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War Pony - Farr 36 - Preparation for Pacific Cup 2010     (back to showcase home page)

Projects: Complete deck repair / paint job;  re-rig of deck systems; build a custom hard dodger; build a navigation table; fix sources of leaks in the boat; rig bunk adjustment lines; install custoim G10 padeyes inside boat for stowing gear; re-vamp kelp cutter system; seal keel box; build a custom stove and set up the galley; build offshore sheets and halyards; install emergency rudder hardware; install custom staysail composite padeye and las to BH below;

Weight is everything in a downwind race. Every single single piece of hardware has to be as light and as strong as possible, even when it's for adjusting the angle of your bunk! Blocks, with all their moving parts, are inherently heavy. Whenever possible, we replace them with ferrules. This is especially possible when there isn't a continual large amoung of highly loaded line passing through. We came up with the idea of combining composite spectra eyes and delrin ferrules in one very small, incredibly light, yet incredibly strong part. The resusltant padeyes got ProSet-ed to the carbon overhead.
The Farr 36 has the soul of a pure racer. As such, it does not come with a navigation station. So we built one out of carbon. Here is the first prototype. The end version actually attached to the starboard side of the boat.
Building the nav table allowed me to experiment with carbon fiber hinges. The resultant product has implications for much larger parts.
The nav station worked like a dream. Despite an INCREDIBLY wet ride, our computer and navigational equipment held up perfectly.

The Farr 36 has a flush deck, and a tendency to want to sail under water at high speeds. Combine these two facts and it quickly becomes obvious that the boat needs a hard dodger for long ocean races. I pulled a molded frame off the companionway opening, and then just hot-glued foam panels.  I glassed in slots to allow the halyards and reefing lines access to the house-top winches.
The dodger on the boat. The Farr 36 has a gigantic cockpit, which is usually angled severely. We opted for skateboard non-skid panels which worked great when we were healed over for days at a time.  We used a custom G10 padeye for our staysail tack. We had the sail built so we could install it very close to a small bulkhead in the bow. This padeye has one main spectra eye coming out the top for the staysail, and two spectra eyes coming out the bottom for lashing it to the bulkhead. We glass the spectra eyes on the bulkhead right into the laminate. The whole system weighs nothing and is incredibly stiff and strong. 

When we shot the deck, we shot some blue gloss near the athwartships jib tracks, then put down numbered stickers, and shot non-skid over that. We then peeled up the stickers and the numbers showed through. We replaced blocks with ferrules, and rigged a outboard lead strop that attaches with a custom G10 dog-bone system.
As part of off-shore regs, you have to lash down the mastbutt in case of a dismasting (so it doesn't turn into a battering ram inside the boat). We used one of our pre-made G10 padeyes with built-in delrin thimble. Super light, super strong, no holes in the rig, doesn't interfere with spartite or mast out procedure.