Re: Winter Sailing Dinghy
- If you haven't already, take a look at Jim Michalak's site archives
for some neat examples of smaller Birdwatcher-type boats (such as IMB
and Scram Pram) that might serve as good models.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, pongo19050@y... wrote:
> In "103 Sailing Rigs" Mr. Bolger had a cartoon of a keeled sailing
> dinghy rigged as a cat yawl with a sprit boom main and a sprit
> standing lug mizzen (Rig 48). The dinghy drawn by Mr. Bolger has a
> tranparent canopy with a slot top running the entire length of the
> cockpit. In a capsize, Mr. Bolger writes, the boat would not ship
> water even in a beam-ends knockdown. Does anyone know if this
> went beyond the cartoon stage?
> I have recently completed the hull (and spars) of Bolger's Oldshoe
> design. This is a 12' keeled sailing dinhy. I do not think that I
> can wait for Spring to sail here in the rapidly cooling Delaware
> Bay. I was thinking of building a birdwatcher-type canopy and
> launching next month. Over the years I have scrounged a bunch of
> plexiglass (which has somehow survived several of the spouse's
> I know that I shouldn't mess too much with the design, but I think
> that I can build the canopy light enough so that the boat will not
> overbalanced. I erred on the side of caution with the lead keel and
> put in 225 lbs. instead of the 200 lbs. as designed. Also, the
> movable ballast has increased in mass considerably since
> Thanksgiving. I figure the small cuddy that I already have on the
> boat weighs less than the designed storage compartment and extended
> seats that it replaced.
> My question is one of feasability and then scantlings. Should I
> this or banish it to the winter dreams round file? How exactly is
> birdwatcher-type canopy made? It looks like ply panels surround
> plexiglass. Should I frame the panels in the same way I did the
> Some pics of the boat, "Greenhead" are posted in the files section
> the Oldshoe E-group.
> Andy Farquhar
- Iâd hesitate to make permanent changes to a Bolger, esp since
time you work out all the kinks, spring will be just around the
corner anyway. I have a Cartopper, and regularly sail in winter here
in the SF area of CA. Admittedly we donât have the winter you
DE, by any means. But, Plexiglas isnât going to keep you a
warmer except from wind chill.
What Plexiglas might do is keep you drier, but that could be dealt
with by the simple expedient of picking your weather. Donât
go out if spray is going to come over the bow. And my impression of
Oldshoe is that spray rarely comes over the bow. My Cartopper is
remarkably dry, and it's not nearly the sea boat Oldshoe is.
My suggestion? Bundle up. Youâre going to have to anyway!
Wear something waterproof on top. And have fun!
Personally I love winter sailing (with long johns and thick socks!).
I once had it start to snow (a rarity in these parts) while I was
exploring a narrow, silent slough nearby in the Delta. It was too
lovely for words.
Good Sailing... John
--- In email@example.com, jboatguy@c... wrote:
. . .
> My suggestion? Bundle up. Youâre going to have to anyway!
> Wear something waterproof on top. And have fun!
We have had a cold Fall here and just bundling up won't do it. I have
been out in my sailing canoe the last two weekends and have had to
deal with a thin skin of ice until I reached more brackish water.
Yesterday my sheet froze in the clamcleat (I know - another reason
not to cleat the sheet). I've been wearing my full farmer john
wetsut. At least it makes for a dry canoe as what water comes over
the gunnels freezes in the bottom.
I do have fun doing my impersonation of an icebreaker.