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A Publication For Where Land Ends www.mariner magazine.com Issue #107 January 2012
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Editor/Publisher/Writer Pat Reynolds Photographs Pat Reynolds Columnist Mookie Contributors Dave Kirby Richard Schaefer Copy Editing Assistance Lisa Asahara For advertising rates and Information contact 310-397-1887 - phone email firstname.lastname@example.org Mailing address P.O. Box 9403 Marina del Rey, CA 90295 The Mariner appears on the 4th Friday of every month. This issue Dec. 23 - Jan. 27
FROM THE EDITOR Z O M B I E S A I L B O AT S
So I’m on my way to El Torito, because a part of my overall ﬂuid levels include margarita juice and I must maintain those levels in order to stay healthy. As I make my way, I see the palm trees swaying, little stuff starts ﬂying into the street and I begin to hear the threatening sound of a 25-knot breeze that wants to build. I was near the mast-up storage facility and I ﬁgured I should go in and make sure things were secure with the boat I keep there. As the gate opened I could see the wind was abusing that place. I don’t know how hard it was blowing but furlers were unraveled all over the joint, shackles were slamming the aluminum masts angrily and some of the boats were rolling around the place as if they were trying to escape. I dropped my headsail (that deﬁnitely would have been torched), double checked the chocks by the trailer wheels and looked around to see if there was any way I could help my absentee neighbors. One boat’s jib was about to come undone and I thought about climbing up and rolling it in but I don’t know how his stuff works and was worried I’d do something to make things worse. Down the row a McGregor 25 had rolled into another little cruising boat while a bunch of other boats were turned sideways. I did nothing to help there either. It was spooky in there – many of the boats seemed like mindless zombies creeping all over the grounds. I could swear I heard some of them moaning. After seeing more boats that were moving about by themselves, instead of helping, I decided the place was haunted and left. I know that’s probably not the right thing to do, but boats rolling around on land in a howling wind on a dark night under their own power give me the willies…
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Coming Events Off the Wire What’s Resin Infusion? Resin Infusion Overview by Jerome Sammarcelli Celestial Navigation Navigating Old School by Paul Miller Peter Isler Interview Interview with Peter Isler Holiday Boat Parade Boat Parade Results Coastal Currents Resolutions Solution by Captain Richard Schaefer Powertails Powerboat Circumnavigation Racing Ask the Expert - Resin Infusion Continued Ask Mookie Classiﬁeds The Mariner - Issue 107 4 6 8 10 12 15 16 18 20 23 24 25
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What’s happening around the largest man made harbor in the U.S.?
Tall Ships Battle Off Los Angeles Harbor The San Pedro-based tall ships Irving Johnson and Exy Johnson will battle two visiting ships for control of Los Angeles Harbor the day after Christmas at 2 p.m. The three-hour skirmish, which will be fought with real cannon ﬁring blanks, will pit the local ships against the brig Lady Washington and the topsail ketch Hawaiian Chieftain, which are visiting San Pedro from Washington state. The public is invited to come aboard the San Pedro ships and help defend the harbor. More information is available at www. historicalseaport.org. New Years Eve Fireworks in MDR A brilliant display of ﬁreworks will light up the skies over Marina del Rey on Saturday, December 31, to usher in the New Year, with a ﬁve-minute spectacular beginning at the 30-second countdown to midnight. The ﬁreworks will be shot off the south jetty and can be viewed throughout the Marina. Best locations for viewing are Fisherman’s Village at 13755 Fiji Way and Burton Chace Park at 13650 Mindanao Way. Parking is available for a minimal fee in Los Angeles County lots throughout Marina del Rey. New Years Eve at Two Harbors What better place to ring in the New Year, than Two Harbors. Join us at the Harbor Reef Restaurant for dinner, dancing, and a champagne toast at midnight. Come enjoy and leave the driving to the Shoreboats. Please call for reservations, 310-510-4215. 39th Annual New Year’s Eve Celebration, Casino Ballroom Dance in the New Year at this black-tie optional event in the world famous Casino Ballroom. Reservations will go on sale July 2011. Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce (310) 510-1520. Advanced Racing Tactics Seminar Champion sailor Peter Isler will give his Advanced Racing Tactics Seminar at the California Yacht Club on January 4, 2012 at 6:30 PM. The seminar is for racers who want to improve their tactical racing skills. In addition to discussing tactics, Mr. Isler will also answer questions from attendees. Additional 4
information is available from South Bay Yacht Racing Club at www.sbyrc.org. Salt Water Bass Tournament Kick off the New Year with the Salt Water Bass Anglers annual So Cal Premier Saltwater Bass Tournament Series. Visit www. saltwaterbassanglers.com for tournament information. For more info contact Leslie Luchau-Boutillier at (310) 510-4249 or firstname.lastname@example.org WSA Speaker Series Nancy Erley, Captain of two world circumnavigations will speak at Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club, 13589 Mindanao Way in Marina del Rey. In 2006 Nancy was presented with the Leadership in Women’s Sailing Award sponsored by BoatUS and the National Women’s Sailing Association. The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. For more information, email wsasmbmembership@ gmail.com, visit our website, www.wsasmb.org or friend them on Facebook. California Yacht Club Luncheon Boater Safety Coast Guard ofﬁcer ltjg Stewart Sibert will comment on his experiences in commanding the Marina del Rey home-ported USCG Halibut and will cover what boaters can do to better enjoy the upcoming yachting season, improve the marine environment and avoid disasters both dockside and aﬂoat. By special arrangement, the USCG Halibut will be at the CYC guest dock and open for an on-board visit by luncheon attendees. Happy half hour – noon. Buffet luncheon - 12:20 p.m. - presentation 12:40 p.m. $16.25 includes luncheon, tax, service and parking. Open to all who enjoy yachting and adventure, as a public service of CYC Reservations appreciated. 4469 admiralty way – Marina del Rey – 310.823.4567 – www.calyachtclub.com
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Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club Dinners Wednesday and Friday Night Dinners. Members, guests, and prospective members are invited to join us for cocktails, fun, food, and friendship on most Wednesday and Friday evenings at our club house. Fun starts at 6:30 pm for cocktails and 7:30 pm for dinner. Lectures
