Re: Applecross - Micro Junk first sail unreefed
- Bruce I have put some pictures in Bolger5 under Applecross.
Difficult to get far enough back from the sail when you are on
board. Yesterday I had the most exhilarating sail alongside a
friend from the church in his Hillyard gaff rigged boat. Normally I
have been unable to match her performance.
Without her topsail my new rig outperformed and out pointed her for
the first time. The wind was light and even against the strong tide
I was able to make good progress.
I will add some more phots of her sailing when I get someone else to
I have also include a pre-junk rig photo.
As I have already said the main change is a new mast set at the rear
of the well.
I have also included a photo of my sail overlaid on the building
plans. I hope this does not violate Phil's copyright as I have no
wish to offend him.
- Howard--New factory built boats are extremely expensive. However, used
fiberglass boats are amizingly inexpensive, particularly since the price of
a used boat generally includes a trailer and sails (and sometimes a motor,
anchor, compass, and other gear). It may be possible to build a hull for
less than the price of a used boat, but by the time you factor in the cost
of all the stuff that comes with a used boat, the economics favor the used
boat over the owner built boat.
The logic of buying a used boat only works if you can find a used boat of
the type you want. If you want a different boat, you pretty much have to
have it built by someone or build it yourself. PCB has made a career out of
designing different boats and selling plans for them. I've built some of
his designs (Thomaston Galley, Scooner, and Sweet Pea) and I am unaware of
any commercially available boat, new or used, which is comparable to these
As for the reward, I find that taking a pile of wood and turning it into a
boat which meets my wants is a pretty good reward. Sailing in a boat and
saying to yourself, "This is my boat, built the way I want it, and it is
good!" is a reward. And when people ask where you got the boat, it is a
reward to say "I built it."
The only problem with building boats is that it becomes addictive. I
started nearly 40 years ago and project number 10 is currently in the fill
and sand stage in the garage.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Howard Stephenson" <stephensonhw@...>
Sent: Tuesday, June 28, 2005 11:37 PM
Subject: [bolger] Re: Lapstrake stuff
> Another motivation is the prospect of saving money compared with buying
> a new boat -- but maybe that's part of what you had in mind when you
> said "rewarding", John.
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "John B. Trussell" <John.Trussell@w...>
> > Ultimately, there are only two valid reasons to build a boat. 1) If
> > want a different boat, you may have to build it. 2) Boatbuilding is a
> > pleasant, enjoyable, rewarding experience.
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