HPB2008
Hydrobowl 2008 Human powered boat races
Races held Saturday, September 27th, at Pierce lake in Rockford, IL. Thanks to Bob Buerger for organizing the races and bringing the food. Race results

Photo by Aaron Stiles
Foreground: Bob Buerger's trusty catamaran. He uses this boat to set up the course, and  when his racing catamaran has mechanical issues.

Midground: Jake Free cruises by on the Liza monohull HPB.

Background: Bill Goldthorpe pedals by on his new yellow HPB. Behind Bill is the Hydrobowl racing course.
Here's Aaron's latest HPB. It now sports the stabilizer pontoons from his larger HPB. This allows him to take his dog on the boat with him without worry of capsizing. 

Entering the water is Lee Karsten's new 3 section HPB.


Photo by Aaron Stiles

Photo by Aaron Stiles
Here's Warren's Necky Kayak HPB. It has a SeaWind drive unit which sides in and out of a drive well to allow easy installation and cleaning of the prop. This boat worked great again this year.  
On the left is Bob's racing catamaran, on the right Paul Neidermann helps his friend take a test ride on his catamaran. 
Photo by Aaron Stiles

Photo by Aaron Stiles
This is Bill's "last year's model" HPB dory. You can see the twisted chain drive unit is not currently installed.  
Another shot of the Necky Kayak HPB. I was going to cover the foam floats with something like fiberglass or monokote, but ran out of time. 
Photo by Aaron Stiles

Photo by Aaron Stiles
Bill's new yellow dory. This one has flatter sides, but a more rounded transition to the bottom of the hull. This in combination with a new aero profile drive unit made for a much more stable and faster boat. 
Jake goes fast on his HPB during the 100 meter sprints. 
Photo by Aaron Stiles

Photo by Aaron Stiles
HPBers prepare for a race. 
Racers out on the course. Aaron took this photo through his waterproof camera bag, so it's a little funky.
Photo by Aaron Stiles

Photo by Aaron Stiles
Warren out on the water. 
Lee Karsten brought a beautiful  new "stitch & glue" dory that splits into 3 pieces for easy transport and storage. This is the center section.
Photo by Aaron Stiles

Photo by Aaron Stiles
Here are the bow and stern sections. 
 Here's the bow. Nice shape.
Photo by Aaron Stiles

Photo by Aaron Stiles
Here is Lee's drivetrain and his stabilizer floats. The boat was too tippy without them. He also integrated some rudders into the floats o help with turning. 
 Inside Lee's dory center section.
Photo by Aaron Stiles

Photo by Aaron Stiles
Lake Placid.

Ok, it's Pierce lake, but it was a very nice fall day with temps in the 80s and light winds. 

Bob's HPB with kayakers in the background.
Photo by Aaron Stiles

Photo by Aaron Stiles
Warren lifts bricks during the bollard pull (drivetrain stress test). Paul mans the brick lift frame and milk crate (to the left), while Bill (in the water) takes the rope management duties.
Jake hangs out on the lake.  
Photo by Aaron Stiles

Photo by Aaron Stiles
Because Jake's HPB has such a deep draft, he can't just beach his HPB like everyone else, so he hangs out on the boat for most of the day. Good thing he has a comfy seat. 
Bill and his yellow dory. Bill is thinking about offering plans to build these HPBs.
Photo by Aaron Stiles

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