The Snipe is a 15-1/2 foot, 2 person, one design performance racing dinghy designed by William Crosby in 1931. The previous owner has removed the lines and then sold the boat. Now we would like to bring this old boat back to good condition. The hull has been restored, now for the cockpit. We can rig the boat simply just to get her on the water but would like to rig her fully to get the best out of the boat.
Does anyone on the Forum own a Snipe Class dinghy? Either in wood or in modern materials.
Can anyone post photos of the muscle box showing how the lines run?
Where is the deck and cockpit hardware best positioned? There are many modifications, possibly to allow the boat to be sailed single handed amongst the other mods.
Is the muscle box on a Snipe always positioned just forward of the CB case as it is on this dinghy? On the boat I crew the muscle box is on the mast just below deck height and it appears to be calibrated differently on the Snipe (looking at the datum points and use-wear on the box).
It isn't evident where the vang/kicking strap is attatched to the mast, there are many options to do this. How does the old saying go, "the more holes that are drilled in an aluminium mast, the stronger the mast gets." Then this mast should be very strong.
This boat has many cleats, blocks, and anchor points, more than I can sort out without guessing. The hardware has been moved a lot over the decades ... and no holes have been filled. Joining these dots isn't self explanatory.
I'm able to post photograps of the boat (as always) but would appreciate seeing cockpit photos and deck images showing a fully functioning set of lines.
My other option is to rig the boat like a 470 but I'd still have spare cleats and blocks. This is one complex dinghy so if we can get her right we should be able to get her going.
Cheers in advance. She is a smart looking boat with the vintage Snipe design. If you are a modern Snipe owner your phptos and knowledge will be even more usefull.