and educational presentations often follow our Wednesday night dinners. Live music is provided on most Fridays for your enjoyment and dancing pleasure. Reservations are required. Our club house is located at 13589 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. For menus, availability, pricing, directions, parking, and more event and membership details, please visit our web site at www.smwyc.org or call us at 310-827-7692 Marina Venice Yacht Club Social Sundays Join Marina Venice Yacht Club weekly for our Social-Sunday Open House from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Food items are provided and there is no charge. MVYC is located in the Marina City Club - West Tower - at 4333 Admiralty Way. Whether you own a boat, are looking to buy one, or just want to be around other water loving people MVYC welcomes all who share in the Corinthian Spirit. Follow the signs up the stairs or elevator to the Club House on G2. For more information contact email@example.com, call 310-909-3022 or 310-822-9082 or visit our Facebook Group page. Women’s Sailing Association of Santa Monica Bay Meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club, 13589 Mindanao Way, in Marina del Rey. The meeting, held at 7:30, is preceded by a social hour, and a light dinner is served. Each meeting features a guest speaker discussing their adventures and achievements. WSA invites boaters of all skill levels to join. Its programs, include day sails, seminars, parties, and cruises including destinations such as King Harbor, Catalina and the northern Channel Islands, For membership information contact email membership@ wsasmb.org or on the web at www.wsasmb.org. Sailing Singles of Southern California Sailing Singles of Southern California is a Sailing Club centered in Marina del Rey but open to all sailing enthusiasts from the LA area. We meet twice monthly, at 7 p.m. at the Marina Venice Yacht Club, 4333 Admiralty Way located at the Marina City Club West Tower in Marina del Rey. There is a $10 Meeting donation per person that includes a light Dinner. Drinks are available at a full bar at reasonable prices. Club members will meet and socialize with sailboat owners and can arrange for sails in Santa Monica Bay. After sailing, club members can 2012
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enjoy wine and cheese parties or full dinners on member’s Boats. Catalina Island trips and special events are also planned. (310) 822-0893 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org www. sailingsinglesofsoutherncalifornia.com Marina Sunday Sailing Club Since 1981 MSSC has brought together skippers and crew in a friendly social environment for daysails in Santa Monica Bay and cruises to Catalina and other destinations. We meet on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month on the patio at Burton Chace Park under the Club banner. Meetings start at 10:00 a.m. with a free Continental breakfast and socializing. We hold a brief business meeting and then head out for an afternoon of sailing on the Bay after which we gather at a member’s dock for wine, snacks and more socializing. Visitors are welcome and may attend two meetings free. No prior sailing experience is necessary. Married people welcome! For more info call (310) 226-8000 or visit www.marinasundaysailors.com Catalinas of Santa Monica Bay, Owners of Catalina Yachts Join us for our monthly meetings at the Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. We would like to welcome Catalina owners to join our club. We have speakers, cruises to Catalina, races and other events throughout the year. Our doors open at 6:00 for happy hour and then dinner around 7 to 7:30 and our main event after that. Join the fun and meet other owners of Catalinas. For more info email Horst.Lechler@gmail.com. Single Mariners of Marina del Rey Single Mariners of MDR meet at 7PM on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at the Paciﬁc Mariners Yacht Club, 13915 Panay Way, Marina del Rey, CA. At the meeting, Single Adults meet other Single Adults to setup upcoming Weekend Day Sails. There is a small charge for a light meal during the meeting, however, there is a courtesy discount if you RSVP for dinner at email@example.com or leave a message at (310) 990-5541 by the Wednesday prior to the Thursday meeting Live “Yacht Rock” at The Warehouse Every Wed 6-9pm The Unkle Monkey Duo plays their unique brand of “ Yacht Rock “ mixing popular songs with music from the islands of Hawaii, The Caribbean, and more...Happy Hour is 4-7pm ...It’s Margaritaville in the Marina ! 4499 Admiralty Way in Marina del Rey. s, guests, and prospective members are invited To submit an event marinermagazine.com email editor@
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WI R E Peter Isler to Give Advanced Tactics Seminar
Marina del Rey, CA - Champion sailor Peter Isler will give his Advanced Racing Tactics Seminar at the California Yacht Club on January 4, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. The seminar is for racers who want to improve their tactical racing skills. In addition to discussing tactics, Mr. Isler will also answer questions from attendees. The event, sponsored by South Bay Yacht Racing Club in association with the California Yacht Club, supports The Peter Isler Fund for the Beneﬁt of Junior Sailing, which helps young southern California sailors compete nationally. A donation of $10 will be requested at the door; the PHOTO COURTESY OF ISLER SAILING event organizers are also offering a copy of Mr. Isler’s newest book, The Little Blue Book of Sailing Secrets for a $30 donation. Mr. Isler has sailed competitively in major events around the world. He has been on ﬁve America’s Cup teams, winning the Cup twice. He was
the top-ranked US skipper on the Professional Match Racing Circuit for ﬁve years, cementing his reputation as a superb tactician. He has also won numerous major offshore competitions, including the Trans Pac (record setter), Pineapple Cup (record holder) and Paciﬁc Cup. He has been the Director of the American Sailing Association since 1983. The January 4 event is limited to 250 people. Those who wish to register online may do so in advance at: www.regattanetwork.com/clubmgmt/applet_ registration_form.php?regatta_id=4731 A keg of free beer will be provided for those 21 and older; a full no-host bar will also be open. Additional information about Mr. Isler’s seminar is available from South Bay Yacht Racing Club at www.sbyrc.org.
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What’s Resin Infusion?
Open Sailing’s Jerome Sammarcelli describes this Innovative Building Process By Jerome Sammarcelli
pen Sailing is a new boat builder in Southern California. We build the well-known Open 5.70, and the Pogo 2, a 21-foot sailboat design to for offshore sailing. Over the past few years, we have learned a great deal about boat construction, including the interesting process of resin infusion.
