You've set out the same criteria that led me to select Bolger's Chebacco with the cruising conversion (which I'm intending to build as a sort of hard dodger).
His Birdwatcher is fascinating, but you sit on the floor ... and then you have to get up again.
----- Original Message -----
From: Lewis E. Gordon
Sent: Saturday, July 08, 2006 5:58 PM
Subject: [AtkinBoats] Re: Flat Bottoms
I guess that Lake Michigan also qualifies as a large lake.<grin> Rob
talking about midwestern lakes reminded me of one teenage year spent
in north-eastern Indiana. I can just picture Excelsior gliding along
those beautiful lakes, heeled well over with the crew hiked out and
enjoying the ride. The plans are priced right, it should be an easy
build and being so narrow, I don't think the pounding would be too
bad. I hope that you do build Excelsior and report on the sailing
qualities. At my age and lacking much athelitic ability, I am looking
for something with a little more beam but also in the 19-22 foot
range. Also, I need a cuddy or cabin for some sun protection here in
On the shore of Lake Nicaragua
--- In AtkinBoats@yahoogroups.com, "Dennis" <pseudodion@...> wrote:
> Lewis and Rob,
> Thanks for the replies.
> Lewis, I have a copy of Parker's Sharpie book and, quite frankly, I
> find them to be some of the most attractive boats around. Perhaps it
> is their simplicity. Maybe I have no aesthetic taste!:-O I think
> that Excelsior is just about at my length limit. I would agree with
> you that the stayed rig would be a pain in the neck, but I think that
> is something that could be changed easily. I will sail on Lake
> Michigan and surrounding waters. The difficulty here is that the
> water is pretty deep, but can get rough in the conditions I sail in.
> For example, I was out today in 20-25mph winds with the breeze
> kicking up a 1.5-2' chop on an inland lake connected to Lake
> Michigan. And I guess I am wondering how a flat bottom craft would go
> in such conditions, especially to windward. Having the fillings
> pounded out of my teeth is not an attractive proposition, to be sure.
> I will be building in the next year or so. Folks tell one to look and
> see what others are sailing. Well, here in Western MI it is mostly
> fiberglass deep keeled boats. Neither of which suit my needs to both
> trailer easily and build.
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