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  • sctree
    Either should suit your needs. However, take a close look at, and put a tape measure to, your roof rack. If I recall correctly Junebug s beam at the gunwale is
    Message 1 of 11 , Jun 2, 2003
      Either should suit your needs. However, take a close look at, and put a
      tape measure to, your roof rack. If I recall correctly Junebug's beam at
      the gunwale is 3' 6"?, while Dave's $200 Sailboat is 4' 4"? Make sure
      what you build will fit your transport.

      Rick

      hawkpy76 wrote:

      > Greetings to one and all! As a long time lurker to this group I've
      > finally decided to get off the pot start building something, however
      > I'd like some opinions before I begin. I recently aquired a Windflite
      > 14 (it's a Sunfish wannabe, made by AMF)dirt cheap at a local YMCA
      > auction and spent considerable time restoring all the woodwork but
      > the darned thing is wayyyy too heavy to try to cartop and I'm trying
      > to avoid purchasing a trailer at this point in time. It's also highly
      > impractical for trying to introduce my wife and daughter to the joys
      > of sailing, which brings me back to constructing a boat more in line
      > with my needs. I'd like something light enough to cartop on our
      > minivan, but large enough to hold the entire clan for a day of bliss
      > on the water. I also haven't sailed in about 20 years, so I'm pretty
      > rusty. Two designs I've been looking seriously at are the June Bug
      > and Dave Carnell's $200 sailboat (aka the Featherwind). Any opinions?
      > My woodworking skills are just slightly above novice. I've already
      > purchased Building The New Instant Boats and pored over the plans for
      > the June Bug but recently the $200 sailboat caught my eye and now my
      > dilemma boils down to "Which one"? Any help, suggestions, opinions,
      > snide comments or sarcastic remarks would be greatly appreciated.
      > Thanks in advance for your help,
      > Tim H
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    • hawkpy76
      ... David, Saw the pics! When I saw the title June Bug launched I just had to check them out and I m glad I did! Beautiful location and fantastic
      Message 2 of 11 , Jun 2, 2003
        --- In bolger@yahoogroups.com, David Ryan <david@c...> wrote:
        David,
        Saw the pics! When I saw the title "June Bug launched" I just had
        to check them out and I'm glad I did! Beautiful location and
        fantastic photography, just a little too cold for my taste. That
        nasty white stuff is what convinced me to move to Florida many odd
        years ago!
        But now you've gone and done it....adding two more beautiful Bolger
        craft to my growing list of "I gotta have".....I'm still lusting in
        my heart over the light Schooner!
        Sam,
        I like the idea that I'll be able to cannibalize the sail from the
        Windflite to get me on the water faster and cheaper and the fact the
        Featherwind is a little beamier for the family to stretch out in.
        snip
        > I hope you saw the link to the June Bug just launch in Alaska.
        > Amazing shots of this cute little slab-sided dinghy sailing across
        > the most amazing mountain-ringed bays. The June Bug building
        > technique is better explained in the original Instant Boats, but
        it's
        > so easy, I'd bet you can figure out what your doing from N.I.B.
        >
        > Consider also:
        >
        > The Windsprint http://www.instantboats.com/windsprint.htm
        > More sprawling room than the June Bug, and to some, a little
        prettier.
        >
        > The Zephyr http://www.instantboats.com/zephyr.htm
        > Quite a bit longer, but still light enough to put on a minivan.
        > When you see the picture of Payson sailing with medium sized kids,
        > you'll be hard pressed not to imagine yourself at the helm with
        your
        > family in the place of the kids.
        >
        > Both the Windsprint and the Zephyr have straight cut side panel,
        > making them even easier than the already ridiculously easy June Bug.
        >
        > YIBB,
        >
        > David
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      • gssparhawk
        Too bad that so many folks seem daunted by the idea of a small trailer. A trailer puts the boat so much closer to the ground/water. It simplifies handling
        Message 3 of 11 , Jun 2, 2003
          Too bad that so many folks seem daunted by the idea of a small trailer. A trailer puts the boat so much closer to the ground/water. It simplifies handling somewhat in excess of the small trouble that a trailer is. Light trailers can do double duty for you. They can be used to haul those longer planks that can't be hauled by the family car, not to mention the gardening stuff and an occasional Christmas tree or alligator. they are not that hard to get used to -- as in backing etc. For the lighter craft we are considering a rather smallish trailer is sufficient and can be had for the price of a cheap weekend away from home.
          ----- Original Message -----
          From: hawkpy76
          To: bolger@yahoogroups.com
          Sent: Monday, June 02, 2003 2:49 PM
          Subject: [bolger] Opinions, please!


