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29274Re: [Michalak] Re: My Mayfly12 has gone 3D! (For the time being)

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  • mayfly726
    May 27, 2014
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      Success! The Roof Rack Mayfly12 was able to live up to my hope that it would Fly in May! No sailing pictures yet, but Saturday I was able to power through the last of the mountain of little tasks that separated the rowing version from the sailing version, and Monday my 3-year-old and I were able to enjoy a nice maiden voyage on Elkhorn Slough. My hands were far to busy to risk even taking my phone out of it's watertight storage, let alone trying to take any pictures, unfortunately. But the weather was perfect, there were very light, rather fluky winds coming from various directions, with a couple nice gusts to give us a couple nice runs. I'm not any good at estimating wind speed, but I guess I would call it 3 - 7 mile an hour winds. Nothing to stretch out the sail taught, and it's pretty wrinkly and crumpled from spending about a year rolled up and out of service.

      Observations - I don't have much of a frame of reference for comparison, as I've only sailed my Puddle Duck Racer a few times. It's definitely not as stable as the PDR which of course makes sense, and is way more sensitive to weight distribution. But as long as I keep my butt on the floor it feels plenty stable.

      There's definitely some drag when tacking to starboard when my ugly square leeboard braces get into the water, so I will probably have to fair them a bit. The graphite/Tightbond III mixture I used for bottom paint has now been subjected to a fair bit of rough dragging and scraping, but has held up admirably in my opinion. I think better than paint would.

      The only photo I got of the day was everything loaded up on top of the minivan.
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