Re: Storm Petrel - corralling the kids?
- Matthew - at Smallboats group files
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Smallboats/files/ down the page a
bit, take a peek at the file: "Dcp_0020.jpg view of cockpit Tonys
File 2 Storm Petrel"
samson posts may give an idea of how to build in some upright
elements here and there on which to mount railings. Yep, Tony's post
sizes are much more than you would need, and yours would have to be
at the sides, and best inclined outwards rather than verticle. One
in the stern corner and another one or two along the side, or even
extend to the bow. Take a look at the pics in the folder "tonys file
storm petrel" a bit further up the files page and see how he
anchored the posts under the deck. I'd imagine your railing posts
attached to the sides and rising from the bottom where they'd be
attached too. Of course it may be a lot easier to attach them on the
outside of the sides, and the transom corner staunchions of the
Micro Navigator might give a clue of their size, engineered shape,
and fixing - yours may not be as tall - and also you would need to
keep the post bottoms above the heeled waterline. Best places, to
avoid the ply sides ever buckling under loads from such cantilevered
posts, would be at the bulkheads. Maybe a doubler on the inside
would solve? How are those railing posts to the side of the AS-29
cockpit fixed to the deck?
With some allowances made, you may acheive a boat looking a bit like
the photo of the racing dhows posted in group photos
b=1&m=f&o=0 a light cover could be rigged to keep the African sun
off the cockpit crew - as shown the boom is well high enough. Maybe
out of shade cloth so you could still instantly see the sail, but
with that Strangford Latine rig from Zephyr that Bolger put on
Storm Petrel you wouldn't have to mind the sail very much. Gallows,
and chocks could be incorporated to keep the spars and sail stored,
out of the way off the deck, when not in use.
For sport get one of those Tunisian racing lateen sails rigged
and go!! Resale of lateen rigged Storm Petrel in Tunisian waters
would be easy, I would think. The boat would almost look
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "The Peillet-Long Family"
> Any more ideas on railings, lifelines, tethers, etc. for dinghyto
> sailing with little kids?
> Also, anyone know of any articles, online tools or anything else
> help put together a DIY rail system?