We have chosen to build our boats using this technique, which is relatively new in composite construction. Only a few sailboat builders use this process, especially for production boats. Some say it requires more man-hours to build a boat using resin infusion, but we have found this to be untrue. The time it takes to build a ﬁberglass boat
depends on the builder’s experience and the size of its work force. A hand laminate for a large piece, such as a hull or a deck requires many experienced ﬁberglass laminators. For our boats (ranged from 19 to 21 feet), the laminate for these large pieces would require a team of 4-8 laminators to ensure consistent quality results, but with infusion, this sized team is unnecessary. To make the point, let’s ﬁrst understand what resin infusion is about by describing the building process of one of our boats, the Pogo 2. The Pogo 2 is a two-part mold, separated in the middle. Preparation is one of the more important steps to the process. Not only must the mold be
perfectly cleaned and waxed, but also must be airtight. The infusion requires a vacuum pressure over the laminate (and therefore the mold) and it is critical to make sure there are no air leaks between the two halves of the mold. The two halves are assembled using foam gaskets, sealant tape and bolts. Additional sealant tape is also pressed onto each bolts. These precautions are usually not necessary using a hand laminate process.
Once the mold is ready, we apply gelcoat over the entire mold. Shortly after, we do hand laminate a ﬁrst layer of mat ﬁberglass. Mat ﬁberglass, regardless of technique, is usually the ﬁrst layer to come after the gelcoat. It has no
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THE MOST RELIABLE NAVIGATIONAL METHOD OF ALL
By Captain Paul Miller
ith an understanding of celestial navigation, a sailor can travel the oceans using observations of the celestial bodies for positioning as easily as the populous uses their automobile GPS for location. And truth be told one should feel a great deal more faith in the celestial bodies than the mechanics behind the GPS system. The GPS system depends on powered satellites, which are dependent on electronics, computers, and personnel - controlled by various countries around the planet.
The USA uses two GPS systems - one for civilians and another separate system for use by the military and government. The later system is much more accurate and only available to these agencies. The Navy has ordered all commands not to trust GPS entirely because of jamming, spooﬁng, and simply, failure. These situations have already occurred in most war zones. But no one can shut down a celestial system based on our distant celestial bodies. Our government is very proud of their sectoring of the USA GPS system. Should they desire to shut down GPS in any area of our planet it is possible to secure the system in a moments notice. If you are crossing oceans using only GPS when it fails, you are in deep trouble! The European countries have built their own GPS system - named Galileo - after one of the most advanced astronomers of his age. Our nation requested membership to the European system and the ability to
The GPS system can be jammed on purpose as was done in the Gulf War and can be upset by such unusual items as a TV antenna on a small pleasure boat. The GPS (NAVSTAR) incorporates a weak radio wave signal that is generated by approximately 30 satellites 12,000 miles from the earth. Thus, the signals are easily jammed and can be misleading. Strong solar storms can incapacitate the system. In that the satellites fail periodically, it is an expensive system to maintain. The new AIS system also operates on these same GPS signals.
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shut down the system in the interest of national security. It is said that China refused both requests and our government stated that should it be necessary, we would merely shoot down their control satellites. When this was challenged, America ﬁred on a passing comet, photographed the hit and published their results. So that’s GPS. Clearly, the celestial bodies needed to navigate the oceans of this planet don’t involve such capricious political motivations. Paul Miller is the author of the book “Latitude and Longitude at Noon” a method of obtaining a quick simple position from the sun. Call the CSA ofﬁce if you are interested in attending Paul’s next free class obtaining latitude and longitude by shooting the sun. This class is generally held on a weekend day close to each equinox; we will bring some extra sextants and suggest you also bring your own, if possible. You must call our ofﬁce at CSA (310 821-3433) by the Wednesday before the shot in order to conﬁrm date, times, and location. Our next free beach class is planned on January 22, 2012
The U.S. Coast Guard requires ships to carry Ofﬁcers aboard who are experienced in Celestial Navigation , in order to carry passengers and or equipment safely across oceans. We hope you’ll join us on the beach. Captain Paul Miller is owner and director of California Sailing Academy and Approved Coast Guard School in Marina del Rey, California since 1967. He is a graduate of the Naval Academy Annapolis, former Naval Ofﬁcer, Captain in the USCG Maritime Fleet and also trains for sail and power at all levels of the American Sailing Association program in addition to training people as Captains in the USCG Maritime Fleet Be sure to check his next article concerning the need for a Sextant and Celestial Navigation when offshore. Do not miss the interesting Rules of the Road questions for both sail andpower in the next issue by Captain Paul Miller. The authors of the ﬁrst 10 correct answers returned by email to Paul at PJMILLERUSNA@ gmail.com get honorable mention in the next issue.
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SHOOTS FROM THE HIP PART 1
PHOTO COURTESY OF ISLER SAILING
Peter Isler is a top level American sailor. He has sailed in ﬁve America’s Cup campaigns - most recently with the BMW Oracle Racing Team in Valencia, Spain in 2007. He was navigator aboard Dennis Conner’s Stars & Stripes where he won the Cup twice. He has been an Olympic coach, broadcaster, author and contributing editor for Sailing World magazine. Isler resides in San Diego but has spent many years sailing the Santa Monica Bay. On January 4th he will be holding an advanced racing clinic at the California Yacht Club.
The Mariner: Would you agree that “personality” is not as prominent as it was back when Dennis Conner was sailing in the America’s Cup? Isler: I think sailors today, and athletes in general, are subjected to sponsors/team, pressure that affects their persona in the media. The Mariner: They have to play it really safe…. Isler: I think so.
time. Even if I’m a grinder, Dennis would want me to know the shape of the jib or what the wind is going to do up here…he was the ﬁrst guy to structure a program that had a “no excuse to lose” level of effort, practice, and preparation. And he makes you feel like you’re on a team of winners. When you’re on board with Dennis you respect and are impressed by his acumen and his full on grasp on the game that is being played. The Mariner: He’s a master…
The Mariner: Do you think the media treated him fairly? Isler: I’m sure he’s not out of the game because of the media. He was one of the ﬁrst ones to understand of the importance of the media. The fact that he’s not doing the Cup now is a combination of other things he’s got going and that he’s run his course, if you will. I would love to see him come back and put together a team - he knows how to do it, that’s for sure. The Mariner: How do you think he’d do?
