mast options for Ruben's Nymph
- Does anyone have any experience with mast couplers? I've seen them in
other plans, and would like the option of splitting the RN's mast in
to two eight-foot sections. If they would not store in the boat at
least it would be easier to transport them in the back of my truck.
Another option would be to replace the leg o' mutton rig with a sprit.
- In a message dated 6/4/02 7:26:53 AM Central Daylight Time,
> Sometimes I think aboutHave you seen Bolger's design # 441? It's in Payson's "Build The New Instant
> building my own pedal powered boat since I can't do sliding seat stuff
> anymore. Maybe even a super skinny flatty with vertical sides, tho of
> course the increased wetted area would hurt some.
Boats". Payson refers to is as "Paddlin' Madeline". It's a slender "box",
19' 6" LOA (Length Over All), perhaps 18' or so LWL (?Length Water Line?;
?Load Waterline Length?) (I'm beginning to get the point about "AIA" (or is
it AAI?) !!), with pedal operated side paddle wheels. It is obviously much
more hydrodynamically efficient than the production pedal powered commercial
paddle boats I've seen, not to mention more aesthetically pleasing. As an
example of Bolger's ingenuity I find it entertaining and instructive, but I
can't say that I would ever contemplate ever building one.
Payson does claim that he and the fellow who commissioned the design and
construction were able to get it "up to a steady seven knots with no
strain". (The boat has side-by-seating for two pedalers.) "Dynamite"
wouldn't exaggerate, would he? I haven't tried to run the numbers on
"Paddlin' Madeline" - for one thing, the photo of it in operation shows a bag
containing an indeterminate weight of rocks hanging from outside the gunnel
to keep the boat on an even keel given the disparity of the weight between
Payson and the owner, for another, he doesn't list their weights, and for a
third, Gerr's "Propeller Handbook" doesn't include any formulae for paddle
Ciao for Niao,
Bill in MN
(very strong ammonia smell emanating from the kitchen from some very old WEST
epoxy! Hope the stuff cures?)
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