Wednesday, December 14, 2011

UFC build continues

 Above are the boards that I will be testing. The smaller is the dagger that fits into the Hobie drive well and uses a Hobie TI centerboard. The larger is a lee board that fits to the side of the boat. My hopes is that the dagger board will be enough. It weights 8 lbs. Because the lee board has to come up the side of the boat it is much longer and heavier at 14 lbs. It has stainless rods imbeded into it for stiffness, has a nice NACA 0012 foil. Which will be better will be found in testing. The dagger should be more efficent due to the end plate (bottom of boat) The lee boards on faster boats suck air down the length of the board at speed just like rudders do so I am hoping the nice foil will limit that.
 This is the nylon plates that I replaced the 1/4 alum plates with in an attempt to lighten the boat. If they work it would be saving half the weight of the alum and aprox 6 lbs.
This is how the boat looks 12-14-11, hull finished painting and mast supports being welded and added. Covers for storage being installed, they will be held in place by bungees and should be waterproof as long as the covers stand in place and the boat remains upright. Inverted the air pocket should keep water out but it will not be airtight so righting the boat will take on some water but should not be a great deal. This will be found out in self rescue tests. No completion date has been set. This boat was started first week of Oct., 2011.and has been worked on very on and off as time permits after work and some on weekends.

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