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  1. 03-21-2017, 08:21 AM#1
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    The lightweight lifeboat tender?

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    OK, So I'm finally throwing up a few pictures of what Ive been working on. Please let me know if you can see this pic - I've had probs. with pic hosting
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    Re: The lightweight lifeboat tender?

    I see the pic. But it's not a lifeboat tender. Looks more like a cockpit.
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    Re: The lightweight lifeboat tender?

    It's a photo. Hard to get the scale and your space is so cramped it's hard to really understand the design. But the pic is a great demonstration of an interesting short-cut to plank pattern making.

    Are you making some sort of floatation tanks?
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    Ian, I have lots of space, but that photo above is bad. does this one show the shape a little better?
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    Re: The lightweight lifeboat tender?

    Nice looking boat, but where do you put a 12 ft tender on passage at sea? ( says the guy who has towed various dinghies up to 15 ft for tens of thousands coastal)
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    There are two kinds of boaters: those who have run aground, and those who lie about it.
    From reading his response to Stephen, I gather the boat doubles as a sort of cockpit liner? Is that right, Red Eye?

    Kevin
    Nice looking boat, but where do you put a 12 ft tender on passage at sea? ( says the guy who has towed various dinghies up to 15 ft for tens of thousands coastal
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    It'll need drinks holders then......
    Originally Posted by Breakaway
    From reading his response to Stephen, I gather the boat doubles as a sort of cockpit liner? Is that right, Red Eye?

    Kevin
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    Last edited by Redeye; 03-21-2017 at 06:29 PM.
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    Ok, so A little whiles back my wife and I had just attended our second Fête des Canots at Rolle on Lac Leman. A Canot is a lug rigged fishing boat typical of the region and is anything from 10ft and larger. Usually now used by a few idiosyncratic ideologues who resist getting more modern "plastic" boats. I'm sure you know the kind of person, likely even that you know one quite well yourself - that bloke who hides your car keys and stares at you every morning from the bathroom mirror.

    In any case we decided that for the next Fête des Canots we'd take our own boat instead of just turning up and bludging a ride. Besides, I argued, "we'll need a decent dinghy as a tender" for the larger boat we're building (which, if anyone is interested, progresses at a glacial pace...). With that in mind i set about looking for some kind of plans to follow. After doing about two seconds research I found plans from the illustrious Mr Welsford. I'd always liked a few of his designs, but instead of selecting something that would actually make a decent tender I got stuck looking at the plans for Rogue. Sleek, slim and light. Just the ticket, no?

    Now an important feature for a tender is that she should be light. Well, indeed I convinced myself that although Rogue should weigh something like 80kg, I could surely trim that with judicious use of magic and sorcery. As it now seems the norm in this modern world to avoid logic and reason I saw no reason to buck the trend. Casting those valuable traits overboard I pushed on and ordered the plans. From the stack of 10mm Okume I keep in my Dining room for when such madness overtakes me, I hacked out the bulkheads, scarfed together a bottom panel, and mocked up the frames on the table. Positioned diagonally across the room (usually known as the Chaos room) it seemed a little small - the room that is. I had just enough space to not quite make it around the transom if I poked the bow out the door and into the hallway, and the pointy bit of the bottom panel looked to be just the ticket to prevent me from having children on every occasion when I would transit the hallway. “Acceptable risks” I decided. Unfortunately I have no photos of this, possibly out of fear it may incriminate me at some later date.

    I found some 6x1 rough sawn cedar gathering dust in a timber yard in France. The price was right and it was long enough, but tying things to the roof of your van and trying to cross an international border in this region is not seen as “right bürgerlich”. SO with tears in my eyes I had the nice man modify them to fit inside the van, as needs must. Back in the Chaos room I set about rectifying the shortcomings.


    Shortly after gluing this lovely scarf joint I took position of a wonderful magic box. It’s mostly a funny turquoise blue colour and upon the correct encouragement it makes a terrible hoorah of a noise as it eats dirty rough sawn wood and spits out beautiful smooth planks. Now I also don’t have photos of this but you can probably imagine a 14ft plank starting in the chaos room, passing through the thicknesser positioned in the hallway, and landing in the kitchen. You do have to get the angle right though, and make sure the kitchen bench is clear because if you don’t the growing length of cedar will clear the bench for you. Luckily no one lives in the apartment upstairs, but the landlord does have his office there.

    It was about this time that my incredibly patient wife and partner in crime felt that maybe it was time to rent a large space for such activities. We’ve looked to rent workshop space before, but always been horribly disappointed. Exorbitant prices meant the Chaos room got its daily dose of entropy. As luck would have it we found a collective of designers, artists and project planners who needed a new member. Thus we became at first temporary and now permanent members of the collective, 12 people who share some 300m2 of workshop and design studio space on the 7½ floor of a building just 3 min bicycle ride from home. A large service elevator gives access for bulky items. The elevator is 3.63 m long and 1.6m wide. Rogue is something like 4.5m long. In the Chaos room I’d planned to take rogue out through the window but on the 7½ floor of a building windows are not much use. Logic caught up with me and to make it worse when I explained this predicament to C I was also asked to explain how I had EVER supposed I might get a 4.5m boat onto a 40ft yacht. As it’s currently impossible to go back in time, one must go on. Things got messy, words were said – admissions were made. Compromises were found.

