Monday, 30 March 2015

Trying out my kayak trimaran

I tried out the  new curved akas I have been making on my kayak trimaran today. The pictures show only one sail but I have another mast step behind the seat for a mizzen I hope to use once I have the rudder sorted out.

The akas worked well although using wing nuts to secure the akas and amas  takes more
time to setup than I would like and is a little too fiddly for my liking.

As I need to drop the height of the amas a few inches I might look at making a simpler connecter to save setup time. Here is a short video I managed to take today:

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Trying out a spinnaker on my kayak

I have finally uploaded a short video taken when I was trying out a spinnaker on my sailing kayak. This footage was shot off Teignmouth about a month ago.

Sunday, 15 March 2015

8 inch wide 20 foot long Trimaran

Since last autumn I have been working on the concept of a trimaran with a very high beam / length ratio. Like all my projects it is a bit of an experiment that doesn't follow usual design parameters.  I came up with a maximum beam of 8 inches on a 20 foot trimaran, giving a length beam ratio of 30/1. Due to the size of my garage I am having to build it in two sections.

Here  is a picture of the basic concept I came up with. I put a temporary polytarp sail and akas on just to test the buoyancy. I am hoping to get on the water for some proper testing in the next 6 weeks or so. Of course if the weekends are good for sailing it might take longer to get ready as I'll be out on the water with my kayak.

Happy Kayak Sailing!

Kayak Sailing in force 4-5 winds

Although it was a bit chilly I had a fantastic day out on the water with some fast sailing