68996RE: [bolger] Birdwatcher: how deep a gripe?
- Nov 2, 2012
Mine is the same depth as the hull: 10.5 inches.
My Whalewatcher has a similar bow-board and I have found it a handy and useful device to aid low-speed maneuvering.
Having tried to trolling motor a Birdwatcher with a disabled centerboard crosswind, I have learned that it needs a gripe ( shallow bow keel ) or a fore-dagger.
The foredagger would mirror what Dovekies had, I think.
A gripe is a whole heckuva lot easier to retrofit.
So the question is, how deep, and how long?
I am also considering a broomstick mizzen to help keep head to wind. Interestingly enough Thames barges had steering mizzensails mounted on their rudders which turned with the rudder.
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