Announcements

Club announcements

June 2 - Sailing from Ketchikan to Seattle via Outside of Vancouver Island -- Minutes Attached

posted May 30, 2020, 5:01 PM by Mark Olsoe   [ updated Jul 7, 2020, 4:19 PM ]

Once again we will not be meeting at the Puget Sound YC.  The June meeting will be online using the "Zoom" app.

6:30 PM PST   - Virtual Potluck   7:00- Club Meeting, then Presentation “Sailing from Ketchikan to Seattle via Outside of Vancouver Island”

Presented by Mark Dix, Chance Campbell, and Zack Tully. 

First Team Narwhal and friends tour Ketchikan.  Then Mark, Chance, and Zack cruise on Team Narwhal's F32 trimaran back to Seattle on a 15 day trip. This presentation is Part 2. Last month was Part 1 about Team Narwhal doing the 2019 R2AK (Race to Alaska) on Bill Quigley's F32 trimaran, racers were Mark, Bill, Li, and Joel.)Chance rowing near Tatiana (Bill Quigley’s 32’ Farrier trimaran)
   Left to right: Zack, Mark, Chance in Prince Rupert, Canada

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------   MINUTES      ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Due to Covid 19 we again had an online zoom meeting which is really nice for those who are out of town. We saw at least 35 participants plus many spouses listening in.  It was enjoyable to catch up with everyone and the meeting part was short with only a few announcements.  Pt Roberts Race Week is cancelled and the Corsair Nationals along with it due to Covid.  Diane is encouraging all members to share some photos/videos of your summer sailing fun when we have our next meeting in September. Likely it will be Sept 8 not Sept 1, but check back to confirm.

 

The presentations and Q and A sessions were recorded and the video file is now in the club's Google Drive. Here is a link to the videos folder:  https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1dYu1OLvos9h-RdxR3Gm4KfNuBUpaaYwu?usp=sharing  Also within that folder are related videos, which include the original HD quality return trip videos with audio and some background music.  There are videos pertaining to preparations, 2019 Everett Rally practice, Team Narwhal's R2AK Stage 1, Stage 2, Ketchikan, etc.

 

The night's presentation was by the return crew for R2AK Team Narwal’s Farrier 32 trimaran Tatiana.  They sailed the boat back from Ketchikan to Seattle via the outside of Vancouver Island.  Mark D. who was on the Narwal race team changed roles from crew to captain.  Having just raced the boat with owner Bill and crew Joel and Li, he was intimately familiar with Tatiana.  For crew he had Chance C. and Zack T.  Zack is a friend of Chance's and had little sailing experience prior to this adventure.  Chance and his brother are refitting a 1976 25’ Seawing Trimaran (See Nov 5, 2019 minutes).  He gave a short report & pics on that project.  The bad spots are fixed and the topsides are painted blue.  It looks real good.  Hopefully they will be able to sail it later in the year.  

 

Steve Ladd gave us an update on his proa modification project.  He also showed off about 2 dozen country flags of places he visited on his South American sailing trips as described in articles, books, and club presentation.  http://www.nwmultihull.org/announcements/may1--fromtheriversofsouthamericatoproapalindrome  Really cool.

 

We also got a short update from Narwal race crewman Joel on his and his wife Patty’s 35’ Marples CC35 trimaran project in Napa California.  Take a look at it on the website.  They have done an amazing job on a well regarded boat in the club begun by David Vinson.  The structure is all done and now the fun of fitting all the sailing hardware is taking place.  They also hope to be sailing late this year, to Mexico!

 

After the presentation we had a couple discussions that were more general club interests in flavor.  I’ll add them here so you don’t have to read through the notes to get to them:

 

Throughout the presentation questions from the audience were encouraged and many interesting tangents were followed.  Such as ideal crew size, boat, stops and time line for the R2AK and cruising the West side of Vancouver Island.  Rescue ideas for such a wild place, EPIRBs, kites or sailboards  Dinghys for small boats.  Etc….

 

Ideas were discussed for cruising this summer.   We missed having our season kick off with the Everett rally.  The July 3rd Poulsbo fireworks rendezvous is cancelled as well as the Corsair Nationals at Point Roberts.  Dan is conceiving of an unusual fun race with CYC.  He will be cruising South Sound in August and going north in Sept.  Shaun & Jess will sail July 4-18.  If Canada opens this year I put in a plug for the great BC Multihull rendezvous just across the border at Port Browning the first weekend in Sept. (For all their events, see http://bcms.bc.ca/calendar/ .) I’m undetermined as I have a big remodel project with my son planned this July.  You know how those can drag on.   Andrew and Connie are looking for someone to sail their SeaWind 24 catamaran back from Ketchikan after they race it to Alaska in 2021.

 

The end of the evening closed out with a discussion of another run of club T-shirts.  Maybe a quick-dry material instead of cotton.  Dan did them the last time and will look into it.

 

Mark Dix started off the evening’s presentation with a brief overview of the Race to Alaska then showed a few pictures of their de facto Ketchikan base, the house that club members Diane J and Mark Olsoe had rented for the R2AK finish celebrations.  After a good rest up and tour of Ketchikan, the crew left for Seattle.  They estimated it was well over 1200 miles of sailing over 15 days.  Mark had great pictures and videos of the trip though he noted that when the sailing was rough there’s not much opportunity to take pictures.  There was a good mix of narration, pictures and videos with Chance and Zack interjecting their perspectives.

 

They stopped at Misty Fjords Park, a must see they say.  Mark told of taking a bath in a stream and as he got back to the dinghy he saw a mother grizzly with two cubs come out of the woods and walk right by his bathing spot! 

 

 My internet connection is always iffy and my computer zoned out a few times but here are some snippets of the talk. 

 

 They had an easy time passing the notorious Cape Scott on the N end of Vancouver Island. 

 

 They attempted to pass the Brooks Peninsula but after reducing sails it was still too nasty, so they turned around and sought shelter, sailing at 8 knots on just a reefed jib .  The next day it was much better.  

 

 Weather forecasts can be way off but they are mostly helpful.  They usually used the VHF weather channel but other sources when they got internet.  The weather was mostly cloudy with some rain on the northern portion but after mid Vancouver Island it was sunny with good spinnaker sailing til Port Renfrew where the wind shut off and they motored 95% of the way to Seattle.

 

 They stopped for fuel, food and or showers at Prince Rupert, Bella Bella, Winter Harbor, Port Townsend (5 min walk to all night gas station).

 

 The Two Paw 9 nesting dinghy that owner Bill had built was a great addition.

 

 They saw humpback whales or orcas every day, sometimes breaching, and had videos to prove it.  It almost got passe.  Sea otters were common in the north part.

 

 They used a knife on a stick to cut lots of kelp from their rudder and anchor.

 

 Winter Harbor, Rugged Point Park, Hot Springs Cove, and Barkley Sound were highlights they liked.

 

 The electronic device charging station was near the companionway and water and corrosion became a problem with the connectors.

 

 Without a bilge on this trimaran the towels that were unhelpful deadweight on the R2AK became useful to dry out the floor of the boat.  A couple sponges might be a better choice though.

 

No one got seasick though one admitted to being susceptible to it and another had a few queasy moments.  They all thought the ginger chew candy they had helped.  

 

That's it.  It was an interesting presentation and all enjoyed it I’m sure.  

 

We will now enter our 2 month recess and will reconvene meetings in Sept.  Hopefully in person.  Likely it will be Sept 8 not the 1st, but check back then to confirm.  In the meantime, hope to see you out sailing!

May 5 - Team Narwhal R2AK 2019 - Minutes Attached

posted Apr 20, 2020, 4:50 PM by Mark Olsoe   [ updated May 13, 2020, 4:22 PM ]

ZOOM presentation by Bill Quigley, Mark Dix, Joel Smith, and Li Sung.  They raced from Port Townsend to Ketchikan on Tatiana (Bill’s 32’ Farrier trimaran) by sailing, pedaling and rowing.  Joel designed and built pedal drives, and Mark Dix designed and built rowing stations. Bill finished building his boat in 2006

Once again we will not be meeting at the Puget Sound Y.C. and instead will be online using the "Zoom" app. There was a positive response to the last Zoom meeting –– plan on joining us!