Isler: Yeah. The Mariner: What was it like working with Dennis Conner in his prime? Isler: With the team he’s an amazing leader and motivator of people. The Mariner: In what respect? Is he a yeller? Isler: No, he’s not a yeller, I would say he’s an involver. He’s the kind of guy that keeps everyone’s head in the game by asking anyone on the crew a random question at any random 12 The Mariner: Are you surprised that he’s not in the game these days? Isler: Well, he’s still sailing a ton. He’s always jokes about how many linear feet of boat he has - he has a lot of boats. He’s sailing the classics and I just saw him out with his FAR 60 in the Hot Rum Series. He restored that Q boat [Q-Class sloop built in 1925]. He’s got the schooner America and the AC boat is down here…he’s very, very active. Isler: Well, Dennis was the ﬁrst to sail a wingsail powered multi-hull in an America’s Cup. He was great. The Mariner: These AC 45s would be too physical for him, right? Isler: Well, in Dennis’ last Cup campaign, he steered a couple of races, but there was a helmsman, Kenny Read, and Dennis was just running the campaign. It would probably be something like that. 2012
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The Mariner: In the 80’s you went from racing 12-meter yachts to sailing on a wing powered catamaran the very next year. What was that transition like? Isler: It was a little like the transition that everyone is going through now. If you talk to a lot of the sailors who were sailing the IACC boats - they just love getting out of on the catamarans - it’s fun, fast, and stimulating to be learning new things. We went through the same thing. It was really fun. The Mariner: What was the difference in working with Stars and Stripes versus BMW Oracle in 2007? Isler: It was basically just a super scaled-up version of what was going on in Freemantle and San Diego in the 90s - taken to an exponential power. The interesting thing is that the key components to winning an America’s Cup campaign remain the same. You needed to have your technology sorted through early enough so there was time to work with the sailors and produce the fastest boat. The fastest boat always wins the America’s Cup. And in order to get the technology going you needed to have the ﬁnancing and fundraising together early enough. Ultimately, the Cup is a race against time. None of that really changed. The Mariner: What happened in the 2007 campaign for BMW Oracle? Isler: It was the ﬁfth iteration the designers playing in that box rule and all the boats were really close. It was coming down more to sailing than ever before. We had the potential to win but we didn’t pull it off. That’s sports. It was a great campaign, a great team - Dickson did a great job. In the end, as a team we just didn’t sail well enough. When Spithill and the Luna Rossa guys got under our skin, we couldn’t get off the line and it’s hard to pass, even if you’re a little bit faster. The Mariner: Where do you stand on today’s Cup? It sounds like you’re a proponent. Isler: I’m very much an old school guy who tries to look at the big picture and appreciate what the America’s Cup is - it’s not a sailboat race and it’s not the World Cup of Soccer or the Olympics or the NBA or the NFL. It’s an idiosyncratic event that’s governed by a document that was written in the 1800’s. It harkens back to the days of the duel. One man picked a weapon the other picked where the venue was, etcetera. Yet somehow it 2012
has not only survived but thrived over the longest period of any sporting event. So it comes as no big surprise to me that here’s yet another big change - but the Cup is bigger than everything. I think a lot of people look at the Cup and have these expectations [they think] “Why is it not like every other sporting event that we read about in the newspaper”. The answer is because it’s not. The winner wins it and they mold it in their form. Certainly, from what we saw in San Diego [last month], the racing is really exciting - the sailors are loving it. The Mariner: So you think Coutts is on the right track with all these changes? Isler: Honestly, as a traditionalist, I don’t think there is a “right track” for the America’s Cup. I think the America’s Cup is bigger than a molded “perfect sporting event”. I don’t really see that the Cup was ever “broken” and now their ﬁxing it. It wasn’t broken before. The 2007 Cup was a hugely successful event. Super exciting ﬁnals, close racing - broken? No. I think the Cup is just changing. The Mariner: Do you think the America’s Cup and in turn the sport of sailing is in danger of losing more and more interest?
Isler: I get worried when we try to link the Cup to the sport of sailing. I don’t see it as the top of the pyramid of sailing. I see it as it as idiosyncratic “other thing” that is just unique in the world of sports. The Mariner: But don’t you think there’s an important element from a business point of view that money, via large corporations, get behind the AC and that will ultimately beneﬁt the entire sport? Isler: I’m not fully sold on that. The Cup has thrived throughout a number of different models. It’s gone from the billionaire old-guard New York Yacht Club Wall-Street guys, mounting their own team and chipping in private money onto a [mixture of] part private donations to part sponsorship then to teams primarily funded by corporate sponsorship (not all). Although you can design it to be a sponsor friendly event, which I’m not saying is wrong by any means, but the Cup doesn’t necessarily seem to require it. I think it will survive no matter what. They said the San Diego Cup in ‘88 was a terrible event but what’s so terrible? There was another event four years later. It just keeps on rolling.The Cup’s proven that it transcends contemporary ways of doing things.
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FAR LEFT; CALIFORNIA YACHT CLUB JUNIOR SAILIING PROGRAM ONCE AGAIN GOES ALL OUT; ABOVE; CLOE ROSE WINS BEST SAIL AND
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Given the weather in Southern California it’s easy to forget the holiday season is upon us, but the running of the Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade always hits the reset button for many local boaters and residents. This year the town was once again streaming with people lining the shoreline to get a look at the boats decked out in holiday lights. The weather was perfect and all went well. Nect yeah will be the 40th anniversary of the event and Boat Parade President has promised that is will be an event to remember. Here are this year’s winners: Best Overall - #18 Coco Puff - WSA Best Sail - #12 Cloe Rose – PMYC Best Power - #4 Abacus – MDR Hospital Best Charter - #13 Cloud Nine – MDR Parasailing Best Individual - #16 Sea Moan – Karl Dahlin Best Organization - #5 Insolent Minx – Richard Maire and the Scouts Best Yacht Club - #15 MVYC
#1 – Lights - #26 Valhalla – Greg & Laverne Potter #2 – Lights - #41 Weekend Hooker – Bruce Taguchi #1 – Band - #25 Silver Eagle – Paradise Bound Charters (no second place band) #1 – Theme - #10 Owen Churchill - CYC #2 – Theme - #9 Paradise Now - SMWYC #1 – Animation – #6 Moondoggie – Rob Jarmon #2 – Animation – #38 Teaser – South Bay Yacht Racing Club #1 – Music - #40 Slender II – Christopher McDougall #2 – Music #8 Poppy – Darren Newberry #1 – Spirit - #11 No Name on Boat – Heinrich Keifer #2 – Spirit - #3 Whiplash – Joseph Broyles
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C o a st al
CUR R E NTS
New Year Solutions to Resolutions
By Captain Richard Schaefer
he twilight months prior to the “dawn of boating season” are the ideal time to act on the New Year resolutions every sailor makes soon after they toss out the Christmas tree “Before spring I’ve got take care of, “ﬁll in the blank” on the boat.”
