Re: [bolger] Re: mast options for Ruben's Nymph
Not an exact hit on your questions but ....
I have a sail rig on my regular-sized Nymph and it sails just fine. It is
tippy when you're getting in but not unmanagably so -- I can climb over the
side in 2+ feet of water (rudder doesn't pivot) without swamping. I've
sailed it in a fair amount (15-20 mph w/ white caps) of wind and it's really
very stable. The fact that I weigh over 200 lbs has a lot to do with it and
I think that a kid alone would have to treat it with more respect. I "hike
out" by leaning 6" to windward. Add my 150 lb son to me and the sucker is
really stable. The main problem I have with it is that, while the
longitudinal (sp?) seat works fine for rowing, it doesn't leave much room
for feet when sailing. I've been tempted to try the alternative
gap-in-the-middle seat that comes with the plans but haven't gotten around
to it yet.
A couple of pictures at
----- Original Message -----
From: "petehodges" <petehodges@...>
Sent: Friday, May 31, 2002 12:08 PM
Subject: [bolger] Re: mast options for Ruben's Nymph
> This thread has had a wonderful life so far and has covered many
> It looks like one of my original questions has been lost in the
> threads evolution.
> Has anybody sailed a Ruben's Nymph? Does the additional width
> significantly reduce the tippiness reported from Nymph owners?
- 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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