53300Re:Modify a Windsprint?
- Apr 2, 2007Chris:
I appreciate your concerns. Windsprint is really a very small boat.
The pointy ends, though beautiful, make LOA deciptive, add no bouyancy,
and constrain interior space. Before I built I strongly considered a
stretched punt. After being out a few times, I wished I had done that
or scaled the design to 18'. Oh well. I'm pleased overall. And she
IS a beautiful boat.
I have not had a knockdown, but then I didn't go with the balance lug
as designed, which may make a difference. I've got sketches for my
sprit-boomed sprit sail in bolger2\files\windsprint stuff. The foot of
the sail is angled up, so I think I would sink the gunwale before I had
a knockdown on any point of sailing. Or maybe I'm chicken. Maybe this
summer, with warm water, all flotation, and my bailing bucket, I'll see
how far I can press it.
(Patrick: nice kayak! I've thought of building one next. Wait, Chris,
why don't you just leapfrog the Windsprint, build a CLC kayak, and get
the CLC outrigger and sea kayak sail kit. If you want to sprint on the
wind, I think that may be your best bet. Or a hobie cat. Or an ice
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Christopher Wetherill" <wetherillc@...>
> Here is my concern. Look at Patrick Crockkett's pictures here:
> http://home.nc.rr.com/pcrockett/boats.html The photo showing two
> adults and a child aboard running close hauled doesn't show a lot of
> reserve against heeling and "burying the rail". Coupled with the
> numerous descriptions of swamping of Windsprints, I was inspired to
> contemplate the behaviors that could result in me taking an unplanned
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