49763RE: [bolger] Re: Gypsy won't track
- Jun 7, 2006"Gypsy is not weaving a little hear and there - it is fishtailing all
over the place."
This points me to the boat being trimmed "by the bow" If the bow is deeper
than the stern, the boat will be directionally unstable and seek to yaw
around and go stern first. When I was young I had a poorly designed dinghy
that would not track because the stern was higher than the bow. It would
only work if I rowed it backwards, sitting normally and pushing the oars
rather than pulling them. Before you do any physical mods try rowing stern
first and see if the boat can be controlled that way. If so, check out
changing the weight distribution as recommended in a previous post.
In his book Build the New Instant Boats, Harold Payson credits Gypsy as "an
excellent rower that tracked well, even without a skeg"
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