ột thời chưa phải là xa, VN những năm 80… Kéo xuống phía dưới, ảnh số 3 là một số thuyền “junk rigged” ở Hạ Long, ảnh số 4 là một số thuyền “lug rigged” ở Nam Định… Buồm ko phải là điều gì xa lạ, nhất là vào cái thời điểm đói kém đó, máy móc, xăng dầu vẫn là những thứ rất khan hiếm…
his weekend, we lower the trimaran’s mast to add a new tang, riveted down near the mast head for the spinnaker (replacing the weak pad – eye that has been blown away by strong wind last week), make some other minor fixes before raising the mast again. We also installed a new spinnaker retrieval line and chute. The work continues pass noon.
Then after a small lunch, we head out to the sea. There’re only some very light winds today, the sea is quite calm, but that’s also a chance to fly and test all sails. The whole thing works perfectly, hoisting and retrieving the spinnaker are quite smooth, together with main sail and jib, enabled the trimaran to carry 6 men out for a pleasureful gentle promenade! 😀
hy a rowing machine!? First, it is among the best exercising methods which helps building the most groups of muscles. Second, to be used as a complementary way besides kayak paddling, especially when I don’t have time to go to the river, or when I do have, but the tide does not permit a convenient sortie. Below is my on – going building progress.
Most of the rowing machine’s frame is made from cheap MDF, glued, stapled and screwed together, then painted outside with thinned epoxy to strengthen the MDF a bit. Some important parts are made from wood, e.g: rails for the sliding seat… I use 4 small white hard – plastic wheels with ball bearing for durability, and for the sliding motion to be smooth.
ven greater sailing experiences the last weekend, when we had a chance to sail a slightly larger and heavier trimaran on Vũng Tàu sea. It takes sometimes to rig a new spinnaker, but with just only a mainsail hoisted (the jib is still furled), the boat is already like a restrained horse, ready to show off her real power once the mooring line is released.
With two daggerboards, the trimaran points quite closed to wind, though some few times, it lacks a bit of momentum for a quick, decisive tack, or maybe our handling (of an entry – level sailor) has not been smooth enough. Nevertheless, there were quite a lot of wind and waves that afternoon, and there were plenty of fun riding them obviously! 😀
ó ý tưởng này từ nhiều năm nay nhưng vẫn chưa thực hiện được… Giả sử như bạn muốn làm 1 cái paddling trip nhiều ngày, đi thật xa, nhưng ko đủ quỹ thời gian cho chuyến quay về, hay đơn giản là muốn paddle loanh quanh suốt 1 ngày rồi quay về nhà nhanh chóng…
Thuê được 1 chiếc xe tải chở cái kayak dài 5.0 ~ 5.5m ko phải dể (dù cái kayak thực sự có chút xíu, rất nhẹ), và giá thuê cũng ko hề rẻ chút nào. Với cái thiết kế “tam khúc” này, có thể tháo rời thành 3 đoạn, mỗi đoạn khoảng 1.5 ~ 1.8m, và chất lên đằng sau 1 chiếc taxi 7 chỗ dể dàng….
great weekend with lots of fun learning my very first sailing lessons, we have a windsurf, a dinghy, a small monohull, a catamaran, and a trimaran to try sailing! What else could I ask for!? There were lots of wind and traffic on the river today. What’s a wonderful moment when I had the tiller in my hand, trying to conduct some simple broad reaching maneuvers.
From what I’ve learned in sailing books, to actual actions in reality are some large distances, and it needs a lot of practices to fill those gaps. At the end of the day, we made another “classical” mistake, a broach while in a smooth and fast downwind running, but it was also another fun experience trying to right a capsized heavy monohull it with centerboard.