Re: Was: Long Micro sailing video...now Micro/LM extra foil area
- I love this thread. We know that Micro sails as well as any catboat
in relatively flat seas, yet suffers performance when the surf kicks
up or in light airs. A swing keel may be helpful in a couple of ways.
Rather than pour a solid ballast keel, a keel chamber that contains
the slot could be poured out of lead shot set in epoxy, then the swing
keel could be similar to the Birdwatcher with a solid 1/2" metal plate
set in between a plywood sandwich. Simple hoist through a pipe up to
the cockpit for the pennant would keep the entire unit water tight.
Worth a try by someone with a boat and no keel. Perhaps the draft
could be even less.
I bet that an arrangement of a gin pole for a jib may be just as helpful.
I sail frequently on a Precision 21, and owned a Rhodes 22 set up as
such. The only real PIA is changing the cb pennant. The Precision
sails very well whereas the Rhodes as a bit of a dog; a result of rig
more than shape.
- 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 $375.00 US to buy the plans for a 16'
boat! That puts Bolgers prices into perspective.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "graeme19121984" <graeme19121984@...>
> Yep, I should'a bought a few plans then instead of waiting for imminent
> parity... Goes up and down daily with the Dow now. Some say the AUD is
> *the* health indicator of the sick global economy. Ah well, boating
> related commodities are trending down... Now, if PB&F just hold their
> price increases - did you see how much recently for Naval Jelly plans?
> --- In email@example.com, "Greg Flemming" <greg@> wrote:
> > To think we were practically up to par with the US$ 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.