Awesome!

In one word, she sails awesome!

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Last Friday morning we installed the mainsail and off we went. Windfinder predicted 15 kn from the east but as always, the 15 turned out to be 20. Our home port Arnis is about 4 nm up the Schlei, Germany´s only fjord and we had to motor 2.5 miles straight into the wind before out on the open sea. The electric motors work well but you have to adapt to the system. You must watch your electric balance closely and calculate the expected consumption. We left Arnis with batteries 90% full which means 180 Ah left. The first 1.5 miles we went slow because we needed to wait for the Kappeln bridge to open. The Generator was running and the battery´s charging state didn´t change. Behind the bridge we went full throttle, meaning 4 kn boatspeed into the wind force 5-6. Fortunately the current helped us with an additional knot that by the time the sails were up the battery was down to 20 %. Not really ideal but I think it is to early to draw final conclusions. I am sure that the pitch of the propellers is to low and we have not installed any other electrical sources like solar panels and windturbine yet – not to forget the possible recuperation from the motors. So stop complaining and benefit from the lightness of the system.

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Julia was at the helm while Julius and I pulled the sails up. The main we only hoisted to the first reef and as soon as Julia was bearing off to a beam reach she couldn´t get the grin out of her face. For the next two hours the speedo didn´t fall below 10 kn, mostly staying at around 11 with max 12.5 kn without pushing it, only enjoying the fact that Wild thing sails so well! I admit that I was a little nervous, rather let go the traveller when looking at the dyneema shrouds I spliced myself. Not that there was any particular problem, I just have to gain confidence into the whole ship.

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Two hours later we rounded the northern cape of Aero and hauled up to a close reach. Who says that catamarans don´t go upwind. Wild Thing definitely proves him wrong!  From my last cat with fixed keels I was used to tacking angles of 120 deg. Wild thing tacks well below 100! With the wind dropped to 12 kn and the main unreefed we were going 7-8 kn at TWA 45 deg. For me this might have been the most revealing moment of the weekend. Never worry about going upwind again!

We dropped Anchor in the bay west of Aeroskobing after 3.5 hours of sailing, covering 33 nm. Well done Wild Thing! If anyone was wondering – the children were well asleep most of the time. The fresh air and the movement of the boat seems to be very tiring.

Saturday we decided to stay where we were. Julius and I had an awesome kite session. While I was only happy to be on the board again after 3 years of absence Julius was practicing the `dark slide´ – one of those sick moves that I am probably to old for … The children played at the beach, enjoying the very last days of summer.

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Sunday morning we were up early and decided to do a quick 😉 10 mile dash to a yet unknown bay to have breakfast there. It is amazing, sailing is so much fun!

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Wind: 10 kn TWA: 65 deg Speed: amazing

Soon the whole crew shouted pancake … pancake … pancake, so the captain was on duty again and was reminded that he wanted to install a maple syrup holding tank, maybe a task for the winter.

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When everyone was fed we lifted anchor and headed home. The wind was still blowing from the east and once out on the open sea it reached 20 knots and more. The sea state was not very pleasant, but still Wild Thing sailed rather comfortable. Despite the hulls having a flat bottom there was hardly any slamming and I can´t remember one wave hitting the bridgedeck as I was used to from my old catamaran.

The bow enters soft and smooth

The bow enters soft and smooth

Only one noise was new to me. At about 13 kn boatspeed  a gentle humming could be heard – caused by the daggerboards. Max speed that day was 13.5 knots but I am sure this is by far not the end of the ladder 🙂

Good News!

Finally our main sail arrived. We´ll pick it up tomorrow, hook it to the mast Friday morning and expect 15 kn of wind for the weekend – perfect for a first test under full sail 🙂

Have you seen the changes on the Schionning website – we feel honoured!

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First Family Cruise

Summer holiday is over and we are back from our first family cruise. To say it in one sentence – we love our boat! Unfortunately we had some bad luck with our main sail which hasn´t been delivered in time. It´s an exhausting story but we are still hoping to get it before the season ends. So after being forced to stay in the marina because of strong winds up to 35 kn we finally took off, only with the 26 sqm jib to find out that the Arrow 1200 is a runner. In 18 to 22 knots of wind atTWA of 120 to 140 deg we almost hit 10 knots of boatspeed – promising 🙂

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It was only a two hour trip from Schleimünde to Marstal because we didn´t want to overstrain the children but soon they all fell asleep and everything went fine. All systems worked well. The B&G instruments, chartplotter and autopilot did their work and Julia and I enjoyed our first sail with our Wild Thing.

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Then came the first real challenge for the electric propulsion. To reach Marstal harbour we had to motor against 15 knots of wind and 1.5 knots of current. I did not want to stress the system that was all new to us, so we only went half throttle. The power consumption was 100 Amps, 80 delivered by the Generator and the rest from the batteries. SOG was about 3 knots which was okay for the 1.5 miles through the narrow channel. It drained the battery by only 10 % but at the time we tied the lines in Marstal the Generator had filled them up to almost 100 % again. Later that week we tested the system in depth at zero wind and these are the figures: Full speed is 6.4 knots, power consumption is 280 Amps @ 24 V what gives us about 80 minutes at full throttle. The speed we could reach with the current only delivered by the generator without draining the battery is 4.3 knots. Actually I was hoping for a little more but I think we might be able to improve the performance with a higher pitch of the propellers. Since the boat has to come out of the water to change the blades we can only try this next year. At least we know that everything works and the system is reliable so far.

