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Continuing Progress by Joel and Patty in California

posted Feb 25, 2020, 1:17 PM by Mark Olsoe   [ updated Feb 25, 2020, 1:45 PM ]

After their open house enjoyed by many of us, Joel and Patty moved their project to a warmer and drier location on the Napa River in California. They are finishing the bridge decks joining the akas to the main hull, with the plan to continue fit out and rigging until finally launching into the Napa River.  Here's the link to their current photo blog --


The Story of Joel and Patty's Open House -- Moving from our past to the future

posted Nov 24, 2019, 7:35 PM by Mark Olsoe

Here's Eric Lindahl's 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 & 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.  He and Patty got the main hull livable sold their house and have been living aboard on the hard since May in a concentrated effort to get it finished.  They are now ready for assembly of the 3 hulls and they will do that in drier and warmer Napa California beginning in Mid November.  


I’ll add one more tidbit of club connection in that Wayne had been talking to long time club member Harry A. recently.  Harry had cruised the South Pacific a lot but had sold his boat some time ago.  Just recently he’d found a spinnaker in his attic.  He happened to tell Wayne about it and Wayne knew the perfect recipient.  So another bit of club history will sail with Joel and Patty as they head off into the Pacific sunset sometime in 2020.  Its nice to see so many people will have lasting connections to this wonderful vessel.


The open house was a chance to see the wonderful craftsmanship of David, Joel and Patty before it left the area for who knows how long.  The interior is essentially finished and it is beautiful.  Patty is an artist and has an amazing eye for design and decoration.  Interesting painted designs and figures under varnish on various clear wood surfaces abound inside.  Her choice of colors, curtains, fabrics, bath fixtures really set off the natural wood of the interior.  She did a great job to preserve the natural clear epoxy finish.  The result is you can see the beautiful laminated woodworking that David did to build the hulls.  A nice, enduring testament to Davids vision and dream.   


Joel’s craftsmanship is outstanding as seen in his construction of the ama’s and other structures needed to put it all together.  (I did a newbie mistake and labeled the amas in the pictures below as akas.  Maybe thats why Ian Farrier preferred the terms; main hull, floats and beams rather then get all confused with amas, akas and vakas).  Joel’s buildout of the furniture and mechanical systems is excellent.  It doesn’t hurt that his shop landlord, friend and former employee, Steve, works at a laser metal cutting company and is a tool junkie, (his huge shop was full of large machine and woodworking tools, including a handy 20’ scissor hoist).  Steve has cut beautiful stainless steel bits and pieces for the boat.   I want to be Steve’s new best friend when Joel moves to California.  (Steve is also a 1950’s Nash Metropolitan junkie and I was smitten by the 5 or 6 restored and parts cars around his property).


It was a beautiful sunny day with the fall colors to set the mood, and it  made even the drive out to the rural site most enjoyable.  When I arrived 12 or 15 club members were in the shop where the main hull and one ama had just been dry fitted.  It was cool to see the 2 pieces together and imagine the sleek hulls slicing through far off seas.  Tours of the cabin were given by Patty but it was all boat shop talk among those inspecting the fine workmanship around the outside of the hulls.  Joel even had the full set of plans out for us to pour over.  Mounds of boat parts and gear and large wood and metal shop tools around and under the boat added to the boat shop talk ambience.  Joel and Patty had a nice spread of munchies for all to share to top it off.  Marilyn and I spent a couple hours munching, chatting and oogleing the vessel with the others.  I saw Jeff, Todd, Dan, Martyn, Linda, Wayne, Anne, Vince, Kristin, Mark, Elke, and heard Bill and Clive had been there earlier.   Joel and Patty had some non boat acquaintances there as well.  I probably missed a few attendees and I apologize for my aged brain.  


Below are some pictures that I took a few days later when I went back to see Joel.  I didn’t think to bring my camera at the time to show all the celebrants, dang.  They have a site that shows a lot of build pictures as well:   


If that doesn’t work try this:


If you’d still like to see the project Joel did say that he would be happy to show others around if you didn’t make it Sunday.  Hurry though, they’re planning to be gone to Napa by mid Nov.  Here’s his contact; or  206-372-0559

Our Polynesian Roots

posted Dec 11, 2018, 2:06 PM by PacificNorthWest MultihullAssoc   [ updated Mar 10, 2019, 6:10 PM by Mark Olsoe ]

Thousands of years ago Austronesian seafarers mastered the design and construction of blue water capable multihull sail boats.  They used these boats to explore and colonize vast reaches of the Pacific and Indian Oceans.  On April 2, 2019 we will be graced by the visit of Mimi George, one of the world’s leading researchers of this ancient technology. The following paper presents some of her research and also touches on her efforts to help preserve these capabilities among living Polynesians.  A particularly interesting part of this research is the finding that the long slender arms of the traditional claw sail bend over to spill heavy wind but are stiff enough to capture the forces of light to moderate airs.

Also here is a web site further describing the efforts to preserve Polynesian boat building culture:

Zen: slang for peaceful and relaxing

posted Jun 8, 2018, 7:36 PM by A Rice   [ updated Jun 8, 2018, 7:37 PM ]

A balance to the race reports - peaceful evening, relaxing pace with asymmetrical alone.

Watch Zen F22 on Vimeo.

