There is nothing more depressing than an empty shed. All this space ... It so happens that for the last few days I have been perusing designs for a 20' - 28' cruising boat with some offshore capabilities. After some deliberations, the Whisstock 23' Gunter-rigged Cutter came out on top.
We had a quick sail around the bay. The wind was all over the place in terms of direction and strength. I had a spin by myself at first. Theses photos were taken by the First Mate.
While we are waiting for a bit a wind, I took the Plyak (and myself, sorry no embarrassing photos) for a quick dunking. It is pretty stable, but also pretty slow. I might take up fishing ...
We had the boat out on the river in winds from 2 - 12 kts. The centre-board deployed as it should, and the boat behaved well on all points of sail. A few little things needed attention: Running the mainsheet off a ratchet block on the transom works extremely well. Because of the extremely low … Continue reading Sea-trials 2 and 3
During the first 'sea-trial' the centreboard did not fully extend. Because my centreboard case is open at the top, I could quickly establish that it was not binding anywhere on the sides. You can see 'daylight' between the board and the case, and the inspection ports do not interfere. My only explanation for the issue … Continue reading Centreboard fix
I added two little blocks of wood to the side of the mast. They will stop the robands (slippery Dyneema loops) sliding onto the tabernacle and getting mauled in the 'hinge', when the mast is getting lowered (or raised). In the first photo the robands are not attached, because the wood blocks weren't dry. The … Continue reading Little mods
Getting the boat off and onto the trailer was pretty straight forward. A blustery day with plenty of gusts (20 kts+) from every direction made this first outing an 'interesting' event. With a full main she was a handful. A couple of times she got the better of us, and we rounded up. With minimal … Continue reading She floats …