Re: Fwd: [bolger] Dry Bilges
Great suggestion about building a model first. Especially with Michalak
and Bolger designs as they often share characteristics that seem odd at
first and even counter-intuitive but in use are very practical.
I don't have Picara plans but looking at Dave's photos of "Mattie
Cooper" it looks like there are a lot of water drains (scuppers) along
the topsides. Two in the forward well and two in the stern that also
serve as hawes pipes for anchor lines and three scuppers each side
along the aft deck. The deck scuppers explain why there is the slot
under the backrests so that water goes out through the scuppers. I don't
quite like that set-up as leaves and other crap can accumulate under
there so one has to keep an eye on that.
I would spend a lot of time building watertight slot and companionway
covers so little if any water gets inside the sleeping space and then
gets mopped up as soon as noticed. Dave seems to have hard slot covers
on his build or maybe has closed the slot and has sliding hatches and
drop boards instead. Hard to tell. Would be a great idea to contact him.
Another factor is ventilation, especially in a wooden boat. You need
flow-through ventilation that allows air movment yet keeps out water.
The Wiley-type port is what Bolger uses. There is a folder in files with
one way to make them but they can be simplified.
The other thing is never trust a poly tarp to last for long as a boat
cover! Don't ask how I learned that lesson. THe best solution for a
wooden hull is canvas that breathes and a proper frame under that does
not allow water to stand on it.
Picara in my view is one of Jim's best efforts so taking the extra time
to do it right will result in a boat that will last a very long time and
handle some big weather with ease.
--- In Michalak@yahoogroups.com, Bill Howard <billh39@...> wrote:
> I am building a 1/8 scale model of Jim Michalak's Picara design. This
> been an educational build. What I learned would convince me to never
> full size boat without building a model first.
> Questions for all you experienced builders and sailors:
> How does one get water out of the bilges? I just turn my June Bug
> down to put it on top of my CRV, and any drops fall out.
> But what to do about casual water in the bilges of a 1300 lb boat?
> My fiberglass Daysailer had a bilge plug in the transom for this
> when on the trailer this was the low point, and water fell out.
> What is the secret for larger wood boats?
> Thanks for your help.
> Bill Howard
> Nellysford VA
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