58006Re: Weston Martyr - Not for $200 nor Millionaire - but how much?
- Jul 4, 2008--- In email@example.com, ANDREW AIREY <andyairey@...> wrote:
>Yep, steel is tough, and as the saying goes: "nothing seals like
> The point about using steel for WM ...
steel." Easy to repair - and supplies and know-how almost anywhere.
The maintenance must be attended to, as with anything else I suppose.
Yes, I wondered about the heating: on how the internal cabin volume
is not large, and in temperate waters it would seem a small heater
would do. Then again I believe in winter Bolger always had a heater
going in his Resolution clad from higher R value material.
Where it's warm and sunny a thin walled steel tank is going to get
quite hot inside. Definately white topsides/deck (awning too?), but
also maybe insulation under the deck. More attention to ventilation
than shown in the article could help too, with a large cowl rigged to
catch any breeze when moored and direct it below decks etc. Still,
there are plenty of professional and owner built steel yachts about
so they can be habitable. I think PB&F wished to avoid the
complication, and expense, of the various methods of
protecting/insulating the steel.
Do you think the Weston Martyr building procedure is designed
similarly, or adaptable to that of the 2nd stage of the Jesse Cooper
build? If the mostly erected hull is upright on the ground with large
openings in the sides for easy access, then the internal fit out
would be less of a chore. There's plenty of incomplete hulls about,
and it seems the slowness (& expense) of fitting out could be a major
reason why projects are abandoned.
I reckon this dipping lug would be mostly tacked with help from the
motor. I also think it would mostly be shortened too. On small
expanses of water I wonder if the two sharpie sails alone might not
provide sufficient propulsion in a breeze? They certainly should tack
easily enough, and help manouvere the boat.
Could the mainsail have a boom fitted for sailing more confined
waters; maybe turn it into an optional loose-footed balanced lug?
I think a steel AS39 would be a goer. And maybe not too long now
before plywood runs out anyway - forest clearance, climate change,
and bio-fuels etc.. - peak ply?
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