Agenda:
6:30 PM PST   - Virtual Potluck

7:00                - Presentation “Team Narwhal R2AK 2019” 


====================================================================Minutes provided by Secretary Eric Lindahl =====================================================

Adhering to current Covid combating criteria we had another Zoom meeting.  What a great thing.  45 persons tuned in from as far away as Nova Scotia, Yukon Territories, the east coast & Mexico to discuss multihulls, R2AK and hear about 2019 Team Narwal.

 

Regular meetings usually start with a pot luck and mingling session where we meet and/or catch up with everyone.  Like last month’s Zoom meeting we went right into the catching up part.  It was like sitting around your living room with a bunch of friends and like-minded folks.  Wait, that's what it was.   I really enjoy this format.  What surprised me is that the conversation was pretty normal.  For whatever reason there was very little “talking over” each other.  Perhaps seeing everyone gave non verbal clues to help this. (you can choose to turn off your camera though).

 

Nice to see some new or seldom seen folks pop in.  Connie and Andrew, Matt in La Paz, Sandy in Tacoma, Ben D and I suspect a few others I’m not aware of in BC.  Ben P from Nova Scotia, Greg C from SFO/Baja, Al H, Andrew I, Doug from Pt Townsend, and many others I can’t ID.  Thanks for your interest.  I hope it was as entertaining for you as I found it.

 

 After a half hour or so of visiting, Commodore Scott brought things to order for a few minutes of business.  He broached the idea of a more centralized tool loaning library.  The club has several handy items members can borrow; boat jack stands, weighing scale, industrial racks for a temporary boat shed frame, etc.  Scott has offered a small “tool room” in his office which is Wright Yachts, the Corsair, Seawind and Neel dealer.  We can put our tool library items there and he encouraged anyone who has unused tools to donate them to the library.  Routers, sanders, saws, hand tools, anything boaty.    Members can check them out from there.  Probably a good idea is to permanently engrave them so they don’t get forgotten in the back of someones workshop.  We’ll revisit this at another meeting.  Scott mentioned that Corsair 880 #1 will be coming to the Seattle area.  Hopefully we can get a peek at this more voluminous and thus heavier 28’ trimaran in the near future.  Vice Commodore Diane said R2AK is canceled this year due to Covid so she’s canceled reservations of the Port Townsend Yacht Club for our June meeting.  This would have been the eve of the R2AK start. Diane rescheduled it for next year, so mark your calendars for multihull dinner-meeting-party in Port Townsend on June 6, 2021, and consider enjoying a long weekend there to see race boats, talk with racers, watch the R2AK race start the next morning!  

 

 The meeting was turned over to Bill Q the owner/skipper of Tatiana the Farrier 32 he built and is the vessel of R2AK Team Narwal.  A round of silent applause went up from the multi screen for their team effort and 7th place finish of 44 teams, 700 miles in ~5 days!   

 

I will make a qualifier here.  This is written from shaky memory and hurriedly scribbled notes while trying to absorb all the cool info being given extemporaneously by Bill, his crew and the participants asking questions and adding anecdotes.  It was reviewed by the presenters to get it as accurate as possible.

 

Bill thanked everyone for the support he got from club members; a screecher, a spinnaker, a furler, a tiller pilot, logistics, including use of some members’ rented house in Ketchikan!  He gave a shout out to Greg J. for the beautiful laser engraved Narwal logo carved into a cedar board.  Suitable for prominent display aboard.

 

Here’s the Race Boss description of the team https://r2ak.com/2019-teams-full-race/team-narwhal/.  

 

Bill was thankful for all the work put into the effort by the team.  Joel took on the pedal drives.  Mark made the rowing stations and Li as an engineering PhD helped determine the right propellers, and provided navigation, safety, and first aid gear.  Together they attacked many details to make the boat ready and more comfortable for the journey.  I think I heard that Mark sanded the rough surfaces of the sail around the telltails so they would not stick to the fabric in light wind.  That's a racer for you!  I remember Bill Buchan doing similar things in prep for simple Thursday evening club races.

 

Bill started the slide show with pics of the efforts leading up to the race and then of the race itself.  They were great visual aids to the descriptions he and his crew gave us, and that I’ve tried to recall in the paragraphs below.  The give and take of the crew (and us audience) during the show jogged memories and produced details which might have been forgotten in a monologue.  

 

Joel was perfect for the pedal drive.  He once owned a company designing and manufacturing recumbent bikes.  He made 2 drives, one on each aft aka/beam.  They faced inwards, toward each other and made it easy to steer with a hiking stick and pedal at the same time.  This freed up one member to do other things; boat work or rest.  It was extremely useful and appreciated.  Joel’s effort was unique in that the drives had a 5 speed derailleur.  Few other teams had this advantage.  This enabled them to dial in their preferred cadence and level of effort.  Bill mentioned that he appreciated the ability to back off from time to time to relieve his sore knees by just spinning along.  Discussion turned to the propeller choice and Li popped in with words like reynolds numbers and pitch angle etc.  Apparently he and Joel determined that model airplane props worked well with the human engine propelling a 3 ton boat through water at ~3 knots.  The numbers 17 and 19 were mentioned, not sure if that was diameter or pitch.  Joel decided to forgo a freewheel function to make the unit more streamlined.   He wanted to use as small a chain sprocket at the prop hub in the water as possible.  He found one with 9 teeth.  With no freewheeling, it necessitated great care in that, if a puff came along, it was critical that the drive be lifted out of the water immediately.  There were a couple tales of getting wacked by spinning pedals when the boat was suddenly propelled forward by a puff.  The team had glowing praise for Joel’s ingenuity and the efficiency of the drives.    

 

Mark made the rowing stations.  One on top of each ama somewhat forward of the aft beam.  He’d rowed a bit years ago with the Renton rowing club and he got advice and parts from them.  He made 2 sliding seat versions.  The sweep oars were modified to account for the seat being much higher off the water than a rowing shell:  The shape of the blade was changed to be parallel to the surface of the water.  He also made a Randall Foil modification to the top of the blade that helped control the depth of blade as it was powered through the water.  Finally he made the riggers holding the oars hinge at the deck edge so that they could be brought inboard with the oars attached.  They were very quick to deploy or stow.  This came in handy in docking and in currents which can be crazy and with fickle wind.  A couple times a quick deployment of the oars was needed.  The hinging riggers could also be set at different heights so that they could compensate for being on the windward (high) side or leeward (low) side to row at the most efficient angle to the water.  This is for “motor sailing” in light winds.  The crew praised Mark’s ingenuity in tweaking the stations to perfection.

 

Mark also came up with an original idea to use a SUP paddle.  Bill build a “floorboard” in the ama below the hatch.  This enabled the paddler to comfortably stand in the hatchway with feet at water level to paddle.  Other competitors that used these paddles were standing on boat deck levels, 1’-4’ above the water and had to bend over to get a bite on the blade.  Simple but genius!  This paddling method wasn't used much, but it did give a break from the other methods for variety and to use different muscles.  

 

There was discussion as to how well the pedal/row system worked.  First, every one can deploy to power the boat while being able to steer effectively.  Another advantage was the option to trade off sides and methods, third was that the oars were effective in maneuvering the boat in tight quarters or close to shore with swirling currents with no wind giving good steerage.  Fourth was the fact that the pedal drives were effective in sloppy conditions where the oars were a little harder with the boat pitching in left over waves.  Bill and the crew think their propulsion system was the best they’d seen over the years of observing the R2AK and would use it again.  In fact one of our members Jeff O. was signed up to do it this year with the same drives.  Alas, that's not going to happen, but I believe they are in for it next year.  

 

Of course the question was asked how fast?  Bill said they could easily maintain 3 knots in flat water with multiple rower/pedalers.  Each person added gives only a diminishing speed advantage.

 

On to the race:  The first leg to Victoria went well.  Though it was windy and rough, they finished the stage in 7th position.  By being near the front they had the disadvantageous dock position of being buried for the start of leg 2 by all the subsequent finishers.  Some boats complained about it and were moved to non encumbered spots but Narwal didn’t bother.  After finishing the first stage, they realized the cool guys had matching team shirts!  That couldn’t stand, so Joel’s amazingly artistic wife Patty designed a logo, made a stencil, bought some t-shirts, fabric paint, and with Linda’s help aboard Martyn and Linda’s Mahe catamaran mother ship made a set of fine looking team shirts for the crew to sport.  Some wag from another boat noted E & W were transposed on the logo’s compass rose.  Without skipping a beat Mark chipped in; “no, this is from the viewpoint of us Narwals, under water looking up”  Nice come back team Narwal!   Patty or Bill still has the stencil.  To top off the harbor silliness  Mark jumped in the 50º water to scrub the bottom wearing only a swim suit.  Actually his wallet fell overboard and after diving for it he said what the heck and did the deed.

