View Full Version : Launching/Sea trials of an Argie 10 sailing dinghy

10-19-2004, 12:55 PM
I started building a Dudley Dix, Argie 10 for my 12 year old daughter in July. Sea trials have commenced, although it still needs to have her name painted on and every surface needs at least one more coat, but 12 year olds are not real long on patience when the sailing season is coming to a close as it is here in MA.

Go to the site < http://home.comcast.net/~jonsailr > click on the"Photos" button in the header bar, and enjoy the rest of the pictures.

In fairness to the designer, I should note that I purchased a sail for a "Puffin" at what I thought was a good price. Had I arranged for a sail "as designed" to be sewn, it would look proportionally correct.

I built the mast using the Birdsmouth technique I read about on this forum, using clear fir decking as my wood. For some reason having to do with my own head, I couldn't figure out how to taper the mast, although I read a very clear article on it. As is also evident, when I changed the mast dimensions to accommodate the shorter luff on the Puffin sail, I made the mast too short, hence no clearance under the boom. In the spring I'm contemplating adding a 3 ft tapered section to the top of the mast.


We are our own worst critics, are we not? This was my first new construction effort, though I've maintained and repaired my own wooden boats for a lot of years.

Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures of the fully rigged boat that don't have me in it, as I inadvertently left *my* camera at home on Sunday.


[ 10-19-2004, 03:04 PM: Message edited by: jonsailr ]