- I believe at one time Bolger& Friends announced that a video of
Birdwatcher would be available this fall. Northern Hemisphere, right?
Has anybody seen it?
> wondering how she would look when setteled down in the water...Of course, I have those pictures as a slideshow on my screensaver,
and one thing I notice is that the wave/wake of the moving hull
raises the water at the stern transom, and that a shortshaft
motor would have been fine. [a longshaft has been mentioned by others].
I had planned on a tryout of the sails this coming weekend, but
I may cancel now that as the forecast is a big storm hitting California,
with up to 20 inches of rain and high winds. Not exactly optimal
'try out' conditions.
Another aggavation (I haven't written much about) is that I have
had a heck of a time tracking down leak(s?) ( in the topsides)
which lets in rainwater. After lots of head scratching I am finally
concluding it comes from almost invisible cracks, [only microns wide]
where the decks connect to the hull sides. I added epoxy/glass
tape strips, and *maybe* I finally fixed it. A good rain this weekend
should prove or disprove that. Another potential source of the leak(s)
might be that the built-up wooden cabin window stiles, have experienced
some moisture content related shrinking and cracking,
...not exactly sure... .
> It's about the most boat my little subaru can pull.I had a lot of uncertainty about towing. It is better than I
had feared. I am glad I spent the money and trouble to
upgrade (overrate) the load rating of the tires for peace of
Pulling the boat out and up the slippery ramp with my SUV was
a piece of cake.
Pay attention to the 'bunking' of the unorthodox Micro bottom
shape on the trailer, I found that a very tricky think to deal with.
I have a cross bunk located directly under the forward watertight
bullkhead, and two removeable struts with pegs fitting into the
aft well drain holes located just at the after watertight bulkhead.
I lift the boat using a farm jack at the boat ramp, to install
and remove the rear struts.