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    Default Center/daggerboard length

    I'm not sure this is the right area for this but it does seem a design attribute.
    i have a Joel White Shellback dinghy which I have been sailing relentlessly for the past couple months. LAkes and local inlets etc. It's a fine little boat. the original ply daggerboard it came with was made to the original dimensions (except for the curved top) but the bevels were wobbly and the board had become potato chip-like and stuck badly all the time. I made a new on out of laminate 1" mahogany strips and as I had read somewhere about someone making a larger board for performance so I made my new on about 4" long/deeper.

    I'm wondering if this could be detrimental. The Shellback seems to b e designed to be forgiving, smaller sail plan etc. likely smaller board and rudder designed to fit behind the stern twhart.

    So far I've not noticed a problem, mostly I've noticed the new one is easy to put in and take out. I imagine not being warped and having a regular and slightly more performance profile helps too.

    Any thoughts?

    Any thoughts on this?
    Last edited by Toxophilite; 07-13-2021 at 01:38 AM.

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    Default Re: Center/daggerboard length

    Quote Originally Posted by Toxophilite View Post
    I'm not sure this is the right area for this but it does seem a design attribute.
    i have a Joel White Shellback dinghy which I have been sailing relentlessly for the past couple months. LAkes and local inlets etc. It's a fine little boat. the original ply daggerboard it came with was made to the original dimensions (except for the curved top) but the bevels were wobbly and the board had become potato chip-like and stuck badly all the time. I made a new on out of laminate 1' mahogany strips and as I had read somewhere about someone making a larger board for performance so I made my new on about 4' long/deeper.

    I'm wondering if this could be detrimental. The Shellback seems to b e designed to be forgiving, smaller sail plan etc. likely smaller board and rudder designed to fit behind the stern twhart.

    So far I've not noticed a problem, mostly I've noticed the new one is easy to put in and take out. I imagine not being warped and having a regular and slightly more performance profile helps too.

    Any thoughts?

    Any thoughts on this?
    1 ft wide mahogany strips and 4 ft Deeper?
    I think that 4'' deeper won't make a lot of difference, it's a small increase on the overall area. It will give you slightly more grip on the water, but your performance increase is probably more to do with a better built board..
    Just an amateur bodging away..

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    Default Re: Center/daggerboard length

    ooops. Corrected, Thanks. I figured if it ended up being not as good it's far easier to make it shorter than longer, as it seems to be working fine I'll stick with this length.

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    Default Re: Center/daggerboard length

    what happens when you raise the board 4" in the slot while sailing on a given tack ?

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