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I made a raft (8' * 8') using 6 30 gal drums. It was like sitting on a fishing bobber. Way to much flotation!!

I thought about using the 30 gal drums and making a "pointy" end and tail. After great thought though, I found there are old pontoon boats out there very cheap, and they are shaped better. Thanks for your thoughts.

I am certain it will sail well on a beam reach to a run, just not certain of running up the wind. We will start out without the jib and reef the main to play around with. I will use my C&C for a chase boat, but I am not certain it will be able to catch the new boat!!

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What would be the advantage of Lee boards over a Center board? Would you use two and switch when you tack. using the side of the pontoon for leverage??
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I get the feeling you're gonna want leeboards to keep from sailing sideways. A lot of chicken-gybing is going to be in your future as well. But give it a shot.
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just by a stelleto, its safe and already built.
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I don't know what the bottom profile of the pontoon is, but if it's dead straight, you might find that it resists turning
This is from a guy who put a tarp sail on a double paddle canoe (kayak without a deck).
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