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The twenty-year refit

I've been browsing the brokerage ads again. (A dangerous habit, I know.) There's a trend in some of the listings that has me a bit worried: boats that are less than a decade old, but are advertised with "Just finished a major refit!!!".

A major refit after less than ten years is a sign that the boat was poorly specified and poorly set up to start with. Builders should be embarrassed and humbled if their boats need a major refit so soon after launch.

A reasonable ten-year refit might include, as major items:

Outrigger struts for the Starwind 860

It's time for another boat parts update! The only way this project is going to make it to completion is if a little bit of work gets done at every possible opportunity. So, slipping in a task or two a day, we are making slow but steady progress on the Starwind 860 trimaran.

The struts that link the 860's crossbeams to her main hull have aluminum end sleeves and a red oak core.

Length matters

Longer boats are faster. We tend to take that for granted, because it tends to be true. Put two boats of similar type in a race, and the longer one is almost certain to beat the shorter one to the finish line. The difference that length makes is quite remarkable, but we rarely get to look at it on its own- and that is the subject of today's post.

Starwind 860: Range and efficiency

Among the key questions that must be answered in any powerboat's design phase are: How much power does it need, and how far can it go between gas docks?

The Starwind 860 trimaran that I'm currently working on started life as a series of computer simulations to answer these two questions. In today's post, I'll take you through some of these calculations and the logic that led to the final choices.

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