Re: Pilgrim from John Welsford
Cant get away with anything can I. No I've not been very well, its been several stessful and difficult years but it seems to be all over. Now that I can count on being fit and well I can get on with building and am looking forward to getting out sailing again.
The new boat, to give you an idea as to the difference in philosophy between Pathfinder and Pilgrim, If Pathfinder can be likened to a classic sports car, then Pilgrim is a serious long range off road four wheel drive vehicle.
There are also going to be some experiments in structure and building technique, hullform and rig. I like to gently push the edges of the envelope when doing a boat for myself, the experiments are so I can then incorporate the results in other designs to my customers advantage. I've some ideas as to how to improve the performance of a gaff rig by using a tracked alloy mast and a heavy batten car to carry the gaff, and by using both modern sailcloth and current sail shape theory. It fits in with the big piece of mast section I have in the rack in my shop, and I've some carbon fibre tube for the gaff to reduce the weight aloft.
I've done the initial drawings, and hope to have them up on the Pilgrim Diaries site this weekend.
There is a query about a cabin, and yes thats a strong possibility.
Charlie and Resolution? For those who dont know, Charlie made a navigational error and sailed Resolution into a rockfeild on the East Coast of New Zealands Great Barrier Island about 4am one very dark and stormy night, the boat was a total loss, he got off and was picked up unharmed by a rescue helicopter an hour or two later ( he's a strong advocate of 406 personal locator beacons) and is now at home in Japan working toward picking up his Westsail32 from Mexico and taking her back to Yokohama.
Originally Posted by kenjamin
An expert is but a beginner with experience.