I thought I'd grieve forever after I sold my 30' sloop a few years ago ...but then found a 15' wooden row/sail in a used car lot for $250. Now I'm in love again... See photos at http://armadilloisland.com/wooden-bolger-oar-sail
I've STILL don't know whose design it is (very similar to an Otter 16). Any guesses?????
Anyway, I'm adding bench boards to extend the aft most bench all the way to the transom (for a larger seating platform while sailing in light air and for storage underneath). QUESTION: Any downsides to having these boards resting on fore-to-aft braces mounted on the hull right at a stitchNglue seam??????????
Also, I've only sailed in light air and am curious about sailing characteristics of this design under stronger wind conditions. As a rowboat first, sailboat second, beam is certainly narrower and I'm new to hard chines... Your thoughts? I plan to try to turn her over on purpose (in shallow water) when temps are warmer in order to see what it takes to flip.
Again, photos are at http://armadilloisland.com/wooden-bolger-oar-sail (Am new to attaching files here and had trouble with jpeg size)
Thanks in advance for your input.
-- Tim (blue dog)