Re: Motorsailor desired, for Ray Electric and sail power, shoal draft - suggestions?
- Hi John,
> I'm considering a motorsailor to replace my Ray...snip...
> Electric Explorer. I very much like the Ray motor, and
> electric power in general, but a 60 mile range between
> 115VAC outlets is too limiting. I need a sailing rig
> but I'm concerned that the weight and clutter of both
> sail and electric power may be a bit much for my Sea
> Pearl hull, particularly with 4 aboard. I've found
> some possibilities but I'd be interested in
> suggestions and advice.
Take a look at Bolger's Summer Ease (sometimes mistakenly called
Summer Breeze) design. It's in the bolger_study_plans_only group
Files section. I have often dreamed about building this one with
electric power, since the batteries could replace some or all of the
water ballast, using the volume under the seats. I have the plans,
but not close at hand, so just going from memory, I believe the
water ballast is around 800 lbs or so.
It's not an instant boat, but it wouldn't be very hard to loft and
jig. It has a huge hold for camping gear (or even a portable
toilet), and a nice centerline motor mount. Displacement is shown
as 2500 lbs, which should provide plenty of capacity for four and
their gear. Bolger told me that none have been built that he knows
of. If it were me, I'd draw a balanced lug mainsail for it to make
the mainmast shorter. Had I been aware of this boat 10 years ago, I
would probably have built one by now.