Issue No. 135, February/March 2012 — Table of Contents
On the cover: A rotomolding technician pours pre-measured granular polyethylene into half of the cast aluminum mold for the main hull of a WindRider 17 trimaran. With the other half of this clamshell mold secured, the unit will be swung into an oven, where it will be spun and rocked at temperatures up to 500°F (260°C). The melted plastic coats the inside of the tooling to produce a finished hull. Story on page 46. Photograph courtesy WindRider.
14 The Morgan Invasion
by Dan Spurr
Charley Morgan jumped into yacht design and boatbuilding, and then jumped out and cashed out, and now looks back only some of the time.
by Paul Lazarus
Veteran designer Renato “Sonny” Levi has more than a thousand individual completed projects to his credit—mostly power, some sail, and virtually every one technically influential.
46 Tri and Tri Again
by Jim Brown
A designer’s perspective on developing, designing, refining, and marketing the popular WindRider line of 10'–17' (3m–5.2m) rotomolded polyethylene trimarans.
58 Special Delivery
by Eric Colby
Morse Overland Marine of New Gloucester, Maine, custom-builds hydraulic trailers with uncommon specifications such as a tight turning radius and high weight capacity.
4 Letters, Etc.
Readers comment on the true identity of a double-decker whale-watching RIB; perceived bias in standards writing; and derelict boats being sunk as artificial reefs.
compiled by Dan Spurr
Electric propulsion options; Edensaw Woods; innovation at Scout Boats; a sail-powered fishing catamaran; a versatile battery charger; new tooling in Turkey; Erich Bruckmann remembered; replacing a superyacht’s exhaust system; and two solutions from Dometic.
36 Design Brief
by Aaron Porter
More noteworthy designs and ideas for fast expedition sailboats from Professional BoatBuilder’s third design challenge.
72 Parting Shot
by Wally Moran
A marine writer finds professionals in online forums who encourage selling boating, and simpler boats, to get more people on the water.
68 New Products and Processes
69 Classified Advertising