Re: Martha Jane on the Great Lakes
- Dear Claude,
I think the Martha Jane is a good choice. As designed she is tender,
but can be ballasted "to taste" in addition to her designed water
ballast to make her stiffer. A big advantage for soloists over the
other designs mentioned is that she is naturally self-steering. You
cannot change the rig to advantage. It should take three or four
years for a rank amateur to build. Yes, quite roomy on a rainy day.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Claude Conn" <claude@m...> wrote:
> Hi, Peter,
> I'm looking for thoughts from people as yourself to steer me in the
> right direction. ( ref: reply to Vince Chew.) I have a lot to
> Right now I don't have any investment in plans or materials, so I
> explore any alternatives. I have looked both the Long Micro and
> Chebacco and didn't abandon either one as an alternative. I liked
> MJ for the extra length and perceived extra interior room. Ease of
> construction was also a factor. This was also a factor in
> leeboards over a daggerboard and the desire for the shallowest
> steered me away from a keel.
> I realize that MJ would be more a handfull for a solo sail, but I
> going to explore some other sail rigging.
> My other thought was how a boat of this style will handle the
> here in the Great lakes. Winds come up quickly and the water gets
> pretty choppy.
> I am open to all ideas and, as I said before, I value your opinions.
> Thanks again,
> -- In email@example.com, "Peter Vanderwaart" <pvanderw@o...> wrote:
> > > I'd like to build a sailboat in the 20 23 ft range to sail
> > > usually, around the Great Lakes, in particular lakes Huron and
> > > Michigan and later Lake Erie.
> > For a 'sleep-aboard' boat, I would consider the Long Micro as an
> > alternative to the Martha Jane because she has fewer parts that
> > tending while underway: keel rather than leeboards, bermuda sprit
> > main rather than balanced lug main. She would be a little harder
> > trailer, but still in the doable range (similar to the 18'
> > ski boats we see on the ramps a lot).
> > Chebacco is also an alternative, and a more challanging boat to
> > build. Easier to trailer but the mast doesn't have a pivoting
> > tabernacle. If you follow Chebacco News, you will know that
> > owners sail them solo.
> > Peter