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, "Will Samson" <willsamson@y...> wrote:
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> Or maybe a Whalewatcher? Have any of those ever been launched?
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There was one built somewhere in California but I never saw the
finished product. I have always been attracted to the design as it
has a lot of interior space to sleep four adults. Imagined myself
using it on the big rivers and canal systems.
I think the major drawbacks are first the huge leeboards, that
develop lee helm when partially raised. This was improved in the
double pivoting boards in the WJS. Whalewatcher uses a bow
daggerboard which is a sort of "make do" complication. Secondly, it
will probably pound a lot, especially when motoring which one would
need to be able to do in rivers and canals. I wonder how it would
work with a box cutwater like Super Brick and a off-center board like
My first choice now would be BWll(Birdwatcher II) for a couple and
WJS (William Jochems Schooner.) for four people. Either choice is far
more somplicated than Whalewatcher but would give better all around
performance I would guess.
Birdwatcher is PCB's favorite all-time design which is really saying