Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Today I started putting up some shade

and I know they don't look like the picture below, but then, the GREEN FLASH doesn't look like any boat you've seen either.

This is the front 1/4 of the boat... and since they are pointy at that end (usually), I used a triangular sail by itself to cover the triangular shape of the boat... at that end, like I said. Because the sail itself it connected to the boat, I put the sailshade at the top of of the hull and propped up the center to get some air circulation underneath.

Sails are designed to get power from the wind and I don't want that. I want the boat to stay in the position and place that it's in now and not some other place (or position) after a big gust of wind. As I progress with the building of the FLASH, I'll raise the shade to accommodate. But so far, this seems to work OK. The "feels like" temperature was hovering at 112 when I did this today. The afternoon sea breeze helps, and I wanted to install this shade while the wind was blowing so I could see the effects it had on the stability of the boat on its stands.

Also today I stopped by the Yarda Los Calambres (Yard of the Cramps) to pick up some more steel beams for building infrastructure - possibly stuff to hold sails up, or make work tables and such. Picking around in this place is fascinating stuff, but wear old clothes.


1st Mate said...

Yeah, don't wear your Captain's Club T-shirt.

Glad you're getting some shade. Maybe by next year we can hook up an AC in there.

MxSailor said...

I've been thinking about that very thing. One of the features of this boat is going to be central air conditioning (I think).. so maybe sooner than later, eh?

Chrissy y Keith said...

Men, you guys are such fantastic problem solvers. Good job Capt.

MxSailor said...

awwww. shucks.