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Helia Mainsail Headaches

Posted by on March 12, 2019 in Allen's Fo'c'sle | 4 comments

Helia Mainsail Headaches

One complaint we have with the Helia is the mainsail. It has a square top (the trailing edge of the sail doesn’t meet the top of the mast) and it has a large “roach”. The roach of a sail is the amount of the sail which extends aft of a line drawn from the top of the mast to end of the boom.  The combination of the square top and the roach provide extra sail area for the same mast height but complicates the hoisting of the sail. The main sail is connected to mast with cars which have plastic ball bearings which allow the cars to slide...

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Escape Hatches – Recipe for Disaster

Posted by on January 23, 2019 in Allen's Fo'c'sle | 1 comment

Escape Hatches – Recipe for Disaster

A catamaran unlike a monohull has the possibility of overturning and not coming back rightside up. A monohull can turn over too, but it will always right itself as long as the keel is still attached. A catamaran has two stable positions, right side up and upside down. Because it is possible for the boat to turn in the inverted position with people inside the hull, European boat manufacturers have required the inclusion of escape hatches which can be used to exit an upside down boat. To insure the hatch is as high above the water as possible...

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The Trouble with Marine Plumbing…. a Shitty Problem

Posted by on January 22, 2019 in Allen's Fo'c'sle | 1 comment

The Trouble with Marine Plumbing…. a Shitty Problem

After Shiera allowed me to have a corner for my own posts, I struggled with what to write about first. Lately I’ve been working with our marine waste disposal system, so perhaps that is a good place to start. Running a boat is like running your own city, there is power generation, water systems and waste systems. For the waste treatment side of the city, on Gemeaux we have three separate toilet systems which for various reasons are all a little different, however the basics are the same. There is a toilet which uses either fresh water or salt...

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Allen’s Boat Corner

Posted by on November 18, 2018 in Allen's Fo'c'sle | Comments Off on Allen’s Boat Corner

Allen’s Boat Corner

Shiera has been doing a great job on documenting our adventures, but I thought I could add some interest by documenting what we are learning about Gemeaux. While I have owned all number of boats in the last 50 years, beach catamarans, ski boats, houseboats, river running rafts,  this boat has lots of new things to learn and challenges to solve. Perhaps things that I have learned could help others, perhaps others could help me learn more as well! In the last two years I have tackled steering/autopilot issues, toilet issues, air conditioning,...

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Meet Allen

Posted by on November 17, 2018 in Adventures, Allen's Fo'c'sle | 2 comments

Meet Allen

So Allen wants his own blog. A man who snubs how Facebook cat videos entertain me and who remains steadfast that social media is not for him. Until now. If you’re one of our readers who wants to prevent a failing emergency hatch or curious about what a fo’c’sle is, welcome!

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