Club announcements

Saturday January 9 at 9am - Designer of the Corsair 880

posted Dec 22, 2020, 5:44 PM by Mark Olsoe

Why are we meeting at 9 in the morning? Because our speaker is from France and it will be evening there.     

The Northwest Multihull Association meeting and elections will be online using the "Zoom" app, info is at end below. Plan on joining us from near and far! 

 9:00 am PST  brief club Meeting including elections, then Francois Perus, designer of the Corsair 880 trimaran will talk and be available for questions.  More at  and  François Perus: multihull designer profile - Yachting World

Virtual Brunch after presentation  

Photo from

Club Elections

Here are the officers we had this past year.  All are willing to step up again but Vince and Diane would like a break if anyone is interested in helping out.  I think any of us would step aside if someone else would like to throw their hat in the ring for any position.  None of the jobs involve much time and we are all willing to get you up to speed and help out if needed.  We would love to have more members get involved.  Please let us know if you'd like to help our club as one of these officers.

Commodore - Scott Wallingford continuing or _______you?___

Vice Commodore - Diane Johnson continuing or _______you?___

Rear Commodore - Jeff Oaklief continuing or _______you?___

Secretary - Eric Lindahl continuing or _______you?___

Treasurer - Mark Olsoe continuing or _______you?___

Web Curator (aka electronic media team leader) - Mark Olsoe continuing or _______you?___

Digital Team - Bill Quigley, Shaun Heublein, Jessica Aarhaus continuing or _______you?___

Membership - Paul Serafin (new) or _______you?___

PHRF Director - Jim Miller continuing or _______you?___

PHRF Handicapper - Vince DePillis continuing or _______you?___

Race Captain - Jonathan Kalley continuing or _______you?___

Tool Librarian - Jonathan Kalley continuing or _______you?___

Historian  _______you?___

Publicity Chair  _______you?___

Hope to see you there!

Northwest Multihull Association  


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More about Zoom…..

Zoom works on just about any device but it will work best on a laptop or desktop because the screen size allows you to see more participants. You don't need a camera but it's nice to have so other members can see you. You will need a microphone, but almost every laptop has a microphone built-in. Headsets also work well.

From the Download Center - Zoom install the ‘Zoom Client for Meetings’ for your computer. There are also ‘Zoom Mobile Apps’. 

One Minute Video instructions:

Zoom also has a "test meeting" running continuously so you can see if it's working:

I’ve participated in Zoom meetings and have discovered that it's the ‘mute’ feature that makes it work - 40 people can’t talk at the same time and some are effected by feedback that’s not apparent to the person creating it.  It is best to mute yourself (and the host can also mute participants). If you’ve been recognized to speak don’t forget to unmute yourself!

After ensuring your system and Zoom are working correctly, click to join.


Holiday Party -- December 1

posted Nov 22, 2020, 5:26 PM by Mark Olsoe

You are cordially invited to attend Northwest Multihull Association’s virtual holiday potluck dinner and brief meeting.    

Tuesday December 1 at 6:30.


Do join us to kick off the holiday season.  I hope to see you all there. 

Plan on joining us from near and far!  We will be online using the "Zoom" app. 

Happy Holidays from your friends at Northwest Multihull Association! 


Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 839 9286 9955

Passcode: 922000  Diane Johnson will host the Zoom event and if you have problems setting things up beforehand you can contact her.  206-295-3605 cell 


Dial by your location

       +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)

        +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)

        +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

        +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)

        +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington D.C)

        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

Find your local number:


More about Zoom…..


Zoom works on just about any device but it will work best on a laptop or desktop because the screen size allows you to see more participants. You don't need a camera but it's nice to have so other members can see you. You will need a microphone, but almost every laptop has a microphone built-in. Headsets also work well.


From the download site install the ‘Zoom Client for Meetings’ for your computer. There are also ‘Zoom Mobile Apps’.


One Minute Video instructions:

Zoom also has a "test meeting" running continuously so you can see if it's working:


I’ve participated in Zoom meetings and have discovered that it's the ‘mute’ feature that makes it work - 40 people can’t talk at the same time and some are affected by feedback that’s not apparent to the person creating it.  It is best to mute yourself (and the host can also mute participants). If you’ve been recognized to speak don’t forget to unmute yourself!


After ensuring your system and Zoom are working correctly, click to join at 6:30.

Nov.10 - “A Trip to Cuba” presented by Rob and Teresa Sicade - including link to presentation

posted Oct 22, 2020, 2:00 PM by Mark Olsoe   [ updated Nov 17, 2020, 1:34 PM ]

This trip consisted of chartering a catamaran for a 6 day trip out 70 miles off the coast to the Canarreos Archipelago, plus numerous land based adventures. This Zoom meeting has been delayed a week to accomodate the election.

In April 2019 six friends with a shared sailing problem traveled together on a two week vacation to Cuba. They chartered a catamaran for a 6 day trip out 70 miles off the coast to the Canarreos Archipelago, and also visited Old Havana, the old colonial city of Trinidad, New Havana and the beautiful Vinales Valley for a horseback trip to a tobacco co-operativo. This turned out to be one of the most interesting vacations ever, because in Cuba everything is "Complicated".  

Rob and Teresa Sicade took their first sailing class with the University of Washington Yacht Club in 1992. Following graduation and a brief life in suburban Redmond, they bought a 1984 Baba40 sailboat and moved aboard at Shilshole Marina. Eight years later, after lots of international chartering, local racing, and many sailing classes, they set sail for a 4.5 year 32,000 mile loop around the Pacific. Now back home 10 years later, they're closing in on retirement and ready to head out offshore again soon on an encore voyage, once again aboard their beloved Baba40. Where the winds will take them next time is yet to be discovered!