    At this point, and before I go any further, I would like to say that I respect Mr Welsford and his designs very much, and I shall not hold him responsible, in ANY way, for the outcome of this as yet unfinished story. There were only a few ways forward. Either I chose a new plan, but I’d already done that once before, OR I modify what is otherwise a perfectly good plan and hope I get it right. Now I’d heard of folk extending a boat by a few percent, even up to 5% in length. But never heard of someone contracting a boat by that much, let alone by something like 20%. Alas, I’m a scientist, and I figured I’ll try and see – the experimental method has been my way of life for a good 30y now, and failure is part of that. I’ve failed before and likely I will again in the future, so let’s see what happens.

    SO I contracted the whole thing from stem to stern so it would fit in the elevator.


    I figured that at the least I would have an object that would weight nearly 20% less – partly achieving one of the goals form the beginning. It’ll still be a big tender, but at least I likely have a slim chance to get it up on to the boat now. And if not, then I’ll just start again, and have either a garden ornament, a nice little boat, or something I can put in a room as a kids play thing.


    It still "looks" like it'll work

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    very true! But I always found that those fold out ones tend to last until about navy buoy before some one breaks it off with their butt or catches it with a sheet. The whole affair usually precipitates the winch handle pockets becoming drinks holders and the winch handles living in the winches.
    Originally Posted by John B
    It'll need drinks holders then......
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    Well, that is something I have considered. But i think in this case It'll become a stand alone boat in it's own right. I also considered making a dodger/hatch garage that detached and became a tender...
    Originally Posted by Breakaway
    From reading his response to Stephen, I gather the boat doubles as a sort of cockpit liner? Is that right, Red Eye?

    Kevin
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    I'm still following Mr Welsford's building approach of course.

    Firstly the centre keel plank glued onto the bottom panel and the whole lot screwed down onto the building stocks.

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    Now for the spars.

    I don't really have a lot of numbers to go by regarding righting moment. The boat weights a touch under 50kg at the moment, and has a 1350mm beam. I'm looking to squeeze about 11m2 of sail area on as a balanced or maybe dipping lug.

    I've picked up some Douglas Fir, European grown but these flitches have some adequate areas where the grain is quite close, so I'll get the spars out of them. I'm really looking to make this as light as possible but still strong enough. I can cut staves up to 8mm thick, and have enough material for all spars. I figure that if I use 7-8mm thick staves, and go for a 12 sided bird's mouth, I should get enough strength if I go for 100mm diameter tapering to about 65mm at the masthead. ~4200mm to the Masthead from the step, with partners at about 600mm above mast step. If the wind get's up I can always put a shroud or two on... as an insurance policy.




    I had to cut 600 off these 5m lengths to get them in the elevator. One of the offcuts I ripped into some short staves, threw through the thicknesser to 26x7 mm and over the router table to cut the birds mouth.
    Stuck a bunch together with PVA to get a feeling for it.

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    the test piece rounds out nicely and quite easily. minimum wall thickness is 6.4mm.... I'm a little concerned this might be too light...
  19. 06-07-2017, 10:08 AM

C’est ce que propose Voltaire. Peu importe, au fond, que Dieu existe ou non réellement si les hommes en ont besoin pour vivre. À condition d’écarter les dogmes, les textes sacrés, la caste sacerdotale, les superstitions sources d’intolérance et de violences, « ce système sublime à l’homme est nécessaire », conclut le déiste. Un siècle plus tard, on peut même affirmer avec le philosophe américain William James (1842-1910) qu’il faut se (re)poser la question de Dieu d’un point de vue exclusivement pragmatique. Cessons de nous torturer sur la question indécidable de son existence et voyons s’il ne peut pas servir à nous rendre meilleurs, plus heureux, plus utiles aux autres. James exalte la foi, non en tant qu’elle nous met en relation avec « un dogme religieux qui échappe à la preuve extérieure », mais comme un état d’esprit « que nous sommes tentés de postuler pour nos intérêts affectifs » (La Volonté de croire, p. 114). L’hypothèse de Dieu est valide si notre croyance nous apporte un bénéfice et contribue à l’amélioration de l’humanité. D’ailleurs, ne passons-nous pas notre temps à croire, de manière tout à fait raisonnable, en des phénomènes dont nous ne sommes pas sûrs ? Tout le monde, les plus sceptiques d’entre nous compris, croit que toute cause induit un effet, que le soleil se lèvera demain ou que nos actions ont un sens. « Nous ne pouvons en aucune manière vivre ni penser sans un certain degré de foi. Foi est synonyme d’hypothèse qui fonctionne. La seule différence que j’aperçoive, c’est que certaines hypothèses se réfutent en cinq minutes et que d’autres défient le temps », continue James. Il n’y a qu’une différence de degrés, et non de nature, entre le fait de croire que la femme que vous aimez vous aimera à son tour et que Dieu nous a créés et existe de toute éternité. Dédramatisons le rapport à la croyance et voyons ce que celle-ci, dirigée vers l’idée de Dieu, peut nous apporter d’utile.

