Matt Johnson will compete in the 2016 Race to Alaska (R2AK.com) in a home-built pedal+sail boat designed specifically for the R2AK. The 20′ plywood-epoxy pedal trimaran is named the “V16 R2AK” — the 16th iteration of a pedal boat design by Rick Willoughby.
Using a flexible-shaft pedal drive developed by Rick, Matt, and other water-bikers, the boat is expected to achieve a speed of 6 mph (10 km/hr) at 130 Watts pedal power. The sail rig will be supported by a single free-standing mast stepped in the main hull.
Length overall: 20′ (6.1 m)
Beam overall: 9.2′ (2.8 m)
Beam of main hull: ~1.6′ (0.5 m)
Posts related to the boat:
- Building hulls through the winter (2/15/2016)
- The boat: V16 R2AK by Rick Willoughby (3/23/2016)
- Cutting a big hole in my boat (4/9/2016)
- Canting twin daggerboards (4/14/2016)
- First salt water launch and initial speed data (5/26/2016)
- Rouleur’s canting dagger boards: balancing lift & drag in small R2AK boats (6/13/2016)
- Photos from the rebuilding of Rouleur for the 2018 R2AK (8/28/2018)