Still Using Wood to Achieve Dynamic Trimaran Hulls Shapes
In this post, we once again hear from sailor and Wavelength 780 trimaran designer Bob Forster. The following photos and information come from Bob’s latest newsletter, which is available on his website at www.wavelengthmultihulls.com.
These pics show off how wood is still be used to create hulls (as is the case with Wavelengths) that many assume can only be achieved using something like fiberglass. Bob is an expert at using wood to generate amazing hull shapes. And all of the information on his website readily demonstrates that wood is still an amazing building material in this day and age.
Wavelength 780 Newsletter – No. 13 (excerpt)
by Bob Forster
Another year has passed. I trust you and your family have enjoyed a happy Christmas and are looking forward to a more prosperous 2013. I have not done any significant cruises in 2012 and can only dream of being back in an anchorage like that above! Another sailing adventure with ‘Wavelength’ is on the drawing board for this year however.
The past year has been tough for many involved in the boating community as prices on new and second hand vessels have dropped considerably over this period.
However it is not all bad news for those who may be contemplating starting on the exciting challenge of building their own yacht. In Australia at least, our strong dollar against that of other countries, together with depressed chandlery sales, means that bargains are to be found on materials and yachting hardware for those in a position to take advantage of this circumstance.
As many will have noted in earlier newsletters, (available on the website www.wavelengthmultihulls.com) a third
Wavelength 780 was launched earlier in the year. Neil, the builder, has been reacquainting himself with the myriad waterways of Moreton Bay as a solo sailor. He has joined a local boating club with facilities that make it easy for him to launch and retrieve his boat single handed.
On one of his outings, the anti-foul on the bottom of his boat was significantly scratched. It was an easy matter to do the necessary minor repairs by raising the boat on four custom made stands, made from builder’s ‘acrow’ props with welded on stabilising bases.
These props are fitted under each beam just outboard of the folding struts. By winding up the ‘worm’ threads on the props, the boat can be jacked up to a sufficient height to allow the trailer to be wheeled out from under the boat.
The accompanying photos show the system being used when Neil first fitted his boat onto its trailer.