Re: [bolger] Re: Instant Cruisung Sailing Rowboat. Any for semi-protected water?
- I built a Dolphin as a pure rowboat back in the 80's. I posted a picture of
it in Bolger 5 photos,
It was built of 3/8" Airex foam, glass and epoxy and weighed about 100 lbs.
It was so light we had to carry a water jug to balance a single oarsman. It
rowed great with two, either together or taking turns. It had a huge
capacity and would probably make a good camp cruiser, but of course was time
consuming to build, requiring lofting and building a male mold. I think it
would make a good sailboat with a small stowable rig, sprit or lug, kickup
rudder and leeboard. We rowed it in the San Juan Islands of the Pacific
Northwest and San Francisco bay.
I like the idea of the dory with an outrigger, but what would you do with
the outrigger if you want to switch to rowing when the wind dies? Would it
be small enough to bring aboard? How about a double outrigger with the
amas both out of the water when the boat is level. Actuallly they could be
more like sponsons, close to the hull, with the oarlocks on them, at about
5' beam over all, catch you if you heel too far, and make a hiking seat for
sailing to help keep the boat level. It is something I'd like to try some
day. You could call it "Sacrilege". It's a good thing in Bolger's world.
Port Angeles, WA, USA
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From: "graeme19121984" <graeme19121984@...>
. I do have Small Boats though, and a "non-
> instant" boat there that may suit is Dolphin. Borderline for
> a sole oarsperson, however a first-class surfboat for two.
- I agree with Harry. Twenty years ago, I also had a Gloucester Gull. I also had a high stress job and I would row the Gull the 7 mile length of a lake a friend lived on, as a stress reliever. The windier the better. Sometimes 25 to 30 MPH. The lake ran north/south and when the wind was out of the north and fast I'd row to the upper end of the lake and just about fly back. ( For the Minnesotans this was lake Carlos outside Alexandria.)
Waves were choppy and with the seven mile fetch they were occassionally two feet plus at the south end. The Gull was just fine in the chop. Except that at times when on top of a wave if the wind and waves weren't aligned right the boat would weathervane. That can be an interesting thing in a boat that sits so high in the water and doesn't have much initial bouyancy. I fastened a centered skeg ( a 2" x 2" ripped from treated yellow pine) to the bottom of the hull and the boat tracked much better after that.
----- Original Message -----
From: Harry James
Sent: Monday, April 03, 2006 10:00 PM
Subject: Re: [bolger] dories, not necessarily 100% on bolger topic
Dories are rowboats not sailboats, have had real good luck with the
Gloucester Gull. Wind is more of an issue than wave height because of
windage. You can pack a huge amount of camping gear compared to a kayak
and go about as fast.
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