The Mast is aboard a Liberian ship

According to the Import Security Filling, the mast for this F-44SC catamaran is on a container ship named the ANL Bindana on her way from New Zealand, and can be tracked here:  http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/shipdetails.aspx?MMSI=636091168

wish here well in her journey to the west coast of the United States...........


Sealing the micro

First coat AWLgrip 545 Epoxy Primer on the port side deck. Rough fairing done with microbaloon/epoxy mix ; final surface fairing with System Three Quick-Fair. Minimum application temp is  55 Deg. F ...chances are not looking good. So I am officially switching over to building out the interior.

Hood River Weather :


Nov 20

Cloudy with spotty showers40°Lo 27°


Hammock testing

With the targa bar in place, I though it prudent to use a hammock to test structural integrity........a bit premature I might add. Not to mention the fact that under sail, if you fell out, you would have to tread water for the rest of your life.

starboard hull stiffener

Aside from providing a resting place for interior floorboards, each hull requires three lower hull stiffeners. I pre cut all reinforcement material with my best pair of titanium scissors and after that job, my forearm would have made Arnold Schwarzenegger's look like a girly man.

Here's the math:

6 stiffiners x 6 strips of uni + 12 overwrapps of 3 ply 24oz.  Triaxial glass = 72 layers of reinforcement

This photo shows the mid ship, starboard hull stiffener looking towards the stern. The left side of the photo shows the centerboard case while the right shows the interior hull shape as it transitions itself into the underside of the boat.


Marine Refrigeration system

I decided upon a modular marine refrigeration system which will allow me to build  the type of frig freeze unit that I want.  This unit weighs in at only 10 lbs and with proper box design, I plan on building a deep freeze to stockpile fish along the way. I'm hoping there will be a few fish left in the ocean come this summer when we launch.

Rather than use the conventional condensing unit,  I opted for the "keel cooler". This dumps the heat that is being removed from the fridge / freezer into the water on the outside of the boat rather than inside the cabin  interior. ( no need to have a heater in your boat when your in the tropics )

Unfortunately, this condensing unit weights approximately 1,200 lbs. is 4 ft tall and about 10 feet in length.