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55393Re: Cartopper review

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  • chebacco_30
    Sep 4, 2007
      Hi Bruce,

      My first BolgerBuild was a Gypsy with the "leg-o-mutton" sail. I found
      Gypsy a rather comfortable boat - I often sailed it all day without
      grave discomfort. I thought the Cartopper would be merely shortened
      version. Maybe I need to build another Gypsy.


      --- In bolger@yahoogroups.com, "Bruce Hallman" <bruce@...> wrote:
      > On 9/4/07, chebacco_30 <chebacco_30@...> wrote:
      > >
      > >
      > > I have a fairly new Cartopper which I have rowed a few times and
      > > sailed a few times. Yesterday I sailed it for 3 hours or so on Lake
      > > Berryessa. I am quite disappointed with this design and would like to
      > > hear from others that have experience with this boat. Any and all
      > > suggestions are welcome.
      > Sorry to hear of your problems. I know Berryessa, and it the winds
      > there can be 180 degrees of variable and gusty especially close to
      > shore. Plus is sounds like you experienced an especially strong wind
      > day.
      > On the bright side, at least the water was warm in case you get wet
      > dumping that boat. I don't know how to make a narrow hard chine boat
      > not be tiddly as it goes from the bottom panel to the chine panel.
      > You and I are both pretty big men, compared with that light weight
      > hull.
      > To me, the Cartopper has always seemed similar to the Gypsy. You
      > might consider adding side facing 'seats' like the Gypsy, so that you
      > can quickly scoot your butt from centerline out to windward, like with
      > a Gypsy.
      > Here is a link to the 1987 Dan Segal SBJ writeup 'Sailing Gypsy' which
      > might be interesting.
      > http://flickr.com/photos/hallman/1323064464/
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