re:folding schooner latch
- It sounds like your schooner is fitted with a later design i believe
it is the Payson version of latch rather than the original design
that appears on the plans.
I would suggest unfolfing the boat carefully and getting a
measurement of the distance between holes. Then get 2 pieces of say
3/8 plate or flat bar as wide as possible drill the holes to the
same size as in the keel and fit .
having said this , I dont like the idea of relying on a single latch
on the keel ( imagine running over a rok _ this would be the first
snag. )Imagine being under the boattrying to fasten it when some
drongo in a PPIID( personal plastic instant idiot device) screamed
pastand dumped the schooner on yourhead. I opted to stay with the
side latches But increased the aount of solid wood for larger and
thicker hinges to attach to.
The main concern that people appeared to have was that there were
lots of screws over a small surface area.
i posted a drawing of how i changed the chine logs to cope with
this but it was scrubbed in the clean up of the files a while back.
if you send your email adress to me ( not the list ) my computer will
then capture yuor full adress and I will email the drawings to you.
You might try faxing bolger and explain the situation. The drawings
of the original latch onlycover one page he would probably be
gentleman enough to fax the right page back.
hope this all helps
cheers, Paul Day, FS Waltzing Matilda