Log of SV Free Spirit and ships company

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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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Life On Land

Valin really enjoyed swimming with Rupert and playing on the beach.

One night Drake sat with an older gentleman fishing off the bridge for about 3 hours. When he returned to the boat, he had a bag with 7 fish, and an eel. Now first of all, I am not really keen on cleaning fish, but to support his bringing home dinner, I did it with a smile. BUT, when I got to the bottom of the plastic bag and was left with the eel, I had to draw the line! I think the boys will make fun of me for years to come regarding my reaction to it getting out and trying to get down the drain. While I stood tot he side and screamed like a baby, they got it outside and threw it overboard. The funny thing is that while I was retelling the story to the crew on P'tit Louis, they were shocked that I had not offered it to them, as they LOVE eel and even know how to clean and prepare it. Next time for sure :-)

A cute, funny picture of Casey... She was visiting family in Urbanna and became the boys' adopted sister for a couple weeks in August. We miss you!

Free Spirit intentionally grounded so that Tamer and Paul could use the hookah and clean the bottom of the boat. Being in this shallow of water allowed them to walk around most of the boat instead of diving. This little spit was across from the marina, and the boys would row the inflatable over there to play on the beach sometimes.

A self portrait of Daniel, Valin and Elizabeth.

A nice family picture of Patric, Katrine and Rupert walking the dock.

Dock Parties & New Friends

Blayde and their friend Daniel, playing on the boys' private beach in front of the marina building. This area provided and uncountable amount of hours of fun for the boys during our stay.

Sean coming in from a quick ride out on Jason's Kayak. I was really hoping for a 'water shot', but unfortunately he did not fall in! :-)

On the left is Riann with her and Sean's son Ryhs. Then to the left is Nathalie and Katrine. Sean and Riann became quick and lasting friends while we were in Urbanna. I will miss so many people that touched our lives here.

Our front yard, thanks Dianne! At the end of the dock is Gary and his wife Nell, Tamer, and then Dave and Leslie.

Blayde, Daniel, Drake, Valin and Elizabeth having a swimming party on the boat.

Amy & Jeannie.

Daniel, who is Elizabeth's brother, are Dave and Leslie's kids. Here he is taking a wild leap off the side of Free Spirit. The boys were swimming in the River here at least twice a day. It was just part of the daily routine.

Elizabeth :-) My constant bearer of gifts... Every time she would come to the boat, she would bring me a beautiful present!

Gary and Nell Thimson.... These wonderful folks are always welcome as guests aboard Free Spirit. They both constantly went above and beyond to help us make our stay more comfortable. Anywhere from rides, to bags of clothes for all of us, to our weekly bags of bagels & dough nuts.

There are more of you that are not pictured here, but you know who you are :-) A big heartfelt thanks to all of our new friends for making us feel so welcome and at home during our stay.

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 =