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