66645Re: CarTopper Sailboat
- Aug 7, 2011We carry Mike's CarTopper in back of full sized pickup. It sticks out of course.
It has a salty look to it and is a most attractive boat. I can understand why Mike was drawn to build it. We got our plans from Payson of course.
Mike suggested a Michalak Piccup which is actually a bit longer and can be carried with a car. If I am not mistaken our friend Stan Roberts cartops his Piccup, as do several others we know of.
Jackie Monies (for Mike)
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "prairiedog2332" <arvent@...> wrote:
> I stopped in and visited Dynamite Payson one time and he had three
> Cartoppers he had built for customers. One thing I will never forget was
> the quality of his work and level of finish. I bought a set of plans but
> realized later that it was not very "cartoppable" if your car is a full
> sized van!
> It looks great on the small car as shown but it's short length and
> pronounced sheer means it won't load or fit very easily on the roof of
> a longer vehicle. Will fit in the back of a full-sized pickup probably.
> The narrow bottom panel is only 22 inches wide at the widest spot and 10
> ft. long which makes for initially tender hull as the Monies mention. It
> also does not row well with 2 people as Mr. Bolger mentions in his
> article in BWAOM.
> Ideal for one person or with a couple of small kids. Otherwise I would
> prefer the Woobo as mentioned previously. Wider, longer bottom panel,
> holds two adults easily and has a large flotation/stowage chamber at
> each end. But needs a trailer - which is not necesarily a bad thing - as
> you can carry all the equipment there, including motor and fuel and is
> easier and quicker to launch and retreive alone if one has access to a
> launching ramp.
> --- In email@example.com, "Monies" <m_monies@> wrote:
> > Mike Monies sailed "The Noble Plan" his Bolger Cartopper sailboat in
> the Texas 200 in 2009. The first 150 miles was with the Bolger leg of
> mutton sail, the last 150 was with an improvised mast and sail after he
> was dismasted in a capsize in Corpus Christi Bay.
> > You can read Mike's adventures in Duckworks magazine, as well as in
> Small Craft Advisor magazine, for the Texas 200 adventures.
> > Mike built his Cartopper exactly to plans with the exception of adding
> additional flotation under the floorboards. Which wasn't enough! He says
> now he would add more flotation in bow and stern as well. We still own
> and sail this little boat but he doesn't intend to modify it. Or sail
> it in Texas 200 again!
> > This is a tender boat, subject to easy capsize actually. It is a
> lovely graceful hull and the "Noble Plan" is one of the prettiest small
> boats Mike has built.
> > Having said that, don't start messing with moving centerboards,
> putting lee boards on her, that is all major stuff that is going to
> change how she sails and performs. Just build her according to plans.
> > Best- Jackie Monies
> > http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SailOklahoma/
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