Saturday, June 18, 2016

Big Water Test

I finally got to take the wannabe proa out in some pretty good wind and big water. This revealed some not so endearing qualities. The spookiest is the result of the boat just having one crossbeam. This allows the ama to rotate on its mount much more than it would if there were two crossbeams. It beacame apparent that in short choppy wave conditions it would not be too hard for the bow of the realatively short ama to nose dive and with the likely result being it could rotate on its mount and flip upside down. This would be a serious event while underway... and probably fairly difficult to recover from. It should be noted that the outrigger is too small and would benefit from being longer and more bouyant.