- Sep 5, 2007I have the spritsail not the leg-o-mutton.
The hooks are "designed" for the sail I have. However, I think I have
found a rather simple solution after seeing this photo of Optis on
I think I'm going to make myself a boom and quit complaining.
ps: I don't know how to add a link, but if you copy and paste...
--- In email@example.com, catboat15@... wrote:
> I have built and sailed, rowed and puttered around with a small
> I was quite happy with the design. (In fact building another one
> Forget about those hooks for looping the sheet. I think they were
> the optional sail plan. What I did with mine was to add a block to
the clew at
> the end of the spirit boom. Added a rope horse across the transom.
> sheet had a clip that hooked to the horse; up to the block then to
> bolt on top of the tiller where it is hinged to the rudder, this
allowed me to
> hold the sheet with the same hand as on the tiller. Since the
> sitting on the bottom of the boat I added a rope across the hull
from side to
> side to grab and pull myself to the windward side when tacking.
The seat is
> used only for rowing and is loose to slide around on the floor
boards to adjust
> for the rowing position. The plans show two sets of "foot braces"
> when rowing solo and the other set when loaded with a passenger..
> I have been dumped into the drink, but my own fault since I was
> the sheet and could not let it fly when the wind came over the other
> (sailing on a lake where the wind goes funny directions through the
> surrounding the lake.) When I sailed with a passenger they usually
> me and slightly towards the stern while I sat as close to the CB
trunk as I
> could without bumping into it when changing from one tack to the other.
> Sure not the most comfortable boat to either sail or row, but light
> to carry on the luggage rack on my car, even can load it from a curb
to the top
> of a Jeep Cherokee (would not like to try to put it on top of a Ford
> Explorer!) Loads up on our Toyota Rav4 with little work and rides
fine up there.
> I don't see how you could sit high enough to be hit by a block at
the end of
> the spirit boom as the boom is well above your head in normal
seating on the
> bottom of the boat (I had a life float I sat on to spare my rear end
> The only real problem I has was that it was really difficult to see
> lee side through that sail; almost had some collisions tacking back
to my site
> down a channel lined with yachts.
> Bolger, Payson Car topper
> 14-9 foot Swifty
> John Meacham
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