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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 2:59 pm 
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Lots of times I have been thinking to make a short ride with whole family on board (wife, daughter and myself). I know AI limits and I'm sure for safety reasons and performance it's a bad idea... but….finally, last weekend I tried!

Our gear and combined weight was over 195kg (430lbs)… We grossly exceeded the weight limit but it was a very occasional short trip, no more than 3 miles and close to the beach. Very good sea and low wind…

AI worked fine, we were able to sail but it was a very wet ride and I ended up with lots of water in the hull.

I know that we can't do it again if I want to conserve the AI but It was a very nice morning!!!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JC-mdqET1fA&feature=channel&list=UL[/youtube]


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 4:49 pm 
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Nice ! It's quite amazing how much you can overload an AI and it still functions very well. It looks like your whole family had a nice day. Good stuff !

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2012 5:55 am 
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Carried out some experiments today, and discovered that a single AI ama can support 100kg, while a single TI ama can support 150kg. This is the weight which will fully submerge them, but settle just below the surface.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2012 2:05 am 
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I have had 300kg on my TI. This was 3 adults and 1 teen and it was great. I even did this with the old rudder :D

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2012 2:39 pm 
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Very interesting experiments, thanks Tonystott!!!


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2012 2:36 am 
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Wow.....I didn't know an AI could actually take that much weight. Don't you think it's a little risky though. But I will definitely try this sometime. Somewhere close by maybe..


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2012 5:17 am 
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I am not suggesting it for a moment, just pointing out that in a survival situation, the buoyancy available from the amas is significant indeed. Clearly you couldn't really safely use an Island with the amas submerged, but you could keep a few extra people afloat after an emergency

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