Friday, January 8, 2016
............... IF IT CAN FLOAT ITS BOUND TO BE A WHOLE LOT OF FUN ...............
I first saw this utube video on this interesting Blog that I follow: http://intheboatshed.net/
What is not to like about these little compact packets of fun? Powered by a small sail on an unstayed mast and steered by an oar held in a rowlock on the gunwale they are simplicity itself and they look lightweight enough for even an aging old sailor such as myself to lift onto the roof rack of a car.
A set of rowlock holes amidships I presume are used for rowing. They don't seem to have any centerboard, the oar and the chine doing the job of lateral resistance ( although there may be a small skeg on the keel line ). Although the beam is narrow the flat floor is providing a good deal of initial stability.
Obviously not designed for open water they seem ideal for cruising around the very shoal areas of creeks, lakes and harbours.
The only change I think I would make would be to build in watertight compartments in the bow and stern........ not just to make things easier if you were to capsize ....... but because all sailors in their 60s have the crucial task of playing at Pirates, Explorers and Swallows and Amazons which requires a dry place to store the best kind of bo'suns stores (Food and drink).
They look like one hell of a lot of fun! ..... and fun is good.
**** I have added this site suggested by Paul Mullings who makes some interesting points in the Comments section of this post - Thanks Paul.
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POST SCRIP - I always wonder why some boats are sailed with the mainsheet being led directly from the boom rather than being led to a pulley on the floor of the cockpit. You can see this direct arrangement in the above video. It always seems to me such an awkward and ungainly way of doing things.