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Ok, thanks for the link to the pdf of the dinghy. Pictures do help.
If the flapping of the luffing sail is such a problem try this:
- put the sail on the mast as per normal
- wrap the sail around the mast and use a bungee cord to hold it in place. This should keep it from flogging and flapping.
- once you want to 'raise' the sail simply unwind the sail from the mast, install the boom and attach the lines for the sheet/out haul.
With any luck you may be able to twist the mast once it is stepped (vertical) so you can roll up and unroll the sail at will.
Having seen a picture of the boat I now understand why you might want to reduce the size of the tiller as there is not much space in the boat to begin with. As ShakeNBake suggested you should then add a tiller extension. This can be as simple as drilling a hole in the tiller and the extension piece and using a nut and bolt with plenty of washers to allow it to slide from side to side while still offering positive control while you sit on the rail as the boat heels (leans over).
As for a small (2 hp) outboard, yes, you can use it a bit as a rudder if you can rotate it. On a boat this size though wouldn't a pair of oars make more sense?
It is a sweet looking boat BTW.
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Last edited by CalebD; 05-18-2009 at 08:25 PM.