Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Hot Setup. Midwinters tomorrow.

New venue for the midwinters is sick. Everyone who couldn't make it, I'm sorry.

When you have the hot setup, you know you have a program going. Poles flying off the mast now.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

El Double

Since I've added a second boat for this year, I decided that it would probably be a good thing to have a trailer with which I could move my boats. Because any existing trailer would have to come from a few thousand miles away and the fact that Fleet 13 has never been impressed with any of the production doubles, we decided to go with a custom rig. Craig and Evan Thompson have been instrumental in getting the details of the design sorted out and I am very thankful for their help.

We've been working with Snobird Trailers in Slinger, WI. These guys have been incredibly helpful and based on my visit yesterday look to have executed the build to a high standard.

The trailer has yet to be galvanized, but once that is done we'll be adding a pair of Tradesman side mount boxes on the length-wise members and a tongue box on the forward triangle. We'll also be adding some 1/2" Delrin plastic on the cross bars to allow the dollies to easily slide onto the trailer. Snobird is also going to weld on some pieces of angle to limit the side-to-side movement of the dollies as well as some pad-eyes for ratchet straps.

This trailer is very heavy duty and we're quite pleased with that. It can also accommodate any type of dolly, providing welcome flexibility. We'll be posting details of the finished product next month.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Winter Training - St. Petersburg, FL

A big thanks to Ethan Bixby for hosting us for a great weekend of sailing in early February. It's always great to shake the rust off before the midwinter regatta. We also had an opportunity to test some new North jib designs. Enjoy the video below. There should be many more of these to come as we now have 2 GoPro waterproof cameras. These things are fantastic. Photos from our Friday afternoon session are HERE.