Re: hollowed vs. birdsmouth vs. box mast
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "smithriverranger"
I'm trying to figure out wich route to take on
> my micro Does theJason,
> diameter need to increase from the plans or can i stick with the
> diameter called for?
It has been awhile since I built the spars for my ex-Micro
LESTAT but.....doesn't Bolger already provide exactly the
construction method and dimensions needed for the construction of
your spars with the plans?
As a general rule,an amateur builder can save alot of time,guess
work,worry and chaos by following the information provided in the
plans,especially with a proven design like the MICRO.
One silly advantage of following the instuctions on the plans is
that you"automatically" get a nice little 1/2" square tunnel running
all the way to the top of the mast...great for running wiring for a
mast head light.Beyond that, all you have to do is glue together
some dimesional lumber one morning,plane and trim the next day and
start varnishing on the third day.Tools require?
Clamps,planes,pencils and measuring tape. It doesn't get much easier
then that unless your only tool is an axe and you just chop a tree
down for the mast :-)
If you are new to the beautiful world of boatbuilding,sticking
to the plans can go a long way toward ensuring a successful build.On
the other hand,if you have several boats under your belt,and evolved
preferences for how you like to do/build things,then...ah...wait a
minute....well I guess you wouldn't be puzzling over changes to the
design specs would you?
Bolger,the designer, tells/shows you what his choice is for his
designs while allowing some leeway for various levels of experience
etc.....while here,in the group,you'll get lots of differing
opinions,from all sorts of sources,not all of it first hand either
nor based on experience.Not a bad thing,in and of itself,but just
remember that none of us beer swilling pirates is accountable for
our free advice while Bolger,the designer,is.
Peter Lenihan,hoping this is not taken all wrong.........