mixed with the paint. This may be the last year you can purchase effective bottom paint so make the most of it. Now, pour a little paint in a smaller container and, using a two-inch brush, “cut in” all the way around the boat. After you’ve painted a swath roughly four inches wide below the boot stripe and around the hull to keel joint, you’re ready to roll. Fill your paint tray about half way, use an 18 or 24 inch extension on your medium nap roller and start rolling from the keel, up and out. Let the boat dry - per instructions - then repeat the process. I usually paint an extra coat around the waterline and on the rudder. Save a little paint in the can so that when the boat comes up in the slings you can paint under the pads. Some yards will reposition the pads for you so you can paint under them - NEVER attempt to move them yourself. If you do you might end up wearin’ the boat as a hat. With no big issues the job should take you a couple of days. Clean up your mess and toss your leisure suit in the dumpster (even if you didn’t wear it to the paint the boat)...Bon Voyage! 2. Engine maintenance. If you’re handy you can tackle the routine maintenance of your diesel. Here’s your list; A) Change your oil and ﬁlter. B) Change your primary and secondary fuel ﬁlters. C) Check all belts and hoses. Replace as necessary. D) Replace raw water impeller if it is 2 or more years old or 200 hours of running time. E) Check battery terminals and, if necessary, ﬂuid levels. F) Check transmission oil/ﬂuid. G) Clean or replace air ﬁlters. H) Clean engine and engine bed. 2012
Now, for most boaters, myself included, this list is usually a pretty substantial, perhaps even unmanageable and unrealistic list. But let’s take a look at a typical list of preseason chores. 1. Bottom paint is often done in the winter months. Yards offer specials for “do-it-yourselfers” and for bottom jobs done by the yard professionals. If you’re handy with the basics of painting, and you’re not planning on a high tech racing ﬁnish, then bottom painting should be easy for you. Check with your diver regarding possible blisters, hull to keel joint issues, cutlass bearing condition, damage or other issues that may require professional guidance. If you’re not comfortable with the extent of repairs needed then it’s best to have the yard handle it for you. As with all paint jobs preparation is the key. First have your diver do a basic clean of the bottom if it hasn’t been cleaned in over three weeks. It’s a lot cheaper for your diver to clean off any hard growth than for yard personnel to do it by spending extra time with a pressure washer. After the boat is hauled and gets a “basic” pressure wash, the yard will block it up for you. The “lay day” clock is ticking so one hopes you have purchased most of your materials in advance and are prepared to begin. If you’re in doubt regarding paint choices you may ask yard personnel, your diver or knowledgeable sales personnel at the local chandleries. Follow directions, read the instructions on the can, and be certain the paint you’re considering is compatible with your old bottom paint. Wearing the powder blue leisure suit you bought in 1976, with matching dust mask and gloves, (be sure a friend takes a pic for posterity) begin by checking the bottom over. If you have numerous or large blisters or other potentially serious issues, again, seek professional help.
Now, assuming all you have to deal with are some rough areas or ﬂaking paint then scrape and sand those areas, prime if necessary. Mask off the boot stripe (waterline). Before you begin to paint have the yard put your paint in their agitator (paint shaker). You want all that good copper off the bottom of the can and 16
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I) Add a bottle of “high quality” injector cleaner to the fuel. J) Drain coolant and reﬁll. Or, you have the option of paying a marine diesel mechanic around ﬁve hundred bucks and go golﬁng. 3. Tender and Outboard Maintenance. Change the lower unit oil and spark plugs. Lube clamps and throttle. Be sure to run the carburetor dry for winter storage - ethanol in fuel is not a good thing for your outboard, or any engine for that matter. Clean tender, check for leaks and damage. Check painter, lines, oars, seats and hardware. 4. Standing and running rigging check. Unless you’re knowledgeable and comfortable in a boson’s chair hire a competent rigger. An inspection, cleaning, lube the sail track (dry lube only) and tune should run you a couple of hundred devalued dollars. Invest in safety and a clean rig helps keep your sails clean. Be sure they check spreader, anchor and steaming lights, and all electrical connections while they are up there. Salt and grit makes dock lines and running rigging stiff and difﬁcult to work with. Mix a cup of vinegar in a bucket of fresh water and soak your accessible running rigging over night. 5. Check your ground tackle. Haul it out on the dock (Hopefully you’ll have an understanding dock master - not one of those who, like the county government, treat the boaters as a necessary evil to be tolerated as merely elements necessary to the ambiance of the marina - I am fortunate to have an “old school” dock master). If the anchor and/or chain is badly rusted either replace it, or clean and paint with a “cold galvanizing” paint. If you use all chain, and the chain is still sound, but the galvanizing is gone, then consider having it regalvanized. There’s an outﬁt in downtown L.A., Atlas Galvanizing, that can regalvanize your chain or anchor and it’s less than half the price of replacement. Sadly, I have a rusty CQR and regalvanizing a bad design won’t improve it’s holding power I’m gonna have to spring for new anchor or risk going on the rocks - but I digress. Be sure to check all your shackles and mousing - replace as necessary. Remember to clean and lube your windless while you’re mucking around in the anchor 2012
