Monday, December 30, 2013

Congratulations to Wild Oats XI for another

Sydney Hobart Line Honors Win!

Wild Oats XI successfully repeated her 2012 Sydney Hobart Line Honors performance in this years edition of the race against a formidable group of contenders.  Wild Oats XI was sporting the Bieker engineered daggerfoils, forward daggerboard  and ballast bulb fins from last year as well as a new Bieker Engineered side foil.   Wild Oats XI is now a veritable swiss army knife of appendage options but this package allows her to adapt to a broad range of sailing conditions - a crucial capability in this years race.

Friday, December 20, 2013


It has been a long gestation process, but we have finally finished the majority of the design and lofting work for the Jester class proa.  Attached is the Sailplan and Arrangements for the boat.  We also have the construction drawings for the Hull, Ama and Beams completed.  The foil and composite part drawings will be done soon.


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Bieker Boats!


Sunday, December 1, 2013

32' Proa Parts Lofted

It took a while but we have found time to carefully work through the lofting of the new proa.  The picture above shows the 3D solid model of the lofted boat. This includes details such as puzzle jointed butt joints between parts (rather than scarffs) and tabs on the frames with matching slots in the hull shells to help make the boat self-jigging.  The following image shows the nested parts:

The total nested materials are: (15) sheets 6mm ply, (11) sheets 9mm ply, (10) sheets 1/2" 80kg/cubic m cross-linked PVC foam, (2) sheets 1/4" foam, (1) sheet 1" foam, mdf sheets for mold frames and some carbon cplate.

The appendages (daggerboard and rudders) have also been engineered and partially lofted.  Now we are on to producing the construction drawings for the boat!