A brand new Parker Built International 505 got dropped off at the shop last week. The boat is a revolutionary 505 design that is the only one in the states.This new design uses carbon tubes to support the high rigging loads of the boat, instead of traditional bulkheads and stringers.
Ryan and his team at the Alameda California shop have been tasked with the complete fit out. There is not a single hole drilled in the boat! We will keep you posted as to the progress of the project.
Doug Young came to the Newport Rig Shop in April of 2013. With a basic knowledge of rigging, we watched his talents grow as he assisted Noel in the shop over the next year. He was able to pick up the trade as fast as possible even with the vamping up of the spring/summer seasons. With that, he’s now moved up and out, entering Officer Candidate School with a focus to become a surface warfare officer in the US Navy. He has also recently gotten engaged to his long time Girlfriend; Mandy Poirier and we congratulate him on this as well.
Doug, you will be missed and we give you our best!
Ryan Nelson and the Alameda CA shop have been hard at work this week with six 505 masts covering their benches as well as four 505’s taking up some of their parking spaces. This can only mean one thing. 505 North Americans next week in Santa Cruz California.
Two of the masts came to the shop as bare Selden tubes needing to be completely fitted out from the deck up. The other four are spared that needed some upgrading and servicing which the shop handled with an amazing turnaround for next weeks race. Along with the masts each boat was meticulously checked and parts upgraded as needed before the race.
We can’t wait to see how well these boats do after going through the Alameda shop.
We received an update from Pete and crew in Bermuda.
They came in to port to catch a beautiful Bermuda dawn on May 11th and met up with the remains fleet of the ARC Europe crossing. The first leg went well with a calm sea but the lite winds after the second day caused them to tugged to the dock with just a little less than 2 gallons of fuel left in their tanks.
They are currently now on track heading to the Azores with the rest of the fleet. We were told that a tight low was forming which was disrupting the normal Azorean High. Osprey will aim to take the rhumb line in hopes that the low gives them a decent shove, but fear of being too far south might not allow them to take advantage of normal wind patters after the low moves out.
We’ll keep you updated on Osprey’s progress as we hear!
You can track Osprey Here on ARC’s Fleet tracker
A Canadian company contacted us in need of emergency tow line systems for two of their vessels. They were about to start operations for the season and needed to take delivery ASAP. We discussed the strength and handling requirements with their operations manager; which resulted in production of systems that fulfill their needs better than what they had planned to use. Twelve strand Dyneema rope, with a Cordura chafe sleeve on the spliced eyes, minimizes weight while exceeding their system strength requirements. The crews will appreciate the safety and ease of installation these floating all rope systems provide when faced with an emergency tow situation. Our soft shackles, used to connect the tow lines and bridles, replace all stainless fittings at a fraction of their weight. No corrosion issues, easy to install, and they float.
The blue New England Ropes 12 strand Dyneema used to produce these systems has tensile strength’s ranging from 97,500 to 205,000lbs! Our production facility got the final specifications on a Thursday and shipped the systems on the following Monday. Our expedited delivery will allow time for the crews to use them in practice drills and then, we hope, stow them for the remainder of their season.
Osprey – Underway
There’s no greater adventure than crossing blue waters to a distant shore, especially after being invited on the trip after outfitting a vessel with all new standing and running rigging. Pete Ackerman out of our Ft. Lauderdale rig shop gained that opportunity after a job well done. With 45 years of sailing experience and many blue water deliveries under his belt, who better to tackle a full rigging refit for Osprey, a 37’ Pacific Seacraft destined for Portugal. After the project completed and seeing Pete’s dedication and superior work, Osprey’s owner personally invited him to join the expedition. They will be joining up with ARC Europe (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers), a rally devised for the ‘average’ cruising boat and crew; helping people to realise their dream of making a long offshore passage. Their first leg will be to meet up with the two groups (East Coast and BVI) in Bermuda and will then head to their final destination of Portugal.
Follow along with Osprey’s adventure as we continue to post their progress and check out ARC Europe to follow along with the all the ships logs.