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SeaGypsy wrote:Anyhow, I'm still not afloat but have made a lot of preparations to build something special here at my home in the Philippines.
I am still committed to the whole idea of sail based transport being extremely important to personal freedom in coming years.
I wonder is this idea progressing aka Dmitry Orlov's ideas or mine or any other peakers who have decided there is wisdom in sail?
SeaGypsy wrote:Hi Zeyang, did you ever look into Origami boats as described earlier in this thread? Far cheaper, easier and less work to do than strip weld design, as shown in your pic. I'm sure the same principles apply to alloy as steel in this regard. I am thinking steel and timber despite the obvious advantages of alloy with regards to corrosion. Mainly that I want to be able to do low tech repairs, no botttled oxygen required to weld steel. I am also staying away from heavy non retractable keels. I want to have absolutely minimal draft for shallow water access and beachability. Hence the focus on Bolger designs.
SeaGypsy wrote:People are building origami yachts your size in less than 1/4 the time and with far less expense. It is brainpower and winches/ leverage which do most of the work. Water ballast combined with deep chine/ centerboard/ leeboards can give a bluewater hull capable of tiny draft; simply by pulling up boards and pumping out tanks (no need to dump lead). Phil Bolger designs have circumnavigated, so have origami yachts; my plan is to marry the two.
I have no intention of being anywhere which freezes but I do have to contend with coral reefs. Orlov is regularly sailing his 32 foot Bolger designed boat in open Atlantic ocean; minimum draft is 18 inches. This gives access to many estuarine waterways other yachts can't get near. In the tropics the same capability means access to shallow reef areas like those in Micronesia, inaccessible to factory fishing boats and therefore still abundant with fish. A steel welding machine can be as simple as a couple of batteries and welding cable/ rods. I am not aware of anything simpler than a TIG system to weld aluminium. Feel free to enlighten me?
SeaGypsy wrote:I can catch tons of fish right here 14 degrees from the equator, so I don't really get the Arctic angle; I would have thought the Antarctic would be equal and far less populated.
The filler idea on alloy I have only vaguely heard of. With proper use of anodes steel can last a lifetime, or more. Steel is not prone to stress fracture the way alloy is.
I am a surfer, I want a yacht that I can surf onto a beach and wait out a storm, if necessary, this is just not possible on any kind of keel yacht.
There is no limit to what steel you can weld with batteries.
I don't like being cold. Haven't been out of the tropics in nearly a decade.
SeaGypsy wrote:Nice pad Ibon!
You must have done some serious research to come up with such a spot?
SeaGypsy wrote:Some friends of mine lived for 3 years on a remote Pacific island a few years back.
They had a few dozen visitors who just happened by the island.
Of these, they said not one was sailing an expensive yacht.
Many were converted trailer sailers or homemade on the cheap.
SeaGypsy wrote:Yep, the Bilge Keeler is very popular on the Great Barrier Reef coast. Easy enough to add a leader fin for the prop or a prop box. The squareness on the leading edges of the one shown above is a vulnerability, easy eough to make a much more tapered design.
43 footer Newfie? How many is your minimum crew?
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