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PostPosted: Fri Feb 25, 2011 5:49 am 
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Sounds interesting. So, where's the info and/or photos?


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 25, 2011 7:04 pm 
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I think I hear the Theme Song now!...

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 27, 2011 6:51 pm 
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You can exhale now! IT FLOATS - and rides like a charm!!

This experiment has been referred to by many as the "Batboat" due to its cool bat-wing seating design. The boat is officially named "Kahikolu" meaning "The Holy Trinity" in Hawaiian. This alludes to the Hobies ability to pedal, paddle or sail and has other personal meanings to the owner. "Hapa AI" is term we have begun using here. It describes someone of mixed blood.

Many of you are interested specifically in how the TI Amas were grafted successfully onto this AI, but there is a long list of renegade design tweaks on this craft: BEHOLD! :mrgreen:

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2008 "HAPA AI" Modifications:
:idea: TI amas
:idea: Aka endcap extensions to properly match the TI fittings
:idea: Custom Aka load balancing struts to distribute increased up/down and lateral forces introduced by the TI's larger Amas. Functions as a reinforcing bar and shock absorber, of sorts.
(See Matt, we do listen sometimes!) :lol:
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:idea: Double bungie attachments for the heavier Amas
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:idea: Custom 2 piece wave deflector system with removable and upgradable stabilizers
:idea: Shock absorbing bow/anchor line
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:idea: Custom "Haka" bench seating modeled after those found on Hawaiian outriggers (and picnic tables) :D .
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:idea: A 2nd generation custom "Batwing" rear seating platform, for more comfortable and efficient sailing/fishing
:idea: Sleek aluminum track system for mounting rod holders, cameras and any other gear.
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:idea: A sidemounted fishfinder and deckmounted compass
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:idea: 2 waterproof cameras (one is a fuji finepix XP10 5mpix with 5x zoom and 720P HD video
:idea: A movable, detachable, expandable fishpole camera mount
:idea: An articulating camera mount with 6' range, 360 deg rotation and manual pan control... (more details later)
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:idea: Extended tiller arm for use while hiking out on the various seating positions.
:idea: A modified anchor trolly
:idea: Modified, (strengthened and hand removable ) rudder pins
:idea: Hawaiian style "Lei Hulu" tell tale atop the mast
:idea: Numerous other thoughtful bat-touches, like modified drain plugs and padeye fittings


So who is "batman"? Like all super dudes, he likes his anonymity. All I can say is he's a retired tinkerer who is part captain, part structural engineer, part metallurgist and part mad-scientist.

His intent? To take the AI to the next level. To create a more flexible and seaworthy Hobie AI for sailing, fishing and ferrying passengers in our challenging Hawaiian waters. Maybe even the ultimate AI for these waters.

The boat is posed fully dressed here, but think of these as "modular" enhancements. You can go in full fishing mode, or full photography mode, etc, but rarely all at the same time. Our first tests were performed "fully rigged" on the water, just to see how things would work out.

So how does she sail?

Initial float tests took place in light to moderate conditions, by Hawaiian standards (8-12 kt wind and swells around 1 meter). After the owner finished his test sail, I was allowed to spend an hour or so on her, piloting through flat water, narrow channels, surf zones and the open blue waters off Waikiki.

Next episode: Test driving the "HAPA" off Waikiki.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 27, 2011 7:12 pm 
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Great work. Some extensive mods there, and all seems functional.

Got any ideas how much she weighs dry?

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 27, 2011 7:23 pm 
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Beautiful!

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 27, 2011 7:32 pm 
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We have yet to weigh the separate pieces. The aluminum, ply and pvc is surprisingly lightweight and strong though.

I'm guessing 65 lb. or so. You'll gain approx 200 lb. of float plus stability from the TI Amas, so the waterline is no problem.

Anyone know the weight differential in the AI/TI Amas?

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 27, 2011 7:33 pm 
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Breathtaking/Inspirational and worth waiting for...Pirate

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 7:51 am 
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not finding any disclaimer in the thread and owing to the litigious nature our society as a whole has become - I thought I'd provide you with the following

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The Preceeding was brought to you by Nohuhu - Viewing these pictures may cause heart palpitations, sweating, and in some cases may cause extreme mast stiffining. If this condition were to arise (CoughCough :P ) and last for more than four hours, please seek treatment immediately by a qualified SuperModel. Objects in the mirror may be closer than they appear. Then again, they May not. Use at your own discrection. Void where prohibited (doesn't that mean poop where you're not supposed to ?). Do not remove under penalty of the law. Batteries most certainly are NOT included ...


With that said, I'm ready for one upgrade kit

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 10:40 am 
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Mahalo PW, that works. ;-)

We are looking forward to conducting supermodel testing soon.

We just need to add a few cupholders and paint it red first.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 11:54 am 
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I am really enjoying the pictures and amount of work/thought that you put into this. Looks great!

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 10:14 pm 
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Wonderful!!

How do I get one and a partner to enter the Makahiki (Hawaiian Fishing Contest that lasts six months) dual mode?

Ought to at least duplicate post on features on Aquahunters.

Great job.

ALoha

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2011 1:40 am 
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WOW! I mean WOW!

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Also in the words of Cartman...

Sweeeeet
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 2011 10:38 am 
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Deck/hatch mounted compass and diamond plate on the bow.... So many more secrets on the batboat.

Wife now wants the TI ama's and park bench on her AI.

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