Sea Sled madness. It’s in my brain.

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  1. bajansailor
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    bajansailor Marine Surveyor

    I don't know if it was helping or not - but I suspect that they were having lots of problems, including cooling (and a lot of it was no doubt due to the boat being so heavy and boxy), and they were fairly desperately trying anything they could think of.

    Yes, those teeth are a real classic! They finish her off nicely :)
    The wave piercing bows were definitely an improvement though - I egged on her builder to do it, and he eventually did, and he was quite pleased in the end.
    The ally cat in my avatar was / is still 4 times as efficient as she was though, even with these bows.
     
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  2. BlueBell
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    BlueBell "Whatever..."

    That is quite the tale Bajansailor.
    You make interesting points.
    Thank you.
     
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    I assume the main problem with the Sprinklercraft was weight ? Do you know how much ?
     
  4. bajansailor
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    bajansailor Marine Surveyor

    That is a good name for her, 'Sprinklercraft'! :)
    I think that weight was her main enemy - she was built of plywood sheathed in glass (and I think they even used epoxy) - but the structure was all quite massive, such as 2" x 6" pine timbers and even when she was about 30' I think she weighed perhaps 5 or 6 tonnes. Whereas the Builder was hoping she would come out at about half that......

    Edit - @Mr Efficiency - congrats on being just one post away from 10,000!
     
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    Very kind of you bajansailor, not to mention observant ! That weight would have retarded progress somewhat, sounds like a vexatious problem to be installing expensive diesels and jets, and finding it was going nowhere fast, might have been marginal even with a significant reduction in weight.
     
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  6. BlueBell
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    BlueBell "Whatever..."

    Cover your eyes DogCal, weight again!

    This just feeds his anxiety you know.

    However, weight is always the enemy.
     
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  7. bajansailor
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    bajansailor Marine Surveyor

    And this is your 10,000th post! I think it is worthy of being bookmarked.

    I think that John's Sea Sled will be a lot more hydrodynamically efficient than Wild Cat ever was though - she was a real 'blood & thunder' machine that relied on brute force to get places.
     
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  8. DogCavalry
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    DogCavalry I aim to misbehave.

    An honor, Mr Efficiency, to host your 10000th post.

    Yes, the tale of woe definitely made me anxious.
     
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    I think you will find a sled is as good, or better, a load carrier than most planing boats, so that part should be OK
     
  10. DogCavalry
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    DogCavalry I aim to misbehave.

    IMG-20210720-WA0001.jpg
    Bluebell and DogCavalry, talking about boats.
     
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  11. BlueBell
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    BlueBell "Whatever..."

    And well worth the visit today!
    Lunch was fantastic.

    What a project, what a boat.
    Thank you John and Anne for a great day.
     
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    Looks more like Bluebell doing the talking and DC, well....just enjoying the "education" :D:D:D
     
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  13. DogCavalry
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    DogCavalry I aim to misbehave.

    That's.... fair.
     
  14. DogCavalry
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    DogCavalry I aim to misbehave.

    Among the things discussed were
    Shoes
    Ships
    Sealing wax
    Cabbages
    Kings.

    He also explained why the sea is boiling hot.
    In return I was able to clarify whether pigs have wings.
     

  15. DogCavalry
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    DogCavalry I aim to misbehave.

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    A bit more glass on.

    Note the location of the port clearing drain. 11" by 4". 28cm by 10cm.
     
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