Video is a bit jumpy and short. I put my 11 year old on an old johnboat and had him work the camera. To get Jace out to the boat he stood on the deck just in front of the mast. The board did very well. Even with his 70lbs.
Monday, November 24, 2008
These are some photos of the local color. I missed a great shot of some bottle nose dolphin jumping out of the water. Looked just like Sea World.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
I maxed out 11.8kts and sailed 9 nautical miles in about an hour twenty minutes.
In increasing winds, approximatly 15-18 reached a maximum speed of 12.6kts and traveled 5.16 nm in 42 minutes.
All of this sailing was done in the typical back and forth short distance sailing of windsurfing.
What I learned:
- Even with a large sail and increasing winds it seems that the max speed is around 12-13 kts. This could improve with properly positioned foot straps
- In low winds the boat is very fast on all points of sail.
- The boat jibs very easily and is very stable.
- As the wind increased the need for a dagger board decreased. I was able to head up into the wind about as high without the dagger board as with it.
- The hull seems to be all displacement. I was not able to pop it up on a plane even when the wind seemed to be strong enough. This might be due to the weight, length ratio. It may also be that with foot straps I could push it enough to get to plane. But if we consider the normal speed of a kayak even at 12kts its pretty fast.
More testing this week. I want to try to use a smaller sail and rig and try some different size fins. I have been using weed fin that might not be enough area for the boat.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
After a brief test run, I have determined that I have some bugs to work out before she is truly ready for an expedition.
- The two deck plates on the stern leak. They are partially under the waterline most of the time a need to be better sealed. I tried to find the largest deck plates possible and these apparently are not designed to be under the waterline. Any suggestions would be great.
- The stern deck plates do not allow enough room to slide dry bags in under the top lip. Since the stern is at such a sharp angle it reduces the entry space between the bottom of the boat and the top of the deck plate. This may not be a real problem when the midships deck plates are installed. I can still slide a sail into the hull by rolling it tight.
- The overall weight is about 20lbs heavier than I think it needs to be. As a result of my lack of boat building experience I may have used too much resin in the early building stages. The added weight does not seem to affect the boats sailing abilities.
Here are some photos of the boat in the water. It was very stable and fun to sail. I had to learn to tack the v-nosed bow as it performs differently than a typical long board with a flat bottom.
One of the first things I noticed was how quietly it cut through the water. The v-bow slices the water noiselessly.