A leeboard, rudder and a sail

Put a bunch of time into the boat today. This morning I gooped on some silicon and screwed down the decks. Then I bolted on the leeboard and attached the rudder. The girls also did some initial decorating of the oars.

Decks attached

Decks attached

Hatch cover

Hatch cover

leeboard attached

leeboard attached

rudder installed

rudder installed

polytarp sail

polytarp sail

The sail is a 68 sq foot lug made from 5.2oz white tarp material from PolySail International. It’s a great cheap way to get on the water fast. The whole kit was about $100 and came with double stick tape, rope edging, duct tape, grommet kit, etc. The sail has a 5’10” luff, a 12’2″ leech, a 9′ head and an 8’9″ foot. The leech is hollowed a few inches and the head and the foot both have several inches of rounding to account for spar bending as well as giving the sail some shape. We don’t want a flat sail. Hopefully it does the trick. I based my rough estimates on this very nice set of plans for a slightly larger sail. The sail dimensions I followed come from Jim Michalak’s Piccup Pram. The head and the foot are shorter and you end up with a taller sail to get close to the same sq footage. It means that the yard and boom don’t have to be as long and will fit on the boat better when down on the deck for rowing, etc. The height will give it better movement in light air and it should reef down nicely in heavier wind.

The pre-launch checklist is looking better:

  • second coat of paint on the hatch covers
  • assemble and paint the dragon
  • second coat of varnish on the yard and boom
  • girls decorate oars + top coat with varnish
  • add hardware for rigging

 

Total time: 84 hours
Total boat cost: $534
Total tools cost: $200

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