Archive For The “Video Tour” Category

Vingilótë’s Main Sail

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Vingilótë’s Main Sail

Vingilótë is specifically designed for Irene and I to cross oceans and, until we create the time for that, to cruise around the Salish Sea in the Pacific NorthWest, with an occasional run to Hawaii or Alaska. In that vein we did not just review all her systems to be run by us, with our…

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Vingilótë’s named Foam Flower for a reason!

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Vingilótë’s named Foam Flower for a reason!

Vingilótë is built out of foam. Her hull and all composite structure are an e-glass and epoxy / closed cell form / e-glass and epoxy sandwich, her internal panels are kotto wood laminated foam panels. Here is a video Phil Berman of Balance Catamarans did about this:

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Vingilótë’s Carbon Fiber

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Vingilótë’s Carbon Fiber

Vingilótë is built out of e-glass, epoxy, and foam. She is not an all carbon fiber construction: she’s not a race boat. She is meant to be a balance of safety, including the active safety of speed under sail and on engines, and comfort. She has however a fair bit of carbon fiber used in…

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First Run of Vingilótë’s Dual Integrels

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First Run of Vingilótë’s Dual Integrels

This week we are testing and tweaking the full retrofitted power systems. Today, after some updates from Integrel Solutions to let the massive amount of power (in the test run below ~300A at ~55V …) from the Integrels to the Lithium-ion housebanks. Not he that this is the first run and we expect to tweak…

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Why Vingilótë does not have a generator

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Vingilótë does not have a generator. Though quiet, reliable, and safe, we looked at every aspect and looked at what would happen if it failed, as well as if we could do without it. One of the items that bit the dust in this was the Northern Lights 6kW genset. It saved us hundreds of…

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Balance Catamarans video on our cockpit and helm

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Vingilótë is hull #7 of the Balance 526. It incorporates 100+ changes from hull #6, some from previous owners, some from delivery skippers, some from discussions with the designers, Phil Berman, Anton du Toit, and Jonathan Paarman, some from being there a lot during construction and looking at how things were turning out, and many,…

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Balance Video on our Solar Panels

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Balance Video on our Solar Panels

Balance Catamarans did a video about solar panels that shows the design I did for Vingilótë: she has seven SunPower E20-327 panels, each on its own solar charge controller, mounted three and four in a raised composite frame. Why the SunPower E20-327 solar panels? We chose these panels because they are mono crystalline panels with…

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A video tour of Vingilótë’s cockpit

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A video tour of Vingilótë’s cockpit

Balance 526 are semi-custom. Ours is #7 and a lot of learnings and our own highly opinionated views on things went into the way the cockpit, saloon, and helm are set up. Here is a video walkthrough by Phil Berman, president/founder of Balance Catamarans talking about the cockpit and new saloon table of Vingilótë, which…

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A video tour of Vingilótë’s sibling Alani

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A video tour of Vingilótë’s sibling Alani

Balance 526 are semi custom: you can’t change structural bits (much: we did move a watertight bulkhead in the port bow back), but the rest is up for grabs. We made a lot of small-ish changes – subject of another (series of) post(s) – but they are still very similar. Here is a review/walkthrough of…

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Putting the wrap on Vingilótë

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Putting the wrap on Vingilótë

A time-lapse of the wrap done by ImageBuild build on Vingilótë. They did an amazing job.

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