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Dovekie question

Hi All,

I have a new-to-me Dovekie. I am not very familiar with this boat or how to set it up. I am especially baffled by the leeboards. In particularly, how are they attached to the boat? I think that I am missing the parts that hold/operate the boards.

Does anyone have any pictures of how the leeboards are attached to the boat?

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Re: Dovekie question

Welcome to sailnet Kevin,
Not a common boat here on the east coast of the USA,
but if you google "Dovekie sailboat" you may get enough info /pics to
get you started.
Thinking last leeboard boats in my area was Henry Hudson 400 years ago
or maybe a reinactment flotilla up the Hudson on the 400th anniversary.
Let us know what you find out, as maybe what was old will be new again.
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Re: Dovekie question

Cool boat, proper beach cruiser. That boat will go places keel boats can only dream of

I don't think Lee boards are anacronistic, I think they are all about simplicity and functionality.

Think the Dovekie should have a pivot pin that goes through holes in the hull kind of below where the cabin top meets the cockpit. There might be a hand crank to raise and lower located inside the hull. Although I suspect there might be more than one variation.

In this video (just a random one I pulled off the net) it looks like you can see the pivot pins and general arrangement inside the hull.
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Re: Dovekie question

I have sailed a Dovekie on occasion. The Dovekies are amazing boats for what they are and what they are not. Given the shoal draft, and unballasted hull, they sail very well and also row reasonably well. They are nicely constructed. I think that they were 'over-sold' as weekend cruisers, but if you are someone used to camping, the Dovekie would not be a bad 'camp-cruiser'. They are a little idiosyncratic to sail, especially at the lighter and heavier end of the wind range since they do not like to tack crisply through the wind at either extreme.

My recollection of the leeboards is that there was a stainless steel weldment that had a plate on a shaft that was thru bolted through to a separate plate on the outboard side of the leeboards. The shaft came through to the interior of the boat and there was a handle on the interior of the boat that rotated the board into place. I really do not recall the fitting that passed through the hull.

I think that the Dovekie was one of the boats that appears either in Philip Bolger's book "Small Boats" or in "The Folding Schooner and other Experiments in Small Boats". I will check when I am home this evening to see if there are any drawings of the leeboard connections. Plan b would be to build your own or have them built for you since Eddy and Duff are out of business since 2010.


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