Hi - I recently bought a used 18'6" Good Little Skiff here in NC, and wonder if there are other owners out there. Based on what I know, this is a larger version of the 13'6" Good Little Skiff that Pete Culler designed, and was commissioned specifically by Waldo Howland (Pete's boss @ Concordia). Very difficult to find any of these on the internet. Please email me if you have one of these 18'6" boats, as I have a few Qs. Please forgive if these Qs are very basic... I've never handled a sail like this:
1) The mast has 2 step choices, about 15" apart, the first one about 24" from the bow. In which wind conditions would I use which step? The sprit rig seems to handle best with the mast in the forward step, on reaches and points approaching the wind. Running downwind doesn't seem to matter, which step position I use.
2) There are 3 rowing stations, including one far forward that presumes one would be sitting immediately aft of the mast. Doing so would impede use of the belaying pins. I'm curious -- in what conditions would one use that forward rowing station, vs the others? Seems that it would result in a less efficient rowing motion, given that the bow is only ~ 3ft ahead. Any advice?
3 ) I was inspired by Culler's books to build a wooden bailer, as I like the idea of wood-only equipment onboard. Does anyone have a design recommendation for a small, simple bailing bucket with a flat edge?
FYI, This is my first wooden boat, and I'm new to this forum, so forgive my very basic Qs . It seems a great community, and I REALLY appreciate the generosity of advice and idea sharing among folks. I have poor wood building skills, and not much techical savvy. I may never be among those who build a boat. However, my sailing skill is good, and at least I can do basic maintenance well. I can't honestly say I bought this skiff for any other reason than it is really, really, really good lookin' : ) That sounds ridiculous, but I don't know that I've ever enjoyed a boat this much, despite the several boats we've owned over the years. We take it fishing, rowing, coastal sailing, gunk-holin' around coves, etc. Adventures continue to unfold. My wife says it reminds her of the simple joys of optimist sailing as a 7yr old. My sons think it is a fishing machine. I just think it's a hoot to sail, row, or just mess around.
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