The “wave energy generator”
The idea is to collect the energy from the waves while sailing, giving the vessel a smoother ride and help the newcomers throwing up less. I hope that this will generate looots of energy ; ) To leave the Diesel safely on shore.
I will be updating about how this project is going. No time jet ( June 2020) except for dreaming.
The “second skin” isolation
The idea is to insulate the boat with a flexible waterproof insulation material and gluing it fully to the hull. With the hope that in case of collision even if the outer hull breaks the “second skin” will keep the water outside the vessel. This also due to the flexibility of the material, it could bend and stretch over the cracked hull.
The Praxis showed that it had been a really difficult job to get the material on to the hull and glue and bend it in to all corners. It toke me days just for the aft cabin. I had been working with contact glue (Patex) which I had applied to the hull and the insulation letting it dry of then sicking it together partly heating it with an hot air gun. The hot air gun been very helpful in bending the material in to all shapes. Therefore and due to the fact that there is always to much work on a boat, I did not finish insulating the boat and unless your really need it worm. I would not recommend this extra work.
Keeping it dry and worm is still an important issue on a boat specially when living on it. My best practices had been VENTING all the time! Condensation manly happens when there is a temperature difference and or moisture is transmitted to the air and can leave. Therefore I did not heat the boat and let the breeze go through (a bit)! Yes and that had been in winter and we did have a little snow. I been wearing some more clothes. This simple solution kept the mold and moisture away. But my not work for every one or at every location.
The “lazy Jack Reef”
The Idea: Reefing the main sail can be quite challenging. Therefore my idea is to combine the common Lazy Jack with an easy reefing system which will fold the main neatly on the boom. It should be quick and easy to use from the cockpit for single handed sailing.
The Praxis had been that if at least on a small (28ft) boat like Amarie one does the reefing in a simple and easy way there is no need for “amazing” new ideas. My best practices (which I just copied form my rigging friend) had been to have two reefing lines per reef. On coming from leach reffing point (sure there is a particular word for it?) going through an eye at the mast at the height where the boom is connected to the cockpit. When reefing I would loosen the halyard pull down the main until the reef sits at that eye. Then tighten the halyard the pull in the luff of the sail with another reefing line starting off on the boom going through an eye at the reef on the sail then back to the boom and in to the cockpit. This never failed me and is easy when single handed.