Meant to say before I have no problem with having a sail on the boat , it's
just my wife who doesn't like the idea of sailing , as I've said I know
nothing about sailing and my previous attempts haven't worked out well but I
intend to rig a sail on the Huntyak and will be starting on a sailing dinghy
in the next few weeks just so I can learn more about it
----- Original Message -----
From: "pvanderwaart" <pvanderw@...>
Sent: Monday, June 30, 2003 10:59 PM
Subject: [bolger] Re: Barrier Reef Cruiser
> Let me suggest a couple of questions that you are going to have to
> answer for youself as you look at different designs. You have already
> sketched out the idea of capacity and raised the question of power
> vs. sail.
> How much speed do you need? A sailboat is going to be limited to the
> 5 - 6 knot range. A displacement powerboat will be about the same. At
> the other end of the speed range, you would probably be looking at a
> light outboard with 25-30kt capability. In the middle, there are
> power craft of varying speed with quite a few having top speeds in
> the 10-15kt range. I would guess that Tennesee is one. Think about
> the distances you will be crossing and how long it will take.
> If you have power, do you want sail as a backup? If the area is
> remote, it makes sense. Bolger has at least three boats that suggest
> the possibilites: Merlin (ex Marina Cruiser), the Fast Motorsailer,
> and a 24' outboard cruiser shown in one of his earlier books.
> What range of construction options are you willing to consider? Most
> beginners think about ply construction, but those who have tried them
> think that other constructions are more intimidating in prospect than
> in practice, although they may take longer. Stip construction, for
> example, is pretty foolproof if you can get the right material.
> Bolger has too many possible sailboat designs to even list them all:
> Martha Jane, Jesse Cooper, Long Micro,..... Aside from the ones
> mentioned above, there are several powerboats: Ply diesel cruiser,
> for example.
> p.s. Looking at the plans for Tennesee, I always though that the
> taper of the bunks detracted a lot from the cruisibility of the
> design. With just a little more length, she could be lot better.
> Perhaps Chuck, or someone else with experience could comment.
> It's too bad when such a little detail costs so much in useability. I
> just noted that the "dinette table" in a particular 28' sailboat was
> about the size of a buffet dinner tray. How could 4 people sit down
> to dinner together?
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