View Full Version : Haiku launched

07-01-2012, 08:31 AM
Ok, not a full size haiku. But it is real nonetheless. I followed Iainís plans as closely as possible although I obviously cut many corners by using lots of glue, I havenít added the hardware, and the scantlings I cared about were cosmetic.
I hope to build a one-foot equals one-foot scale model one day, if I can get the ducks lined up. But until then I wanted to explore if the haiku is the boat for me. I wanted to be able to actually see how much space is available in the cabin. The figure, if scaled up, would be 6 foot tall.
I also wanted to see the boat on the water. So I made the model into a pond yacht. These sails are cut from a bed sheet stiffened with linseed oil. I will make better sails. I will also fit the boat with RC. But it tracks nicely with those two centerboards and Scandinavian style rudder. We can now say that at least in scale, these ideas work nicely. And as you can see, the boat knows how to point a lot better than that dog who sticks his nose into the video.
Here are a collection of stills.
And I have a short video and a long video. The long one is of a crappier quality but it has more perspectives and better sailing.
I am having a lot of fun with this. And world is a better place with another wooden boat sailing, even if it is a little boat.

07-01-2012, 08:38 AM
very nice work! what scale did you build at?


James McMullen
07-01-2012, 08:45 AM
Yay! Oughtred sure knows how to draw 'em, don't he?

Ed Armstrong
07-02-2012, 11:03 AM
Nice! Did you ballast it, and if so, how did you work out the weight of the ballast?

Old Dryfoot
07-02-2012, 12:57 PM
Love Haiku! Y>

Please update us when you have the RC in place, it should make for some great video. I'm very much looking forward to the 1 to 1 build.

07-02-2012, 01:03 PM
Nice job!

Wow - What's Andy doing in those pictures? Has anyone told MoMan?

07-02-2012, 03:03 PM
The scale is 1"=1', which was easy because the plans are one-to-one. To figure out the ballast, I painted the water line and added lead until it settled on the line. I fixed the ballast to the end of the center boards (which you can see in the video) because I didn't want to flip the boat and lose it in the middle of the lake before I could motor over to it. On a less gusty day I put the weight on the cabin sole and she sailed just fine. When I get the RC adapted I will play around more with the ballast distribution.