April/May 2015 — Table of Contents
On the cover: A rigging crew at Newport Shipyard installs modern fiber stays from Future Fibres on the 147.1′ (44.8m) Baltic sloop Visione in 2005. Rapid evolution and innovation in fiber rigging materials and production technologies during the past decade have delivered such lightweight, high-strength rigging as affordable options on more modest cruising and racing boats. Story on page 48.
Photograph by Billy Black.
28 Refrigerant Roulette
by Nigel Calder
With refrigerant R-12 dead, and R-134a’s future uncertain, service techs and boat owners can’t afford to ignore the changing regulations.
36 By the Rules
by Dan Spurr
California yacht designer Alan Andrews creates race-winning boats that exploit the rating rules of the day.
48 High Fiber
by John Marples
Modern fiber rigging is no longer exclusive to superyachts and ocean racers.
56 Navigating a Sea of Standards
by Mike Telleria
A “standards guy” explains how to ease the pain of compliance when building boats for the world market.
4 Letters, Etc.
Readers comment on water heaters; a pedal boat transmission; AluPEX; propane lockers; parallel batteries; Windward Passage builder Carl Chapman; Fuji rudder repairs; and the definition of a green hybrid.
compiled by Dan Spurr
Slane Marine’s new 62′ (19m) sportfisherman; Westlawn 2.0; a visit to Steiner-Optik; Carl Cramer’s Live! project; eight bells, David Parker; the proprietary Hull Vane; a new wing-in-ground craft; the Dibber; Brownell’s portable hydraulic boat jack; and wheat-starch blast media.
22 Practical Solutions
by Reuel B. Parker
With an eye to real-world shop conditions, a custom boat builder approaches efficient varnishing a bit differently.
80 Parting Shot
by Kiko Villalon
A giant of modern boatbuilding shares marine-maintenance folk wisdom from his youth in Cuba.
72 New Products and Processes
77 Classified Advertising