods are done and Ive completed at least 1 race!

Alright, gotta go get drunk again. more later.


n4rkla said...
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n4rkla said...

there are thoughts of doing this to stress less too. not in the near future though.

how about raking that bow a bit? more weight reduction. come to think of it, rake the transom too! and shorten those wing bars a little.

Phil Stevenson said...

Same process as KARMA. Start with a damaged Hungry tiger hull, 13kg. Cut off and throw away 8kg, keep hull shell and trimmed down foredeck and cockpit which weighed 5kg.
Re-assembled with new bulkheads (made from offcuts), fincase and mast tube it weighes 8kg. Right on the money.
Like the laser level, my sheer line is not that straight.

nick flutter said...

Nick, transom looks at this stage like it might get rake. that said, i want to make life easy for the top members of the gantry because I want to use pulturusion. bow not so much, because its difficult (the way its built) and right now I know its stong, so I dont want to stuff it. The wings got chopped quite a bit, outer tubes are 500mm shorter and bent, chainplate width gets narrower to come back into line with other boats. keel stepped kingpost and forward strut will look much like Flasheart, front wing bars will go into sockets below the sheer line. Phil, I did take some inspiration from KARMA. I wish I had a damaged tiger to start with but you gotta work with what you have i guess.