And at some point you take a deep breath and say “I’ve figured out everything I can on dry land”.
The sail needs a lot of reconfiguration. We eventually got something that worked better than in this picture, although it’s got quite a weather helm in that setup. I think we’ll end up going to a fairly traditional lateen rig shortly.
The sloped transom makes the rudder funky, I’ll probably build something to put the rudder gudgeons in a more vertical line, and I think I need a better rudder pintel system than ¼-20 bolts with nylon lockwasher’s on ‘em.
But as a way to spend a pleasant afternoon on a lake, watching the heron feed and the geese paddle around followed by their little ones? Yeah, kinda hard to beat.
Construction started: Memorial Day weekend. 4 weeks later we’re sailing. There’s lots I’ll do different next time, but I’m kinda pleased.
-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/User:DanLyke