Jump to content


  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Community Reputation

12 Neutral

About MartinRF

  • Rank
    Advanced Member

Contact Methods

  • Website URL

Profile Information

  • Location
    Stockholm, Sweden

Recent Profile Visitors

The recent visitors block is disabled and is not being shown to other users.

  1. This guys is testing and repairing battery chargers and some other stuff. He also tests the recon function. Might be of interest: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxQND04oRmv_KgEpWjW0-mg /Martin
  2. "waypoint" may be too much for the uninitiated reader. I have no better suggestion. It is your language, not mine, after all. /Martin
  3. This is science click-bait. Nature (the publication) does this all the time but this time it is Science. Looking up the paper in Science I find the H2O2-treated balsa is not as strong as glass. Far from it actually. The numbers reported are lower than those of the pure epoxy resin! Glass fibres reinforce resin. In this case it is the other way around. The epoxy is AeroMarine 300/21. https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/7/5/eabd7342 https://www.aeromarineproducts.com/product/300-21-laminate-epoxy-resin-1-5-gal-kit/ /Martin
  4. 1990s Strockholm: https://youtu.be/QQvYogFP9mw 1989-90 Gothenburg: http://hem.bredband.net/mschoon/af_Chapman_II/ and MIT did something like the manta even earlier, I think. The Trampofoil guys got some free TV time at the time. They tried to go commercial but this simply too niche. In later years one of them has been involved in a foiling motorboat project with better economical backing. That project may take off (pun intended). https://candelaspeedboat.com/ /Martin
  5. MartinRF

    Boat Names

    Reminds me of "Never Again II". I don't know if this name exists outside internet fora /Martin
  6. MartinRF

    Boat Names

    Over on this side of the planet there once (1980s) was a sailboat called "Ormgas". With its original name it was banned from entering any of the regattas arranged by the Royal Yacht Club. It is not too hard to figure out the original name by rearranging the letters in "Ormgas"... In the late 1990s I came across a catamaran mentioned in a multihull rag from Australia. Its name was "LBTPASB" or "light blue touch paper and stand back". Not being a native speaker of English this was mysterious to me. What is light-blue touch paper? Eventually someone explained My own boat is named after
  7. Here is an example of a winch-less system on a boat that is slightly smaller than an Open 8.5. /Martin
  8. I have 35-ish years of experience of a fully battened mainsail (square top at that for the last 22 years) of about 30 sqm and I don't think the weight of the battens is what bothers you if you have problems hoisting your sail. I would take a look a at what I could do about friction. In my case it helps a lot to clean the luff grove of the mast. Batten pocket hardware and how the sailmaker positioned it relative to the bolt rope also plays a sigificant role. All this assumes bolt rope in luff groove. Dirt and friction are factors regardless. /Martin
  9. OK, I know this thread has been hibernating for two weeks now but I just came to think of this old dinghy description by Richard and Lilian Woods. See attached document.Crayfish__Woods_1982.pdf /Martin
  10. MartinRF

    Lithium v AGM

    I asked for the source of the efficiency figures appearing in your first post. That was all. /Martin
  11. MartinRF

    Lithium v AGM

    So the data is your own? /Martin
  12. This made me remember an anecdote told to me by a fellow at usenet news rec.boats when that forum was still active. My source had worked either for the U.S. Navy or the Coast Guard in southern California back in the day when hippies were a thing. One day they came across this sail boat heading straight out into the Pacific Ocean and since they were already some distance from the coast they decided to check things out. The boat was crewed by a bunch of young, bearded men claiming they were heading for Hawaii. Sure enough they had food and water to last the trip but very little navigational
  13. MartinRF

    Lithium v AGM

    Where did you get those efficiency numbers from? The reason for asking is I looked into this (for non-vehicle reasons) a few years ago and what I found then was not that high. /Martin
  14. Mousing line in place! 4 x 3 m lengths of 16 mm plastic piping made it possible as it was quite easy to push the plastic tube all the way from the bottom of the spar to the top. Cutting the end of the leading tube to a sharp point helped avoiding catching on rivets and bolts. A 4 mm hole drilled near the tip was used to attach the mousing line and the sheave at the mast top was removed to make access easier there. The rest should be routine work (famous last words?). /Martin
  • Create New...