Think it’s fair to say you either love this type of craft:
… or you’re more into the shiny plastic fantastic with Kevlar sails. Ever since childhood I’ve liked the former but only in recent years realized how good they are. And wood has a sound, a resonance, a look and feel which is so reassuring, it has a bit of character.…
Your humble blogger does apologize in advance to readers – normal service will be resumed asap. Just skip this post and come back at 18:00.
However, this had to be finished, the bow the next OCD focus. The ‘sail’ will be some mix of these below and to be honest, I’m no sailmaker – the thought of sewing and edging, putting in boltropes and the like, that’s a bit beyond me now. Especially with no sewing machine.
But stretching cloth over a frame, even if only ribs at intervals, repairing with similar colour tarp tape – that’s far more my line, I understand things involving wood:
The constraint of the narrowness of the boat, brought on by canal restrictions, forced me, for sailing purposes, to either design in twin keels at the outer edge, which had to be of sufficient weight to compensate for the narrowness … or else it had to be a trimaran configuration, which was always going to eat space low down [below the waist], though the pontoons would provide storage.
The last thing to be decided on was the sail plan. There were the constraints of my hull but there were also certain core principles which apply to the sail plan of any sailboat.
Think I might have this at last. Have dropped the remote trim tab idea behind the sail, as its arc, on my narrow boat, would need to be high to not catch crew and would need adjustment by linkages. I don’t wish to get into that – not at sea. On a remote control model boat, maybe.…