Re: Atkins Valgerda First Sail
What got you interested in the Valgerda in the first place? It looks elegant, but in a few ways is extreme compared to other double-end, row and sail designs.
I do not like any boat, of any size, that has the deepest draught towards the stern. This makes it much harder to get free when you go aground, as I suspect you will do a lot of as a beginner on a lake. It will be that much harder again if the boat is heavy.
I wonder why atkin chose that keel. One of the photos on the site shows "great liberties taken with the keel".
True, the profile is utterly different to the design. No way would that boat behave the same as the designer's version.
A l'eau! C'est l'heure!