Summer Breeze Sailboat #4: Rigging test fit

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Blog entry by Dan Lyke posted 06-17-2012 01:18 AM 2664 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Charlene painted the boat this week. Today it was hotter than the hinges of Hades, but I went out and tried to put a couple of coats of varnish on the inside. I’m going to have to wait a while for it to cure hard so I can sand it down and try again, that first coat was soaking in and drying super fast, so looks like crap, but… I got to the “okay, gonna try to test rig this thing” stage, and I think we’ve got enough of the hardware set and enough water sealed that we can take it out tomorrow and see how she sails.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#1 posted 06-17-2012 04:23 PM


How did you attach the leeboard…having trouble conceptualizing this…looks like a bolt—-but wont it leak…not sure why I cant visualize this…

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#2 posted 06-17-2012 06:00 PM

It’s a bolt, we’re just hoping it’s far enough up from the water line that it won’t leak. This thing should draw… lemme calculate… figure the displacement at the bottom is probably 2½ cubic feet per inch, water is roughly 62 lbs/ft^3, so that’s 155 lbs per inch of draft. Even with a picnic lunch, between the hull, the rigging and the two of us that’s only going to draw less than 3 inches, that hole is nearly 9” up and there’s a big bearing surface between the lee board and the side of the boat (we’ve got a big ol’ plank there for support), so any water that gets in either means we’re heeling way further than the rigging on this boat is designed for, or we’ve got other problems.

Basically: a full foot or more (at least from that rib just forward of the lee board to the bow) of that freeboard is there for splashes, not floatsies, so if there are small gaps in it (holes for lee boards), no worries.

My only concern is that the lee board, which was placed because of hull shape, is far enough back that we may have a lee helm. We may have to adjust our sail configuration aft somehow to adapt to that.

But my other guess is that we’ll sail this for a little while and she’ll get hooked and we’ll either end up building something higher performance (like Sunfish clone, or a pair of Optis or Puddle Ducks or somesuch), or something more cruise-ish (which I don’t know how we’d get out of the back yard after we built it…).

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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