          Greetings to one and all! As a long time lurker to this group I've
          finally decided to get off the pot start building something, however
          I'd like some opinions before I begin. I recently aquired a Windflite
          14 (it's a Sunfish wannabe, made by AMF)dirt cheap at a local YMCA
          auction and spent considerable time restoring all the woodwork but
          the darned thing is wayyyy too heavy to try to cartop and I'm trying
          to avoid purchasing a trailer at this point in time. It's also highly
          impractical for trying to introduce my wife and daughter to the joys
          of sailing, which brings me back to constructing a boat more in line
          with my needs. I'd like something light enough to cartop on our
          minivan, but large enough to hold the entire clan for a day of bliss
          on the water. I also haven't sailed in about 20 years, so I'm pretty
          rusty. Two designs I've been looking seriously at are the June Bug
          and Dave Carnell's $200 sailboat (aka the Featherwind). Any opinions?
          My woodworking skills are just slightly above novice. I've already
          purchased Building The New Instant Boats and pored over the plans for
          the June Bug but recently the $200 sailboat caught my eye and now my
          dilemma boils down to "Which one"? Any help, suggestions, opinions,
          snide comments or sarcastic remarks would be greatly appreciated.
          Thanks in advance for your help,
          Tim H


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        • Alan J.
          hawkpy76 may not be daunted by the prospect of a trailer so much as he hasn t anywhere to keep it. And he might have the problem I had a week or so ago where
          Message 4 of 11 , Jun 2, 2003
            hawkpy76 may not be daunted by the prospect of a trailer so much as he
            hasn't anywhere to keep it. And he might have the problem I had a
            week or so ago where I was unable to launch my Teal because I couldn't
            find a parking spot for a car plus trailer within reasonable distance
            of the water.... drove around for an hour & went home. A pox on
            beachfront suburbia!!
            Alan J.

            ----- Original Message -----
            From: "gssparhawk" <gssparhawk@...>

            > Too bad that so many folks seem daunted by the idea of a small
            > trailer. A trailer puts the boat so much closer to the
            > ground/water.
          • Alan J.
            Important question Tim... how big is the Clan ? & how old ? And what are your local laws governing passengers per unit of boat volume/length ? Alan J. ...
            Message 5 of 11 , Jun 2, 2003
              Important question Tim... how big is the Clan ? & how old ?
              And what are your local laws governing passengers per unit of boat
              volume/length ?
              Alan J.

              ----- Original Message -----
              From: "hawkpy76" <HawkPY76@...>
              Date: Tuesday, June 3, 2003 5:19 am
              Subject: [bolger] Opinions, please!

              > Greetings to one and all! As a long time lurker to this group I've
              > finally decided to get off the pot start building something,
              > however
              > I'd like some opinions before I begin. I recently aquired a
              > Windflite
              > 14 (it's a Sunfish wannabe, made by AMF)dirt cheap at a local YMCA
              > auction and spent considerable time restoring all the woodwork but
              > the darned thing is wayyyy too heavy to try to cartop and I'm
              > trying
              > to avoid purchasing a trailer at this point in time. It's also
              > highly
              > impractical for trying to introduce my wife and daughter to the
              > joys
              > of sailing, which brings me back to constructing a boat more in
              > line
              > with my needs. I'd like something light enough to cartop on our
              > minivan, but large enough to hold the entire clan for a day of
              > bliss
              > on the water. I also haven't sailed in about 20 years, so I'm
              > pretty
              > rusty. Two designs I've been looking seriously at are the June Bug
              > and Dave Carnell's $200 sailboat (aka the Featherwind). Any
              > opinions?
              > My woodworking skills are just slightly above novice. I've already
              > purchased Building The New Instant Boats and pored over the plans
              > for
              > the June Bug but recently the $200 sailboat caught my eye and now
              > my
              > dilemma boils down to "Which one"? Any help, suggestions,
              > opinions,
              > snide comments or sarcastic remarks would be greatly appreciated.
              > Thanks in advance for your help,
              > Tim H
              >
              >
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            • Lincoln Ross
              As usual, I advocate the Brick, unless you need to row much or go fast. Very roomy (Bolger says 4 men and a dog, and with two large adults it feels half
              Message 6 of 11 , Jun 3, 2003
                As usual, I advocate the Brick, unless you need to row much or go fast.
                Very roomy (Bolger says 4 men and a dog, and with two large adults it
                feels half empty), fairly light (abotu 75 lbs), and very simple. I once
                gave a ride to 4 boys and it seemed like there was a bit too much room
                because they'd kind of run around. High sides to hide behind in
                waterfights. It sails surprisingly well, just not fast. Very stable.
                Only quirk I've noticed is that upwind it is slightly sensitive to fore
                and aft trim, but that's no big deal.

                >Tim H. wrote:
                >snipIt's also highly
                >impractical for trying to introduce my wife and daughter to the joys
                >of sailing, which brings me back to constructing a boat more in line
                >with my needs. I'd like something light enough to cartop on our
                >minivan, but large enough to hold the entire clan for a day of bliss
                >on the water. I also haven't sailed in about 20 years, so I'm pretty
                >rusty.
                >
                snip

                >My woodworking skills are just slightly above novice.
                >
                snip

                > Tim H
                >
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