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    Default Historic footnotes

    Here are three images from the current Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum 'boat donations and sales' page. They will disappear if the canoe sells. The canoe is an older Old Town from Maine and the museum is in St Michaels, MD, USA. The canoe is for sale for $2800, without trailer. I'd have just sent the link (http://cbmm.org/g_boatdonations.htm), but the pix are on a busy page. I spent some time looking this canoe over but bought a pretty little peapod instead.

    Things to note: the rudder mounted on a metal rod. The adjustable tiller arrangements, with sideways tiller extension that slides from side to side. The low-hung leeboards, surmounted by a sliding seat for hiking out. Raked gunter sail, with a hard-to-see little wooden batten at the clew.







    I can't buy 'em all....

    Bob

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    Bob, what do you suppose the wood batten was for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OutnBacker View Post
    Bob, what do you suppose the wood batten was for?
    I wasn't able to look at the sail when I was at the museum.

    This is a guess: I think the sail was originally designed to be laced to the boom. Later, someone decided to use it loose-footed. The corner patches at the clew were probably insufficient and there probably was no matching sailcloth available, so the little batten is a clever little dodge. It pulls the sail out along the boom along its length, and holds the leech down with the side of it. Might be interesting to try that on some other sail.

    Loose-footed sails are more common today than they were years ago.

    Bob

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    Makes sense by the look of it. I'll have to try that when mine let go...

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    Quote Originally Posted by OutnBacker View Post
    Makes sense by the look of it. I'll have to try that when mine let go...
    Interesting solution, but perhaps not a great one as the boom tends to fall away from the little batten as the outhaul is eased, so more effort will be required to duck under he boom when tacking.

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    That might solve ALL my problems...

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