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PostPosted: Wed Sep 23, 2009 11:32 am 
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I've had an AI2 prototype for years...I just wish she had the Mirage drive instead of the prop...

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http://s730.photobucket.com/albums/ww30 ... lmer%2019/

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 25, 2009 1:47 pm 
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ron34422 wrote:
I've had an AI2 prototype for years...I just wish she had the Mirage drive instead of the prop...

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To see more photos:

http://s730.photobucket.com/albums/ww30 ... lmer%2019/

Very interesting! Great photos - lots of detail!
The elec motor installation looks very neat. Is there one or two?
I am very interested in the fact that you have half size tramps. There seem to be some stability issues with the full size ones.
Pirate & I have half size but I am not yet convinced that the Hobie tramp type material that they are made of will drain sufficiently to prevent swamping the cockpit with water. We'll give them a thorough test now that the weather's warmer.
Pirate will be interested in youtr photos of the rudder assembly - particularly anything related to the rudder pin :lol:
Thanks for sharing - very nice :wink:

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 25, 2009 2:45 pm 
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Ron
Interesting looking rig. 8)
What is it?
It is possible to retrofit a Mirage drive. Others have done it. Should be easier now the click-n-go system has been developed.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 25, 2009 5:32 pm 
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Mickey, thanks for the nice comments...she has been a great little boat...the half tramps work great...I've never had any concern with high wind gusts...the carbon fiber mast is very flexible and It depowers the whole rig before you get into trouble...the drive is not electric it's pedal power...bicycle style...I can pedal about 3 to 4 kts...the outdrive does drag in the water on a port tack...I get better speeds on stb tack...

Stringy, she's a Fulmar 19...they built about 20 of these in BC Canada in the early 90's...They didn't sell enough of them to stay in business...I'll be the new owner of a AI in a few weeks to round out my fleet!

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 25, 2009 6:12 pm 
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That's a great looking little boat. Could do some serious travelling with that I'd imagine. Funny how some things don't take off, yet years later they do.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 25, 2009 7:20 pm 
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Thanks, she's been a lot of fun...I'm thinking about doing the Texas 200 next year...I've done one circumnavigation of Galveston Island with her...that was a great trip...avg over 5 knts that trip...she can carry a nice amount of camping gear and supplies also...I think if Fulmar had been based in California or Florida they might have sold more boats...BC is a little cool for this type of boat...She was a little "pricey" also...around 10K I think...

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 25, 2009 8:17 pm 
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Ron,
After Googling Fulmar 19 I see what you mean about AI2 prototype- unstayed mast, boomless furling sail and even a pedal drive! :shock:
Why the AI as well? Seems like your Fulmar does all the AI will do and more, at faster speeds. 10 knots seems to be the max AI sailing speed.
Thanks for that. I'd never heard of it before. I doubt any made it downunder! :wink:
Shame. :( Looks like a great little craft!


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 25, 2009 8:46 pm 
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Thanks Stringy,
she is a great little craft...If you ever get to Texas I'll let you take her for a spin...she is similar to an AI...I like Kayaks also and think I'll enjoy the mirage drive and lighter craft...you know what they say about variety!...I wish I knew where the other 19 or so ended up...

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2009 9:52 pm 
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ron34422 wrote:
Thanks Stringy,
I wish I knew where the other 19 or so ended up...
Ron


Ron one of them is in the vicinity of Dillon Reservoir in Colorado. I've seen the guy several times in the past couple of years and he said he was a local, maybe Breckenridge. Always saw him at the Frisco launch. Looks identical to yours.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 17, 2009 7:57 pm 
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Thanks for the heads up Rick...we know where two of them are now!

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 16, 2011 6:45 pm 
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Ron
It looked at the Fulmar and then read your description. Odd, I've been an active part of the local boating community in BC for the last 30 years and have never heard or seen this craft in local waters...
"Looks like the local Yachting press didn't do it much service...Booo Pacific Yachting"
Wow what an elegant craft including the better designed Akas.
I'd really appreciate a bit of history on this boat, including getting in touch with the past builders or sellers of this craft.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 16, 2011 7:39 pm 
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It's pretty obvious why the Fulmar never made it here. The average mean water temps here are 56 degrees. The Sit inside kayak community is so entrenched here that if it doesn't have a deck on top, it is perceived that you'll freeze your family jewels off.

That is a pile of nonsense considering that the local builders here have been pushing this pile of sheit to the 'ex-yachties' who are now confirmed eco freaks and now kayak to beat their diesel guzzling histories.

All it really takes to counter the local conditions here is a dry suit like the Kokatak:

http://www.kokatat.com/activity/sea-kay ... r-men.html

I have 2 of them. also a full wet suit and a farmer john for those milder times.

It still amazes me that common public misconception can take a perfectly good vessel and sink it before it is even launched and marketed.

Alas, that is the way of the North Pacific

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2011 6:48 pm 
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Hey Fred,
It's hard to believe you live in BC and never heard of this cool little boat...It was built by Blackline Marine I think...I've owned lots of boats and I think I've enjoyed the Fulmar most of all...here are a few links that can give you more information on the history...

http://www.multihull.com/dealers/fulmar/fulmar.htm

Here is one for sale in New Jersey:

http://smalltrimarans.com/blog/?p=5962

If this boat had been built in Florida or California I think it would have been successful...

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