 

The crew’s account of the second leg was very interesting and insightful.  I wish I could recount their telling and analysis of the progression of the second leg but I can’t possibly remember it all.   Maybe Bill has a transcript or some smart guy recorded the meeting.  Here’s some highlights I do recall:

 

On day one they were in a group of about 6 or 8 leaders.  They noted a critical move by team Pear Shaped Racing backtracking from a position inside the gulf islands to going outside with most of the others.  This lost them an hour or so and probably kept them from a break away move at Seymour Narrows.  Turns out Pear arrived at Seymour first and spent considerable effort trying to get thru the just-turned-foul current.  As the current built it was obvious that it wasn’t happening and they joined the rest of the fleet behind them to wait for the next fair tide.  Less than a half hour earlier and they would have gotten through and 6 or 8 hours ahead of everyone.  Oh how strategy and fate are so fickle.  See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zaOLlhKah5Q

 

Speaking of the Narrows.  When the current went fair the oars proved invaluable in providing steerage while rowing thru the pass with no wind, swirling current and close, nasty looking vertical side walls.

 

At one point in the middle of the night in strong gusty winds in Johnstone Strait, while tacking, there was a loud bang and something on the reefing line let go.  The whole crew was awakened to get tacked, sort out the problem, navigate without hitting anything.  Mark, as was his admirable habit, was first to volunteer to go to the mast to go to the next reef.  Bill was thankful for the crews willingness to go forward to the mast or foredeck, and competence to fix stuff on the fly.

 

Oars and bike drives were again helpful to play the eddies close to shore in exiting Johnstone Strait with no wind and foul tide.  Here they made out well against competitors.  I can imagine, without good steerage and way on, one would not want to get too close to the favored shore for fear of being pushed into it by an eddy.  This is also where they saw a bunch of whales but no Narwhals.

 

They also had an episode on the way to Bella Bella of wind from 4 to 20 in a couple seconds with instant 10 knots boat speed.  This overloaded and shredded an aging but borrowed screacher.  (Thank you Martyn)  Yikes.  

 

When they got into Hecate Strait (exposed to the open North Pacific) they had some big winds and swells and rain.  I think they said 35 knots.  Bill showed some video and I swear I was getting a little green watching it.   They went furthest west of any boat.  Bill related that as time went on, while off watch down below, he gained great confidence in Li’s learning curve of how to steer the waves to keep the boat under the mast at great surfing speed.  Then they blew out their spinnaker.  One video showed sailing with just a reefed jib at 16 knots down the swells and 5 back up the other side.  When things settled down they were pleased to see they were on the layline for Ketchikan.  

 

None of the crew are blue water sailors with years of experience.  They have a lot more now.   They were often double reefed with reefed jib.  They learned afterwards that at the same time Sail Like a Girl and Educated Guess were letting it all hang out with full sails and spinnaker.  Guess, on a Melges 24, had 4 crew on trapezes or racks!  The Girls lost count of broaches.... 10 – 15.  4 times the top of the mast went in the water, once so hard that a spreader was damaged.  Crews went overboard on these boats, thankfully on tethers and recovered.

 

Narwal had a funny episode in the middle of the night where the compass gimbal would stick on north at certain angles of heel.  Bill was below and would see a south heading on his device and swear they were going in circles.  He finally came up to see whats happening and Li swore they were going north.  After going round and round and lots of head scratching they figured it out.  The compass was mounted on a hinged bracket.  If the bracket vibrated, and tilted down too much, the gimbal could stick, reading north.  They tried to use a screwdriver to prop up the hinge, but it was ferrous so not much of a solution.  The routine became to lift the compass every so often to keep it level.

 

 Here’s a couple random notes:

 

They had no wind instruments.  They feel it would help immensely to have them in light winds to follow the wind while beating at night.  My own experience is that they also help in gusty conditions to keep the boat pointed in the right direction with the rapid and not quickly discernable changes in apparent wind angle. 

 

When they approached the Bella Bella check point they had tasks assigned for when they first got wifi.  This made efficient use of time.  One would retrieve weather info, one other team locations and standings.

 

They felt they had the most comfortable boat of the top 25 finishers.  Plenty of water, food, 2 burner stove and room to sleep.  As well as 6 stations and 3 propulsion styles to change muscles and body positions for maximum comfort.

 

There was some discussion that 2 front runners turned off their trackers and went stealth.

 

It was brought up that one team had a motor on board.  To clarify,  The “motor” was not for propelling the boat but was used to charge batteries to power hydraulics to swing the bulb keel on the Schock 40 .  https://www.google.com/search?q=schock+40+sailboat&oq=shock+40+sailboat&aqs=chrome.1.69i57j0l3.15695j0j8&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8  Apparently the motor did not work properly in the race.  See this article for good descriptions of Angry Beavers experiences in the race and the issues with the fuel cell and swinging keel systems.

 

https://issuu.com/48north/docs/48n_digitial_aug_2019   A topic of much discussion, before during and after that race was that; in a human and wind powered race, why would a team enter and be allowed to race in a boat that needs a methane fueled motor to be safe and work properly?  …..especially with a big crew of young, strong, athlete sailors?

 

Narwal’s watch schedule was adopted from Tom B. who did the race in 2018 on an F28, (and who was in attendance tonight).  It was 2 on deck, (one steering, one trimming/navigating), one on standby resting or cooking meals or inside jobs and one completely off watch sleeping.  This resulted in 4 hours of sleep every 12 hours.  Joel mentioned that he got behind his sleep cycle on the first day as he wanted to pedal his inventions so much.  It was hard to get it back in line.  OTOH Mark was admired for hitting the pillow immediately to stay on track.  What is the saying “age and guile beats youth and agility”.

 

The lads said it was really dark but that their lighting was adequate.  They put red film on some inside lights for night vision.  

 

Bill said don’t bring towels.  They will get wet and never dry out.  He felt like they were carrying 25 lbs of wet towels.  Some use those wicking back packing towels; small, wringable and might dry eventually.

 

Keep sails inside.  They get filled with water on the tramps and heavy.  Just deal with it in the cabin.

 

Quite a bit of discussion on keeping warm and dry:  I think I mentioned that it rained a lot.  Ketchikan averages 1/2” a day!!!!  It was said that you can not stay dry in the rain if you open your dry suit to pedal.   That is not fun, you have to live with it zipped up.  If it gets wet inside it will not dry out.  Shawn in the audience, a white water kayaker, said you can cook yourself dry in a gortex drysuit.  Kokotate is the best and most expensive.  OS is good, lighter and cheaper.  Li got cold at one point and was not much help for a bit.  Finally he got warm after getting on all his layers.   Joel revealed that he had one of those battery heated vests, much to Bill’s surprise.   In skiing or hiking we always say its easier to stay warm than get warm, so over dress until its too much.

 

Another funny story:  When they were an hour or so out of Ketchikan and finish without dying was looking possible Bill passed out with his head on the winch.  We can all understand that being the captain is stressful even in fairly benign conditions.  They could not wake him and they needed the winch to tack.  Shouting didn't work.  The last good kick made it happen.

 

When they finished they all went to the house Diane and Mark had rented and passed out for hours.  They were very grateful for that hospitality.

 

Bill found it interesting that on the flight home in clear skies they were flying over 25 competitors who were still racing.  

 

It was nice to see some former and future competitors join us on Zoom.  I’d guess some 8 or 10.  Some chimed in with their thoughts.  Thank you.

 

Bob D of the big BC performance cat Bad Kitty and a few other locals chimed in with thoughts on next years race option of going outside Vancouver island.  It seemed like a good thing to consider.

 

Joel said he has good service and unlimited data with his cell plan.  $99/mo.  RV IT Guy or something, with cell chip.  This was related to his living aboard in a Cali marina.

 

Next month we will have another Zoom meeting on June 2nd where Narwal crew Mark turns captain and tells of the delivery of team Narwal’s boat (Tatiana) back to Seattle via the outside of Vancouver Island.  This time with a motor.   Which was used a lot!  As crew, Mark had mechanical engineering grads Zack and Chance.  Chance is one of the brothers who are working on revamping an older trimaran and may want to do the race in the future.  The brothers had previously given the club a presentation of their refit. I hope they join us as well.  

