Friday, May 13, 2016

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

UFC 2016 Stage 1 and BOAT FOR SALE

As promised, here is stage 1 of the UFC. I tried hard to take good video on the trip. All the video taken was with my GoPro Black and the audio didn't come out as well as I had hoped when the camera was at arms length. I had over an hour of footage for the first stage so at 30 min, this offering for stage 1 is pretty well cut down. My plan of just stringing all my video logs together without having to do a lot of editing would have worked if I hadn't taken so much darn video!



I was waiting to get at least one video of the canoe published before I posted the boat FOR SALE! That's right i'm selling the sailing canoe I just used in the UFC. Everything included EXCEPT the folding bike and the anchor.

Asking 6,500.00 or best offer.

Why you ask? I designed and built the boat to do the UFC and that's exactly what it did. I don't want it to have the same boring fate as the big trimaran that's already in my garage. Plus my wife and I want to start building a Core Sound 20 Mk3 as our camp/sail/cruising boat.

The boat sufferend no significant damage during the UFC but the bottom was scraped up a bit. I will be re-glassing spots on the bottom over any deep scratches and repainting the bottom with primer prior to sale so you will have your own bottom to scratch all up. The ama's will also get another coat of primer prior to sale. Otherwise boat is sold as is. If you are interested, you may visit B&B's shop in NC and test sail the boat and I'd be happy to bring you up to speed on rigging it and how to reef it and so on.

Note: don't buy for the canoe hull alone, buy for the whole package. The canoe hull was designed for minimum wetted surface area (partly why it is so fast), this means that it is much narrower than a kruger for example and not nearly as stable. I can only recommend attempting to paddle the canoe with an expedition load in the boat as I had in the UFC because the canoe is more stable with a load just like most tippy sea kayaks. That being said, I didn't have any problems with stability with a load in the boat during the river portion of the UF. I even went over little shoals in the dark and hit every rock on the way and never once capsized.

Length: 17' 9"
overall Beam: 26" to 11' 6" with amas
WL Beam: 23-1/2"
Sail area: 58sqft
Hull weight: ~60lbsEmpty weight: ~125lbs

video of first launching and sail

video of boat sailing in stage 1 of the UFC

Construction gallery

What is Included:
-Mast and boom, crossbeams and Amas.
-Seat and backrest
-Subrella partial cockpit spray cover
-Custom made camping tent that bungees around the cockpit (made from and 2 man tent)
-Portage Cart and wheels. One of them is patched :)

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Saturday, March 26, 2016

Friday, March 25, 2016

Been there, done that !

big circle and check mark

This was the second time SOS has rounded Florida.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

SOS finished in 18 days 11 hours 24 minutes

At the finish line.  SOS with SandyBottom and lockbox.   All three were very happy.   Photo by PaddleDancer

SOS crossed the finish line at 6:24pm on Wednesday March 23.    Photo by PaddleDancer

Boat, SOS, awards, and Race Manager PaddleDancer  on the boatramp at the finish line  
Photo by SandyBottom

SOS set a new record in Class3:   18 days  11 hours  24 minutes
SandyBottom,  very proud of  "Son of Sandy"  (SOS)

photo by PaddleDancer

Kyle Giannamore made and shared these images of SOS as he entered the Mullet Key lagoon.  Kyle posted that  "Went out on the fishing boat and saw a unique rig.... Briefly met SOS a mile away from completing the Ultimate Florida"

photo by Kyle Giannamore 

photo by Kyle Giannamore 

photo by Kyle Giannamore 

the finish line

From 7:00am  to  6:24pm    ----a long day in light wind with chop and currents unfavorable

Day 19 -- Tough 36 nm from Anclote Key to the finish line

Wednesday morning March 23 at 7:00am,  SOS started the remaining 36 nm to reach the finish line.

Near Clearwater,  SOS reported that Sawhorse (Meade Gougeon)  sailed out to meet him for a brief sail together.

The warm winds are from the E or SE at 4mph and are forecast to increase to 8mph from the SE by noon. High tide would be at 1:00pm.

By 10:30 SOS was passing the Clearwater Beach inlet and had traveled 14.5 nm in 3.5 hours (4.14 kts).  At that speed, ETA at the finish line would be about 3:50pm.   However, at noon SOS reported that his first 18.7 nm had been up-wind in "not enough wind"  and that it was very choppy. Slamming through chop makes paddling difficult and hard work in the hot sun.

By 3:00 pm SOS was moving well with a velocity-made-good (VMG) near 4 kts.

SOS crossed the finish line at 6:24pm Wednesday, setting a new Class3 record: 18days 11hrs 24mins.

36 miles from Anclote Key anchorage to the finish line on Mullet Key boat ramp

Meanwhile,  LRock and CrazyRussian finished the challenge at 6:53 am.  Awesome!    Race manager, PaddleDancer,  was there to greet them and award their trophy paddles.

photos by PaddleDancer

Photos by PaddleDancer

CR:  "You never let me sleep!  En garde!"

LR:  "Wait! Seriously,  don't look but there is an SOS   right behind you!"

Day 18 -- Fowler's Bluff to Cedar Key to Anclote Key

From 5:00am on Tuesday to 2:00am Wednesday,  SOS paddled and sailed about 100 miles:  20 miles down river, 20 miles to Cedar Key,  and 60 miles on the Gulf to reach Anclote Key anchorage.

24-hour SPOT track as of 2:16am Wednesday  (Day19)

touch and go at Cedar Key

anchored for well-earned sleep at 2:00am Wednesday 

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Day 18 the empire strikes back

SOS was the first challenger in the UFC to reach the Cedar Key checkpoint.  50 minutes later, LRock and CrazyRussian arrived on the I-20 catamaran.    In the open Gulf waters, they will soon be ahead of SOS again.

photo by SandyBottom

SandyBottom posted  "Another touch and go arriving about 50 min after SOS, but with quick run to the grocery so CR can buy a box of vino and cigarettes. CR says LR won't let him sleep."
photo by SandyBottom

photo by SandyBottom

By 2:00am Wednesday morning (Day 19)  CR and LR were closing in on the finish line with an ETA of perhaps 4:00am.

SPOT track as of 2:26 am.

Day 18 In the Gulf, arriving at Cedar Key

By 11:10am on Tuesday, SOS had reached the checkpoint at Cedar Key.  He stayed just long enough to resupply food and water for two days.

photo of SOS at the Cedar Key checkpoint  by  SandyBottom

Suwannee River (upper left)   to  Cedar Key (lower right)

Goodbye Suwannee River

SOS in the Suwannee at 7:01am  Tuesday with  LRock & CrazyRussian (I-20 catamaran)

Touch-and-go landing at Cedar Key
photos by SandyBottom

Day 18 Goodbye Suwannee River, Hello Gulf of Mexico

Tuesday morning March 22,  SOS is 19 miles  --roughly 5 hours--  from the Gulf.   SailFlow says early morning winds on the river will be light.   And then there are the 3-foot tides to think about ...

SOS started the day and was moving downriver by 5:00am Tuesday. By 8:30 am he was out in the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

SOS at mile 19

Favorable tides for exiting the river are from about  2:03am to 8:42am