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The rest of the trip gave us fair winds and some sunny days as we did island hopping in the danish south sea. One of the many highlights was beaching the Catamaran at the easterly end of Avernako. What a sight, the boat half a meter ashore and the children playing on the beach. We stayed that way during the whole night, lying quiet and calm in the light breeze only hearing the hulls scratching the sand from time to time. The rudder boxes with hydraulic rams were uphauled and we were pleased that this worked fine as well.

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Sailing with three very small children is a challenge. Safety is the main goal, no one must never ever go over board. What we do for their and our own I will let you know in a separate post. Also I plan to give you more information about some specialties of our yacht as there are electrics, rudder boxes and hydraulic steering, deck layout, interior … If you have any special interest let me know. We will try to cover as much as possible as far as our children let us 😉

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August 2016, Julia, Chris, Hugo, Jamie and Matilda on WILD THING

 

 

Wild Thing – You make my heart sing

What an exciting moment. Last Saturday it was finally time to pull our Arrow 1200 out of the shed, step the mast and put her into the water. There are so many things to do at the moment to fit her out properly for our first sailing adventure in August, I will post details later. Here are some snapshots:

A few tasks to do

A few tasks to do

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Get her moving

Get her moving

crane lifting ....

crane lifting ….

... into the water

… into the water

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Bad luck!

I had a bit of bad luck in the last couple of months. An infected bursitis needed surgical treatment and I am still having problems with my right hand. However, the building went on and actually we are not to far away from the finish line. So here´s an update.

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The painting job is finally done. The exterior is spraypainted with glossy white Awlgrip and it looks awesome. The interior is all matt white. The hardest part was getting the surfaces all even flat. You need to at least squeegee the panels twice or seal them with a light filler before sanding and painting.

Anyway, we got it all done and we are happy with the result! The galley is almost finished, with an induction field as cooker. See how that works. The Fridge is 230 V as well.

Galley

Galley

This is the generator, suppying 4 kw continuous 230 V electrical power. It is situated under the forward bunk in the starboard hull.

Whisperpower Genverter

Whisperpower Genverter

The windows (Perspex) are glued with Sikaflex.

Perspex windows

Perspex windows

This is the hatch of the forward locker and it´s huge!

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forward locker

We just started with the installation of the daggerboard cases. It was a day´s work to cut out the hull and make them fit properly.

Cutting out the hull for the daggerboard cases

Cutting out the hull for the daggerboard cases

The case is in place

The case is in place

That is how the cases break through the hull.

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Daggerboard case

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daggerboard case

The rest is business as usual – trimming the cases, decoring and backfilling the edges and finally taping the seams.

Next thing to do is the forestay fitting and the installation of the rudders. If everything works out well we´ll be in the water in 6 or 7 weeks 🙂   –   and next time I tell you what the little guy at the top has to do with all of it.

 

Hull is ready painted

Hello,

recently I did not find the time to update the blog despite the enormous progress we made. The hull is ready painted now . Stephan did a great job spray-painting all surfaces with AWL Grip 2 Component PUR Topcoat. The result is fantastic! Perfect glossy finish on most parts and antislip on the side-, foredeck, cabin top and steps. The hulls are all covered with film until everything finished but you can already imagine the perfect look.

Stephan in action

Stephan in action

Cockpit

Cockpit

cabin top with antislip

cabin top with antislip

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prodder

prodder in place

prodder in place

prodder in place

prodder in place, antislip still to come

bridgedeck reinforcement, openings for sheaves to lead halyards etc. coming from the mast back to the cockpit

bridgedeck reinforcement, openings for sheaves to lead halyards etc. coming from the mast back to the cockpit

 

Next the interior kit will be installed, faired and painted. The motors will get in place next week so we can start with the electrics in about a month. The mast is ordered to be delivered in April and we hope to be in the water by May/June 🙂

More details on that soon on a hopefully more regular basis.

Cheers, Chris

Rudderbox

Short update on the rudderboxes. Enough space for the hydraulic pump and the rudder arm. The hydraulic hoses will be led to the front. On the side there is an inspection hatch to get access to the mechanics. The rudder shaft will get an additional bearing at the top with an option to mount an emergency tiller.

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Rudder Box

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inspection hatch

Inspection hatch

 

Kick up rudder cases

Hi all,

the Arrow 1200 is designed to have kick up rudders combined with tiller steering. However, we prefer to have wheel steering. In that case the catamaran is supposed to have fixed rudders what makes beaching almost impossible. So we thought about it and came to the idea of extended boxes which are able to hold the rudder stock with arm and a hydraulic cylinder … see the result below!

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Rudder case

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Rudder case

The case fits perfectly to the hull to take the forces of the rudder. It will be hinged with a SS bolt and held down with some break away device which we still have to think about 😉

That way the rudder comes up in case of collision and can be pulled up for beaching. Very happy with that!