Training wheels aren't necessisarily a good safety device.
Standing up to cast? Sure. Daysailing? Well you're trading the chance of leaning over a bit for the chance of a cartwheel. I'd rather lean.
I remember watching a non-sailor with his brand new Hobie Cat out in the middle of the Halifax River. He managed to pitchpole three times before driving it up on the beach fast enough to bring the bow some fifteen feet from the waterline. We never saw him on the river again.
----- Original Message -----
From: Steven DAntonio
Sent: Monday, September 25, 2006 4:10 PM
Subject: [bolger] Re: Pontoons
I'm currently reading through 2 of PCB's books (Boats with an open
mind and the folding schooner book)and he has several designes where
the boat can be made as a single hull or optional 3 hull (trimaran)
for increased stablity.
My first PCB boat, which I haven't completed yet (actually I'm still
in the asking a lot of questions stage) will be a windsprint and I
will also make 2 additional pontoons to attach for increased
stability. I can see they would be useful if I want to fish from the
boat (standing up to cast and stuff like that) or if I want to bring
my mother out for a day of sailing.
And yes, their not boaty looking enough for a lot of folks. I
actually have jokingly refer to then in conversation as training
wheels for the boat.
--- In email@example.com, "Waldo F. Odonahue" <waldofo@...> wrote:
> Any reason why simple pontoons (aluminum or other material) are not
used more often - rather than relying on a "standard" hull to cope
with the fact that a boat has to move through water? Although
Catamarans have proven themselves (some say) - is this all about
pontoons not being "boaty looking enough"?
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