Monday, May 26, 2014

Riptide 35s get 1st and 2nd in the 2014 Swiftsure Classic

Longboard (a Riptide 35 MkII) and Terremoto (a Riptide 35 MkI) placed 1st and 2nd in the PHRF division of this years Swiftsure Classic

RT35 MkII Longboard


RT35 MkI Terremoto


Riptide 55 out cruising

We just received a nice note from TJ Durnham, the current owner of Rocket Science.  Rocket science is the first keel boat that I designed (back in 1998).  She is a long, lean and lightweight performance cruiser with hard chines and twin rudders.  After 16 years she still looks cutting edge.

Rocket Science is in the midst of a trip from the West Coast of the US to Europe.  Here is an excerpt from TJ's latest note:

Hi Paul, we haven't been in touch for a while. Here's a shot of Rocket Science anchored off of Yansaladup island in the San Blas last month. I thought you might like to see what she's up to.

 We LOVE this boat! We sailed direct from the San Blas to Bimini in just over 6 days. That's about 1350 miles through the water, averaging

220 miles a day, just the two of us with the working sails- boat on autopilot the whole time, rarely paying much attention to sail trim, just relaxing and reaching at 10 knots in about 12TWS most of the time.

Just awesome.

  We've got the boat in Charleston now, and we will spend this year on the East Coast, heading for Norway next summer. We'll keep in touch from time to time. I hope your AC prep is coming along ok.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

26 ft Power Cat Launch

Gordy and Judy Cole launched their 26 foot power cat Slightly Dangerous today in Seattle.  She is named after a WWII P-38 Lightning and sports graphics to match. They did a beautiful job on the build and finish.

Slightly Dangerous is not a kit boat really, but all the plywood and foam parts were NC cut for easy assembly. The hulls are 9 and 6mm Okoume ply, finished off at the bow with a foam crash-box. The deck is 3" blue foam with 4mm ply skins and the house is 6mm.

It will be really interesting to hear about their first season living with the boat.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Dogzilla Has a New Home

A worthy final resting place for the 33rd America's Cup winner. Bieker Boats designed and engineered the support system and rigging for displaying the USA 17 Trimaran at Oracle headquarters.