No news for a long time, so you might be wondering what is going on? Well, the building is taking a break at the moment. Not for long, but currently I am very occupied with my work at home. From Easter on we want to continue with the building and that will be the time when the next updates and photos will be available. Meanwhile, we decided to go for the E propulsion. End of January we had the boot exhibition here in Dusseldorf. We talked to a lot of people, got quotes for various solutions (Inboard Diesel, saildrive, shaft drive, outboards …) but finally got stuck with the greenstar electric propulsion. Despite all the concerns and comments (thank you Tom for your detailed and profound analysis) we want to give it a try – though try is not the right word. Greenstar Marine has already 500 systems installed in Scandinavia over the past 7 years. I am quite optimistic that it all works out the way we wanted it. The only thing undecided is the battery choice. That must wait until the whole system is ready installed.
Another thing we decided at the boot fair was the choice of mast and boom. Though we liked the idea of the demountable carbon mast by CCR ( http://www.dr-ulken.com/ ) we opted for a conventional alloy mast by VMG ( www.masterspars.com ). I am still waiting for a quote for a full carbon mast but I guess this will be out of our budget – even though it would fit the boat quite well!
Meanwhile in my little spare time I am working on the two daggerboards. Schionnings original design has a wooden spine, foam core and a carbon/glass laminate. Paul and Jolanda from the Netherlands are currently working on the daggerboards for their Gforce 1500C ( www.facebook.com/Zeilmee.nl ), they have some pretty nice pictures. I decided for a hollow construction, made of two halves vacuum bagged in a mould. There will be a separate post on this in the near future.