December/January 2020 — Table of Contents
On the cover: Advances in solar panel efficiency and durability have allowed for significant improvements in providing onboard electrical power without a generator or a shore-power cord. Here, Nigel Calder’s well-equipped Malo 46, Nada, is fitted with four 85-watt rigid solar panels mounted on a hard bimini top. Story on page 36.
Photograph by Nigel Calder.
20 Essentials of Catamaran Structure
by John Kecsmar
Applying classification society rules and simplified calculation techniques for robust catamaran hull connections.
36 Advances in Onboard Solar
by Nigel Calder
Refinements in solar power technology offer significant opportunities for marine applications, and some risks as well.
54 Sailing on Steps
by Alan Adler
According to the designer, his early-1990s stepped-hull catamaran idea is ripe for “theft” and further development.
58 The Quarter-Inch Rule
by Dieter Loibner
When the owner wants an ice hold, a hot tub, a manifold hatch, and clean lines, a swim-step refit requires meticulous planning, thoughtful design, and flawless execution.
6 Letters, Etc.
Readers comment on ultracapacitors for engine starting; lithium-ion batteries are not simple “drop-in” replacements for lead-acid units; and the early catamarans built for The Moorings.
compiled by Dan Spurr
Jim Kyle’s next Sea Sled; latest engineroom ventilation control system from Delta “T”; new designs from Doug Zurn; marine industry training at CCRI; and eight bells Fabio Buzzi, Mark Lindsay, and Lowell North.
124 Parting Shot
by Laurie McGowan
A yacht designer disparages the performance and popularity of reverse bows and respectfully suggests a practical alternative.
67 Innovative Product Showcase
73 Classified Advertising