Hope to see you there!

Here's the link to the presentation which you can copy and paste to your browser:  

Oct. 6th - “The Story of Presto” presented by Joe and Sue Dazey - With Link to Presentation

posted Sep 30, 2020, 1:01 PM by Mark Olsoe   [ updated Nov 16, 2020, 5:50 PM ]

Starting from our first multihull 40 years ago, how we ended up with Presto (a Chris White Voyager 48 catamaran) and where we've sailed in the last five years - Florida, Chesapeake Bay, Caribbean, Panama, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska and Seattle. Now that it’s Halloween month, all the horror stories will be included.

Here's the YouTube link to the presentation:

September 8 - What We Did This Summer - Minutes Attached

posted Aug 21, 2020, 1:42 PM by Mark Olsoe   [ updated Sep 11, 2020, 7:07 PM ]

The Zoom speakers will be….  You, Me, and Us! Let’s hear about your sailing experiences. Please prepare photos of your recent sailing adventures (preferably on multihulls), favorite destinations, cruising, building, boat modifications, preparing for future racing, anything boat-related.  Photos should be on our PC (or other device) that you will use to attend the Zoom meeting.  To be ready to show your pictures or video during the meeting, all you have to do is have them up on the screen of your device. Then we will take turns clicking on the “Share Screen” Zoom button to share our photos and videos.

6:30 pm PST   - Virtual Potluck

7:00                 - Club Meeting, then Presentation

Once again we will not be meeting at the Puget Sound YC.  The meeting will be online using the "Zoom" app. There has been a very positive response to prior Zoom meetings –– plan on joining us from near and far!  Just for this month, we’re meeting on 2nd Tuesday, on the day after Labor Day holiday.

Hope you all had a good summer.  Welcome back to NWMA!  Hope to see you on-line!

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The club is still doing Zoom Meetings due to Covid.  We saw a few new faces.  Nice to see continuing interest in our club.


I was a bit late to the potluck part of the meeting so I might have missed some things.  Here’s what I saw:  


Not much business was conducted.  Treasurer Mark reported our bank balance of $7036.  And that Sept is dues month and asked that folks renew via the website.  It is easy.    Vice Commodore Diane reported the club has bought a $105 pro Zoom account so we can have Zoom meetings longer than 40 minutes.  


 As is the custom, Sept is show and tell month of what sailing adventures we had this summer.  Due to Covid we all were limited to US waters so it was all San Juans and to South Sound Cruising.  Though Mike S told of his adventures buying a 40’ cat (see Instagram SYQuini) in the Canary Islands and cruising to Portugal and Spain where his boat is Covid marooned in Valencia.  Ginniejo, who is new to us and lives in Spain part time, reported that Euro/Schengen visas can now be gotten for longer than 3 months.  She also is very interested in getting an F27 if you know of a well cared for one.  She and her family live in Leavenworth and are mostly mountaineers so will be trailer sailors.


 Here are the reports I heard, many had nice pictures & videos too:  Shaun and Jess sailed their new F31 a lot, mostly in South Sound where they keep it in DesMoines.  Todd keeps his boat on a private buoy a quarter mile from his West Seattle home.  Both of these folks had a bunch of up close encounters and pics of orcas in S. Sound and San Juans.  Very cool.  Jeff showed videos of reaching at 16 knots single handing around the sound.  Jim & Paula M showed slides of commuter cruising their Crowther 42 in the San Juans via their son’s small plane.  Jim also showed pics of nice woodwork he did to update the boat.   Joel and Patty who trucked their 35 Marples Trimaran down to Napa CA showed pics of their recently self rigged and raised (via $200 yard crane) mast.  They used all synthetic rigging and are really good at splicing now.  They are getting close to launching but wonder how Covid will affect their plans to cruise Mexico this fall.  Dan H. made us all envious broadcasting while sailing his trimaran in Lake Union on this warm, but very forest fire smokey evening.   Eric showed a couple pictures of his slightly marine related summer, rebuilding a rotten wall and roof on the 100 year old house boat his dad bought 50 years ago.  No sailing for him as he’s working 7 days a week to get it done.  Mark D reported on conditions in Mexico where he spends the winter Tornado and kite sailing.  He stayed a little longer there to keep out of covid’s harms way, until it got too hot in June.  He’s back in Seattle now.


 We had several other folks in attendance enjoying the stories and discussions as well.  


 At the end Vice Commodore Diane reminded us that on Saturday, Sept 12 at 7pm the virtual Pt Townsend Wooden Boat festival will show (debut?) the R2AK race movie and live Q&A with the filmmakers.  It can be viewed for a day or so afterwards to paid participants of the show.  Its $15 - 30 depending on whether you choose just the movie and/or the pictorial boat tours and all the info packed seminars of the show.  See  for more info. 


 Next month Oct 6, Joe and Sue D will speak about their cruise from the Chesapeake Bay thru the Caribbean, Panama Canal to Alaska and back home to Gig Harbor.   They have a fast 48’ Chris White Voyager catamaran.


 November 3 we will have Teresa and Rob from the Puget Sound Cruising Club give us a show on their trip to Cuba.  Its a monohull but we will give them a pass.  It should be very interesting.


 Til then smooth sailing


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

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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:  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.  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 .) 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!

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  


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


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 .  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.   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



- 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.


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 ( 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;


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: (206)795-2111

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