 

And you too.  Stay in touch or look for Zoom meeting notices on Sailing Anarchy/Multihulls, Cruisers Forum/Multihulls and FCT, the Farrier/Corsair io group.

 

Here’s the log of comments on the Zoom Chat feature during the meeting.  This is cool thing:  The audience could ask the presenter questions without disturbing the speaker or train of thought. 

 

 18:42:30         From Andrew & Connie : We are here.  Having slow network issues but can hear folks.  (I had commented that we only saw black on their screen box)

18:48:10          From Shaun : Scott, be sure to take a mask to Florida. I was in Miami last week and my first officer was in line for to get into wallmart and after standing in line for an hour he was still 20 people from getting in and a cop came up and told him since he didn't have a mask he needed to go home.

18:58:31          From Sandy farrier 20 eagle tramp : spanaway lake boat ramp opened today in tacoma

19:17:49          From Diane : I rescheduled the multihull club’s next Port Townsend event to be a year later on Sunday, June 6, 2021. That’s the evening before R2AK begins. 

19:24:06          From Ben P. : When or why did you prefer pedaling to rowing to paddling? Did you notice speed or efficiency differences, preference by sea state etc?

19:25:22          From Ben P. : (Also, how about the Gates belt drive?)

19:26:51          From pauls : Can you tell us how you selected the propeller?

19:49:59          From Jonathan : Would you want more lighting on the boat next time?

20:26:28          From Andrew & Connie : what was the watch schedule for your boat? 

20:27:34          From Jeff : How long did it take you to get into the watch schedule groove…  two days?

20:28:11          From Ben P. : You had a lot of rain and wind and cold and more strenuous exercise than normal for sailing. What did you try for staying warm and dry? What worked well, what didn't, what would you change?

20:34:20          From Jeff : Logs… what about the logs….

20:35:06          From Greg C. : Bill, a big California Thank You for sticking with Tatiana’s home port!  So great to see San Francisco on those float hulls in Ketchican :)

20:36:31          From Ben P. : Sounds like lots of people in r2ak hit logs. What did you do about collision risk?

20:40:48          From Andrew & Connie : Not a question, but we are looking to see if anyone wants a free bareboat charter from Alaska back down to Seattle late June 2021... let us know (boat is a SeaWind 24)

21:05:01          From Sandy farrier 20 eagle tramp : I agree. I can't drive to seattle for the mtgs

21:05:27          From Shaun : plus no cops on the commute

21:05:45          From Ben P. : Thank you all! I joined toinght from Nova Scotia. Way past my bedtime, but I really enjoyed this. I hope I see you all around r2ak o'clock in 2021 or so... :)

21:08:31          From Sandy farrier 20 eagle tramp : thank you. I couldn't be here the whole meeting 

21:12:02          From Andrew I. : Signing off: this was fun and I hope to meet the group in person some day! Cheers.

21:13:37          From Shaun. Kent WA, F31 in Tacoma : yes it was, good night!

21:17:03          From Sandy farrier 20 eagle tramp : i am building a cross between a tremolino and a farrier 20 using an aluminum  pontoon for the center hull and 17 ft cat hulls as amas. total weight 800# low cost. seats 4 deck 8 wide by  10-16 long

21:17:21          From Sandy farrier 20 eagle tramp : bye

 --

Eric Lindahl

 

April 7 -- Virtual ZOOM Meeting w/ Minutes Attached

posted Mar 17, 2020, 5:16 PM by Mark Olsoe   [ updated Apr 10, 2020, 7:15 PM ]

The April meeting will be online using Zoom!

 

After ensuring your system and Zoom are working correctly -- at 6:30 for the Virtual Potluck (with program following at 7) use the ‘Join Now’ at the bottom of Andrews e-mailed announcement, or open Zoom and put in Meeting ID: 343 824 774

 

Agenda:

- Update/slideshow from Joel and Patty on progress on their Marples trimaran build in Napa, CA.

 

- Update/slideshow from Mark and Elke on their "endless summer" in La Ventana, MX. including time with Matt and Tricia.

 

- A preview of October's meeting -- Voyaging Chesapeake Bay to Alaska with Joe and Sue Dazey.

 

Something new this month was a Zoom online meeting due to the Covid 19 restrictions.  The meeting was set up by Bill Q as he’s had experience with Zoom thru work.  There were easy instructions for us non techies to get onboard.  It worked much better than this writer anticipated.  There was little background noise, virtually no one was talking over each other and there was no delay of sound vs video so a speakers lips matched the words.  It seemed pretty normal and natural.  The only issue is that viewers reported that at least some of the videos shown came out as a series of stills lasting a few seconds at a time.

 

We all got on Zoom at 6:30 and caught up with each other just like our normal pre-meeting potlucks at the Yacht Club.  This was great because we had members in Mexico and other areas further from Seattle.  It was nice to catch up with them where it wouldn’t be possible otherwise. 

 

Commodore Scott started the brief meeting portion with a synopsis of Point Roberts Race Week.  His employer Wright Yachts (Corsair Dealer) is sponsoring the Corsair Trimaran National Championships in concurrence with the event.  So far it is still scheduled and a meeting to review that status will occur in mid April.  Race to Alaska( R2AK) is still on.  Diane mentioned that our club still has the Port Townsend Yacht Club reserved the evening before the race for our June meeting.  Discussion began on what was happening with Marine Parks.  Scott mentioned that the Blake Island Harbor was closed but boats were tying up to the moorings and anchoring off the island.  It wasn’t said whether boaters were going ashore but the Island does have a caretaker.  Boat ramps seemed to be open but activity on them is down.  

 

There was discussion about having all meetings posted live or even participatory for those that can’t make the drive to Seattle.  Scott will look into that.  It would be a great idea after experiencing this evenings meeting.

 

The meeting ended with a few announcements:  Wayne E reported that Scott B bought Kirby’s Corsair F31AC Trimaran.  Scott’s F27 presumably will now be for sale when he is finished with some refit projects.  Brenden R is still looking for the right F31 trimaran.  Andrew and Connie are still making preparations to enter the R2AK.  Jeff O is also doing so with a breakneck pace to finish his upgrades.  Hopefully the race will come off but Canada has to give the thumbs up not just the USA.  

 

Since we couldn’t meet in person Vice Commodore Diane lined up 3 presenters this month to show pictures and speak about their recent activities.  First was Joel and Patty with their Marples 35 trimaran build.  Their project is very cool as it harkens back to the days and reasons when and why this club was formed as a buying cooperative.  Back then many people were avidly building the original Horstman, Piver, Brown, Cross, etc…plywood trimarans to sail off into the sunset.  This boat was started by member David Vinson on Vashon Island who passed away unexpectedly.   Joel and Patty bought the hulls and hardware and are now nearly ready to launch, hopefully in July.   They’d been living aboard on the hard in Woodenville since last May and in November moved the pieces down to sunny Napa Valley Marina to finish up.  They showed us pictures of the pastoral rural surroundings and of the various parts of the project they have accomplished.  They ordered crazy amounts of gear, (like a drunken sailor as Joel put it), a few weeks ago thinking that Covid 19 might shut down things and they would be stranded on the hard with no parts to complete the boat and nothing to do but pay yard rent.  I enjoyed hearing about the custom Beta 35 engine they just barely got from England in only 3 weeks, and how they shoehorned it into the engine bay using a hand rasp to make just a bit more clearance past a bulkhead.  Also about Joel’s construction of the trapezoid ice box for the 4 amp Isotherm FB unit that uses a sink drain to cool the refrigerant.  They ordered 1000 watts of solar panels and 4 expen$ive lithium batteries.  Patty has done an amazing job decorating and painting the boat with all kinds of beautiful artful touches, including sewing window covers, canvas and clears for the hard dodger that Joel built.  Her work reminds me of the toll paintings my mother in law used to do, but more modern and with an asian feel.  Joel is consummate engineer and builder.  He is truly gifted at designing, building and fitting all the curvy hard parts together.  It was fun to hear Patty and Joel explain the details of the build pictures they were showing us on our computer screens.   You really have to look at their site.  They are on Instagram at sv.manxi and Facebook at manxisv but here is a link to an article and a few photos about them.  http://www.nwmultihull.org/items-of-interest/thestoryofjoelandpattysopenhouse--movingfromourpasttothefuture

 

We transitioned into Joe and Sue D’s presentation about their 48’ Chris White catamaran.  They bought it in Florida several years ago, sailed between the Caribbean and the the Chesapeake, then sailed through the Panama canal, up to Alaska and back down to Seattle.  They have bought a house in Poulsbo, near their old stomping grounds and are planning new adventures.  I won’t go any further as they will be the presenters at our October meeting.  Hopefully we can all gather together in person then.  

