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    Re: Standing or Balanced or neither

    From on the ground to on the boat, that barely looks like the same sail... o.0

    From the way it looks, it seems to me that taking the curve out of the head up by the yard might go a long way toward...
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    Re: Standing or Balanced or neither

    I don't know if it's down to my eye being unused to seeing battens in lug sails, or something else, but that sail looks odd to me. (very nice boat, tho! I'm jealous!)

    I agree with @Todd...
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    Re: Standing or Balanced or neither

    Really cool thread!

    On the question about the prevalence of gaff rigs; I think a lot of the disdain for "working rigs" came from the yachts "clubs" and their power to project an image. I've been...
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    Re: Improving Flattie "Sea-worthiness"

    @stromborg, Oh, cool! I'll go check that out. Water ballast intrigues me, as a trailer-sailor. I definitely love the idea of free ballast and the benefit to gas mileage even more! I'm now...
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    Re: Improving Flattie "Sea-worthiness"

    That makes sense. So, plenty of rocker and heavy curve in the shear would help a lot? And my small deck-house/cabin would hurt rightability, even if it helped reduce windage...

    On the...
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    Re: Improving Flattie "Sea-worthiness"

    I'm not much interested in "MORE" boat, either in hypotheticals or reality. As the original post said, it's mostly academic; I simply want to learn what makes a seaworthy flattie. I'm quite...
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    Re: Improving Flattie "Sea-worthiness"

    @stromborg Ah, fair enough. It's certainly the sort of thing that springs to mind, though when I wrote the original post I was mostly thinking of just the flat-bottom and single-chine, though I...
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    Re: Improving Flattie "Sea-worthiness"

    How is she at far end of the definition?
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    Re: Improving Flattie "Sea-worthiness"

    On the size; 18ft-36ft, for the sake of discussion.

    Good point on the ballast. What kind, though? I'd assume you'd want fixed, to prevent damage and/or injury. Maybe water ballast tanks on the...
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    Improving Flattie "Sea-worthiness"

    It's something of an academic question (since I'm a land-locked sailor), but looking at the ease and simplicity of building flat-bottomed sailboats, I find myself wondering how one might go about...
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    Re: The no committments cruiser

    Honestly, it's amazing what's possible; I suspect most of us would shudder in terror at the idea of going to sea in the average sea-going boat from 200 years ago.

    John Voss's "Tilikum" is one of...
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    Re: The no committments cruiser

    Edit: Didn't realize how old this thread was when I replied to it. Text removed.
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    Re: Best Boat... For This Specific Scenario

    Buying a boat in this area means either a jon-boat or a speed boat. It's possible to buy sailboats (usually up near Dallas) but they're invariably "plastic-fantastic" production boats that generally...
  14. Re: Sailboat search, 10 bridge clearance@mlw. Hot stove league discussion.

    Found it; again, much larger (38ft) than the OP's length, I'm afraid, but I think her mast design would probably be easily adapted to any design found that matched her overall design characteristics....
  15. Re: Sailboat search, 10 bridge clearance@mlw. Hot stove league discussion.

    One such plan is in Bolger's "Boats With An Open Mind"; Ataraxia, though she isn't the design I was thinking of. It can be read here; https://archive.org/details/boatswithopenmin00bolg_0/
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  16. Re: Sailboat search, 10 bridge clearance@mlw. Hot stove league discussion.

    Not sure on the length, but you might check out some of Phil Bolger's books on the Internet Archive. I believe he has one in the length you're looking for that had a provision for pivoting the...
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    Re: Best Boat... For This Specific Scenario

    Apologies for leaving the thread for so long! Came down with a nasty seasonal bug Friday that pretty much wiped me out over the weekend!

    Not going to try to answer every post, but thanks so much...
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    Re: Best Boat... For This Specific Scenario

    To all saying the 14 ft boat for 3 adults isn't practical. True. However, maybe I should clarify: I want a boat that I can sail with one passenger (my wife, the very definition of a passive -and...
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    Re: Best Boat... For This Specific Scenario

    Woxbox,

    I was JUST pricing the Wittholz plans today! I think the one I was eyeing was just under 14ft? I may be mistaken... Then I posted here and got sidetracked...
    Anyway, to answer your...
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    Re: Best Boat... For This Specific Scenario

    Hugh,

    I wondered if the venerable Bolger Brick or it's descendants would make an appearance here! I considered it long and hard, I assure you. In fact, I may build one next summer, just for the...
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    Re: Best Boat... For This Specific Scenario

    Oh, that makes sense. Especially in sheltered waters. I believe I shall look further into this. :rolleyes: The Mayfly to sail and Ilur to admire in my backyard.... :D

    An endorsement from one...
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    Re: Best Boat... For This Specific Scenario

    Thank you for overcoming the hesitation! More eyes are better (and see more boats!)

    It always worries me to modify a good designer's plan; they know much better than I how their boat should...
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    Re: Best Boat... For This Specific Scenario

    A good thing to hear!

    Fair enough! He DOES say that it is "easier to build", tho... :rolleyes:

    Exactly the difficulty I find myself in: they are actually very "shippy" looking little boats...
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    Re: Best Boat... For This Specific Scenario

    You grasp my needs admirably swiftly! I agree and have been eyeing more of the "pram" variety of sailing vessels for exactly the reasons you elucidate. (just blew my allowance on 50 cent words...
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    Best Boat... For This Specific Scenario

    WoodedBoat Forum... Hello!

    I've been soaking up the knowledge contained herein for many years now (at my grandpa's knee, almost, were he a boatbuilder or an internet user....) At long last, I...
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