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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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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

*~* The Wedding *~*

Don and Deana of Gypsy Queen, blessed us all with the sharing of their engagement, and wedding ceremony 9 days later.

Here, down on one knee, Don formally places the engagement ring on Deana's finger and asks for her hand in marriage.

Kimberly decorating the travel lift so that the ceremony would be more festive.

Here it is, all decked out and ready!!

Doc, of Blue Toes, with little time to practice, played the wedding march for Deana to walk 'down the aisle' to. Thanks Doc, it was the best we have heard yet :-)

The blushing, beautiful bride...

The wedding party; Nathalie, Deana, Pastor Dick, Don, Leanord, and Deana's son Mike.

A beautiful moment captured during the vows.

The ring bearer carried the pillow above with the rings tied onto the middle... It is hard to read in this photo, but the bottom says, fittingly, Man Overboard!

Exchanging the rings

Kimberly's husband Bruce delivering some beer to the Groom that was found floating down the River during the reception.

Blayde, giving Deana her hand made wedding gift. He used copper wire and adorned it with whole abalone shells which curved all over then attached to a copper base. He is really becoming quite an artist!!

Dancing the night away..
This is Don, Barbara, Nathalie, Chip (dancing with Deana), Larry and Julie.

Leonard and Larry look on during the bouquet toss.

The removal of the throwing garter....

Leonard, Valin, Drake, Blayde and Bentley of Alex eagerly await the arrival of the garter. In the end I think Valin caught it, but gave it to Nathalie :-)

~ Leonard and Julie ~

~ Tamer and I ~

We both felt that this was by far the most beautiful wedding ceremony and reception that we had ever been too. I am especially thankful that we were making the boat yard our home when they decided to 'Tie The Knot'. We wish them the best!!

~ Bruce and Kimberly ~

~ Margaret and Matt ~


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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 =