Re: AS-29 and Micro Navigator Photo Update
- hi Peter,
Thanks for the positive feedback on the Micro Navigator and AS-29.
I am also interested in finding out exactly where the waterline
will end up on the Micro. The weight of the cabin and windows will
sink her down somewhat but this may be compensated by the foam
buildup at the bow. The keel does not have drain or vent holes
which will increase buoyancy towards the aft end.
At the moment it's all an inexact science!
Are you the proud owner of the Micro "Lestat"? How do you find
her re buoyancy, stability, performance etc?
--- In bolger@y..., ellengaest@b... wrote:
> Thanks for the wonderful start to my work week.......your
> are fantastic!! And the details of the AS-29 are beautiful!! I hope
> you find some lucky buyer soon.
> I look forward to seeing where exactly the waterline for your
> NAVIGATOR will be.Any effort to mitigate the slapping of wavelettes
> will greatly enhance your over-all comfort.
> Your NAVIGATOR,when finished,will surely serve as the benchmark
> furure builders should aim for! Excellent craftmanship!!!
> Peter Lenihan,envious of the apparently mild(tropical?) work site
> have,from the not so nice shores of the St.Lawrence..........
> --- In bolger@y..., booraleaboats@h... wrote:
> > hi all,
> > New photos of AS-29 and Micro Navigator are available at:
> > http://members.fortunecity.com/booraleaboats/index.html
> > AS-29 photos show internal details, and some exterior shots.
> > Micro Navigator is sloooowly progressing due to financial
> > constraints and the demands of living on a farm.
> > Matt
> > booraleaboats@...
- Hello Matt,
I am indeed the proud owner of LESTAT,at least until I sell
her.Then I'll just be the heart-broken ex-owner relegated to a life of
looking at fading pictures in a falling-apart photo album while
driving my friends around the bend with old tales of
I do not own a set of MICRO NAVIGATOR plans but suspect that
where BOLGER has drawn his waterline for her will be very close.He is
an excellent calculator of weights.This of course is provided the
builder does not go way overboard with his scantlings! Judging by how
very successful your AS-29 came out and the wonderful job you're doing
on your NAVIGATOR,raising the waterline by an inch would do no harm
and will be very very close to right-on the mark.
As to the extra weight you refer to,it may not be that much as it
will be the net difference between the basic MICRO model.That is,the
roof structure pretty much weighs the same for the two as do the
interior elements like the berth flats etc...so it is just the framing
stock for the windows and the windows themselves which are additional
weight.Based on my own MICRO experience,which I built with only
slightly larger scantlings and the fact that I carry around a ton of
cruising gear,she nevertheless floats to her marks!
Regarding her"bouyancy,stability,performance etc",I can only give
you a subjective reply.Judging by the way she bounces around in
powerboat wakes,while motoring,leads me to conclude that she is very
buoyant and picks it up rapidly due to her all-out-all-square shape.No
flared sides to"gradually"pick up buoyance here! With a bit of weight
in the wind however,she rides steady(and predictably) over wake and
waves feeling like a much bigger boat then she really is.Stability? In
a word;amazing! I have yet to get her down to the rub rail and God
knows I've been caught out in some pretty wild conditions that had me
questioning my own sanity(not that it ever took long to arrive at a
simple one word answer to that one ;-) ) For your own tranquilty of
spirit,you may wish to try the following come launch day: gather up
the launch day crowd and have them stand/sit on the edge of the boat
once launched.See how many you can crowd onto the same side.Then,stand
back and let yourself be baffled as you gaze at the still visible
rub-rail clear of the water!Now ask yourself how many people do you
normally expect to go sailing with............
Performance wise,I am more then pleased with my MICRO,especially
in the 15 to 20 knot wind speeds and even greater with a reef tossed
in.She appears to handle lighter stuff well but this has always been a
tough one for me to accurately gaudge as I sail on a river with a
steady 1.5 to 2 knot current. The rig proposed for the NAVIGATOR is
one with which I have no experience and thus cannot effectively
All in all,the MICRO exceeded all of my expectations and provided
me with a wonderful little platform to live out many a childhood
dream/fantasy.To fully appreciated her,one has to use her alot,in all
sorts of conditions/scenarios and then recall that she is just
15'6.I know I have done some rather silly things with her and
frightened myself stupid but I never once doubted LESTATs ability to
take care of me and save my sorry ass.The memories will remain forever
cherished in soul.
I look forward to reading about your construction process and
later on your sailing adventures with your NAVIGATOR.I hope she
provides you with as much happiness and joy as my MICRO did/does for
Peter Lenihan,afloat in a sea of nostalgia,from the shores of the
--- In bolger@y..., booraleaboats@h... wrote:
> hi Peter,
> Thanks for the positive feedback on the Micro Navigator and AS-29.
> I am also interested in finding out exactly where the waterline
> will end up on the Micro. The weight of the cabin and windows will
> sink her down somewhat but this may be compensated by the foam
> buildup at the bow. The keel does not have drain or vent holes
> which will increase buoyancy towards the aft end.
> At the moment it's all an inexact science!
> Are you the proud owner of the Micro "Lestat"? How do you find
> her re buoyancy, stability, performance etc?