locker. Speaking of the anchor locker, if it’s a rusty-musty and mildewed mess you may want to use the opportunity to paint the locker with “Bilge Coat” or something similar. Be sure to clean up the dock when you’re done. Other boaters don’t like tracking rusty crud into their boats and, more importantly the dock master is apt to be pissed.... Never good. 6. Clean and inspect your sails. I checked with Oliver McCann, owner of U.K. Sail makers, and asked him to describe the best way to clean sails on the boat. He said it is important to get the salt crystals out of the sailcloth - salt is abrasive and will shorten the life of the sail. McCann advises to rinse the sail, then use a mild soap and soft bristle brush to scrub the sail, scrub - hoist - rinse -, and re-rinsing as it goes up. Allow the sail to dry completely before covering or furling. If you have a leeward slip you may want to turn the boat around in the slip. If you see tears, wear, splitting seams, missing or damaged grommets, etc. take the sail to a sail maker. It is better to make repairs in a timely fashion than end up shredding the sail in a blow. Professional cleaning is an option, but while the sail’s appearance may improve the life expectancy will likely be decreased. Check your canvass covers, dodger etc. at the same time. If necessary, take to a sail maker or canvass shop for repairs. 7. Pre-Spring Cleaning. Air out your cushions, open up the lockers and dock box, give your heads a mighty cleaning. Speaking of “heads” - a good boating buddy of mine, Lynn Martin, has emailed me this advice to offer on the subject - “I found a great head cleaner that is “green” - certainly a major concern for yours - (Yeah, I lie awake at night worrying away the hours). This mixture is effective and does no damage to hoses, ﬁttings, parts, etc. Simply mix limejuice concentrate with a nice dose of baking soda, put a coat of the juice in the bowl ﬁrst, then sprinkle on a coating of baking soda and watch it all bubble, (Do I have to watch?) Just go have a cigarette and when you come back give it swish (I’ve never “swished” in my life.) with the bowl brush and viola, clean beautiful, nice smelling heads heads!“ Personally, I would just dilute some muratic acid in water and pour it in the bowl skipping the “watching” part. However, I never achieved the euphoric state that Lynn seems to attain from his swishing, bubbling concoction. I report, you decide. Oh yeah, one more thing while we’re on the topic of head cleaning - don’t mix chlorine and
products containing acid. Makes chlorine gas not good - turns your eyes into egg whites and your lungs into leather bags. Anyway, after the euphoria from the zen head cleaning wears off, crawl around with some mildew killing spray and a roll of shop towels. Stick your nose everywhere from the bilge to the cockpit – swim step lockers to fore peak. While you’re scrubbing keep an eye out for loose nuts, corroded electrical connections, leaks,loose wiring, rusted clamps, rot, loose backing plates damaged parts and that package of rotting bait the kids stashed away last summer. Finally, while you’re rummaging around, reorganize all your gear and spares. Take what you don’t need to the marine swap meet...I need more junk - I still have a little space in my dock box. See you there...be prepared to negotiate.
Captain Richard Schaefer is a U.S.C.G. Licensed Master of Sailing Vessels. He has skippered charters and deliveries, taught sailing and seamanship, managed yachts and written for boating publications for more than 30 years. He can be reached for comments or consultation at 310-460-8946 or e-mail at littlebighorn@ dishmail.net.
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Excerpts from a young cruising couples’ book that chronicles their around the world adventure.
o one expected these thirtysomething professionals to give up their successful careers to pilot their own small boat around the world, especially because they started with almost no boating experience. Instead of the expected sailboat, they chose a 43 foot trawler But they surprised skeptics when they successfully circumnavigated the globe in 2 years, visiting 110 places along the way in 34 countries. The couple wrote The Unexpected Circumnavigation, a writing of Christi and Eric’s travels to 21 destinations, ranging from popular to remote. Here is an excerpt from their book. Chapter 1: Cairns, Queensland, Australia Monday, October 22, 2007 At 0400 this morning, Kosmos approached the entrance to Grafton’s Pass, one of the channels in the Great Barrier Reef. Thank God! After nine days of miserably rough seas, we were ecstatic to enter the Reef’s protected waters. It would be several more hours until we got to land, but we knew from here on the ride would be smooth and calm. As soon as we got into the channel, we radioed customs to let them know we were 18
on our way. As the sun came up, we could see mainland Australia in the distance and a few islands dotting the horizon to our north and south. The mainland was hilly and green, with parts of it enshrouded in clouds. The water was an emerald green—a color we’d never seen in the ocean. As we got closer, we could see the city of Cairns in the distance. The coastline appeared to be built up, but the mountains behind it looked untouched. We pulled into the marina, located in the heart of downtown, at 0900. In front of the marina was a fancy hotel built in an attractive, almost Cape Cod architectural style, and a pedestrian boardwalk between the hotel and entrance to the marina. The ground ﬂoor of the hotel was lined with restaurants that opened onto the boardwalk. There was a new-looking, tall building directly to the left of the hotel, and to the right was a construction zone. All three of us were exuberant as we tied up to the dock. Not only had we survived a rough passage, but Eric and I had also just ﬁnished crossing the Paciﬁc Ocean--the whole thing
from end to end! We couldn’t believe we had accomplished such a huge feat! Today was day 176 of our around-the-world journey. Fifty-eight days—33 percent of our time—had been at sea. A few of those sea days were nice, but the vast majority of the time the conditions ranged from uncomfortable to downright miserable. Arriving in Cairns felt like a hard-won victory. It felt good to stand on the dock after such a hard passage—almost as good as being on terra ﬁrma! We didn’t have much time to revel in our glory, though. Within a few minutes, the Australian customs and quarantine ofﬁcers arrived for our onboard inspection. Wow. That was fast, I thought. In most of the countries Eric and I visited in the last six months, it usually took at least a couple of hours for the ofﬁcials to come out. We weren’t nervous about this inspection. While the overall check-in procedures were different for each of the six South Paciﬁc nations we had stopped in, the onboard inspections and paperwork had been similar. Because the South Paciﬁc and Australia didn’t have many of the diseases that
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Then and Now...
Returning to this area nearly half a lifetime ago with a Ranger 26’ sloop, I certainly qualiﬁed as a racing newbie. Fortunately, my good friend Hank, who lived aboard his 42’ CCA era Morgan that he raced in IOR (two nearly forgotten racing handicap rules), showed me the ropes and mentored me in so many important subjects. “Stick with this for two or three years, keep your boat, sails and crew in racing trim, and you will soon trophy in most of your races”, he encouraged -- which is still sound advice. Ghost Wings was a race boat from my club and became my model, for not only did they win a lot but they were great friends who truly enjoyed each other’s company on and off the water. They had a regular Friday night Italian dinner, which helped maintain great communication and close personal ties. Nowadays, many skippers bring their crew to DRYC’s monthly Friday night Sundown Race and barbecue.