 

Last but not least Mark D. showed pictures of his winter kite foiling home near La Paz Mexico.  He’s been going down there for 17 years and he and Elke have a nice home near the beach.  He showed pictures of camp cruising his ~20’ Tornado beach cat, swimming with whale sharks, kite foiling, mountain biking and an extended weekend on long gone cruising members, Matt and Tricia’s 42’ Outremer catamaran who are currently living aboard in La Paz.  Matt joined us for the meeting and it was good to hear from him.  Usually Mark and Elke return to Seattle around this time of year but they are staying til “we get rid of the Corona virus up there”.  Mark’s videos are the ones that came out to us as a series of still shots but they are “in the cloud” and he will send a link to them via the clubs google group.  Keep a look out for them, beautiful stuff to peruse.

 

We ended the meeting thanking the presenters as well as Bill, Scott and Diane for setting this Zoom meeting up.  It worked out really well and was fun to hear about everyone.  In fact it may have been more efficient than a real meeting because we all got to hear about what each of us are up to.  There were no isolated conversation groups as what happens at our potlucks.  If you are a little hesitant about this you are free to turn off your video and audio so we don’t see or hear you but you can see and hear everything that goes on.  I encourage any one to join in next month.  With a final wave good bye to each other on the multi thumbnail face shot screens we hit the end button.    Hopefully we can have a real meeting in May.  

 --

Eric Lindahl








 
























March 3rd - Solar Powered "Electric Paddle" Outboard - Minutes Attached

posted Feb 12, 2020, 1:08 PM by Mark Olsoe   [ updated Mar 13, 2020, 12:01 PM ]

Joe Grez from Electric Paddle (www.epcarry.com) will present his experiences cruising in a small boat using solar power to drive an electric outboard motor. Given all the deck space multihulls have, solar power is a natural source of power; plus multihulls sensitivity to weight means the very light weight Electric Paddle is a natural driver for multihull dinghies. This means us multihullers will find much to appreciate in Joe's talk which is outlined below:    

“Low Anxiety Electric Propulsion for Long Distance Cruising”  -- Because we use manufactured liquid fuels for propulsion, we've become fixated on capacity and range.  However, by combining solar with electric, it's now practical to use the energy nature provides in real time, making range anxiety irrelevant.  We will show how Solar propulsion works for practical cruising, present solar electric design rules, and show examples of successfully demonstrated designs.  We will also preview a tool for predicting your own system performance that can later be used for plotting and planning your own solar cruises.


NWMA March 3, 2020 Meeting Minutes & Notes

 Our traditional pot luck was well supplied and we had a nice time chatting with new and old friends and a few new faces.  At ~7pm Commodore Scott rang the bell for us the circle up and introduce ourselves.  We had a full plate for our presentation so there was really no business meeting except that treasurer Mark reported a balance of $7000.  This is about where its been the last several years.  He encouraged everyone to support the club by paying dues.  New members are half price at $30.  Besides paying for the meeting room rental we use the money to support our Everett rendezvous and fun rally.  Club benefits include discount at Fisheries Supply, tool and equipment loaning library (boat scale, huge storage rack/boat tent frame, boat stands, etc.), discount at Ballard Sails, free sail measuring for new PHRF racers, free boat show tickets, and I think Amelia Yacht Charters will give us a 15% discount on day/sunset charters of their nearly new 38’ Seawind catamaran.

 

During our introductions members mentioned:

.  Cruising plans to Desolation Sound and Alaska

.  That several boats may be for sale:  Chris White Hammerhead 34, Corsair F31R, Farrier 33, Mainecat 38, Horstman 44 and a Weta.  Wow I hope the boats and members stay active in the club.  Contact the club secretary for contacts

.  A captain to run day or week charters for a local Seawind 1160 is being sought

PHRF NW is offering a rebate to a member’s club for first time PHRF registration for the next month so act fast if you are thinking this

.  Jeff O. is doing the R2AK on his F9 trimaran with some old friends

.  Another fellow I didn’t get full details of named Duncan is also doing the R2AK in an F24 and they need help getting up to multihull speed.  

 

It was significantly larger turn out this evening.  Probably because of our 2 programs mentioned below.  Usually we have 15 or 20 but tonight I counted 30.  Good to see you all.  C’mon back next month.  We don’t charge and we don’t bite.  We love to spread the word and share the multihull world.

 

Special tonight was a tribute to popular club charter member Larry Christiansen who died a year ago.  His good friend and crew, Rick S said some words about his life and told a few crazy sailing stories about him.  Others did too.  Larry’s ground breaking 41’ trimaran Invictus was designed by him in the 1960’s as a masters thesis and he built it himself working all nighters.  I understand it was the fastest boat on Puget Sound for a decade or more.  As it happens he also helped start and build (in 1962) a ski club lodge that I’m a member of.  I’ve seen old pictures of Larry in the ski club photo album.  He was also a high school teacher, champion dancer and roller skater.  Quite a guy and an inspiration to us all.  After Ricks tribute he said to take a look at the hundreds of photographs of Larry, his boat, friends and other boats and take what ever you want.  Larry loved to take pictures.  I took several as I used to spend lunch hours walking Shilshole and always oogled his boat Invictus.  Rick will toss them out in the next month sometime so contact him if you want to take a look at them, he may have a picture you or your boat!  There will be another celebration of his life but Rick requested you contact him directly for the details, or contact the club secretary.

 

The main event was a presentation by Joe Grez of EPcarry, the small ~1 hp electric outboard.  I hope I don’t sound like an ad but its a beautifully thought out product made right here in our back yard, North Bend.  That is no mystery as Joe has a science background and formerly worked with solar panels and electronic consumer products.  Joe participates with his Epcarry in the Salish 100, a cruise from Olympia to Pt Townsend for small boats. He has a 26’ monohull in the San Juans and has raced small boats including Thistles & International 14s.  In fact his test boat is an old I-14 that had a rotten transom so he cut it off and made a nice little I-13 motor cruiser.  He refines and measures performance of the EPcarry on this little craft.  He hopes to get some feed back on multihulls in the future.  Your can tell Joe is a true believer.  He thinks gas outboards under 10 hp will be a thing of the past in the not to distant future.  He and his wife started EPcarry after viewing the wafting blue (not purple) haze of exhaust just off the water in a crowded anchorage and thought this has to be changed.  He gave a fair overview of the industry; Torqueedo, trolling motors and a few other manufacturers I hadn’t heard of, giving kudu’s to those efforts.  He then differentiated where his product fit in.  Specifically as a dingy motor or low impact camp cruiser like his own I-13.   Everything is designed to give good speed and max range to small displacement vessels; from the battery size to the motor size to the prop design.  He had several interesting and easily understood graphs and descriptions of the range and performance at various levels of power and types of boats.  He mentioned that he could scale it up to predict performance on our bigger multihulls, (he said to call him at the factory).  Admittedly the motor is too small as a main auxiliary.  It shines as a dingy motor.  The weight and horse power is minimized to be just enough to get most 13’ and under boats to hull speed, ~4 knots.  Full throttle lasts an hour, half throttle, 2 hours at ~3 knots.  Perfect.  He didn’t say but I think, in a pinch, it could probably chug most < 30 footers out of a harbor at 2 or 3 knots in calm water.  

 

I found the most interesting part of his presentation was the integration of solar power into his system.  You can buy solar panels, controllers, extra batteries and the motor as a complete system, or any part of that separately.  His own boat has two 100 watt solar panels.  His graphs and explanations show how surprisingly well the panels can extend the cruising range of his motor.  Up to 40 miles if you go slow, and its real sunny.  They also foretell to me how the future for larger electric propulsion motors might make sense for bigger vessels.  Of course some of that is already happening.

