Thanks to you guys who responded,
I'll do some research and make the Mickalak boards eventually. I
found a picture on the net of another Surf with swinging boards so
obviusly it can be done. My boat has the Gypsy pivoting rudder,
held down by a large wing nut and washers, which wasn't sufficient
to hold it down in the windy conditions the other day - my sailing
buddy is casting in some lead at the moment. I don't like modifying
Phils designs but I don't think he'd mind knowing that my sailing
area is fairly shallow.
By the way, after we swamped (forgot to mention that bit), she
still sat high in the water and we just kept on sailing, and not a
lot slower than when empty - when heeled the water comes in the
front and runs out the back - amazing really!
Another modification of sorts I've done is oar storage, which I
like to have with me at all times. It was never satisfactory to
carry them inside the boat when sailing with the watertight hatches
and framework getting in the way - I bought two piece oars and strap
the 4 pieces across the foward compartment with octopus straps
hooked onto cleats screwed to the gunwales. Looks a bit daggy but
its nice to have them with me and out of the way.
, "Joe Tribulato" <scsbmsjoe@...> wrote:
> I put a pivoting leeboard on a Surf I built in 1998 and it worked
> fine. I think it is a significant improvement over the tounged one
> built for a Teal, which promptly broke the first time it hit a hard
> bottom. I recomend the change. Jim Michalak's design is worth your
> attention. On mine I used a 3/8 carriage bolt an old doorknob and
> adjust the tension on the pivot.
> Joe T