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  1. >Am considering very strong combo 'thwart deck'...

    >Am considering very strong combo 'thwart deck' about 60"-66" long, which would serve mast, lee boards, and forward AKA. It would be a 'drop-in", slide forward, until; it wedges in two axis, port...
  2. [Have solved reefing issue by lowering top spar...

    [Have solved reefing issue by lowering top spar with main halyard (at either 25% or 50%) while holding boom (lower spar) in place with topping lift. ]

    You will need some way to keep the yard...
  3. Hello John, Today I am at Cedar Key, leaving...

    Hello John,

    Today I am at Cedar Key, leaving tomorrow. I understand the waters you describe. (Am having trouble logging in on my tablet, so may be out of touch for some days if I can't fix that.)...
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    Which sail kit do you have?

    Over the years Grumman offered 4 different kits. I suspect we can help with any of them, but we'd need to know which you have. Post a picture of the sail or ask us how to identify it. Kits were:...
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    Side mounted Masdt: Bolger Brick

    Phil Bolger's BRICK sailboat (precursor to the PDRacer) uses a side mounted mast. There has been a lot of discussion on that, Bolger arguing that small asymmetries go unnoticed in sailing. Side...
  6. Klepper offers a sail rig and anticipates folks...

    Klepper offers a sail rig and anticipates folks hiking out. Nautiraid offers a mostly downwind rig. Folbot (US) offered sail rigs (they shut down recently.)

    Percy Blandford offered SOF canoe...
  7. Sam Manning on an expedient 18 footer.

    We probably should all assimilate this almost ancient article; many of us will have seen it:

    http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~fassitt/canoe_mirror/manning/manning.html

    It so...
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    Outnbacker gave a good answer, so just a detail: ...

    Outnbacker gave a good answer, so just a detail: Most early Grumman gunter sails had a sleeved foot. Relatively late in the game they removed the sleeve and set the sail up loose-footed. They did...
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    Sam, I am sorry and deeply frustrated. The...

    Sam, I am sorry and deeply frustrated. The technique that worked previously didn't work this time. I am back to an entirely new drawing board.

    Bob
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    To the masthead!

    (If you have read Hornblower or Aubrey/Maturin or many other British novels about the sailing navy, you may recall that unruly or tardy midshipmen were often sent to the mastheads to contemplate...
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    To the masthead!

    (If you have read Hornblower or Aubrey/Maturin or many other British novels about the sailing navy, you may recall that unruly or tardy midshipmen were often sent to the mastheads to contemplate...
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    Sail and mast fittings

    (Remember, these posts are for novices, and this one is absolutely for novices.)


    Whenever one rigs a sail there is almost always some gear involved--pulleys ('blocks') cleats, fairleads, etc. I...
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    Lateens don't reef well but they are easy enough...

    Lateens don't reef well but they are easy enough to scale up and down. If you copied the symmetrical version in the first three photos onto graph paper, you could scale down to perhaps 30 or 35 feet....
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    REPOST of Lateen sail plans

    This is a repost of yesterday's version with new image addresses. I am deeply frustrated with Google Photos. I followed the exact procedure today to link images that I used yesterday, but have come...
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    Lateen sails to build

    This thread is for Silverbear, who has an old cotton lateen and would like to make a new one. I have pulled together three lateen plans that span quite a number of years. The three demonstrate...
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    Masts, halyards, vangs, downhauls, part 2: lateens

    If Bermudans and Lugs are the current top of the charts for canoe sails, the traditional lateens can't be far behind. While I view them as increasingly obsolescent, one can still buy new sails and...
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    Hello SB, I will scan and post a couple of...

    Hello SB,

    I will scan and post a couple of older lateen designs in a separate thread.

    Cotton is mostly obsolete for sails save for those made as period pieces. It IS easy enough to sew with a...
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    Hello SB, I am not particularly fond of the...

    Hello SB,

    I am not particularly fond of the original Snark sails. Made of lightweight nylon, they were set on too-light spars and bagged excessively in high winds, but the boats were (are) kind...
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    Just curious, Dave. Do you folks make all your...

    Just curious, Dave.

    Do you folks make all your own sails? That is a whole different skill set than boatbuilding.

    Bob
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    Gotcha!

    Gotcha!
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    These two are visible. I have some suggestions...

    These two are visible. I have some suggestions but they will have to wait til I have a proper keyboard.

    Bob
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    I could have sworn the red sail I grabbed as an...

    I could have sworn the red sail I grabbed as an example was sleeved. But I take your point. I am quite a fan of your rig!
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    Masts, halyards, vaangs, downhauls.

    Every type of sail needs a suitable mast. I want to look at just a few common types and describe some characteristics.

    Lets start with triangular sails that attach to masts. Here is a Solway Dory...
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    A bit more on leeboards

    A lot of ink (or electrons) has/have been engaged in discussions of leeboards, especially the size and shape of boards.

    Leeboards are the most common means of preventing leeway for sailing canoes....
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    The blue and white furled sail in #219 looks very...

    The blue and white furled sail in #219 looks very like a Gunter.
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