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.
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.
Getting the pole sliding like butta.
It works. In theory. To the boat!
Fitting went well with just a few glitches to work out.
In all her glory.
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
Work in progress. But here’s what we’re thinking.
The platform. (Thanks T&G!)
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)
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.