Peddle Drive Mach III: The final form

Final gear ratio: ~ 8:1.

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Top speed: ~ 4kts

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Happiness level: ~ ecstatic. It works, it’s pretty quick, and it looks great.  Huge thanks to Tom and Ginny for helping us make it a rock solid reality.

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new line and she’s sailing!

Huge thanks to New England Ropes for the spectra!

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Main sheet and traveler controls.

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Halyards! All 4 of them.

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Downhaul / Cunningham

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They also hooked us up with sheets, guys, tack lines, and reef lines. Amazing. Thanks again guys.

Peddle Drive Mach II

Huge thanks to T&G machine for making our dreams a reality.

We converted a 1.5 horse outboard into a 6 foot peddle drive monster.

Off the boat

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Our most excellent machinists

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Frankenpole

Ahh! We’ve been dreaming about this for over a month now, and it’s finally a reality. Thanks again Cree and Berkeley Marine Center for helping us with composites.

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Laying up the cuffs and straps. Carbon and Glass.

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Close up of the main load bearing strap. Few air bubbles in the last layer of glass, but the carbon laid up beautifully. Frankenpole! Pad eye is for the platform stays.

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Getting the pole sliding like butta.

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It works. In theory. To the boat!

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Fitting went well with just a few glitches to work out.

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In all her glory.

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We still need to add the spectra stays, setup the screecher and spin attachments, and get a sail up to make sure our load testing works in the real world.

Much thrust… great success

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Work in progress. But here’s what we’re thinking.

The platform. (Thanks T&G!)

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Next we’ll add a composite platform on top of the aluminum frame and build the spinnaker pole cradles, mounting point for peddle drive, peddle unit, and seat.

 

The drive unit (in progress)

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We’re extending the drive shaft and adding the gear to drive shaft system.

The prop via sea-cycle.com

We’ll be updating this post with the progress on the system. Let us know if you have any thoughts.

 

bottoms

She’s been in the water for the last 30 years without a full haul!

Haul

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Power wash

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First sand

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Fair and sand

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Small glass repairs

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Sand again!

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Prime

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Sand and prep for bottom paint

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Spray bottoms

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Spray tops

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Final coat

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Stay tuned for the next set of projects!

jib cars

Current system is setup for same side trimming… leeward trimming. Not ideal. We’ll be replacing current track cars with rotating blocks that let us cross lead jib sheets to the high side.

Rudder Overhaul

The rudders are actually in pretty good shape. However we’ll be fairing them, possibly building longer blades, and lengthening the tiller handles to bring the tiller bar inboard of the main traveller.

To look like this.

repair / re-build dagger boards

As you can see our 40 year old boards need some love. We’ll start by cleaning them up then building a mold so we can build longer ones.

The Starting Point

The “before” pictures. Stay tuned for updates as we repair, rebuild, and improve.