Friday, April 29, 2016

40' Trilo-Proa Design: tropical speed demon box.

Quick-n-dirty..... 100 grit sandpaper and less.... uh huh.....

Gotta say I'd go a extra 8 feet to 48 to fine out the ends to knife edges. All flat surfaces would technically be under water until a ocean chop began to jar out your molars.

Essentially a giant Wa Paa outrigger canoe (GDierking design). And basically a single hander despite the length with occasional visits by the queen.

Multiple rig choices. I see no reason not to go with the traditional crab claw rig.

Super fast to build with that great multihull ride. I have sailed enough leadmines, offshore, for long enough periods to know I severely dislike that ride and interior functionality. But picture this baby in a tropical lagoon with nice awnings and supreme, well ventilated sprawl space.

Not to dismiss Oregon dorying the hull with a bit of flare to the topsides. That extra 2' on the top beam (6' top and 4' bottom) would give a huge bit more interior space and like most Oregon style dorys the bow could then naturally flare up when pinched in.

Food fer thought. Talk about economical and fast to build. I don't think it would pound all that much and it would be wicked fast at 12:1 beam-length ratio. Track really well too and shunting tacks don't mind that long underwater straight run.

Kawabunga, happy sea campers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

VIDEO: lunch date with sexy redhead in Oaxaca

So shoot me, melon farmer..... we take our small pleasures up here at 5100 feet and latitude 16.9 N and for the same silver survivalist sailboaters pay up in the states. What?!?!   I know..... I KNOW: nothing like a quiet downwind ghost on your own boat or a point break session with a few buds and no one else out.

But..... still..... pretty darn nice up here in the land of eternal spring.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

"All I've Found"...... classic surf tripping

The "Mad Professor" of surfing made this short surf tripping film back in the late 60s. Band of Frequencies supplied the muzak.

Friday, April 8, 2016

3 Prime Reasons Keelboaters Can Chortle The Rancid Spunk Cheese

My junk rigged Pearson 32.... NOT wallowing in a offshore swell......

#1:  Above pictured vessel about 15 miles offshore of Cape San Blas just south of Port St. Joe, Florida. Hove-to overnight and engineless (then). Sixty feet over a vast limestone sand shoal. Sickeningly wallowing in a leftover 5 foot swell and in the trough. Maybe anchoring out on super long scope could have solved it. I doubt it. Lead mine swinging below. Unfortunately a Apalachicola seafood dinner gone bad is making me hit the bucket every hour or so. Forget that! A widely spaced multihull would ride SO MUCH BETTER. Probably would have made port instead of this crap due to better speed overall..... oh well....

#2: Helping a guy deliver his well appointed 37 keeler sloop from Mazatlan up to San Diego: the classic "Baja Bash" against wind and current in cold ass water. Boat heeled over constantly with sickening corkscrew motion. A interior that just doesn't function heeled over: ridiculous! A classic teak palace in port but screw actually going to windward (gentleman don't sail to windward, they get blown by $1000 a night hookers in a Bangkok Hilton. Wait.... no, that's gentleman global bankers.... sorry.....). The guy has morphed into a control freaker to boot and I bail in Bahia Tortuga halfway up...... Screw that!!!!

#3: T and I are sailing our recently engineless Pearson 32 south down Apalachicola bay with a finally favorable norther softening into a manageable tailwind loveliness. Just short of the dredged cut in the notoriously shoalie bay a recently silted in (uncharted) bar stops us just short of the jetties and cut out into the gulf of mexico. The north wind hip-hop bumps the keel 4.5 feet down slowly into even more shoal water. Wimping out we call Sea-Tow. In his wisdom the big HP tugger dude tows us even more over the shoal and into the jetty cut but not before laying over and shipping water well over the rails. Forget that!

Keelers blow!!!! Big time.

Anyone who has sailed any kind of shoalie (sharpie, multi, scow, etc) knows just how wonderful they are. Run aground? Put on the coffee and wait for the tide change. Offshore on a multihull said coffee rests on a shelf and doesn't fall off even in a major swell and chop. Anchored in a swelly harbor? Much better over on the fringes and just rocking a bit and if those leadmines drag down on you they'll hit bottom well before plowing into you.

Once you go shoalie...... you'll never be a lead miner again.