Although I designed and built the original boat by myself, I did have additional support and encouragement. With the second version of Chubby Girl, I requested the design expertise of Jim Antrim, a San Francisco Bay area Naval Architect to make a lighter and faster Chubby Girl.
To paraphrase Hillary Clinton, “it take a village”.
- Talla Spaul: My ex-wife who knows that I had been working on this boat design and planning this trip for over 40 years, and who told me “if I am to ever do it, I better get moving since I am not getting any younger”. She also designed the “Chubby Girl” logo.
- Jakov Unukainen: A young graphic art student from Estonia, who is studying graphic art in San Francisco, and who painted the logo, name, and home port on the hull of the first Chubby Girl.
- Jim Antrim: A well-respected San Francisco Bay area Naval Architect who recommended I make modifications to the original design to make the boat more stable, and who designed the sailing rig and A-Frame masts to make the boat more durable during roll overs. He also conducted stability calculations and righting moment calculations for the final design. He has also made 11 Trans-Pacific Race crossings, and has been involved in helping many sailors and rowers with their WAPs (wild-ass projects). After scrapping the original Chubby Girl, Jim was asked to provide a lighter and faster design, and he worked closely with me through the construction phase of the second Chubby Girl.
- Glenn Hansen: Glenn (Hansen Rigging, Alameda) is a master rigger who built the original masts, and designed and installed the mounting plates for the rigging and lift points for the original boat. He also installed the mast rigging. He has dedicated a lot of thought on ways to keep the boat light aloft yet still be able to take heavy ocean waves crashing on to the deck.
- Kame Richards: Kame (Pineapple Sails, Alameda) is a very experienced sail designer and sail maker, and made the twin jibs, main sail, and spinnaker. He was also the first person who pointed out the original instability concerns prior to the initial launch, and he recommended I contact Jim Antrim, the Naval Architect.
- Tony Ramifh & Omar Ramifh: Tony & Omar (iworksmedia.com) designed and formatted this blog, and more importantly, Omar very patiently worked with me to train me how to use this blog, even remotely during the shelter-in-place Covid pandemic. Omar’s patience while working with me has shown “one can teach an old dog new tricks”. These two brothers are very talented and creative with blog and web designs, and I was very lucky to find them.
- Connie Lee, who helped load Chubby Girl onto the trailers and used her car to tow Chubby Girl back and forth between Walnut Creek and the boatyard for the multiple launches. She also stopped by periodically on hot work days, and brought tall glasses of iced tea, sandwiches, and fresh fruit, and was a frequent “inspector” of the work on the original Chubby Girl.
- Sarah Buehler: My Partner-in-Charge (my supervisor) at Environmental Resources Management (ERM), who supported me during the construction and sea-trials for Chubby Girl, and who hosted my bon voyage party at ERM. It would be very difficult to find a better supervisor anywhere, and I have thoroughly enjoyed working with her these past three years that I have been in Walnut Creek. The second picture is with Sarah at my ERM bon voyage party.
- Cree Partridge: Cree is one of those remarkable people who sometimes you just happen to be very lucky and cross their trail. He is the owner of Berkeley Marine Center, and has not only been extremely supportive of my desire to make this passage, he has volunteered a tremendous amount of his time and expertise in helping me build a better Chubby Girl. He had allowed me to use his 9-foot dingy mold on which to build my top and bottom hulls to form Chubby Girl, and has provided me with left over mast, rudder, and keel sections. Without his help, this project would have had to be postponed for at least another year. Not only is he a very experienced and knowledgeable boat builder, he is truly a very fine gentleman. He is one of those rare people in your life who you feel lucky and honored to have met.
- Rafael Pietrowski: Rafael is a young enthusiastic Brazilian who helped me for about four months to build the second Chubby Girl. During this time he became a very good friend, and with his help I was able to finish Chubby Girl as soon as I could.
- Yurik Riegel: Yurik is a local San Francisco artist and he painted the logo and name on the second Chubby Girl.
- Staff and contractors at Berkeley Marine Center (BMC): I am especially appreciative of the many people at BMC who gladly and freely helped and offered advice during the construction of the second Chubby Girl. Noteworthy are: Bob Miller, an expert in fiberglass and laminates; Gian Bongiorno, the welder and metal fabricator; and Julio Diaz Ramirez, the spray painter for the hull gel coat, and exterior hull and mast painting. Rueban Gabriel, the BMC manager, was very helpful throughout the construction and launching.
- David Collignon: David, who was a professional wind surfer and is now the Northern California Regional Manager for REVCHEM Composites, offered considerable construction advice throughout the construction of the second Chubby Girl and made arrangements for the carbon fiber mast. After the intial sea trials with the second Chubby Girl, Dave was very helpful in deck layout and rope management. This is critical on such a small boat where sheets, halyards, and other lines easily get intermingled on such a small deck.
- Ryan Nelson: Rogue Rigging. Ryan was very helpful with supplying and detailing the rigging and downwind whisker poles and controlling lines for the second Chubby Girl.
- Numerous friends and neighborhood onlookers, who during the construction in a residential area of Walnut Creek, Ca frequently stopped by, inspected my work, and chatted about my progress and plans. They often provided a well-needed and welcomed break during the construction. Since the launch of the second Chubby Girl at Berkeley Marine Center, on any particular day at least several people stop by and ask about the little boat. During these meetings, I have met many very fine people.