Discovery Channel interview & sneak preview of the ocean boat!

When Pat and I were out in Tofino for sea trials, my PR genius Mark Dusseault arranged a media day in Victoria for local media to shoot pictures of WiTHiN and interview me. The entire afternoon was spent with a crew from Discovery Channel filming a second interview. The first Discovery Channel show is here:

The second piece turned out well, but I think they kind of focused in too much on the window issue - it wasn't really that big of a deal. Over all the goal was to see how stable WiTHiN was in waves and chop, and it did OK. I think the biggest thing I learned was I wanted to see what a keel would do to mitigate the excessive rocking. We'll find out soon.

Speaking of the second sea trials, WiTHiN is pretty well ready to go. The keel is now finished, and the other day I added this manually operated windshield wiper. I had also replaced the PETG window plastic, so it's no longer frosted slightly with paint over spray like that last one. This should make it easier to see out the window.

You can see the handle to operate the wiper under the top deck.

Another problem I was having in Tofino was my vent fan falling off the Dorade vent. It was held in place with a Velcro-like fastener. The reason is so that I can rip it off and manually shut the valve on he vent if I had to. To keep it in place, I bonded 3 latches onto it. To remove it, I just flip the latches and pull it off.

The last item repaired was where the old stops were for the outriggers. I had to kick them off to get WiTHiN through the door of the pool when we pool-tested the keel. I grounded the rough fiberglass down smooth, and filled over with micro.

Ready to go! Now I just have to find a support boat. I made a call to a friend who works for the Canadian coast guard office in Tofino to ask about boat availability for a couple of days within the next week or so to support me during my trials. He says that whale watching season has just started and many of the whale watching boats are fully booked. He's making some calls for me.

Is anyone local interested in going with me to Tofino?

The 24 hour human powered boat record

I just finished a 7.5 hour ride. Ugh! It was -10 C degrees this morning, but it was supposed to warm up later and the sun was up, so I figured I would break the day up by doing 5 hours outside, then another 3 inside. The outside ride was not fun. I froze my toes.

My hamstring started to get pretty sore. I'm not sure if it was because of Wednesday's KILLER AT intervals, or because the geometry on the M5 isn't exactly what I've been training on with the inside trainer. Anyhow - not a lot of fun.

One advantage that postponing the ocean crossing has is affording me a bit more time on other projects - including the 24 hour HPB record. I was thinking about an early June attempt, but I only get 1 month of unfrozen water here to train on. Glenmore res opens in May. That means that most of my training has to be either downstairs on the inside trainer, or outside on the M5. Outside is fine, but that really sucks when the temperature is less that 10 degrees C. I would much prefer a month or two of warm weather to alternate some long, 14 to 16 hour outside epic rides with some ultra long lake training days on the new boat. Scheduling the 24 hour record attempt and race for later in June would give me an additional month to train.

The Styrofoam hull and outrigger floats for V11G are due in from Saskatchewan today. I will order my carbon, epoxy, and other supplies on Tuesday, then schedule a composites work day here maybe the following week - depends on if I can get all of my supplies.

Manny the CNC machinist extraordinaire has finished machining the new prop for V11G !! It is a piece of ART!

Sneak preview of WiTHiN-ocean!

Postponement of the 24 hour record has it's drawbacks - I am counting on this summer to complete all of the testing required for the new ocean crossing version of WiTHiN. Even with the postponement of the ocean crossing until next December (actually, it will probably be much earlier - like next JUNE. More on that later), I need this summer to complete all of the testing. This includes basic testing, as well as a few multi-day trips with the boat FULLY provisioned and equipped.

World record winning naval architect Stuart Bloomfield has completed some preliminary designs for the new boat. Check it out:

The big advantage to using the flat panel method of construction is speed and ease of building it. The panels can be made before hand using core materials and carbon on both sides. Then the panel shapes are laser cut from computer files. The carbon panels are seamed together to form the boat.

The front windshield is raked back, but there are two 'A frame' beams running from the roof line to the bow top deck. The beams are both structural and aesthetic.

Boston marathon

Helen and I have the Boston marathon next month and this will be an interesting experiment for me. I've been running only ONCE per week because of an old calf injury from last years 24 hour record. It's not going away, so I've cut my running way back. One long run per week - that's it. This week I did a 2.5 hour run and next week it will be 2.75. So far, it seems to be working. I have plenty of energy during that long run, and my calf hasn't been hurting. I wont be setting any personal bests in Boston that's for sure!

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5 Responses to “Discovery Channel interview & sneak preview of the ocean boat!”

  1. # Blogger Ian C

    Saw the drawings for your ocean crossing boat, looks good. The flat sides are going to really catch the wind and you could find yourself going as fast sideways as forward. My HPB boat is a basic canoe design with flat sides 300mm deep, and even with a moderate wind it blows the boat sideways despite having a skeg. My experience in kayaks is that the wind and not the waves is the biggest problem. If your boat is fully enclosed then why not have something that resembles a surfaced submarine, minimum hull above the water and a streamlined conning tower.  

  2. # Blogger biff

    Magnets might be your friend when working with those fans if you plan on removing them often.

    Also That photo of the keel becide your boat gave me the idea that you might want to make a T instead of a post to attach it. On the keel post (the part that stays attached to the boat) if you had it shaped like an upside down T, with a nut or something welded in place about halfway to the boat. Then on the keel shaft (the part that can be removed) have a couple hangers that mate to the horizontal bars of the T, and a bolt that matches up to the nut on the keel shaft. Then you could install it much easier. You would be able to just hang it on the T (slide it on at a little bit of an angle, then let the weight drop vertical), then do up the bolt. Much easier than trying to line up 2 bolts and 2 bolt holes on a boat that doesn't want to be on its side while holding a 30kg weight.  

  3. # Anonymous DSD

    Very cool approach!
    I love your perspectives...

  4. # Blogger David Tangye

    I agree with Ian's thoughts re slab-sided craft. My experience of slab-sided yachts is that they slam and crash into waves a lot too, and I would definitely not want to be doing that all the way across the Atlantic.  

  5. # Blogger Ashley

    That amazing ocean crossing boat..Is it available on ferry crossings will go in minutes..just kidding..!  

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