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An unexpected windfall
Through a bizarre twist of fate I find myself in possession of a Sea Snark hull in reasonable condition. Now I've never sailed anything, I've been on a grand total of one ship that had sails (clipper), and live about as far from an ocean as it's possible while living in the US. However I've always loved sailing vessels, and wanted one of my own. When an opportunity popped up to get a FREE sailboat, even a tiny one made out of foam that is missing everything that can be removed, I had to take it.
Now I've spent the last 24 hours on the internet looking for information on how to get my find back in the water and fulfill a long-time dream.
So here's what I need:
A rudder assembly (found pictures of one)
A daggerboard (found measurements, and specs)
A mast (84" x 1 1/8")
A boom (120" x 3/4")
A spar (120" x 3/4")
The Castlecraft dot com site has been great for repair information.
But I am finding I have questions as I get into this.
The original mast, boom, and spar were aluminum and I think I've found a source for them, but does anyone have the technical material info that would be "right" for the application? I think if I go in and say "I need an aluminum sailboat mast" they're going to look at me like I'm an idiot, which isn't far from the truth. :-)
What is an acceptable material to make the sail out of? All the ones I've found for purchase are over $250 and that would get my wife in a flurry if I dropped that kind of money to outfit a "free" boat. I don't mind making one to get things on the water sooner and I've found reference to people making their own. The pictures of the sail I've seen appear to be a simple equilateral triangle about 10" on a side but I have no pattern to go by.
The boom and spar should be attached at the tack. Is that correct? Is a simple bolt sufficient or should it be something else? At what point along its length should the boom be attached to the mast?
I can't find a local source of marine plywood for the rudder and daggerboard, but this is a pretty light-duty application. Would regular exterior grade plywood well sealed be sufficient for what I'm doing? I'm thinking a fiberglass or epoxy resin coating for the wood parts. Anyone know where I can get a good pattern for the the rudder and tiller assembly?
The hull is a little rough on the outside since it's just bare foam, and I'd like to find something to coat it with that will be a little more durable. When I was cleaning it up tonight I even found a small chunk of coral embedded in it. Where that came from I have no idea. Any suggestions on what could be used to coat it?
Thanks for any and all help.
The land lubber