Re: Long Micro sailing video
- Glad someone thinks the centerboard-alongside-keel idea isn't nutty.
A further evolution of the thought would be a second side-piece to
the keel, spaced away from the present plywood side, providing a slot
for this board and its pendant, for somewhat less drag.
Not sure how to judge exactly where to put the pin, or how much
draft to give the thing, but it could be interestingly shaped, curved
on both leading and trailing edges, and widest at the bottom. Not
wuth it, I spect, but at this time of year it seems a tempting
Where I have sailed Pelican, so far: It's a sore point with
me,that I have sailed ie not enough and not far enough: at Mystic
Seaport, during the Bolger celebration summer before last, she
floated looking like a sailboat but didn't sail (no keel then, but
spars and sails up); then since she's had her keel, new companionway,
flotation, etc., a few day-sails on Long Lake and Tupper Lake in the
Adirondacks, Lake Champlain several single-overnight trips, with 13
yr-old Maggie, and last October a full-moon solo sailing overnight on
Had so hoped to get her to Henderson Harbor for a romp on eastern
Lake Ontario, and up to Kingston perhaps.
I have no sailing pictures except from on board. Some of what I do
have is on www.adirondackgoodboat.com. I have given her a white boot-
top since those pix, further to lower her topsides (in appearance).
What I'd love to show you is the Whalewather pictures, but that
untested marvel is stuck under a jury-rigged canopy-shelter now,
probably until April. She's done, virtually, and has her mast in the
tabernacle and other spars in their chocks on deck, but her rig has
not yet been up. Was hoping for global warming but it didn't come
--- In email@example.com, "Bill" <kingw@...> wrote:
> Mason (?) and Graeme,
> That's a neat idea! I had half-thought about some type of
> in the keel of my LM, but quickly dismissed the idea, in part b/c I
> couldn't think through a decent way of raising the board without
> intruding into the cabin. The line, led aft under the hull is a
> Gramem, for the past two days I've been mulling over your comments
> leeboards. The Zeigler's Zoon (or Luna?) was a keel-less LM with
> leeboards, and Roger Keyes originally used leeboards, but later
> the keel to his M. There's the precedent for fitting leeboards to
> M and LM, but not as auxilliary leeboards. Would make for an
> interesting experiment. I am not planning any modifications for
> season, but I enjoy mulling over these options.
> My thoughts on why the M and LM are good windward performers [note:
> don't want anyone to conclude that M and LM are NOT good performers
> windward. They are good, just not great] fall into three causes,
> depending on wind strength (as Mason noted below). In light winds
> LM crawls and makes excessive leeway, I suspect, b/c there is no jib
> to improve the airflow around the mainsail. I'm no expert on sail
> theory, but my experience on plastic sloops is that their windward
> performance improves vastly when the jib/gennie is deployed. A
> bowsprit and slim jib would probably help, but the loads on the mast
> would have to be appreciated, since there is no backsay or standing
> In medium winds the M and LM perform well to windward- even better
> when the water is flat. A deeper keel/leeboard/etc. might help by
> biting into deeper waters. Leeboards might be slightly more
> b/c the leeward chine is as low or lower than the keel when
> The weighted, keel-mounted centerboard would also help, I imagine.
> In strong winds M and LM are probably blown to windward due to their
> windage/high freeboard. The sides of my LM present approximately 75
> sq. feet of flat surface area to the wind. The sail on my Gypsy is
> only 59 sq. feet! I have sailed in steady winds of up to 25 knots
> not had an issue with windward performance, but that doesn't mean it
> couldn't be better, although short of a chain-saw I don't know of
> easy methods of decreasing the windage on the M or LM.
> So Mason. Where do you sail your Micro, where have you gone, and
> adventures have you had? Picture? Stories? We're all ears.
> Bill, LM Pugnacious
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "adkgoodboat" <masonsmith@> wrote:
> > Graeme,
> > Your note about adding a leeboard to a Long Micro brings this
> > response/question from me. First an observation: The Micro I have
> > to sail on the wind pretty well in some conditions. Middling
> > would say. It makes a lot of leeway in very light airs and in
> > breezes, or so I'd say after rather little sailing, half a dozen
> > outings. Enough leeway sometimes that I have wondered about a
> > addition. Wonder how it strikes you:
> > What about a sinking leeboard so shaped and sized as to fit
> > the fixed keel, shaped to fit in its shadow, pivoted on a bolt
> > goes through keel, with a pendant that leads from the board to a
> > block on same, near the bottom, then aft to a turning block at
> > the holes in the after well, and up through that to hand and
> > This board could have a low enough aspect (and a fairing in front
> > it?) to add not too much drag, its mounting would be way strong,
> > might make the Micro point quite well. 'Twouldn't be much trouble
> > try it, though I'd feel a little funny trying to make the Micro
> > anything it isn't.
- Bolgers plans are STILL relatively cheap. After reading an article on
the Jarcat catamaran I checked into plans to build. Too expensive by
far for the plans a couple of years ago. I checked again last week to
see how your Australian dollar was doing against out US dollar, and
found that it would still cost $375.00 US to buy the plans for a 16'
boat! That puts Bolgers prices into perspective.
--- In email@example.com, "graeme19121984" <graeme19121984@...>
> Yep, I should'a bought a few plans then instead of waiting for imminent
> parity... Goes up and down daily with the Dow now. Some say the AUD is
> *the* health indicator of the sick global economy. Ah well, boating
> related commodities are trending down... Now, if PB&F just hold their
> price increases - did you see how much recently for Naval Jelly plans?
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Greg Flemming" <greg@> wrote:
> > To think we were practically up to par with the US$ a couple of
> > months ago! - Reminded me of the good old days when I used to travel
> > to the US regularly and we'd get US$1.25 to the AUST$ in those
> > days...long gone now Welcome to the New World Order.