 

Other interesting EPcarry bullet points:  

 

It charges from the main house battery in your boat via any old cheapo 200 watt cigarette lighter plug inverter

 

It has reverse on the tiller and the reverse lock is automatically released when you pull the tiller arm to raise the drive leg.  Its a unique and easy system, check out the video on the website; epcarry.com

 

Only 14 lbs and the separate battery is 6.5 lbs so easy for my wife

 

The battery in its soft case floats

 

Everything is water proof.  If you flip the boat in the surf just bail it out and carry on

 

Obviously its much quieter than an outboard.  I’ve never heard it but I did find the Torqueedo has an annoying whine.  I don’t know if this has some of that too.

 

Another interesting subject he covered a bit was the debate about how an electric motor will out perform the same hp gas motor.  He explained it quite well but I couldn’t take notes fast enough to get it down and repeat it; something about shaft horse power and actual thrust from the prop, using only the minimum size motor to do the job for displacement speeds vs the smallest outboard has double the power needed for this and it needs to turn at high RPMs to make that hp, the design of the prop, etc.…  I didn’t find this explanation in the website but I’m sure he would repeat it for you if asked.

 

Ok enough gushing,  It would be a great dingy motor if you are in the market.  

 

So the meeting ended with the usual Q&A with Joe and separate conversations among others.  Then all hands chipped in to put the room back in order.  

 

Next month April 7 we will hear Joe and Sue Dazy tell of adventures in their 48’ Chris White Catamaran from the east coast US to the Caribbean, thru Panama Canal, Costa Rica, Mexico, out into Pacific, Alaska, Seattle. (Postponed to October)  Also be thinking about our Everett rally coming up in May.
Eric Lindahl

Feb 4 - Annual Auction

posted Jan 8, 2020, 6:07 PM by Mark Olsoe

Here's your chance to clean out your sailing loft and/or garage.  Bring your used gear here to sell and also be ready to bid on some great gear!  10% of sales price goes to club as a donation. Non-Members are always welcome. For more information: www.nwmultihull.org (206)795-2111

Jan 7th - Presentation by New Commodore Scott Wallingford - Minutes Attached

posted Jan 4, 2020, 4:57 PM by Mark Olsoe   [ updated Jan 9, 2020, 8:43 AM ]

This meeting will be an introduction to the 2020 season and present the calendar of events for NWMA. Also a presentation from Scott Wallingford (Commodore) and the other offices who wish to share a little about themselves. 

Then it will be open to hear about others plans for cruising, racing, modifying, building in 2020. A great time for new members and attendees to introduce themselves and find people with common interests and plans.

Happy New Year everyone!  As usual folks showed up at the clubhouse around 630 for the pot luck.  We even had the disco ball on for a while.  Everyone had a good time catching up and meeting a couple new faces.  Good to see some long time members as well.  I met Rick who bought a Corsair Dash 24’ trimaran in October currently at Elliot Bay Marina but looking for new moorage.  Dang, I neglected to get his contact info, hopefully we’ll see him again.  Von who sailed with Dana and Lyndsey on their Horstman 44 a couple years ago.  He’s looking for a Horstman ~40 footer.  Hadn’t seen Kirby for a while.  He said his F31 One Design is for sale.  Saw Edd again with a 28’ tri on R dock.  Always nice to see seldom seen folks drop in from time to time.  Other attendees were more or less regulars.  I’m glad the club is still supported on several fronts.  

 

Around 7 our new commodore, Scott Wallingford, rang the bell to start the meeting and everyone circled up to introduce themselves and say what they’ve been up to.  This always generates a nice vibe and a bit of discussion.  I think 3 teams of the R2AK were represented tonight as well as one for the 70/48 paddle from Tacoma to Pt Townsend the day before.  It was fun to hear of their efforts.  A couple teams are looking for volunteers to bring their boats back home after the race.  Here’s your chance for an Alaska cruise.

 

Mark our treasurer was absent but Vice Commodore Diane filled in saying the balance is at $7963.  $8123 someone interjected as he’d just paypal-ed his dues tonight.  She mentioned that the room rental went up to $125 from $115.  Still pretty dang reasonable.  Scott mentioned the possibility of having meetings no charge at his office on Commodore Way.  If so Rob Wright said he’d buy the beer.  That raised some approving eyebrows. 

 

We had no speaker this month as Commodore Scott wanted to go over this years schedule.  It was obvious he put a lot of effort and time into it.  I won’t repeat it all as I imagine it will be posted on our website.  The highlight was the Corsair National Championships to be held at Pt Roberts July 15-17,  (the race week starts the 13th though).   There is a little more emphasis on racing this year to tune up for and to make a good showing at the Nationals.  I’m even thinking about doing this.  There was mentioned some races that a few of our members often attend: Race to Straits May 1-2, Swiftsure May 22-25, Cowichan Bay Aug 1-2, and Round the County Nov 7-8.  Other races are listed on the schedule but there was no discussion as to our participation.

 

Other highlights of the schedule included our June 7th meeting will be in Pt Townsend again as it was so popular last year.  Its the night before the R2AK start.  Our Everett Rally will be May 16-17.  Encouragement to join the BC Multihull Society’s rallies, especially the Labour Day one.  Left off was a July 3 raft up and fireworks viewing at Poulsbo with migration to Blake Island on the 4th to see Seattle’s that evening.  Friday July 3 will be a national holiday so it should be a fun 3 day weekend.  I plan to be there.  Hopefully you will see the schedule on the website, all in all it can be a very full slate of events this year.

 

Scott mentioned he wants to use Facebook a lot and encourages folks to post stuff there.  Some of us don’t do FB but as long as our website is kept up to date, (which I’m happy to do with our webmaster), I’m all for any publicity we can generate.  

 

Scott also gave an overview of his sailing background.  Since he’s a relatively new member it was nice to learn what he’s been up to.  Currently he is a broker with Wright Yachts, the Corsair/Seawind Dealer in Seattle.  But he’s owned a boat repair shop in Renton, had a TV show on the Discovery Channel and done a brief internship with Signature Yachts at Beneteau in France.  He’s done several interesting multihull races and deliveries around the world including the R2AK in 2018 on a Corsair 970 trimaran.  To top it off he has brought some nice enthusiasm to our club.  We look forward to the new year with him at the helm.  

 

Since Scott is tied into the sailing professional scene in Seattle he will try and have industry pros make short 10-15 minute presentations on their area of expertise at some of the meetings.  March 3 is scheduled to be BRI Solutions about solar power.

 

The next meeting, Feb 4, will be our annual auction.  Its always fun and I’ve found some great deals there.  We hope to see you there.  Bring money.

-- Eric Lindahl, Secretary

Dec 3 -- Christmas Party Potluck w/ Minutes Attached

posted Nov 26, 2019, 10:05 PM by Mark Olsoe   [ updated Dec 8, 2019, 5:58 PM ]

Come one come all to kick off the Holiday's at our festive Annual Christmas Party Potluck.  Bring a dish and/or drinks to share.  The club will be providing a couple of growlers of beer and a red and a white bottle of wine.  Please also be ready to discuss and select the Racer, Cruiser and Builder of the year. 

Happy Holidays from your friends at the Northwest Multihull Association!

Northwest Multihull Association Dec 3, 2019 Holiday Party

 

No meeting minutes but I’ll write a short note about our Holiday party Dec 3.  Diane, Mark, Eric and Marilyn met at the club at 5 pm to set up tables, chairs, table cloths, Christmas lights and decorations and table settings.  It was kind of fun working together sprucing up the place and visiting.  Many hands make light work and all.  People started to arrive just after 6.   We had a little over 25 of us, (I remembered to count around 8:30 after a few had left).   It was nice to see the Kitsap ferry travelers contingent, Joe, Sue, David, Julia, maybe someone else I missed.   They traveled the longest but Martyn and Linda probably drove the furthest, from La Conner.  For a good half hour or so we all stood around catching up as the potluck table grew more and more food.  It’s amazing how a non choreographed

potluck turns out so well.  Plenty of main dishes, side dishes, salads, munchies and desserts, wine, beer and soft drinks were available.  However, I was wondering if anyone was ever going to sit down at the nicely decked out tables we’d worked so hard on.  Finally a few did and soon all ~25 of us were sitting at the one long table like an old time feast, having a good time talking boats, family and adventures.  It was a nice way to usher in the Christmas season, a nice holiday vibe, especially with the dimmed lights and 1980’s disco ball rotating.  There was plenty of time to catch up on everyone’s activities of the past year.  Outgoing Commodore Jeff said a few words followed by new Commodore Scott.  We gave them a round of applause for their contribution to keeping our club going strong!  Their effort is greatly appreciated!  We wrapped up around 9:30 with everyone helping to take down the decorations and clean up.  Happy Holidays to you all!  We hope to see you at next year’s first meeting, January 7.

