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The chronicles of the schooner Free Spirit and her crew, embarking on an open ended journey upon the great rolling heap. Free Spirit is currently pursuing humanitarian and commercial goals in the Dominican Republic, on the island of Hispaniola. Working under the Ocean Reach USA and Paradigm Research banners, she is serving as logistics headquarters, workshop, and development laboratory for many ongoing projects. This is the log of her journey.....

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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri November 27th - December 4th

We arrived here at Osage Beach, Missouri on the 27th, to check into a 3 bedroom condo. While we were checking in, it became obvious that the place was in the middle of the dead season, so I worked some magic, and for a small fee, we were upgraded to the 3 bedroom Penthouse.

The unit is about 2000sf, with 3 great bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, an entertainment loft (20x20) with a huge TV and poker table and a balcony with a hot tub, gas grill & patio furniture. We are all enjoying being able to 'spread out' from being in the trailer...

~Looking down from the balcony into the Living Room~

When we set up this reservation back in July, it was with the intent to meet up with our old friend Jon and his new family. Jon, a truck driver was stuck in Amarillo with bad fuel injectors. So, the boys were super excited at the prospect of sharing 2 full bedrooms (one with a king bed), for a few days :-)

~Looking into the kitchen and back to 2 of the bedrooms. Above is the loft~

Aaaahhh.... Living in the lap of luxury :-) The boys and I feel like royalty!!

While we awaited Jon and Angie's arrival the area was hit with a rarely seen Winter Storm. This is what we woke to on Thursday morning. Wednesday night was the best display of thunderstorm that I have ever witnessed. The lightning was lighting up the sky, at times, every 30 seconds or so. The boys loved it, and stood on the balcony in the pouring rain and hail to "soak" up every moment!

Hmmmm..... The interesting thing was watching the maintenance guys trying to clear this annoying wet snow with leaf blowers :-)

The amount of snow we received over-night was actually quite impressive!!

From what we can gather, they do not make boat shelters to withstand any amount of snow. Jon's wife Angie told us that she does not remember this much snow falling in 1 day since she was a little girl. Hopefully they will be joining us later today (Saturday).

~ into the blue ~

The sun was shining brightly, creating really cool steam effects off of the Lake.


Anonymous Pam and Steve said...

Dear Cliff, Laura, Blayde, Valin and Drake,
I have just totally caught up on your entire blog after having lost the address for months. WOW!!! First of all, I love the fact that you guys are doing this. Second, I am deeply impressed by your thoughtful meditations and reflections on the passing scene and the eternal stuff that remains--love relationships. I laughed for a long time and a long time again when I was telling Steve about the famous Canadian pebble deer. Steve and I would love to know if there is an address on the horizon around January 15th where a package might reach you (yes, we are going to try again to get your gift to you, this time a little harder). Drop me an e at sectorzonarius@yahoo.com when you can. We love you and haven't forgotten you.
Love, Pam

2:30 PM  

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Introducing Propcalc 4.0

Use Propcalc to easily match your hull with your engine, transmission, and propeller
Put the known data in the top fields, then hit the Update button to get the answers.
Results, of course, should be verified by a Naval Architect or qualified surveyor.
Data is provided for three bladed propellers of average type
For two or four bladed props, use the modifiers shown below.

Fill out the fields as follows:

Vessel LWL (ft) = Waterline length
Vessel Disp (lbs) = Vessel displacement
(max) HP = Rated Engine Max HP
Engine RPM max = Engine RPM at Max HP
Engine RPM cruise = Desired or estimated cruise rpm
(Cruise or Max) Kts = Speed to work the calculations for
Slip = Propeller efficience. 45% is average for a displacement cruiser.
Gear ratio = 1: Gear ratio of transmission
SL Ratio Adj. = This value will be added (or subtracted, if a negative value) to the calculated S/L ratio.

Key information:

If the "hp required" is greater than the "cruse HP", you have your cruise RPM set too low for your engine parameters.
If the "hp required" is significantly less than the "cruse HP", you have your cruise RPM set too high for your engine parameters.
If the "hp required" is greater than the "Max HP", then your target speed is too high for your engine/hull parameters.
The S/L ratio is calculated automaticaly based on your input. It can be adjusted if necessary, but normally it should be left alone.
If the calculated S/L ratio exceeds S/L MAX, then the results are likely to be non-predictive. Try a lower speed requirement.
SL Ratios of 1.1 - 1.4 are typical of displacement hulls. Semiplaning or planing hulls can go higher.

Typical propeller slip values:

Sailing auxiliary, barges, etc less than 9 Kts............45%
Heavy powerboats, workboats 9 - 15 Kts....................26%
Powerboats, Lightweight Cruisers 15 - 30 Kts..............24%
High speed planing boats 30 - 45 Kts......................20%
V bottom race boats 45 - 90 Kts...........................10%


it is possible to get irrational answers by irrational input , I.E specifying excessive speed for hull type and length
Any attempt to exceed hull speed (1.34 times the square root of the waterline length in feet) with a displacement hull are likely
to fail unless the hull is extremely fine (multihull) or otherwise exceptional. In such cases, an S/L adjustment would be in order.

2 and 4 bladed props:

For two bladed propellers, multiply the diameter by 1.05, and the pitch by 1.01
For four bladed propellers, multiply the diameter by .94, and the pitch by .98

Vessel LWL (ft) =
Vessel Disp (lbs) =
  (max) HP =
  Engine RPM max =
  Engine RPM cruise =
  (Cruise or Max) Kts =
  Slip =
  Gear ratio = 1:
  SL Ratio Adj. =
  Prop rpm max =
  Prop rpm cruise =
  Pitch =
  Diameter =
  Static Thrust =
  Cruise HP =
  Cruise HP% =
  SL Ratio =
  DL Ratio =
  SL Max =
  HP Required =