If taking the family out I would suggest the 16 would be a bit safer.
When you say "NJ bay waters" where exactly is that? Could not find it on
I have travelled some of the NJ shore in the Cape May area and would not
consider going out on the waters there in a Mayfly myself. It is a great
boat but only for inland sheltered waters especially if one is a novice
sailor. A choice would maybe be, "Would I go out there in a Sunfish?"
and if the answer is "No." then I would not go out in a Mayfly either.
Then there is the issue of self-righting and recovery if the Mayfly
swamps and nobody around to assist you.
So I would suggest you build one and plan to go to a couple of
messabouts . There is a great one in that area. Find out what other
small boaters with more experience do and where they sail. Then enjoy
the more sheltered areas while honing your skills and look at maybe a
Caroline or Caprice later on. Even a Caprice is pretty small one builder
found out when they planned a bluewater trip down the inter-coastal.
--- In Michalak@yahoogroups.com, "shooter1941" wrote:
> I too am planning on building a Mayfly 16 starting in March. I suggest
you go the the Duckworks website and look under Michalak plans and all
your queries will be completely answered by his decription.
> --- In Michalak@yahoogroups.com, "donaldm2003" don1@ wrote:
> > How good are these boat in the NJ bay waters? Not sure if that is
considered protected waters or not. Will be sticking to the bay and
maybe a lake but will not go in the ocean.
> > Can oars be used on both these boats? I have seen pictures of
people using oars on the 14 but haven't seen/read anything about the 16.
Plan on getting a small motor but want a backup if necessary.
> > My sailing experience is on a sunfish so I consider myself a
'novice' sailor as well as my buddy. Are these boats relatively easy to
> > Thanks,
> > Don
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