Puget Sound is now a no-discharge zone for vessel sewage

posted Apr 14, 2018, 10:23 AM by A Rice   [ updated Apr 14, 2018, 10:36 AM ]

The EPA has established a No Discharge Zone (NDZ) for Puget Sound and certain adjoining waters. An NDZ is a body of water where boats may not release sewage, whether treated or not. The NDZ will help protect public health, water quality, and sensitive resources. 

Chapter 173-228 WAC was adopted on April 9, 2018 after a five year public process and EPA approval. The rule is effective as of May 10, 2018. However, certain commercial vessels have a five year delay before the rule begins. There is no change for graywater discharges.

Launch of proa Palindrome

posted Apr 8, 2018, 2:33 PM by PacificNorthWest MultihullAssoc   [ updated Apr 14, 2018, 10:43 AM by A Rice ]

Thanks to Greg Jacobs and friends for assistance I have launched my pros apalindrome. She motored at 9.4 knots average with my 4HP Yamaha, exceeding my 8 knot guess. She is 30 feet long. Main hull 2 feet wide excluding the lee-pod bulge-out. Weight 450 pounds.

Lots to do now!   Steve Ladd   (Steve Ladd is our May Speaker)

Next show Palindrome under paddle....

And finally Palindrome under sail.... 

Joe and Sue Dazey's boat Presto

posted Apr 2, 2018, 2:52 PM by PacificNorthWest MultihullAssoc   [ updated Apr 4, 2018, 8:58 PM by A Rice ]

Presto at the start of the 2017 Salty Dawg Rally from Hampton, VA to Falmouth, Antigua and Barbuda for the cruising section. (The Navy has a big presence in Hampton Roads)

Hobie Fleet Summer Youth Camps

posted Mar 23, 2018, 4:05 PM by PacificNorthWest MultihullAssoc

Seattle – Hobie Division 4, in conjunction with MY SAIL Foundation, will be hosting two, three-day, YOUTH sailing camps this summer.  The camps are a great way to introduce youth and young adults between the ages of 13 – 21 to the excitement and responsibilities of operating a Hobie Cat 16.

The two camps are scheduled for: 1) June 29 – July 1 at Corinthian Yacht Club, Seattle at the north end of Shilshole Marina, and;

2) July 11-13 at majestic Lake Quinault on the Olympic Peninsula.  Both camps have limited availability and pre-registration is required.

At the camps the kids will learn points of sail, how to make a boat go fast and stop, how to change direction, and how to capsize the boat and right it.  All participants must be able to swim.  Kids will be paired up into teams, but it is the bonding off the water where friendships are born. 

The Hobie Cat 16 is a 2-person catamaran (2 hulls) that is perfect for youth and young adults.  It is capable of achieving relatively high speeds for a sailboat, which excite the kids.

Seasoned Hobie sailors from the local Seattle fleet will teach the class (incl. a US Sailing certified instructor).  The class is offered once a year and has been sold out in previous years.  For this reason pre-registration is recommended. 

Cost of the camp is $229 (Seattle) or $270 (Quinault)/person.  Participants are encouraged to bring their own sailing gear, if they have any.  Other sailing gear will be provided.

For more information contact:

Hobie 101: Tim Webb – (360) 310-0038 or

Hobie 102: Peter Nelson -- (206) 992-6637 or

Cruising tip of the month: Cruising with Eggs

posted Feb 15, 2018, 6:52 PM by PacificNorthWest MultihullAssoc

This months tip is about eggs. If you get farm fresh eggs that have not been refrigerated, you don't need to keep them in the cooler. just a cool place out of the sun. Eggs go bad from the inner membrane drying out. if you rotate your eggs once per day it keeps the inside moist and they will last for around a month, same in the refer/cooler if from the store. I keep my eggs in a little plastic box from Amazon < $10:

It is marked on one side EVEN and the other ODD. I flip it based on the calendar day. I spent around 6 years living on a old Piver Loadstar without refrigeration and never had a bad egg. If you like hard boiled eggs or deviled eggs for your next raft-up-potluck you can rapid cool them after boiling by wrapping them in a wet paper towel, packing them into a plastic box and blasting them with canned air. The paper towels with turn to ice, I recommend around 15 min before unwrapping.
Hope you enjoyed this cruising tip.

-Your Cruise Captain.....see you on the hook!


S/V Nibiru v-V-v 

Guy Rittger with plans for R2AK

posted Jan 29, 2018, 5:19 PM by A Rice

Received this note from member Guy Rittger. He is a partner in Team Pear Shapped Racing. They attempted R2AK 2017, but withdrew after damage from hitting a log. He reports on this years efforts in preparation for 2019:

I'm pleased to report the arrival, in the PNW, of "Dragon", a 10.8M custom trimaran acquired from Auckland, NZ by Team Pear Shaped Racing for the 2019 Race to Alaska.  The boat was shipped as deck cargo to Vancouver, off-loaded on January 12, and delivered on her own hull to Van Isle Marina, in Sidney, BC.  Our intentions are to race the boat in several 2018 and 2019 events, leading up to R2AK, after which we'll see what happens.

Anyone is welcome to drop by VIM and check out the boat.  TPSR's Canadian partner is frequently at the boat, prepping it for R2AK.  We're partnering, again, with UK Sails PNW for our sail inventory, and getting input and support from many Victoria BC "Friends of TPSR", who deserve a major shout-out (which we'll get around to, soon, on our TPSR blog).

We're very much looking forward to being on the water this Spring and seeing how "Dragon" performs.

Warm regards,

TPSR / San Francisco

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