Paul Napper asks Robin Warde a few questions about his proa, Kleen Breeze:
How would you rate your satisfaction now she is sailing?
I’m well happy with her sailing and she has performed beyond my hopes and expectations. Having said that, we have still not sailed her in all conditions.
Are you happy with the bidirectional rudders and associated mechanisms – are they a keeper?
Bidirectional rudders work well and are def keepers.
Any rounding up tendencies at low speed? Bear in mind I sail semi regularly on the 60 ft custom harry in Melbourne , so have watched its development.
Absolutely no noticeable rounding up at low speeds, and she sails at around six knots in 8 knots of wind. I put it down to the square top, large roach and especially the wing masts. In hindsight I would probably forget about the square top as they make for difficulty stowing the sails in the covers, and were only originally included to help spill wind in gusts. I have actually found that the upper mast bend in gusts serves the same purpose, as it was designed to by Peter at Etamax.
Similarly the schooner set up.
Took a long time to persuade Rob to use a schooner set up, (edit: Rob is now a big fan) and I have found it makes for a doddle when shunting. It also gives the ability to balance the sails, and I have found myself able to run for over 20 minutes without having to adjust the tiller.
I think you mentioned if you were to start again you would go lighter and simpler.
I would not go lighter and simpler on the hulls as I like the shapes attained, and have found from experience that the cedar absorbs far less epoxy than Airex foam, so the end result is not much heavier. Just over 1000 kg for the 20 m bare lee hull. The booms are an unnecessary extra weight,and were made with ply while I was away on a long work schedule, NOT to my specs!
From Robin Warde – We just made the trip motoring at the start with no wind and ending the day in 25 knots. Most pics and videos taken when doing around 9 knots in 15 knots of wind on a downwind broad reach.
At this point she was behaving beautifully, and once we had adjusted the sail trim we were able to leave the tiller for about 20 minutes while she maintained course.
Kleen Breeze at anchor. Dinghy ramp lowered.
Kleen Breeze is launched!
From Robin Warde, owner/builder of the custom 20m in Portugal:
We lifted from the yard a week ago because of a good weather window,and sailed in light northeasterly winds and motored to Portico. Lighter than expected weight at 11 tons.
A couple of photos show us under a light close reach off Salema under foresail in 7 – 8 knots wind doing 5 -6 knots. Tiller steering was light and could probably be handled by a simple Simrad TP323 tiller pilot.
Been working last few days getting the electrics hooked up, and so far no problems.
I have moored near Portimao on the east side of the river below Ferragudo, and as we have come early in the year we have a prime spot with a clear access route if necessary, and also just in 8 metres of good sand/mud with a 35 kg Rocna in tandem with a 45 kg Delta and 50 metres of 12 mm chain. Pulled them yesterday for a short spin out of the harbour and the Rocna had dug in well into mud, while the Delta which is 2 metres closer to the boat at the end of the chain showed clean blades with no sign of having dug in. Reckon the Rocna did not slip at all so the Delta had no opportunity to bury itself.
There were just 4 sailboats when we arrived, but 7 more have now came out of the marina to escape the heavy June to September fees. I reckon to stay here a month or so to work on the boat before possibly moving to Faro/Culatra in July. Riding 25 knot winds at the moment with a little sway but not much more than the monos around us.
The owner of Luca Antara has had an accident which has seriously impacted him financially. Consequently, he has to sell his boat.
Details are at http://eepurl.com/cpxZHL A lot of boat and equipment at a seriously discounted price.
Update on the Portugese boat, from the owner:
“We have completed attaching booms to the masts, and had sailmaker in to measure for 2 sails at 60 m2 each. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a pic of the completed booms as I had to return to work; Presently fairing the whole boat and putting a full coat of primer/sealant on it. It is light grey and we might leave it that colour as it looks OK. Then the rudders and hopefully sailing this summer.”
The hulls are now finished and are (mostly) painted. The masts, booms and beams are complete and will be installed shortly. The masts weigh 350 kgs each, are extremely stiff and are clear finished carbon. Windward hull weighs 1,900 kgs.