Re: [bolger] Re: Ultralight Tortoise
- On Jan 30, 2008 9:28 PM, Mark Albanese <marka@...> wrote:
> The standard Torti is about 50#. Bruce, yours is probably down to 30I never feel the need to drag mine.
> or 35. That's a big difference swinging it up on the car.
> An ultralight interests me because I'd have to carry and drag it
> across the flats over to the water.
I also installed a couple pieces of 8" rope, tied to a 3/4" wooden
dowel, which serves as a handle at the midships balance point. Then I
can lightly rest a gunnel on my left shoulder (about 10 pounds), and
at the same time (with my left hand) lift the other twenty pounds. I
could carry my Tortoise around in that way all day long.
> Your curved afterdeck is very nice. Guess the curve should be addedI chose to split the difference, the midships cuts aft, and at the
> to the standard dimension rather than cut from it.
gunnels it extends forward, serving as a gusset reinforcement, of
sorts, for the sides.
This is not to say that the curved after deck is an easy change to the
genuine Bolger straight deck edge. Curving is *definitely* more work.
If your Tortoise is for rowing, do it the straight Bolger way.
I just like spending lazy afternoons MAIB, sailing that Tortoise
around and around in circles. Leaning back and lounging on a curved
backrest is worth the extra trouble spent building.
> With a 1/8th bottom the keelson seems an amenityl! A 6' fir 2x2Use at least an 8 footer, because the bend is quite tight (and you
need some purchase to grab on to). Trim it to length after the glue