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down the coast. But April was the month we waited for. Two of the world’s largest participation races were the Newport to Ensenada Race where there would be 500 to 600 boats starting and the beginning of CYC’s Wednesday night ‘beer can races’ - the Sunset Series, which would usually attract well over a hundred boats each week. What a sight it was to be running toward the south entrance with the 84’ Christine power reaching toward us throwing a bow wave taller than our freeboard. Luckily her deep draft meant we could usually seek some safety in the shallow water near the breakwater except when she went for the inside overlap. We’d hear hails of “water”, and then more urgent calls for “ROOOOM!!!” as we dove for cover with her 100-foot tall rig totally eclipsing our wind. So how is it different today? As said, e-mail
Back then we had no e-mail, so the publication of next year’s racing schedule was the occasion for our much anticipated pre holiday crew party when we would sit around with the calendar to plan next year’s racing schedule. Then, as now, the season opener for most everyone was DRYC’s Malibu Race, when big boats would sail in from ports North and South to swell the local ﬂeets to well over a hundred boats eager for the few tacks up and a glorious spinnaker reach home. SBYRC’s Champagne series was, and is the ﬁrst real buoy racing of the season with reliable race management and frequently challenging weather conditions. Then came the February Mid-Winters, with large classes participating in a weekend of close racing - the class competitions being distributed between a couple of dozen yacht clubs up and
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circulates and replaces the traditional crew/ calendar party, and it seems that the tightly knit regular crew is more of a rarity with work and other responsibilities all too often taking priority and requiring many frequent replacements. The boats are much faster now (remember IOR One Ton boats? Compare them to Farr 40’s) and modern electronics have opened up much better performance tracking. Knowing true wind strength and direction back then required an accurate knot-meter and wind gauge, a smart navigator who could do fast trigonometry calculations on a slide rule, and the result was still a guesstimate. Boat speed through the water as well as speed and course over the bottom were close approximations at best. “V” shaped dipole antennas adorned some racer’s mastheads to receive aircraft OMNI radio direction beacons for accurate position information. But no matter how accurate instruments are today, you will still see some
growth of the cruising class where boats and skippers who would not be competitive in the racing classes can still go out and have a grand time sailing against crews with similar skills and equipment. As you look through the 2012 schedule (posted on www.asmbyc.com) take special note of: The Peter Isler talk on Advanced Racing Tactics SBYRC’s Crew-Tryout event where potential crew from outside the normal reach of our community are recruited and trained savvy old timer helmsmen taking off their shirts in vary light breezes so they have more surface area to detect the ﬁrst signs of changing velocity and direction. However, I think the biggest difference between then and now is the wide effort to encourage new adult sailors to join the ﬂeets, with all the outreach education programs, seminars, and the SMWYC’s Start Clinic and CYC’s Sunset Series seminars directly preceding that wonderfully fun tradition And don’t miss the new Spring dates for the Home Port Regatta and its seminars which effectively introduces newbies to the racing and yacht club community.
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the rest of the world had, the countries all had a long list of things that they didn’t allow visitors to bring in. We had been warned that Australia was the strictest of all: Our raw meat, raw produce, uncooked eggs, honey, seeds, and nuts would be conﬁscated. The last country we had visited was Vanuatu, known for its high quality, organic, all grass fed beef. Eric and I normally didn’t eat much beef, but the beef in Vanuatu was so good that we stocked up on it. Knowing that raw meat would be conﬁscated in Australia, I’d spent two days cooking it all before we left Vanuatu. I made huge quantities of meatloaf and mashed potatoes, pasta with meat sauce, and beef chili with rice. I also made chicken with Moroccan rice to use up the raw chicken we had onboard. Our crew member, Jaime, had contributed to the cooking fest and made beef stew. I divided everything into individual serving sizes and froze them in Tupperware containers. Our ﬁve cubic foot freezer was packed full. It would be months before I would need to cook again. We still had plenty of banned foods onboard when we left for Australia. As I expected, most of it was eaten over the nine days at sea. By the time we got to the Reef this morning, there was only a little bit left. Not wanting to have any of my food conﬁscated, I’d hid the contraband in assorted spots around the boat. I took special care in hiding the whole vanilla beans we had bought in French Polynesia. Eric loved vanilla, and vanilla beans were hard to get and expensive. I wanted to make sure those beans weren’t found. The three of us cheerfully welcomed the ofﬁcials onboard. I took the quarantine ofﬁcer; Eric and Jaime dealt with the customs agent. Much to my surprise, the quarantine ofﬁcer scraped the soles of our shoes so they were clear of any soil. She also emptied our vacuum and inspected all wood and shell items for signs of infestation. Wow, I thought. No other country has done anything like this. Then she asked to see our food stores and began systematically going through all the food. I was devastated to ﬁnd out that dairy items were banned—and that it wasn’t only raw foods that were prohibited--cooked and/or pre-packaged foods on the list were conﬁscated as well. I stared in disbelief as she threw out the hard boiled eggs; all the food I had made in Vanuatu; our packaged frozen quiches, meat pies, and pizzas; our packaged microwave popcorn, trail mix, and lunch meats; and our milk, powdered 22
milk, cheeses; and many other things. After the shock subsided, I realized she was throwing away all my Tupperware! I begged her to let me save my containers and only toss the contents. She agreed. I pulled all the Tupperware out of the trash bag and tried to scrape the food out, but the frozen food was stuck to the containers. I asked the ofﬁcer if I could microwave the containers to defrost them. She said yes. Within seconds of putting the ﬁrst container in the microwave, the entire boat smelled like beef. Meanwhile, Eric was being questioned by the customs ofﬁcer. In every country they asked the same questions, and Eric was ready with the answers. Jaime listened quietly. “Your citizenships?” the agent asked. “My wife and I are from the U.S. Jaime is from the UK,” Eric replied. “Who owns the boat?” “My wife and I.” “Jaime’s relationship to you?” the agent asked. “He’s a friend that ﬂew in to meet us in Vanuatu. He crewed from Vanuatu to here. He’ll be ﬂying out from Cairns this Friday.” “Last port you were in?” Eric said, “Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu.” “How long will Kosmos be in Australia?” “One month.” “Both you and your wife will be leaving on the boat?” Eric nodded. “Yes.” “What port are you planning to check out from?” “Thursday Island.” “Next port after Thursday Island?” the agent queried. “Merauke, Indonesia.” “Do you have any guns on board?” “No.” All were standard questions, with nothing unusual. When the customs ofﬁcer was done, he made brief a call on his cell phone. After he hung up, he said, “The dogs will be here in ﬁve minutes.” Eric and I looked at one another, suddenly panicked. Dogs? I thought. Oh no! They’re going to ﬁnd all our hidden food! We’re going to get into trouble and have to pay a huge ﬁne for hiding silly things like honey, vanilla beans, and garlic. Trying to sound casual, I asked the agent, “What are they snifﬁng for?”