Premièrement, l’idée de Dieu nous permet d’étancher notre soif métaphysique. Elle répond aux questions indécidables comme celle du commencement des choses, de leur consistance et de leur destination. Comment imaginer que le mouvement des êtres de la nature existe sans un premier moteur, lui-même immobile ? Comment pouvons-nous être sûrs de ne pas rêver notre existence et le monde qui nous entoure, sans un garant suprême de sa réalité et de sa cohérence ? Quel sens donner au chaos de l’histoire ? Les philosophes, à des époques diverses et en lui prêtant des définitions hétérogènes, font appel à l’idée de Dieu pour répondre à ces interrogations et nous aider à dormir tranquilles.

Quelqu’un à qui parler

Deuxièmement, Dieu peut nous être d’une grande utilité dans le domaine éthique. La référence à une loi d’origine transcendante évite la remise en cause incessante des définitions du bien et du mal. Mais c’est surtout la vie morale, dans sa complexité, qui s’en trouve facilitée. Car l’idée de Dieu ne correspond pas seulement à un corpus de règles intangibles. Lorsqu’il est conçu comme une personne, un dialogue s’instaure entre les hommes et lui. Comme l’écrit encore William James, « grâce à lui, le pronom neutre ceci fait place au pronom personnel tu, le premier vide et inerte, le second vivant ». Nous avons quelqu’un à qui adresser nos doutes, nos prières, nos remerciements, voire nos regrets et nos fureurs. Quelle que soit la situation que nous traversons, heureuse, dramatique ou tragique, nous tenons avec Dieu un interlocuteur idéal. Deuils, approche de la mort, dégoûts, surprises et joies de l’existence peuvent être rapportés et racontés à un être qui leur donne un sens.

Troisièmement, l’idée de Dieu peut se révéler un guide précieux pour l’action réussie. William James donne l’exemple d’une personne contrainte d’effectuer, en pleine montagne, un saut dangereux. Seuls l’espoir et la confiance « communiqueront aux muscles la vigueur nécessaire pour accomplir ce qui, à défaut de ces émotions subjectives, eût été probablement impossible ». Il en conclut que « la croyance est une condition préliminaire indispensable à la réalisation de son objet ». Elle crée souvent sa propre validation. Au contraire, « dans un univers purement humain et dépourvu de Dieu, un appel à notre énergie morale manque de l’impulsion nécessaire ». Finalement, « cette disposition à l’énergie fait si profondément partie des possibilités de la nature humaine que, même si nous ne possédions aucune raison métaphysique ou traditionnelle de croire à l’existence d’un Dieu, nous en postulerions une, simplement pour nous donner le prétexte de vivre avec courage ».

«Nous ne pouvons en aucune manière vivre ni penser sans un certain degré de foi»

William James

C’est peut-être là que le bât blesse. Que devenons-nous si nous utilisons l’idée de Dieu de la sorte ? Elle peut se faire, dans le domaine métaphysique, le garant du dogmatisme le plus total. Il suffit de penser à l’offensive des créationnistes, ennemis de la théorie de l’évolution, pour comprendre qu’on peut transformer l’idée de Dieu en arme idéologique contre la modernité et la recherche scientifique. Dans la sphère morale, le risque est grand de faire un usage privé et fantaisiste de l’idée de Dieu. Lorsqu’on lui attribue le rôle de confident privé et de consolateur suprême, le tête-à-tête avec Dieu risque de remplacer le dialogue avec autrui et le face-à-face avec le réel. Enfin, le sentiment d’enthousiasme que fournit l’idée de Dieu peut se muer en sectarisme. Au fond, la solution voltairienne, consistant à abstraire l’idée de Dieu de son ancrage culturel – celui des récits fondateurs, des disputes théologiques, des rites et des dogmes – ne supprime aucun des risques inhérents traditionnellement attachés à la vie religieuse. Au contraire, elle leur ouvre un champ infini. On peut être un déiste délirant ou un théiste fanatique (lire l’entretien avec Richard Swinburne).

L’idée de Dieu agit en réalité comme un intensificateur. Nous arrachant à une explication horizontale et limitée des phénomènes, elle enjoint ceux qui s’y engagent à un dépassement. Celui-ci peut faire naître la joie, la force, la sollicitude envers autrui. Elle peut également entraîner le refus de l’autre et la perte du réel. C’est pour cette raison que les religions, lorsqu’elles ne versent pas elles-mêmes dans l’intolérance, entourent l’idée de Dieu de médiations, d’interprétations, de rituels, qui sont autant de filtres entre l’idée de Dieu et nous. Dans tous les cas, cette bonne idée – qui peut parfois s’avérer très mauvaise – est à manier avec précaution.

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