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    Post Who needs a big boat

    Not wood but interesting though, la Gazelle des Sables, a tiny French long keeled sailing boat in a German YT clip.

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    Wunderbar! And quite cheap for a gaff cutter

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    Default Re: Who needs a big boat

    That little boat certainly is a contender for the String Length per LWL award!

    Jeff

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpatrick View Post
    That little boat certainly is a contender for the String Length per LWL award!

    Jeff
    I suppose so, but I was thinking how cleanly he had so many sails in such a short boat. I was impressed with the unsimple simplicity (or maybe that is the simple unsimplicity).

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    She's cute, and unlike many tiny boats she has a nice clean run which probably makes her much more efficient. And yes, the rigging generally looks very good.

    The clew return of the boomless main puts my teeth on edge, though. Thinking about the poor air molecules getting beaten up in that turbulence makes me feel like someone watching grey paving paint getting rolled onto a classic yacht's varnish by a painter wearing hobnailed stilletoes with crampons on a laid deck. Being in harmony with nature means being kind to airstreams too. :-)

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    Default Re: Who needs a big boat

    could be fun on my favourite lake
    "If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito"

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    This is the website in English, https://www.lagazelledessables.fr/en/
    They even have a schooner

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    I think the ball for these small, extremely water ballasted boats was set rolling by the Pabouk line:


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    Could be fun on my favourite estuary Art. I like it!

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