Wednesday, September 14, 2011

A Hoist at last

Several things conspired to slow down progress:  The curved mast that was such a good deal turned out to cause innumerable nightmares when making a sail for it.  In the end after days of re-cutting and changing battens to less stiff ones, I finally got it to hoist without jamming halfway up.  I'm happy with the shape in the end but don't recommend pre-bent spars to anyone.
Meanwhile I caught a stomach bug that was going around and can only work for an hour before I have to rest for two.  Things are improving.
All this week the wind and squalls have been blowing through my front yard at over 40 knots, making my sail and mast fiddling more difficult than normal.
Sometime next week I should get out there on the water and see what happens.


10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Gary
What are you using for battens and are you using sleeves, or what?

Will said...

sure is excellent, get well soon

Gary.Dierking said...

I first tried fiberglass windsurf battens but their stiffness prevented hoisting the sail up the curved mast. Now the battens are 1/16" Micarta, a phenolic laminate used in the old days. They seem stable enough for such a short chord length.
The sail has conventional batten pockets.

Anonymous said...

Looks awesome Gary! Nice work!

Wade Tarzia said...

Tim Anderson would say, eat oatmeal to slow the movement of the bugs in the stomach :-) At least one of his trip logs mentioned that. Looks like a nice windward sail!

Gary.Dierking said...

The bugs have left but I now have a rotten cold and the wind is still 40 kts. Too cold out there for an old guy.

Anonymous said...

when will the plans be for sale, november?

Anonymous said...

will the plans be on sale by November?

Gary.Dierking said...

The plans won't be available at least until after Christmas. At this point I don't have enough test data to know if there will be any changes.

outriggermark said...

gary, i would like to build a boat about 12m just like the thing you got going at present ?
I DONT THINK IT WOULD BE A HUGE DRAMA,TO LOFT IT UP, WHAT DO THINK MATE.
BEST REGARDS MARK