From some of the most difficult uphill conditions we have ever seen to extremely powerful rain squalls, the past 52 hours have afforded us a wide array of conditions. The uphill sea states previously discussed gave us valuable insight into hull shape optimization for minimizing discomfort, and while we have an excellent handle on this with Wind Horse, the FPB 64s, and the Wicked FPB 97, we are always looking for ways to improve.
The extreme rain shown in the lead photo, so heavy it flattened the seas, exposed a couple of deficiencies in our entry way design about which we were not aware. A few small mods will take care of this.
Wind Horse is now anchored off the northwest corner of Grand Bahama Island. She has a generous foot (30cm) of water under her deeper parts at half tide, while we process the past few days, and think about the future. The performance data accumulated has allowed us to fine tune a beta software package which promises major benefits with our design cycle. With this in hand, and the other testing complete we find it necessary to face up to an untenable truth: the time has come to find a new guardian for Wind Horse.
We do not take this step lightly, but the very success of the past few days, hastens the decision.
We’ll have details on the availability of Wind Horse online within the next few weeks. For now, from Grand Bahama Island the crew of Wind Horse bids you adieu.