Damn right it is! That’s one reason its going to be so much fun to build 2.
OK, so here’s the deal…
The first time I spun the boat, I had some issues with setting the distance of the wheels below the hull. I jacked the boat up, installed the wheels, lowered the boat onto the wheels and started the spin. Spin, spin, grind. The boat is not round… it’s more like a tall hamburger, so with the wheels set too far apart, the hull eventually hits structure underneath and stops spinning. So… I jack it up again and reset the wheels. Fine. Spin spin grind. (I knew I should have done my math on the distance for the wheels, but sometimes its just too exciting, you know) Anyway, the third time worked and the boat went over fine.
This time, its much heavier, so I can’t afford mishaps. Did I mention that a jack stand tipped over and the boat dropped with me under it last time? Not my best moment. So safety first, the second time.
My plan is to build 2 16 foot tall donuts out of wood and use those donuts to more safely spin the boat. The donuts will not solve the balance issue, but they will give me a perfectly round surface against which I can set many many wheels. This helps the additional weight issue because I can set any number of wheels under the boat for the spin. The last spin I was stuck with populating just 2 loci with wheels.
The plan is to build the donuts first and then bolt plywood “fingers” from the donut to the surface of the tsunamiball. This will cradle the boat as it spins and when I add the double keels, I just adjust the fingers and I’m ready to spin again.
The donuts will each be built in four 90 degree sections. This means that I can manage assembling the donut around the boat more easily (the donut will be heavy). After the spin I will be able to remove the top 3 sections of each donut and get to work on the boat without having to jack it up and remove the bottom section.
I have most of my templates cut and I should start assembly in the next few days.