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Building a daggerboard trunk
I have a 7.5' rowing dinghy that I got from a salty sailor friend for cheap, and I want to modify it for sailing. I have never done any fiberglass work, but I have a basic understanding of it, and what is involved in glassing in a daggerboard trunk.
If any of you have done this and run into any problems that seem to be typical of this sort of project, I would love to hear about it before I start.
Also, for some reason, I'm bent on gaff rigging this thing. I've whittled a 12 foot red cedar mast, which I oiled last night, and it is GORGEOUS. I need to make the boom and gaff, but before I do, I want to figure out what sort of sail area I'll have. I have a friend with a sewing machine that is designed for making sails, biminis, dodgers, etc, and was hoping to find an old sail that was maybe ripped that I could cut and make a smaller dinghy sail from.
Anyways, my question here is, how large of a sail can I go with before it becomes too large? The daggerboard I have will give me almost almost a 3 foot draft (it is 4 feet overall), so I'm thinking I can get a fairly large sail here for the size of the boat. I'd say the boat weighs about 100 pounds. It will be a cat rig, but I think at some point I may decide to put a bowsprit on the little thing and put a very small jib on there. I want the saltiest little dinghy in the neighborhood!
Thoughts and comments?