Sunday, April 14, 2013

launched

This morning, we woke up to an unusual sight in Brisbane - sunshine! Saturday's torrential rain had subsided and Nick, Mark and I decided this was our chance to get on the water. For me, it was the first outing in the new boat. A quiet day - 5 knots from the east and flat, perfect conditions for loading the boat up a bit and testing the systems. There are still a few things to finish - the tramps are missing their bottom skins and need some minor tweaking, there is no non-skid, no gearing adjustment and the finish on the foils needs a bit of work. All non-critical things though, and the boat sailed well. No breakages, no glaring errors or omissions at this early stage. Great to be back on the water!


 


Edit: It appears I've skipped out a couple of steps in the build blog! there's a bit of non-chronological shit going on. il get back onto it soon.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

tramps and wing bars look amazing! The whole thing looks like it will be making an appearance on the next batman movie. awesome job!

Doug Culnane said...

Very nice Nick. Well done really inspiring stuff. Maybe I need to build a Batboat...

Doug Culnane

Anonymous said...

Looks great Nick,
Can't wait to see it motoring upwind.
Cheers,
Al
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nick flutter said...

cheers guys,

hopefully it goes upwind! I'll get back to you on that.

Doug, It's pretty clear that you do. The batmobile must be nearing completion?

Nick

Tom said...

Looks awesome. Love the GPS mount and tramps. Best moth blog by a long way at the moment.

makerofthings said...

nick, well done, have been watching and waiting for the finished article, liking the tech insight on the blog, the boat looks great. hope it sails as well,
i reckon one of these days there is gonna be a massive aero improvement made that makes a boat like yours the class of the fleet. look forward to seeing video of you flying past all the boring black boats..
cheers. dan mcmahon

Alex Slatter said...

Nick, do you stil have the designs and measurements I would be interested in making one in the UK .