Sunday, November 12, 2006

Tiny Canoes

We had hoped to have the bulkheads cut by today but the ShopBot having recently been setup for use and not properly calibrated yet and the woodshop lab hours being limited on the weekend, we decided to take our side panel and bulkhead CAD files for the canoes and have some fun in the laser cutting lab. Here is the result of our days work. We built 4 models so that we could each put one together.
Cutting out the bulkheads and side panels on the laser cutter and assembling the boats in miniature was a really good exercise for the overall construction of the boats. With some more work tomorrow, we hope to have the ShopBot up and running and get some full sized boat pieces cut out. Below are some more picture of the models.


6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am glad we have another Proa in the EC race. I am entering myself for the first time this year on a 21 ft shunting config. Still looking for a second person to man the boat. You can see my entry as Miamiproas

fasthazard said...

Actually, we're planning to use tacking rigs, although we haven't yet decided on the specifics. Since we'll want to stay comfy inside the cockpits as much as we can, we'll probably go with something large but low aspect-ratio.

Right now it looks like our boats (we're building two...) are going to be 24 footers. Each will have a two-man crew. We (the four of us) will be entering as a dependent team. We're still planning to do some kind of catamaran conversion, but the details have not quite been worked out (especially the role of the amas.)

Any more details on your craft?

Anonymous said...

Yes - I have somwhat of a basic website http://www.geocities.com/
carlosproacarlos/
where I have pics of the 21 proa along with my CAL39 monohull that I am repairing after Katrina and Wilma had fun with it and a 40 ft proa that I am in the process of designing - not the best site in the world but hey I am 43 pre-www generation so you will not see too many pics - go to the TARAKURA link in the web site or run to the blog which has yellow lettering - and you will see some pics of it

fasthazard said...

Cool site, Carlos. Maybe you can tell us how well we can expect a 24' wooden boat to paddle... or an estimated speed range for your Takarura? We're not quite ready to finalize our sailplans (since the hulls aren't finished) but we're trying to think ahead...

dr. jack said...

Matt,
I am worried about the paddling of this boat of yours. You will need to be careful when placing the outriggers to ensure you have a full range in your paddling motion. I might put the second crewmember dead-center between the outriggers, and the fore-crewman far ahead of the outriggers.

dr. jack said...

Too, you could do it the other way, putting the outriggers on the front of the boat.