 

PS attached below is a list of sails available cheap, like what ever you want to pay, with proceeds to the club.  Most are from the late Larry Christiansen’s 39’ trimaran Invictus with ~65’ mast.  Rick Sutherland (ricksutherland at earthlink dot com)has them at his house except the .75 oz spinnaker which is at my house ejlindahl at comcast dot net.  Let us know if you want them.  If the image didn't load I'll list the luff lengths and sail type below:

1.5 oz runner luff 24'  good, .5 oz triradial 61'  fair, .75 oz reaching 68' excellent, 140% reacher/genoa? 57’ new, main sail 38' fair, hobie 16? tramps.  Eric took the following home but its available; 3/4? oz spin 33'  excellent,

 

Secretary, Eric Lindahl

Nov. 5 - SeaWind Restoration Project Forum -- Minutes Attached

posted Oct 9, 2019, 5:32 PM by Mark Olsoe   [ updated Nov 26, 2019, 10:24 PM ]

This month's meeting will be a forum on Chance and Ty Cambel's restoration of a SeaWing 24’ 10” trimaran, fixer-upper. Need to build interior, fix soft spots on hull, reset deck hardware, chip/sand and repaint vaka. Purchased summer 2019. They’ll show photos of current condition of boat, will discuss repair plans, and would like YOUR ADVICE!   Plan on a lively Q and A discussion!

Chance graduted UW ME '19, sailed from Ketchikan to Seattle in 2019 to help return Team Narwhal’s R2AK trimaran home. Ty is a commercial diver out of Bellingham. Both brothers grew up doing extensive motor boating and sailing in the PNW.  Pictured below is the boat as purchased, followed by a picture of the goal which is a SeaWing in good condition.


------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------M I N U T E S --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Our gathering started with a potluck dinner as always and we had plenty of tasty food for all while we chatted with friends old and new.   Attendance was a bit different this week as there were some folks we hadn’t seen in a while who were interested in getting and giving some advice via Chance Campbell who was our speaker.

 

Commodore Jeff rang the bell at 7 to signal a short meeting.  He mentioned that we will be electing new officers tonight and gave a brief recap of the last 2 years.  He mentioned establishment of our tool library, coordination of a Safety at Sea class for our members early next year, reinvigoration of our Poulsbo raft up and 2 successful Rendezvous’s at Everett.  The group thanked him for his turn at the helm and for the things he accomplished. 

 

We then elected Officers by raising of hands.  Scott Wallingford will be our new commodore.  Scott has been a member for a few years, sailed the Corsair 970 in the 2018 R2AK and is a broker with Wright Yachts the Corsair and Seawind Dealer.  We look forward to his leadership.   Jim Miller will take over PHRF from Martyn Adams.  The rest of the slate will remain the same, Mark Olsoe Treasurer, Diane Johnson Vice Commodore, Eric Lindahl Secretary Andrew Rice Membership, Vince DePillis.PHRF handicapper, Jonathan Kallay Race Captain & Tool Library.  IT whizzes will be Mark Olsoe and Jonathan Kallay. 

 

Treasurer Mark was not in attendance but the bank balance has been very stable the last several years at around $7500.

 

After the meeting we went around the room to introduce ourselves and tell what we were up to.  We are always happy to welcome our visitors and hear of their interests are.    I will mention just a few that we hadn’t seen in a while;  It was nice to see Joe and Sue D.  They have sailed their 48’ cat from Mexico to Sitka then to Poulsbo where it will be for a while.  Rick and Loretta S came by with a list of sails available very cheap or free from Larry Christianson’s famous trimaran Invictus.  I will post the list below, contact him at Ricksutherland at earthlink dot net.  They have lost track of the boat’s  location as it has been stripped and resold several times.  If you know where it is please send Rick an email.  They also brought a box of 1960’s and 70’s Multihull magazines to give away.  What an interesting trove to look over.   Eric L and Dan H took what ever was left over.  Drop Eric a line if you want to take a look or get a couple, ejlindahl at comcast dot net.   Rob Wright was here and announced that Wright Yachts will be a/(the?) sponsor for the Corsair trimaran Nationals this summer.  It is in conjunction with Pt Roberts Race Week.  This is the former Whidbey Island Race Week which has changed hands.  Also notable were two former(?) members who I’d never met.  I think they came by to hear about our featured Seawings trimaran.  Welcome back David W with 21’ kayak Trimaran , and Ed H., who’s 28’ 1973 folding Saxiguard trimaran is next to the Shilshole breakwater.  There were 10 or 12 others in attendance as well.  It was nice to see them all.   Not there, but I want to include, are Joel & Patty S. They’ll be moving the 3 hulls of their Marples 35’ tri to Napa California beginning this month for final assembly and finishing.   They would like to sell their trailerable Windrider trimaran, anyone interested?   Joel said he would be happy to show anyone his beautiful boat who did not make it to his open house. Definitely worth the drive to Woodinville; joelnsmith at me dot com or  Seattle’s area code then 372 0559.  In fact I’ll include a write up of the open house at the end of these minutes.  

 

We rearranged chairs to view the images of Chance and Ty Campbell’s new to them Seawings 24 trimaran.  They bought it this summer and are planning to get it in shape this winter for next spring.  Only Chance could make it down from Bellingham.  He had lots of before pictures but no afters just yet.  There were only 4 boats made and this is the prototype.  They bought it from a navy naval architect on Bainbridge Island.  Its designed by Skip Johnson an aeronautical engineer in southern California in 1988.  There is not much info on the web and Skip is deceased, (Someone said google “the small tri guy” for a website for old small trimarans).  It has a 33’ rotating mast and made of 3/8 yellow foam that the group thought might be Divinycell.   It is demountable and an ama weighs about 200 lbs so was just barely manueverable for the two young brothers.  Being new to the game Chance was asking for advice on what should be done and how.  Some of the issues and pictures he showed  were a few soft deck spots, peeling paint on the Vaka, gouged and split rudder and a bit of hull fairing compound coming off.  There were many helpful ideas and advice given.  So much I fear that it was hard to keep them straight as he took notes.   Most said get the boat out sailing first to see if it is a good boat.  You don’t want to put a lot of time into it if its not the right boat for you or worth the time and effort for a proper rehab.  Many said check the rigging, make sure the rudder is good, grind off whats peeling, slap on and fair some bondo, paint it with latex and go sail it.  Other terms flying about were vacuuming for moisture removal & relaminating, Festool, 24 grit grinder, heat gun (be careful on epoxy), chemical stripper.  As I said much discussion and information.  We wish him luck.  Meeting concluded we put the room back in order chatted a bit and left for home.

 

Next month’ meeting, Dec 3, we will revert back to our tradition of a potluck and Christmas Party at our regular meeting place; the Puget Sound Yacht Club.  Hope to see you there.

 

Post Script;  I just learned that Dana Hoffman passed away last weekend.  This is so sad.  He and Lyndsey attended our meeting just last month.  Dana and Lyndsey were very long time members and they’d built a 44’ Horstman trimaran in Lake City and had it trucked on Aurora Avenue in the middle of the night to launch at Lk Union right next to our meeting place.  They told us their story at a meeting a few years back.  Their Horstman is for sale and its said to be in quite good shape.  RIP good man.

 

Below is the list of Invictus sails from Rick Sutherland.  Cheap, like what ever you want to pay:  His email is in the text above.  If the image didn't load I'll list the luff lengths and sail type below:

1.5 oz runner luff 24'  good, .5 oz triradial 61'  fair, .75 oz reaching 68' excellent, 140% reacher/genoa? 57’ new, main sail 38' fair, hobie 16? tramps.  Eric took the following home but its available; 3/4? oz spin 33'  excellent, call Eric

 

I thought I’d do a write up of Joel and Patty’s Marples 35 trimaran open house of Oct 27, 2019.  They have been working on it for 2 years at a friends property in Woodinville.   The build began on Vashon Island several decades ago by David Vinson.  David was a long time NWMA club member and good friend and coworker of Wayne E.  He’d built a couple boats, including getting Wayne interested in multihulls by building 3 Meters with him.  Sadly David got sick and passed away way too soon, before he could put the hulls together.  A few years back the project was offered for sale and Steve M, a rescuer of multihulls, bought them and trailered it all down to Reno.  

