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    Great! Love the pics!

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    Quote Originally Posted by john welsford View Post
    A friend of mine had a Black Skimmer for years, true to plan, it sailed ok, not brilliant but well enough to be enjoyable. Slow to tack. But she was like being inside a guitar body at night, very noisy. He eventually made up a padded sausage shaped thing that he tucked under the bow when anchored, that helped a lot.
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    I might be inclined to put a shallow V under the bow, perhaps stretching over the first 2 to 3 feet. this would be just light ply or even foam and some fiberglass, and intended to be sacrificial in a hard chance.
    Question ....how are the leeboards shaped? Foil shape....I assume the profile will be as drawn. I know Mr. Bolger was not sold on asymmetrical boards, or indeed much shape at all. I think the "hum" you describe may be due to the shape. My boards are asymmetrical ( more or less flat on the outboard side and well curved on the inside) and much thicker than yours appear in the photo. Mine have never hummed at any speed.

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    I might be inclined to put a shallow V under the bow, perhaps stretching over the first 2 to 3 feet. this would be just light ply or even foam and some fiberglass, and intended to be sacrificial in a hard chance.
    Somewhere in Bolger's writings, he, himself, makes reference to adding just such a, " false bow," to one of his sharpies. The context was, as I recall, to affix the appendage for use during a delivery passage over open ocean and then remove it once in use in semi-protected waters.

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    I once saw photos on line of one of his other sharpies with a 'false' bow under the forefoot...as well. It might affect handling......

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    The leeboards are asymmetrical. That and the transom being beefed up are the two places that I can find where they deviated from the plans.
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    Very nice! The cockpit looks a lot more roomy than my NIS 23 cockpit. Lots of space for kids to sprawl out. I guess the interior is pretty usable as well without a centrecase in the way.

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    So far so good. Sail number #2, we went out after work. 45 minutes to setup and launch with me and another guy who has plenty of weird boat practice - probably faster than the big boat that 2018-06-15 (2).jpg2018-06-15.jpg2018-06-15 (1).jpg. We had 10+ a bit for wind and minimal chop left over from the afternoons breeze. Just about perfect really. The boat tacks readily with no messing about, and the leeboards are surprisingly manageable. Certainly not any less weatherly than the 7 ton cutter that we have sailed for the last 20 years.
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    Glad to hear it.

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    Sounds very good.

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    Default Re: Bolger Black Skimmer - moar sail

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    I have an old mizzen staysail from another boat. Its basically unused, and I am thinking its time to put it to work. Time to cut it down to fit the BS. I could have drawn it bigger, but landing the tack on the strong-back (?) for the leeboard lets me avoid additional deck hardware. As drawn there is adds a hair under 70 ft^2 of sail area. Next up some sort of ridiculous jib inspired by Chesapeake bay log canoes, and a drifter.
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    Sail #4 with the black skimmer went great, but the whole idea that it only takes 30 minutes to get the boat ready is nonsense. I think that we 2 people who knew the boat we could get it down to 30 minutes. The only thing I can come up with (so far) that would straight up speed the uprig is sail track and cars on the mizzen. Lacing is a hold up for sure. its my referred way to bend on a sail, but it might be time to explore options.
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    But you could keep it tied to the mast and roll it against it. I don't see a faster way.

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    Great suggestion, that's what I all going to try next.
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    I'm curious as to why it takes so long to rig.

    Mine was maybe 10 minutes? Mizzen furled around the mast, was never meant to have a halyard--that is, you wrapped it around and threw a few half hitches around it.

    Is it partly the gunter rig?

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    Those leeboards make excellent cockpit dodgers...... Looking really good!

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    Maybe... First step (after getting to the boat launch), is to pull off the cover and step the mizzen (gets one of the plethora of spars off the deck), then check that the main halyard is made of to the snotter strop, turn grab the gin pole and clamp it to the tabernacle, haul the halyard through the gin pole turning block and put an eye on it (butterfly knot), run out the trailer winch and him it to the loop in the halyard... Then the main mast can go up. Bolt the locking key in place. Now all that's left is getting the mizzen boom ready (tack and clew lashing), the same for the main, drop the tiller into it's spot and then off to the ramp.

    Could be I am slow, but that's got to be most of the list. It just takes time.
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