All’s Fair in Love and War (and Boat-Building)

David Ryan

David Ryan is a boat builder and USCG licensed master captain. He is the owner of Sailing Montauk and skipper of Montauk''s charter sailing catamaran MON TIKI You can follow him on Twitter @CaptDavidRyan

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6 Responses

  1. Rufus F. says:

    Filling hundreds of screw holes sounds tricky- if you miss one, does the boat sink?Report

    • David Ryan in reply to Rufus F. says:

      Tedious, but not tricky.  The holes 1) dead-end in the stringers; 2) will be covered in glass cloth, epoxy and fairing compound 3) are small enough not to sink a boat, but large enough to be noticable and addressed. All in all, very low stress.

      Last Spring I launched S/V INTEMPERANCE with one of her unused thru-hulls open. What a gieser that made! Have not worked out all of our plumbing arrangements, but am working towards no thru-hulls on Mon Tiki

      One big difference between the the two boat:

      S/V INTEMPERANCE  was one continuous interior, a 7,000lbs lead keel trying to find the center of the earth. Left unattended, a 1 inch hole would sink her in a matter of minutes.

      Each of Mon Tiki’s two hulls is subdivided into 5 separate water-tight compartments, an Mon Tiki gets her stablity by being very very wide, not from a keel. Even with one compartment completely compromised, she would still float on her lines.

      Neither way is better, just different. S/V INTEMPERANCE had a positive righting moment up to 135 degrees; once a catamaran goes past 90 degrees, they go over and stay over.Report

  2. BlaiseP says:

    Microcapsules.   I’m looking at Rubitherm RT27Report