[bolger] FS bilgeboards
- The FS bilgeboard trunks provide a 3/4" wide case for a 1/2" wide
board. The outboard side of the case is the side of the hull. Lay in
two vertical strips of 3/4" stuff and attach the inboard side of the
case. There are no alignment considerations. The boards go in at an
angle due to the hull flare and tend to float up sometimes in light
airs. At higher speeds the leeway presses the boards against the case
top and bottom. When you go onto a sand bar, they are impossible to
pull up until you get the pressure off them. Having bent them under
the boat, it was nice to have two of them so I could sail home. That
is also why I am on my second set. Also, the shape or size or length
of the board may not be too important. When I made my second set, I
made each one 3" shorter than the old ones so I could cut them out of
two pieces of ply. When I was building my boat I used to get a lot of
advice from a friend who had built a boat. I always accepted his
advice, but I always did it my way! I just pass that along to say that
I am no expert. Chuck, do you also have a set of the FS plans?
I do have the plans for the FS.
I would like to retro fit the boat as the plans specify but their are two
issues. One, the inboard panel would have to be dropped in from an oversized
cut on deck as it won't fit through the access openings. Second, how would
you know for sure the right deminsions of the inboard panel. Access to the
inside is, of course, very restricted.
Thanks for the input.