In the spirit of the photo of the Antrim 49 being finished for Transpac, (see Rapid Build) this is Ragtime’s main bulkhead replacement project as of June 4th, with the old bulkhead out. The main bulkhead and aluminum ring frame, circa 1985, was discovered to be damaged just before Cal Cup in mid May.
n a shameless plug for Dencho, we launched with the new bulkhead in place yesterday, as well as a new six foot long carbon mast step, a new chine to chine wood and carbon rib under the mast step, and a new ring frame four feet forward of the bulkhead on the line of the head. Alan Andrews did all the engineering on a rush basis, staying just ahead of Dencho’s daily progress. Both the ring frame and the bulkhead have liberal amounts of carbon lay up, and the boat is stronger than ever before.
We’re looking forward to Transpac with Ragtime in the lightest, fastest, most powerful configuration she has ever hit the start line with. To plug the Dencho/Alan Andrews team a little more, Ragtime is over 3000 pounds lighter than four years ago with keel and rudder drag cut by 40%, similar righting moment, and 9% more sail area. Pray for wind.