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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats
Back when I built kayaks I was a tad more nimble and could stand in my 16 footer My dingy on davits for years has been a 9ft Minto Let me tell you it got tippery aand tippary. Now I have a 10 ft davidson and I'm becoming concerned with its stability. Dog paddling while looking at my really pretty tender drifting away leaves me cold.As an old fart,I like the concept of big beam wrapped around a pramish bow. Just sayin.
Whether tippy dinghy or kayak , tying a tight midship line to the dock or boat, lets you put all the weight you want to on that side with no chance of capsizing ,making it much easier and safer to get in and out. If the dock has the same freeboard as your dingy or kayak, that makes it impossible to tip either way.
Brent Swain, Boat designer, Builder, and author of "Origami Metal Boatbuilding"