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Riptide 41 approaches launch

Riptide 41 approaches launch

The new Riptide 41 sees daylight! The new Riptide 41 left James Betts Enterprises and was delivered to Cap Sante Marine for bottom painting. keel installation, and the stepping of her Southern Spars rig (with carbon standing rigging).  We are excited to get her in the...

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ORACLE FLIES AGAIN!

ORACLE FLIES AGAIN!

After 3.5 months of hard work following their crash and burn on the Bay, Oracle Team USA is back on the water with their AC72.  USA 17 is shown here sporting a new Bieker engineered daggerfoil (supporting the boat in this photo).  AC72s present the biggest structural...

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An Update to our 32 foot Proa Design

An Update to our 32 foot Proa Design

In the last few weeks the 32 foot proa that we have been working on with proapist Russell Brown   (more on Russ)  has evolved to the point where we are ready to enter the detail design stage. Significant development has been made in the steering system as well as...

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32 foot proa

32 foot proa

Paul is having fun designing a 32 foot offshore proa with long time proapist Russell Brown. It is designed for ease of construction using mostly plywood and constant camber foam cored panels (shown in green).  See the attached pics of the preliminary design:

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Retracting Drive Unit

Retracting Drive Unit

The retracting drive unit in the 35 MKII is a little different from others that have been built.  Where others have employed single or multiple constant-velocity joints to keep the angular velocity constant, we can use a simple universal or Cardan type joint....

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Riptide 35 MkII Launch Day

Riptide 35 MkII Launch Day

The new Riptide 35 MkII Longboard hit the water for the first time today in Anacortes. It was a beautiful November day, the boat trimmed well, and the retracting drive unit we designed for the boat performed better than our expectations (9 knots with an 18 HP...

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Two New Boats

Two New Boats

Here's some recent pictures from Jim Betts Enterprises in Anacortes of the Riptide 35 MkII and the Riptide 41 build progress.  It's good to see them together!

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