Joel and Patty had started coming to our NWMA meetings about that time in search of a cruising multihull.  Wayne was a good friend of David and knew the boat would be a perfect fit for them.  He urged a serious look at the project.  Joel went to Reno and found that nearly all the rigging and material, including 5 new sails, winches, rigged mast and boom, the works, was already accumulated by David and it was of the highest quality.  The deal was made and Joel trailered it back to Washington.   Read the rest of the story with pictures on our website.


- Eric Lindahl


October 1 - “We, the Voyagers: Our Moana" w/ Minutes

posted Sep 5, 2019, 6:07 PM by Mark Olsoe   [ updated Oct 14, 2019, 7:43 PM ]

This is part 2 of a presentation on Polynesian sailing by Mimi George, Captain Luke Vaikawi, and Meph Wyeth from vaka.org.  It emphasizes setting the sails,finding our way in the open ocean by interacting with patterns of winds, waves, stars, and other signs that our ancestors show us when we meet with adversity. We arrive at islands and learn what happened to family members since the last voyage some generations earlier. We reconcile, reaffirm our love for each other, and look to our future together. There will be a Q and A session after the film.

Captain Luke Vaikawi, born and raised on Taumako, Duffs Group, SE Solomon Islands, is Executive Director of the Vaka Valo Group (VVA). VVA runs the Lata Voyaging School programs, training youth to build their proa voyaging canoes and navigate using only ancient designs, materials, and methods. Luke just retired from 25 years leading patrol boats and international safety programs for the Solomon Islands Maritime Police.

Mimi George has worked in support of communities who perpetuate the ancient voyaging practices, and who have requested help with documentation of the ancient knowledge and practices. Her sailing projects include a winter-over in the Antarctic, co-originating the Vaka Taumako Project of Pacific Traditions Society ( www.vaka.org and vakataumako on Facebook), and 26 years working to carry out the voyaging education plan of Te Aiki Kaveia of Taumako and his descendants..

H. Meph Wyeth, raised in a sailing family, is a Director of a Hawaiian cultural institute and of Pacific Traditions Society. Meph correlates themes and performances of European and Polynesian stories.

Northwest Multihull Association, potluck starts at 6:30 pm, club meeting and presentation 7:30 at Puget Sound Yacht Club on Lake Union, 2321 N. Northlake Way, Seattle. Non-Members are always welcome. For more information: www.nwmultihull.org (206)795-2111

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  Minutes -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Our gathering started with a potluck dinner as always and we had plenty of tasty food for all while we chatted with friends old and new.  There are always a few new faces and its fun to get to know them and their sailing aspirations.  It seems like there were about 25 of us attending.

 

Commodore Jeff rang the bell at 7 to signal a short meeting.  He mentioned that we will be electing new officers next month and called for candidates for the Commodore and Vice Commodore.  Other officers have agreed to re-up.  Also this is renewal time for the membership and he asked everyone to sign up on the website.  It took me just a few minutes to do that, it used Paypal.   If this luddite can do it, you can too!  Financial benefits of the club were mentioned; discount at Fisheries Supply, our tool and equipment loaning library (boat scale, huge storage rack/boat tent frame, boat stands, etc.), discount at Ballard Sails, free sail measuring for new PHRF racers, Amelia Yacht Charters 15% discount on day/sunset charters of their nearly new 38’ Seawind catamaran.   Plus the extensive knowledge that our members are willing to share about building, repair, sailing and racing multihulls.  We may even lend a hand now and then.

 

Treasurer Mark reported the bank balance at $7840 which is in the same range as years past.

 

After the meeting we went around the room to introduce ourselves and what we were up to.  We are happy to welcome our visitors and hear of their interests.  A few tidbits I recall:  Joel & Patty S will be moving the 3 hulls of their Marples 35’ tri to Napa California next month for final assembly and finishing.   They would like to sell their trailerable Windrider trimaran, anyone interested?    Sean H is looking for the right F31 trimaran.  New members Andrew and Connie just got a Seawind 24 cat and will moor it at Des Moines.  Long time members Dana and Lindsey would like to sell their 45’ Horstman Trimaran.  Brothers Ty and Chance bought a Sea Wings 24 trimaran and will be refurbishing it this winter.  They are our speakers next month.   Lots more but that's all I could get down in my notes.

 

Our speakers were introduced;  Dr. Mimi George and Captain Luke Vaikawi.  They are deeply involved with the vaka.org project.  This is an effort to capture knowledge of traditional Polynesian navigation and sailing craft and culture.  In this case, proas from the Solomon Islands.   Mimi is based in Hawaii and Luke is from Taumako, a small island in the Solomons with about 500 inhabitants.  It has no harbor so cruisers are rare and it gets only a few supply ships a year.  Last April ( http://www.nwmultihull.org/announcements/april2-stillsailingfastandfarinancientpolynesianproas) Mimi had presented to us about her organization and about building a traditional proa, with a peek at a video that was still being edited.  This evening the video was done and she and Luke told us about the proa’s first voyage to an outer island using traditional navigation.  Mimi had sailed there in 1993, befriended the inhabitants and became interested in the culture.  She met Te Aliki Kruso Kaveiawho who was the last elder alive who had actually helped build, sail and navigate in the traditional way.  He asked for help in getting the next generation interested in preserving this culture and knowledge.  He passed away in 2009 at the age of 98.  You could see how enthused and knowledgeable Luke was to carry on and participate in the traditions and help the project along.  Their program started with the completed ~55 minute video, showing enactments of legends of the island’s voyaging traditions (Lata), then the search for clues from living elders as to how to actually obtain, prepare and fashion raw materials and for constructing the craft, then videos of the actual build.  It continued with crew selection and their specific chores for sailing, navigating, shunting, etc.  It ended with footage of the the first overnight voyage to an outer island in a traditional proa in many decades.   Most interesting to me was a very good explanation of the traditional navigation techniques using stars, waves, clouds, weather and current patterns and bird and sea life observations.  There were excellent graphic representations of this, including how wave trains from various seasonal wind directions interacted, could be read and, importantly, how they bounced off islands to show the way to the various islands in the widespread Solomon archipelago.  There was video of an elder drawing a complicated compass rose in the sand of all of this as well as a modern diagram with notes and explanations depicting this rose.  It was not possible for me to take it all in so quickly but it was fascinating.  This alone was worth the viewing. The film also had bits of some of the technical aspects of the sails and hulls and how, by centuries of experience, there came to be many advanced technical aspects of the vessel.  It was just really cool seeing it all, as well as how they actually sailed the proa.  After the video Mimi gave more details and insights about the project.  Then there was a Q&A session that lasted as long as you wanted, with several of us hanging around for over an hour.  Luke stole the show with his first hand account of the whole process and about life on the island.  Mimi, Luke and their associate Meph Wyeth, who was also present, are touring N. America giving this presentation and hopefully collecting a few donations to help the effort.  I didn’t see a calendar on the webpage above but if you email Mimi there I’m sure she will respond.  We thanked them, gave an applause and wished them well.

 

Next month, Nov 5, brothers Ty and Chance Campbell tell about their new Seawing 24 trimaran.  Here’s the announcement:

  

Restoration project: SeaWing 24’ 10” trimaran, fixer-upper. Need to build interior, fix soft spots on hull, reset deck hardware, chip/sand and repaint vaka. Purchased summer 2019.

 

They’ll show photos of current condition of boat, will discuss repair plans, and would like YOUR ADVICE!   Plan on a lively Q and A discussion!

 

Chance graduated UW ME '19, and then sailed from Ketchikan to Seattle to help return Team Narwhal’s R2AK trimaran home. Ty is a commercial diver out of Bellingham. Both brothers grew up doing extensive motor boating and sailing in the PNW.

--

Eric Lindahl

206 525-8472

9562 Lakeshore Bvd. NE

Seattle, Washington 98115


Sept.3 - What We Did This Summer

posted Aug 28, 2019, 2:45 PM by Mark Olsoe   [ updated Aug 28, 2019, 4:00 PM ]

The speakers will be….  You, Me, and Us! Let’s hear about your sailing experiences. Please bring photos of your recent times out sailing, preferably on multihulls, favorite destinations, cruising, racing, building, anything boat-related.  Photos can be on your PC, camera card, or preferably USB data stick, etc.  Club will provide a PC, projector, and universal camera card reader.  I hope you all enjoyed the summer.  Welcome back to NWMA!”

1-10 of 73