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Maybe the beginning of a larger project #30: Sailing along

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Blog entry by Mark Shymanski posted 09-03-2013 04:24 AM 1111 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 29: Rudder nonsense! Part 30 of Maybe the beginning of a larger project series Part 31: What not to run through your planer! »

Making the sail was an ideal time to overly complicate and over think the process… But I resisted my instinctive need to make things hard and just went with Shorty’s recommended measures and used two tape measures to define the shape of the sail. I just swung the ends of the tapes in their respective arcs until both ends met and voila a leg o mutton sail. Dead easy and fast. Shorty recommends duct taping along these lines and then cut along the tape. My first thought was to lay out the sails using chalkl lines, but I went with Shorty. I was doing it on my lawn which in retrospect was probably not an optimal place. The tarp bunched up as I was taping it resulting in a clumsy taping job. Shorty’s instructions also talk about embedding a rope in the fold of tarp at the cut edges of the sail. I am not sure why this is done but am doing it anyway. One thing I found that trying to trap the rope, fold the edge over and then hold it all while taping was beyond my dexterity. Being a woodworker I thought if it was wood giving me this much grief that I’d clamp it down. So that is what I did and I have to take back all the nasty comments about the eight zillion and twelve spring clamps I have received as gifts over the years. The little ones which until now I thought were the most useless tool in my shop, not any more, as they were ideal for this task.

There is the cut out sail. Chores prevented me from completing this tonight. One thing I have been wondering about is where to place the mounts for the leeboards. Shorty talks about locating the board just forward of the centre of effort of the sail. I am not sure what is meant by that but I will use his diagram to kind of figure out where the mounts should go. I am thinking that this is probably not a precise measure but more of an experiment type placement. With that in mind I made the mounts fairly long so I think I should have enough room to experiment.

Well it’s ice cream time so I will pack it in for the night.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2



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Napaman

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#1 posted 09-03-2013 05:01 AM

slammeed with work…so I have not read the two entries yet (sorry) but it looks like you are soooo close…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#2 posted 09-03-2013 05:15 AM

Coming along well Mark. I’m pretty sure the bolt rope is to keep the tarp (a woven fabric) from stretching where it is cut on the bias.
Tell me you were hanging by your heels to stretch your poor sore back when you took the picture. Otherwise I’m going to have to think it’s upside down. :-)

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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#3 posted 09-03-2013 07:42 AM

The sail looks fine Mark but I am a little worried about your navigation skills when I see the orientation of your photo.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 09-03-2013 01:52 PM

Laying a long board, or strips of plywood under the tarp or cloth and clamping the material to that to hold
it straight while folding and taping would help.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#5 posted 09-04-2013 01:25 AM

Yeah the picture is from an Austrailian camera! Actually these are some of the first photos with this new phone so I think what is happening if I hold it with the lens to the right it comes up here rightside up, if I have the lens to the left it shows up as above. In my photo gallery both orientations show the picture right side up. I’m gonna have to learn how to turn pictures before I post them here. I didn’t notice the neighbours yard was upside down when I posted LOL!

Thanks Paul, that makes sense using the bolt rope to reinforce the fabric. I thinks this means I should fasten this rope to the clew and and the head and a second boltrope from the head to the tack? so that they’ll take some of the strain instead of the cut edge. I think I’m using the right terms for the top corner on my triangular sail is the head, the bottom of the luff ends at the tack and the last corner at the corner of the foot and leech is the clew?

I’m hoping my navigation ‘skills’ won’t cause me too much trouble Mike LOL!

Gus your right the board would help if I stayed on the lawn but I moved it into the shop and think I’ll be okay.

Matt what could you be busy with at this time of year The start of the school year is always busy, starting at a new school must be doubly so. Things will settle into a routine and won’t seem quite so busy after a while.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#6 posted 09-04-2013 05:35 AM

Your terminology is improving. Next we teach you how to swear like a sailor …... :-)

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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#7 posted 09-05-2013 04:27 AM

It would be interesting to compare the lexicon of sailors against that used during my years in construction LOL!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#8 posted 10-11-2013 01:11 AM

man I feel like I just came out of a black hole…still busy…but just caught up on #28, 29 and #30 blog…crazy cool…

nice mast step!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#9 posted 10-11-2013 02:18 AM

I have actually finished 816 but have been too busy to get it in the water. I should post the project and the name I came up with. Hope your year is sorting itself out. My youngest sister just got a full time teaching position earlier today. I am super excited for her. This will be amongst the best Thanksgiving’s for her family ( in Canada Thanksgiving is this Monday). This will be the first big holiday since I lost Jennifer so it’s gonna be a tough one. I am on my way in to Winnipeg now to spend the weekend there. Sure beats sitting home in an empty house.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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