Beam halves infused for the 8m test boat. The boat (extended Elementarry) will be used to test the mast/sail design and rudders.
Beam halves put together to test the matching join.
Second beam U profile infused. A bit of a struggle to get it out of the mould this time. Next one is the first top part with matching flanges for joining.
Final sand before paint.
Making the window frame.
After a year of hibernation the project is underway again. Cockpit side, floor and seats/hatches are infused.
The final infusion on the windward hull is done (bridge deck curved bits). Stringers and beam bulkheads are in place.
The floor is about to be infused, with the hatches included in the infusion. A very time consuming part of the boat.
Deck and bridge deck is in place. Deck radius infused. All pictures taken autumn 2015. Just started working on the entry and the integrated cockpit seats after a long winter. Hope to have the hull closed up soon to start mounting the (2) bulkheads and floor. More pics added to the windward hull gallery.
Windward hull bottom radius and deck halves infused.
This is a custom design being built north of the Arctic Circle! The foam/glass lee hull was infused in an owner built female mould, the largest amateur infusion in the world.
The original boat was a fast, live aboard cruiser, but during the build it has changed to a _very_ fast, long term cruiser/racer suitable for both the frozen north and the tropics. The ww hull was originally to be built in moulds, but is now a very tricky, owner (Steinar) designed flat panel build, although looking at it, you would never know. Steinar has reduced the layout of the windward hull to provide a single cabin, a saloon, and a very accessible galley. The leeward hull provides two double cabins. The rig was originally a ballestron, but was changed to a single mast on the strength of Rob’s success with Elementarry.
Steinar fully understood the advantages of rudders that could run aground without damage, but did not like the “messiness” of having them on the beams or the inside of the hulls. So, he applied some ‘lateral’ thinking and moved them sideways, to the outside of the hulls, but using the beams for support. This raised all sorts of problems, including mooring alongside, but after many brainstorming sessions with Rob, these problems have been overcome, at least as far as they can be without trying them full size. The blades are bidirectional shapes which makes installation much easier. They can be raised for balance or shallow water sailing. In the interests of simplicity and weight saving, the original wheel has been replaced with tillers.
There is a large box between the hulls which seperates the Tender from the cockpit. This will double as lounging space and storage for anchors, fenders, surf board, windsurfer, etc.
The windward hull has progressively shrunk as Steinar has eliminated superfluous space and amenities, resulting in a lighter, cheaper, faster boat.
The propulsion is yet to be sorted, but electric drives look likely.
Leeward hull length: 20 m
Windward hull length: 12,5 m
Beam: 10,4 m
Empty weight: 3750 kgs
Payload approx: 1500 kgs
Sail area: #
Draft: Rudders Up 0,25 m
Draft: Rudders Down 1,8 m
Berths: 5 + 2
LEEWARD HULL MOULD