“I can’t tell you,” he replied. Crap. I continued defrosting beef and ﬁghting panic. By the time the dogs arrived, there was a fairly good size pile of beef in a plastic garbage bag on the ﬂoor. The mouth of the bag was wide open, so the meat was easily accessible. The dog handler brought the ﬁrst dog in. The quarantine ofﬁcer stopped him. “Do you think the dog will be okay with all this meat here?” she asked. “She’s trained,” the handler replied. “She won’t touch the meat.” As promised, the dog walked right by the bag without a second look. I wanted to follow the dog around, but knowing that would be suspicious, I kept microwaving. Eric and Jaime sat quietly at the table. The customs agent watched the three of us. By the time the dog was done with the inspection, the pile of beef had grown large. The handler brought the dog out to the cockpit, told her she was a good girl, and unleashed her. As soon as she was free, she bolted inside and stuck her head into the bag of meat. The agents tried to order her away, but she kept eating. The only way they could get her away from the bag was to grab her by her hindquarters and drag her into the cockpit. We could sympathize with the dog; we wanted to eat that meat, too! We were relieved that the ﬁrst dog hadn’t found our food stash, but would the second dog? The quarantine ofﬁcer put the bag on the table, and then the second dog entered. The customs agent looked smug and he emanated an excited anticipation, like he was expecting to bust us. Great, I thought. We’re losing our vanilla beans for sure. “So, you want to know what the dogs are snifﬁng for?” he asked, using a tone of voice that conveyed, Get ready to be arrested. “What?” Eric and I replied in unison. “The ﬁrst one was snifﬁng for drugs. This one is snifﬁng for guns.” He was beaming, sure we had guns onboard. “Wait a minute! You really don’t have any guns onboard, do you?” We both shook our heads and said, “No. No guns.” “But you’re going to Indonesia, for God’s sake!” the agent said. “What are you going to do in Indonesia without a gun?”
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(or very little) structural beneﬁt to a composite piece. It’s purpose is to mark the gelcoat during the infusion. The layer of mat is therefore handlaminated using vinyl-ester resin to ensure perfect protection of the hull against osmosis. The layer of mat with the resin also helps us create an additional airtight compartment before applying the other layers of ﬁberglass for the resin infusion process. To make sure our mold is airtight and that they are no apparent major leaks, we use a vacuum bag ﬁlm on the hull to insure the vacuum. Once we are satisﬁed that the mold is air tight, we apply the multiple layers of glass in the hull. The beauty of the resin infusion process is how clean it is. We basically walk in the mold, wearing socks, as we position all the different layers of ﬁberglass and core on the hull and keel box. Positioning the ﬁberglass in the hull without having to deal with resin is a major advantage over hand laminate. Since the process also includes longitudinal ribs along the hull, we position the ribs and complete the last layers of ﬁberglass. Then we cover the glass laminate with a release ﬁlm (aka peel ply). The peel ply will be removed and with it, the excess of resin on the laminate. The advantage of the peel ply (also use for hand laminate fabrication) is a much cleaner result where there is no need for sanding. Next is the resin ﬂow mesh. The mesh provides a ﬂow path for air out and resin in. Without the mesh, the resin would not circulate between the laminate and the vacuum bag. However, excess or overlaps of ﬂow mesh would create an excess of resin, adding weight and making removal difﬁcult after the infusion. It is critical to position the ﬂow mesh with precision, avoiding overlaps. For the infusion of the hull, air lines are positioned on the outside ﬂanges of the hull, at the very top and by the transom. There are many infusion lines as well, strategically positioned in the hull. Each infusion line is open in a speciﬁc order, usually starting with the bow, then the hull’s center - as the resin ﬂows into the hull, other lines are also positioned towards the port 2012
and starboard sides. With the lines in place, the vacuum bag is installed. The bag is usually 1.5 to twice as large as the piece to infuse. As we apply vacuum pressure over the laminate, it is important to position the bag and make sure it’s ﬂat on the hull and its components (longitudinal stringers, bow, keel box, etc). If the bag is not completely pushing on the laminate, excess of resin will built up and an air void may appear. It usually takes a week and a half to have the hull completely ready for infusion. Once ready, it is always amazing to see how fast the resin impregnates the laminate. For the Pogo 2, the actual infusion of the hull requires 120 liters (27.5 gallons) of resin. From start to ﬁnish the infusion takes only one hour. After curing for 24 hours, all the vacuum media are removed: peel ply, resin mesh, infusion lines and air lines. The result is a very high ﬁberglass/resin ration, clean, ready to be painted if needed. The advantages of resin infusion are: • Low starting cost: the entire Pogo 2 hull can be done by only two people. • Quality control: Because the entire laminate is infused at once, we have the ability to monitor exactly what is happening. The hull cures at once, with a strong bound between each layers of ﬁberglass, a very low void content (air pockets which can result in de-lamination) and a very high ﬁberglass/resin ration which can never been obtained with a hand laminate. The result is a ﬁberglass piece that is stronger and lighter. • User Friendly: the infusion process is not complicated. • Environmentally friendly: reduction of VOC, when using polyester. • Consistency: using the infusion, we can not only repeat the results, but we can monitor exactly how much resin is infused. All boats that we have built vary by less than 2% in weight. • Weight reduction: an important element when building high-quality racing vessels.
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