53284Re: Modify a Windsprint?
- Apr 1, 2007Hi Chris --
I built a Windsprint years ago as my very first boat. It goes together
quickly, and you get a lot of boat for not that much work.
I'm not sure about the freeboard part of your question -- but I would
definitely recommend decking over the bow and stern areas and creating
watertight storage compartments there, accessible by wooden hatches
held down by bungee cords and sealed with weatherstripping -- or
somehow adding significant amounts of flotation foam to the boat. When
it goes over and fills with water, it takes a long time to bail it
out. Thinking about making it self-rescue capable is a good exercise.
It'll add complexity to a beautifully simple boat, but you'll be able
to go more places with peace of mind.
--- In email@example.com, "Christopher Wetherill"
> I am warming up to build a Windsprint this spring. I am considering
> giving it about 2 extra inches of freeboard. Some of the pictures I
> have seen look like the gunwale is perilously close to the water close
> hauled. I would appreciate opinions of this idea and the possibility
> of decking over the bow and stern.
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