• 3rd September 2007 - By adventuresofgreg

    This is VERY COOL:

    While I was away at Ironman Canada and our kayaking trip, Ben was busy working away on WiTHiN. The top deck is now on, the front window is cut out, and the seat rails have been secured to the hull.

    The plan is to do some capsize tests in a lake here in Calgary soon before the snow starts falling. I would like to do some pretty dramatic testing just to see how WiTHiN and myself will handle some extreme conditions. I envision using two docks placed close together with WiTHiN in the water between them. The idea is to be able to lift, drop, and flip us around using cables running to two hoists positioned on the docks. I’ll be secured inside. Kind of like going over Niagara Falls in a barrel.

    To finish before the tests:

    1. Seat restraint system in
    2. Front Lexan window in
    3. Steering cables working
    4. Solid foam filled sections in Bow and Stern
    5. Main hatch door working

    I plan on adding the other hatches, port lights and vents after we get a better idea of where they should be positioned.

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    • Anonymous on September 3, 2007

      That does look REALLY cool. Looks fast. It no longer looks like a bathtub. It has balance. Hope that how it feels in the water.

      Will be a tight working area but the less room to get tossed about in the better.

      The "A" pillar between the hatch and wndscreen openings might need some beefing up. Will depend on how well the windscreen is attached as well as the strength of the hatch frame.

      Rick W.

    • Anonymous on September 4, 2007

      Slick & sleek!

    • Anonymous on September 4, 2007

      Hey Greg!
      Sorry – but this looks like floating coffin; hey guys, how about some human oriented design???? 85% of engineering being done for best propeller and 15% for human being? I am sure your reclined seat has right angles… but – how many days you wana be on thay sea (no lake) again? Locked in probably continuously rocking ship…? And how will you move in it – to get to the food supply – and to sleep – in the back..?
      Talked to any sailman of their crossing? Of the waves and of the winds? I can’t help it – but we are following your progresses and preparations – with some true worries.

      Multi-hulls are light, fast and stable. I know, too late NOW. It just make's me… wander.
      Why not having FUN and JOY while breaking records? Why not a Ship with a view?

      🙂 No bad intentions.
      I honestly admire your guts and strong will power!

      Best of luck, sincerely!


      OVIFO Aéros R&D
      industrial designers

    • Adventures of Greg on September 4, 2007

      Martin: And these are all concerns of mine as well. And the reason we are building this PROTOTYPE.

    • Adventures of Greg on September 4, 2007

      Martin (more):

      I must point out to you that in my October 1, 2006 post http://www.adventuresofgreg.com/HPB/2006_10_01_archive.html

      I reviewed some unusual ocean crossings. Note that Ed Gillette paddled a kayak 2200 miles from California to Hawaii in 64 days. Also note Peter Bray (I read his book) paddled his kayak 3000 miles across the North Atlantic in 76 days.

      Ed was 'locked' into his kayak cockpit for the entire 64 day journey and Pete had a very small space he could crawl into to sleep (like me).

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