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 over the gunwale they are simplicity itself and they look lightweight enough for even an aging old sailor like myself to lift onto the roof rack of a car.
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 ).
Obviously not designed for open water they seem ideal for cruising around very shoal areas of creeks, lakes and harbours. The only change I think I would make would be to build in a watertight compartment 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.