Exploder-Extraordinary 23' Tri Design

Discussion in 'Multihulls' started by Doug Lord, Feb 23, 2007.

  1. Doug Lord

    Doug Lord Guest

    This is one of the hottest small trimrans I've ever seen! A mini ORMA if there ever was one:
    eXploder
    Address:http://www.exploder.info/eng/content/view/42/124/ Changed:7:44 PM on Friday, February 23, 2007
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    Features of this boat include maximum beam equal to length, a canting mast for more power and lifting ama foils("foil assist") which is state of the art in racing tri design.The boat is also designed to be righted by the crew!
    Here's a pix:
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    Address:http://www.exploder.info/images/stories/yacht/chrzest/IMG_8641.jpg Changed:11:12 AM on Sunday, February 18, 2007
     
  2. BristolW
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    BristolW Junior Member

    This is the first boat to come out in a long time, which was exciting to me. However I think there are some major concerns in the design.

    1. Rightablitity. The exploder 23 claims to be rightable without outside assistance. They even have a diagram on their site showing how it supposedly works.

    http://www.exploder.info/images/stories/yacht/cac.gif

    There are some concerns about mast support during the righting phase and I think a lot of us would like to see it performed in the big seas, where a capsize is likely to occur.

    2. Fold up amas. These are designed to fold upward to facilitate their righting. However this makes the boat tall when traveling. How tall though?

    http://www.exploder.info/images/stories/yacht/budowa/wyjazd01.jpg

    Also, a 23’ foot wide boat with amas that fold upwards seems impossible to drysail. How would you get it in and out of the water? When folded it looks unstable. It is too wide for a boat launch and too wide to be lifted by a hoist.

    I would like to hear some expert thoughts about this boat. Like I said, it is one of the coolest boats I have ever seen. I hope they can work though these issues or already have worked though them. Also I don’t think trapezing offshore will be accepted really well unless there are some new kind of safeties on this boat I don’t know about.

    Thanks for your insight.
     
  3. Nolan Clark
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    Nolan Clark Junior Member

    I agree it is an exciting design, and I love the idea of being rightable with out outside assistance but I agree it looks like there are problems supporting the mast during the righting.
    They mention crossing the Atlantic, but in rough weather when the wind is howling and the spray is flying, sitting unprotected on a tramp for a full shift with no cockpit or shelter doesn’t sound like much fun to these old bones.
     
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